NZNO Conference & AGM, Leaving No One Behind - Health for All, 17-18 September 2019, Te Papa, Wellington

2019 Conference Speakers

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Judge Andrew BecroftJudge Andrew Becroft

Children’s Commissioner

Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed the Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand for an initial two year period from June 2016.  Prior to that he was the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand from 2001 to 2016; and was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996.

After graduating from Auckland University in 1981 with a BA/LLB (Honours) degree, he practised in Auckland until 1986 when he then assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked there until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court in Whanganui, from 1996.

In 2009, Judge Becroft received an award from the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand as Communicator of the Year.  In 2010 Judge Becroft was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Auckland.  In 2018 he was the winner of the Public Service Wellingtonian of the Year Award.

Judge Becroft is a former council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. He is the Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc., which assists those with various forms of speech impediment, and is the Chairperson of the Board of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (NZ) Inc.
Judge Becroft is married with three children, aged 23, 21 and 17.

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Annalyn ‘UlungāAnnalyn ‘Ulungā

Mercy Hospice, Auckland

Annalyn ‘Ulungā is an Inpatient nurse at Mercy Hospice, Auckland, and has previously worked in the NZ aged care sector. She has a Post graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing from University of Auckland and a Masters Degree in Nursing Management from the Philippine Women’s University.

Originally from the Philippines, she is married with two children and lives in New Zealand.



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Hon David ClarkHon David Clark

Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Finance

Dr David Clark was first elected as the Labour MP for Dunedin North in 2011. He came to Parliament via a circuitous route – having run a University of Otago residential College, worked as a Presbyterian Minister and worked as a Treasury analyst. David became the Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Finance following the 2017 General Election.

One of the key reasons David stood for Parliament was because he was concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor, which he sees as limiting New Zealand’s social and economic potential. Inequality featured strongly in his maiden address to the House of Representatives in 2012. He believes we can and must achieve a fairer society where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.  

David has twice lived in Germany and is a former competitive cyclist and Ironman. He is married with three children.

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Dr. Jamie Kamailani BoydDr. Jamie Kamailani Boyd

Professor at University of Hawai`i, Clinician at the Native Hawaiian Health Care System of Hawai‘i

Dr. Jamie Kamailani Boyd is from Windward O`ahu, Hawai`i. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner and holistic nurse practitioner. She is a researcher, and professor at the University of Hawai`i at Windward and a clinician at Na Pu‘uwai, a clinic of the Native Hawaiian Health Care System of Hawai‘i. She completed a PhD in Nursing in 2006 at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a post-doc at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence, specializing in Food as Medicine. She furthered her training in Food as Medicine at `Imi Hale, The Native Hawaiian Cancer Awareness, Research and Training Network.

Kamailani is the coordinator of the Indigenous Health Pathway that incorporates nursing, Hawaiian language, plant medicine and traditional body practices to perpetuate Native Hawaiian approaches to well-being while simultaneously reducing unemployment, health and income disparities among underserved and underrepresented college students. For the past 12-years her Food as Medicine-based research and innovations have improved outcomes not only for students but also for their families and future generations. In 2011, Jamie received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Community Health Leader award.

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Seletute Vave-PattersonSeletute Vave-Patterson (AKA Vaiongo Patterson)

I was born in Nukualofa, Tonga. I have worked as Midwife at Hutt Hospital in Wellington, Auckland National Women's Hospital and Middlemore Hospital, and I am now working as a Starship Community Registered Nurse.

I started nursing in London as a State Enrolled Nurse. While in the UK I gained a Post Graduate Certificate from the British Cardio–Thoracic and Tuberculosis Association, and a Scottish State Certified Midwife qualification.

In New Zealand I have a Diploma in Nursing from the Manukau Instute of Technology. I also have completed a certificate in Tongan Interpreters/Translation in hospital and in community, and a Diploma in Te Ara Reo Maori Level 4.

In my community I have been a member of School Board of Trustees at Sacred Heart Collage Glen Innes, Auckland. I am a member of NZNO, PSA, and Tongan Nurses Association  Aotearoa.

I am married with three children. In my spare time I sing in the Pakuranga Choral Society, and I am learning to play the ukulele.

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Sione VakaDr Sione Vaka

Auckland University of Technology

Sione was born in Tonga and migrated to New Zealand in 1999. His father is from Neiafu, Vava’u and Lofanga, Ha’apai and mother from the village of Lapaha. His field of interest is Pacific mental health and Pacific well-being. His Health Research Council (HRC) funded doctorate study explored the meanings of mental distress for Tongan people.

He is now working on another funded HRC project, proposing a Tonga fishing tool, ūloa, as a model of care to address the different constructs of mental distress in the Tongan community. This research is being undertaken in South Auckland. Sione has collaborated extensively with Pacific clinical and research colleagues throughout the Pacific region, including Niue, Cook Island, Fiji and Tonga.

He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Heather SymesHeather Symes

I am a comprehensive nurse, initially doing my general nursing at the Wittington Hospital in North London.

In NZ my work has been in Acute Mental Health at Hillmorton Hospital, Kennedy detox unit and Canterbury Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS). I then worked in Community long term rehab at the Hereford Centre in Christchurch, and a brief stint in Blenheim in their Methadone Programme.

After 20+ years in the alcohol and drug field I moved into the regional forensic service inpatient secure unit again at Hillmorton. I have been in my current role working the Forensic Community Team case managing severe complex clients with mental health and addiction issues. As part of this role I also do nurse lead clinics in Christchurch Womens Prison, Christchurch Men’s Prison and on occasions Rolleston Men’s Prison.

I look after student nurses, NESp, new graduate nurses and I am on the National Committee for Women in secure care environments in New Zealand as one of two Canterbury representatives. One of our objectives is that women who are placed in prisons have an environment that cares for them and their specific needs. As part of the day to day work I liaise with other health providers in NZ, NGO and GP services. One of my passions is nurturing new nurses to our health services and you will often find me accompanied by either a new nurse or a student from another discipline of the mental health team.

I have been on various boards with NZNO.

Presentation Abstract:

There is significant research that the prevalence of mental health disorders and alcohol and drug issues are extremely higher (than the general population), amongst NZ Prisoners (Brinded, Laidlaw, Simpson, Fairley & Malcolm, 2001)

Indig 2015 illustrated anxiety disorder at 22.5%, mood disorders at 23.7% and alcohol and other drug use disorders at 46.8%.  Female prison populations have mental disorders, alcohol and other drug use disorders which were very common.

 In 2008 there was a mental health service review for prisoners in NZ by the office of the Auditor General, themes identified included recommending improving the information available for planning services for prisoners mental health needs, and establishing a system to collect and record prisoners mental health information as part of the “Implementation of the proposed mental health screening tool”  For this to occur the DHB and the Department of Correction would need to plan how to achieve this.  Between 2008 and 2017 the NZ muster has expanded by 30% to over 10,000 prisoners.  Unfortunately the expansion of the prison muster has not been accompanied by the proportional increase in resources for Mental Health Service delivery for severe mental health conditions, notwithstanding some progress has been provided for mild to moderate disorders via mental health in reach clinicians and via packages of care initiatives within NZ Prisons.

Following the office of the Auditor Generals 2008 report, a Mental Health Screening Tool (MHST) was developed. The objective was to identify prisoners who needed Mental Health Assessment and/or treatment, and reducing the unmet need for mental health care.  Since 2012 the Chief Ombudsman into Prison Health Services has ensured the MHST was being rolled out. Implementation of this has fallen on Regional Forensic Psychiatric Services (RFPS) who are funded to treat severe and complex conditions.  My nurse led clinics in Christchurch Prisons using the MHST demonstrates no prisoner is left behind regarding their complex mental health needs.

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Kate CalvertKate Calvert

PGCert Health Promotion, BSc Public Health (Health Visiting), RN.

Kate is a Registered Nurse with 25 years of experience in a range of community settings. These include Family Centres, GP Practice, Youth Health, Prison Health, Plunket B4SC, Children's Ear Van Nurse Specialist and Children's oral health promotion. 

Two years ago Kate bravely applied for a position in the Hutt Valley DHB's Strategy, Planning and Outcomes team. Successful in her application as the Health of Older People's portfolio manager, Kate leads on the local implementation of the Live Longer for Stronger (Falls prevention strategy), Home and Community Support, Aged Residential Care and Needs assessment Contracts. Kate supports the development of complex care packages that don't fit well into funding streams. 

Passionate about health being only part of the system to keep our population well, Kate strives to collaborate, to think outside the box to enable good use of the resources available. Kate wants to share with the NZNO audience that nurses have impact in roles outside clinical expertise to influence the funding and planning process whilst maintaining their registration.

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Garrick Martin

Auckland District Health Board

"An approach to models of care to improve universal coverage and access to health care so no one is left behind."

I am a Registered Nurse currently employed in a senior role with Auckland District Health Board, as Clinical Team Leader of the Assertive Community Outreach Service (ACOS). I have post graduate qualifications in advanced nursing practice, including mental health assessment, and completed an MPhil thesis by nursing research in 2017. 

I have a particular interest in narrative and trauma informed practices, as well as improving the links between health services, such as long term conditions, primary care and mental health. I have also worked as Team Leader of Auckland City Mission’s Homeless Services and I have a long standing interest in ‘hard-to-reach’ and underserved populations. 

In 2016 I was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to the USA to learn from mobile health services for homeless people, including the integration of physical and mental health and addiction services.

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