The Health Media launches The Popcorn Panels with discussions on the Simpson report


The Health Media launches The Popcorn Panels with discussions on the Simpson report

Media release from The Health Media and New Zealand Doctor
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Grab some popcorn, hit the couch; The Health Media is launching a new way to talk about key issues in health – The Popcorn Panels.

And the first topic up for discussion is the recently delivered Health and Disability System Review panel report, aka the Simpson report.

Join the editor of New Zealand Doctor|Rata Aotearoa, Barbara Fountain, and panellists for an hour on Zoom as they chat and take questions from the audience about the direction the health sector might be taking and where you might fit into the picture.

Four panels are planned for “The Popcorn Panels: Chatting about the Simpson report” and the topic for the first panel on Tuesday 14 July, 7pm “Beyond PHOs - coming to a locality near you”.

Taking part in the first Popcorn Panel are Tū Ora Compass Health chief executive Martin Hefford, Temuka GP Bryan Moore and Victoria University health services researcher Jackie Cumming.

The panels are free to attend but it is necessary to register at

While you are there, you can check out details for the further three panels planned in this series: Why not? A Māori health commissioning authority (16 July, 7pm), General practice – missing in action (21 July, 7pm) and Health NZ and super-sized DHBs – déjà vu? (23 July, 7pm)


Martin Hefford

Martin Hefford is chief executive of Wellington-based PHO Tū Ora Compass Health. Martin has over 20 years’ experience in health services planning and delivery. He has held a number of health sector roles, including: general manager integrated care at Counties Manukau DHB, chief operating officer at Capital & Coast DHB; group manager planning and funding at Hutt Valley DHB; senior locality manager in the Health Funding Authority; and group manager mental health in the Central Regional Health Authority. He has also worked as a senior advisor for the Department of Social Welfare, and within the NGO sector, and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 2013 to work with Kaiser Permanente in the US.

Bryan Moore

Bryan Moore was born and raised in South Africa and graduated from the University of Cape Town. Bryan was training in surgery when he emigrated to New Zealand in 1995 seeking a safer place to raise family, and left hospital practice for general practice. He completed his FRNZCGP and a postgraduate diploma in general practice from University of Otago. Bryan works in general practice in Temuka, South Canterbury, with his wife, Katy Burton (who is the real organiser and inspiration). He is chair of the South Canterbury Primary Care Alliance and is passionate about sustainable general practice and primary care.

Jackie Cumming

Jackie Cumming is director of the Health Services Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington and lead researcher in a number of projects exploring aspects of the New Zealand health system's performance, including a five-year project assessing the effectiveness of the primary healthcare system. Jackie has qualifications in both economics and public policy and has previously worked for a number of government departments and agencies, including the Treasury, Department of Labour, Department/Ministry of Health and Public Health Commission. Her PhD in Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington focused on the theory and practice of defining core health services.