NZNO Conference, Nursing - Shaping our Healthcare, 15 - 16 September 2015, Te Papa, Wellington

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Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Minister of Health

Dr Jonathan Coleman is the Minister of Health and Minister for Sport and Recreation. He was elected to Parliament in 2005 and is the MP for Northcote.

He has been a Cabinet Minister since 2008, and has previously held the portfolios of Immigration, Broadcasting, Associate Tourism, Associate Health, Defence, State Services, and Associate Finance.

Prior to entering Parliament, Dr Coleman studied medicine at Auckland University. Following house surgeon years in Hawkes Bay and Auckland, he obtained a Diploma of Obstetrics.

He spent eight years overseas working and furthering his studies. After a year as a GP trainee in Oxford, Dr Coleman worked at a GP practice in London where he became a partner. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the London Business School.

After returning to New Zealand in 2001, Dr Coleman worked in clinical medicine and in management consultancy for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dr Coleman is married and had two children.

Dr Peter Carter OBE

Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

Dr Peter Carter OBE is Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the world’s largest professional union of nurses. The RCN has a membership of over 400,000 nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students, cadets and health care assistants.

Before assuming the post of RCN General Secretary in January 2007 Dr Carter spent almost twelve years as the Chief Executive of the Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK and an international reputation.

Dr Carter is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a PhD - both from the University of Birmingham. He was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS in the 2006 New Year’s Honours.

He is a visiting professor at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London and Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Heather Came

Lecturer, Head of Postgraduate Studies, School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, AUT University

Heather is a seventh generation Pākehā  New Zealander, with ancestry from Scotland, England, France and Wales. She has recently completed her doctoral studies at Waikato University and has previously studied public health, political science, feminist studies and management.

Heather has an extensive background in health promotion and public health having practiced in Taranaki, Auckland, Waikato and most recently Te Tai Tokerau. She has worked as a grassroots practitioner in local communities, for a national health promotion agency, in public health management, strategic planning and in Māori health.

Heather is passionate about Te Tiriti o Waitangi and has been involved in social justice activism for the last twenty years.

PhD (Waikato), PGD Social Enterprise (Dist) (Waikato), Cert HP (Otago), MA (Hons) Canterbury

Dr Janice Wilson

Chief Executive, Health Quality and Safety Commission

Dr Janice Wilson was formerly Deputy Director-General of the Population Health Directorate at the Ministry of Health.

She joined the Ministry in March 1993 as Director of Mental Health, and was also appointed to the position of Chief Psychiatric Advisor in July 1993, later called Chief Advisor, Mental Health. She was Deputy Director-General, Mental Health for seven years before taking up an expanded role that included a range of other Population Health services.

Prior to joining the Ministry, Dr Wilson was Manager of Mental Health Services for the Wellington Area Health Board and, prior to that, Acting Medical Superintendent of Porirua Hospital. A psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, she held the honorary position of President from May 1997 until June 1999.

Dr Wilson also holds a Diploma in Health Administration and a Certificate of Health Economics from Victoria University. She has worked clinically as a psychiatrist and as a manager in Mental Health Services.

Dr Jane O'Malley

Chief Nurse, Office of the Chief Nurse, Ministry of Health

Jane joined the Ministry of Health in September 2010 from the West Coast District Health Board, where for the last five years she has been the Director of Nursing and Midwifery, the site coordinator for Safe Staffing Healthy Workplaces and the DHB representative on the West Coast PHO Clinical Governance Group.

From 1997 until 2005 Jane was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine. During that time Jane was also President of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) from 2001 until 2005.

Jane holds a Masters Degree in Delivery of Nursing Services from New York University. Her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington considered the impact of context on the delivery of acute inpatient mental health nursing care utilising action research and critical social theory.

In 2007 she was recipient of an NZNO Award of Honour for services to nursing.