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Fay Selby-LawFay Selby Law

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a Ruataupare
Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga
Ngāti Huia 
Ngāti Parewahawaha
Ngāti Pareraukawa

General Manager, National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service, Hāpai Te Hauora Māori Public Health

Fay has managed the SUDI Prevention Coordination Service since its inception in 2017. As Māori are overburdened by the effects of SUDI the team centralises its work using a Te Ao Māori lens.

Fay began her career in the neo natal unit and occasionally in postnatal wards, which gave her an insight into maternal and child health, including the many factors that lead to increased risk of SUDI among Māori.  

During the 1990s Fay worked beside teenagers who were pregnant and had her first involvement in Cot Death/SIDs/SUDI – a study on the impact of vaccinations on babies’ temperatures.
In the new century, Fay’s main focus has been on smoking cessation, but she has been involved in a range of studies and research focussed on improving Māori health.

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Dr Graham GulbransenDr Graham Gulbransen 

MB ChB, Dip Obs, PGDip Med Sc (Addiction), FRNZCGP, FAChAM

In 2018 Graham opened the first medical cannabis service in Aotearoa NZ. Cannabis Care Clinic located in Henderson, Auckland provides specialist consultations for legal medicinal cannabis prescriptions. Problems addressed include chronic pain, cancer symptoms, anxiety, chronic insomnia and neurological conditions. Most of the patients have experienced little benefit or adverse effects from conventional treatment or have been told there are no further treatments. Many report that medicinal cannabis offers symptom relief, improved quality of life and most importantly, restores hope.

He has prescribed CBD to 1300 patients with very good outcomes. An audit of his first 400 CBD patients shows benefit for chronic pain and/or emotional distress: British Journal of General Practice Open, 5/2/20

His part time general practice experience dates from 1983 with much of this work involving the assessment and management of addictions and/or chronic pain. Graham completed his Fellowship of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (FAChAM) in 2008. As an Addiction Specialist he manages problems such as alcohol and drug withdrawal, opioid substitution treatment, medication for chronic pain and he writes addiction assessments.

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Howard CattonHoward Catton, CEO, International Council of Nurses 

Howard was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in February 2019. Under his leadership, ICN is seeking to maximize the opportunities presented by the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and build on its legacy.  He is committed to ensuring that nurses have a seat at the highest level of decision-making for the benefit of the profession and global healthcare.

Howard joined ICN in April 2016 as the Director, Nursing, Policy and Programmes, His team led the development of ICN policy and position statements, working closely with WHO and other International Organisations to provide nursing advice on global health challenges and input into formal WHO and UN decision making meetings and processes.  He also coordinated ICN Programmes and projects including Leadership development and worked closely with other Non-Government Health Organisations, civil society and private sector organisations.  Howard also oversaw the development of scientific programmes for ICN events including its world congresses, held every two years.

In December 2019 the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland appointed Howard as Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.  This Fellowship without examination is granted in exceptional circumstances to nurses who have rendered outstanding services to the profession.

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Jean RossJean Ross 

RN, BN, MA Nursing, PhD, FCNA (NZ)

Jean is Associate Professor at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has more than 25 years’ experience of working with the rural nursing workforce.

The cumulation of her rural nursing associated work includes research, education and with community development extends locally, nationally and internationally. 

Jean’s initial work with rural nurses and rural communities commenced in 1994 with the establishment of the setting up of the National Centre for Rural Health in New Zealand of which she was co-director. Jean has published two books, numerous journal publications and community development research projects.

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Johanna RhodesJohanna Rhodes 

RN, BN, MTchg, MHealSc, PhD Candidate

Johanna is the Head of School of Nursing at the Southern Institute of Technology. She believes that a balance between the art and science of nursing care is essential in this tempestuous period of change. She attributes her teaching pedagogy as reflecting the ‘real world’ as being critical to developing ‘work ready’ graduates who are equipped to work in the electrifying, intricate, and fluctuating world of healthcare.

The use of simulation modalities in her teaching offers a willingness to advance the narrative of healthcare, while embracing the realism of working with people. She is inventive, and seeks opportunities to advance her management, teaching and research while maintaining focused strategies to create interesting, realistic and engaging learning opportunities.

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John RyanJohn Ryan 

John Ryan began his term as Controller and Auditor-General on 2 July 2018.

John graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. He studied strategic leadership at Oxford University and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

He has held senior executive positions in a range of public sector organisations and in the private sector. His experience spans corporate, regulatory and operational management, and assurance. During his career of more than 30 years, John has led some of the largest programmes of capital works in the public sector, large-scale change management, and significant regulatory reform. 

John has also contributed widely to his community. Before his appointment, he was a board member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Festival, and the Wellington Jazz Festival.

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Lizzy Kepa-HenryLizzy Kepa-Henry

Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa, Tūhoe
BN Māori PG Certificate  Nursing Science, Public Health Nurse
Social and Community Development

Lizzy's Public Health Nurse Work and Income based role is supported by Regional Public Health, HVDHB and a contract with Ministry of Social Development.  

Lizzy provides on-the-spot interventions, as a conduit service linking and supporting MSD Work and Income clients to connect with much needed health services. This work is a privileged role that allows Lizzy to navigate at flax roots and resolve vulnerable and diverse clients' unmet health needs in collaboration with Work and Income Case Managers, Primary Health Care, GPs, NGOs and more.  

Lizzy fulfils her nursing passion in palliative care and oncology nursing, maintaining her clinical practice through Health Care Duty Calls New Zealand Nursing Bureau.

Lizzy is passionate about the collaboration of services that navigate a way forward to improve Māori health outcomes. This work is further enhanced through Lizzy’s current role as Tiamana (Chairperson) Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui – Greater Wellington Region Te Poari/Te Runanga Toputanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki Aotearoa NZNO. Lizzy believes these relationships provide and support pathways to reduce health inequalities and improved the health outcomes of Māori within the Greater Wellington Region and stretching nationally. As the Greater Wellington representative, Lizzy believes all Māori Health Workforce development outcomes need to be guided, challenged, supported and well represented at local, regional, national and international levels.

Lizzy has also been a community representative on the DHB Māori Partnership Board. Lizzy played an active governance role with each DHB.

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Margareth BroodkoornMargareth Broodkoorn

Of Maori and Dutch whakapapa (descent) Margareth is proud to be a New Zealand registered nurse with a career that includes clinical practice, leadership, operational management, strategic, governance and education roles within Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Appointed to the Chief Nursing Officer role with the Ministry of Health in February 2019, Margareth was formerly the Director of Nursing and Midwifery at NDHB. Prior to this she has worked with Māori health and community providers in Northland,  Manukau Institute of Technology and Auckland University, nursing practice and leadership roles with Auckland DHB.

With over 30 years of experience in the health sector Margareth is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, addressing Māori health inequities, improving access to health services for all consumers, and developing an enabled,  responsive culturally safe workforce.

She is passionate that nursing can make a significant difference in achieving equity in health outcomes across Aotearoa with a sustainable future focused nursing workforce that leads change and innovation in partnership with the wider health team.

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Materoa MarMateroa Mar

Materoa Mar is the current Upoko Whakarae for Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance and is Director - Maori Health for a large Primary Healthcare Organisation based in Palmerston North.

Materoa is of Ngā Puhi, Ngati Porou, Te Roaroa and Ngati Whātua descent. Materoa is a strong advocate for social justice and Indigenous progression. Materoa has a keen interest in fostering change and innovation and is always open to exploring opportunity.  Materoa is passionate about improving the quality of services to whānau through the opportunity to apply a Whānau Ora lens.

Materoa is the current Chair of Emerge Aotearoa, Interim Chair for E Tipu e Rea/A Better Start Science Challenge and a Board member for Mid Central District Health Board.

She is a proud mama of five Children and both a grandmother and great grandmother.

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Mary McMillanMary McMillan

MA (Applied) in Nursing (Merit), PGCert, Nat. Dip. Adult Education and Training, Tikanga Maori, RN, BN

Mary is a nursing educator at the Southern Institute of Technology. She is the paper coordinator for the Bachelor of Nursing, clinical practicum in mental health practice settings and the mental health component in the Bachelor of Nursing Year Two Programme.

She is the Southland interprofessional education (IPE) programme co-ordinator. Mary works passionately in the joint IPE programme involving Southern Institute of Technology, School of Nursing, University of Otago, and the Southern District Health Board at Southland Hospital.

She embraces teaching pedagogies that reflect the ‘real world’, believing that they are critical to developing ‘work ready’ graduates who are equipped to work in the intricate, and fluctuating world of healthcare. The use of simulation modalities in education offers a willingness to advance the aesthetic narrative of healthcare, while embracing the realism of working with people.  Mary has thirty plus years of working in mental health nursing and education field across many sectors and areas of practice and education. She is a strong advocate for the soft skills of relating and communicating with others to be absolute core skills in all nursing. 

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Merryn JonesMerryn Jones

Merryn began her training as an RGON at Middlemore Hospital in 1981. She has enjoyed variety in her nursing career, from burns nursing,  practice nursing,  occupational health screening,  needs assessment, and haemodialysis nursing.  In 2014 she took on the role of renal transplant coordinator at Hawkes Bay DHB, and completed her Masters in Nursing Science at Vic Uni in Wellington in 2017 with her Masters Thesis titled “It’s hard to ask: examining the factors influencing decision-making amongst ESRD patients considering asking family and friends for a kidney”.

Her research findings were published in the NZMJ 4/5/2018, and she has presented in NZ and Australia in 2018/19 at the Renal Society of Australasia and the Transplant Nurses Association conferences. In October 2019, Merryn organised the first Regional Transplant Hui exploring Māori attitudes to transplantation, and this hui received NZ wide media attention.

She is an associate investigator in the ASSET (Access and Equity in Transplanation) study, aiding in understanding and disseminating the impact of ethnicity and other social determinants on access to transplantation in NZ, and is also one of the members of the Aotearoa Guidelines writing group for the ‘KHA-CARI-Guideline: Management of chronic kidney disease amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Māori’.

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Professor Michael BakerProfessor Michael Baker

Professor Michael Baker is a public health physician, Professor of Public Health, and acting Head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Michael is the Director of the Health Environment and Infection Research Unit (HEIRU) and a Co-Director of the Housing and Health Research Programme. He has long-standing research interests in infectious diseases, environmental health, and housing and health. Michael is an active media commentator and member of the Science Media Centre Advisory Board.

Michael is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group (TAG). He has taken a leading role in formulating New Zealand’s elimination strategy against this pandemic. Michael has established a programme of research on the epidemiology, prevention and control of Covid-19 in New Zealand and internationally (Co-Search) with support from the NZ Health Research Council. He has formed an international network of university researchers focused on strategies for containment and elimination of Covid-19 as a public health threat.

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Wendy McGuinnessWendy McGuinness

Wendy McGuinness is the founder and chief executive of the McGuinness Institute. Wendy has worked in both the public and private sectors specialising in public sector reporting, risk management and future studies.

In 2004 she established the Institute as a way of contributing to New Zealand’s long-term future. Since then she has, with her team, published a range of reports under the title Project 2058, written the book Nation Dates: Significant events that have shaped the nation of New Zealand and attended four World Futures conferences.

Pandemics has been an area of study since 2006. In 2020 she undertook a survey in collaboration with the NZNO and Stickybeak called Survey Insights: An analysis of the 2020 NZNO PPE Survey. She will discuss the survey findings, latest research and the reasons why we need a Royal Inquiry into New Zealand’s response to COVID-19.

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