Thank you to our 2020 Judges!

The judging panel included representatives from DHBs, the Ministry of Health, academia, pharmacy, general practice, nursing, business and consumers. 

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Introducing Linda Bryant, our judge convener

Linda Bryant has been a leader in pharmacy for many years as a pharmacist, teacher and researcher. She was one of the first to become a pharmacist prescriber in New Zealand, joining the inaugural 2012 intake at the University of Otago. She now works with Newtown Union Health Service and Porirua Union and Community Health Service as a clinical advisory and prescribing pharmacist.

Until recently she taught postgraduate pharmacy students at the University of Otago along with David Woods, giving up her position in June this year, after 20-plus years of teaching.

Dr Bryant, with clinical advisor pharmacist John Dunlop, also writes a bi-monthly column for Pharmacy Today.

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Jo Hikaka
Jo Hikaka (Ngāruahine) is a clinical pharmacist and health researcher specialising in Māori health, older adult medicine and health services research. She is a current Executive Committee member of Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa - The Māori Pharmacists' Association. 


Jo works and lives in Auckland with her husband, Jay, and two children, Huia and Pete.

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David Codyre
David is a psychiatrist with 30 years’ experience in a range of clinical and leadership roles, who has spent the last 17 years leading development of primary mental health programmes in Auckland. 


Most recently he has been part of the team leading development and piloting of the Te Tumu Waiora model integrating Health Coaches, Mental Health Clinicians and NGO peer and community support services into GP clinic teams.

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Alison van Wyk
Chief Executive Officer of Access Community Health a 4,000 people strong  organization that delivers care to over 30,000 people throughout New Zealand allowing them to live independently within their own homes. Alison is a Nurse and was made an Honorary Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand in 2018.


Alison together with Dr Natalie Gauld are previous  Supreme Award winners at both the 2013 & 2018 New Zealand Pharmacy Awards and Alison was a finalist in the  2015 “ Women of Influence Awards.”

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Barbara Docherty RN; MNurs (Hons); PostGrad Dp Health Science; MCNA (NZ)

Barbara is a registered nurse committed to primary health care over several decades including practice nursing, workforce development, author, researcher, University lecturer, health talk back host on national and community radio and a regular blogger for ‘NZ Doctor’. 


Her specialised field is behavioural health, emphasising mental health risks and prevention alongside the training of health professionals in communication skills to assist patient behaviour change. She received a National Service Award from the NZ Nurses Organisation for services to Nursing and Midwifery and has been an invited lecturer for medical students at John Hopkins University in the USA.


Dr Peter Jansen FRNZCGP (Dist) FRACMA

Peter Jansen (Ngati Hinerangi) is Principal Clinical Advisor in ACC, focussing on treatment injury claims and prevention of injuries caused by medical treatment. 

Peter has significant experience as a GP and practice owner in deprived urban group practice (Papakura) and isolated solo rural practice (Whangamata). Using his GP experiences Peter has taken roles in pharmaceutical companies and then with ACC in a variety of roles since 2005. He has also worked in medical education, research, and health management advisory roles for MauriOra Associates. 

In previous general practice leadership roles Peter has been a member of the Ministry of Health’s Performance Advisory Group for primary care and a member of the Executive Committee of the RNZCGP between 2009 and 2010. Peter was also an inaugural director of ProCare IPA, and Clinical Director of Te Kupenga o Hoturoa PHO. His previous appointments include directorships of Quality Health NZ (formerly the NZ Council of Healthcare Standards), Deputy Chair of Counties Manukau DHB, Board Member of Mid-Central Health, and as a board member of the Health Quality and Safety Commission. 

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Pam Newlove
Pam is a Partner of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisory firm, Grant Thornton NZ Ltd.   She has over 25 years’ experience advising the health sector, including assisting in the restructuring of various healthcare groups as well as guiding in the establishment of innovative models for the delivery of healthcare while adding value for the business owners. 


She is passionate about helping primary care business owners achieve their ambitions by cutting through the complexity that they often face in managing the financial aspects of their businesses, allowing owners to get on with doing what they do best, treating patients and delivering good service.

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Richard Medlicott

Richard is a GP in Island Bay Wellington. He has been involved in wider general practice and primary care for a number of years. Initially with a focus in health IT – chaiing Primary Care Information Management Group and the Health Information Standards Organisation. He has also been involved with SNOMED International and Medtech Advisory Group.

In more recent years Richard has been involved in wider GP leadership, being a past Medical Director for Healthline and recent past Medical Director of the Royal NZ College of general practitioners. He is a recent past board member for BPAC and a current elected trustee of Tu Ora/Compass PHO.

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Paul Roseman

Paul is the General Manager Strategic Developments for ProCare in Auckland. Paul has had an extensive career, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare spanning both clinical and system design practice. Paul has deep understanding of quality improvement through innovation and change and has practiced this extensively through varied roles including working with GPs to improve the quality of care, reduce costs and provide new patient services. 


He brings a strategic lens to health system design and use of data for informing change. Bringing wide sector expertise, Paul has created and implemented a number of innovative projects with key stakeholders including ACC, MSD, DHBs, MoH and private hospitals and insurers, typically combining evidence, technology and empathy to create new services that improve wellbeing and health.

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Tim Roper

Tim Roper qualified as a pharmacist at the University of Bath in 1973 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy.  After completing an internship at May & Baker in Dagenham he worked for 7 years for Savory & Moore, a retail pharmacy chain in the south east of England.  In 1981 he and his wife, Jenny, and three children emigrated to New Zealand.  


After a brief period in retail pharmacy in Mt Maunganui he transferred to Wellington where he became the Retail Merchandise Manager for Boots the Chemist (New Zealand) Limited.  In 1990 Boots decided to withdraw from New Zealand due to pharmacy ownership laws being onerous and not allowing the chain to expand.  Tim was headhunted to become the General Manager of Unichem Chemists Limited, a 55 store co-op group based in Auckland.  From 1991 to 2003 Tim was General Manager and then Chief Executive Officer of Unichem Chemists Limited, later to be known as Pharmacybrands Limited.  


During his tenure the pharmacy chain grew from 55 stores to 267 under four brands, Unichem, Amcal, Dispensary First and Life Pharmacy.  In 2003 having managed both Pharmacybrands and Life Pharmacy he decided to resign his role at Pharmacybrands and become Chief Executive Officer solely for Life Pharmacy Limited.  In 2005 Life Pharmacy Limited became the first retail pharmacy chain to list on the New Zealand Stock Exchange following changes to pharmacy ownership legislation in 2004.  After completing the listing and setting the chain of 25 Life Pharmacies, on the path to growth, he retired from the role in March 2007. The merged company of Pharmacybrands and Life Pharmacy is now known as Green Cross Health Limited. 

In 2008 Tim was appointed to the role of Executive Director of the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association, a part-time role which allowed him to use his extensive skills in the pharmacy industry whilst living with his wife on a lifestyle block south of Auckland. He retired from this position in May 2016.

He has been Advisory Chair for Southern Rehab from late 2015 until his appointment as Non-Executive Independent Director and Chair in May 2017. Retiring from the role in June 2019. 

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Dr Carol Atmore

Dr Carol Atmore is a general practitioner at Caversham Medical Centre in Dunedin, and health services researcher and Head of Department in the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, University of Otago, in Dunedin.


She has spent many years working as a General Practitioner and health service clinical leader on the West Coast prior to moving to Dunedin five years ago. She is involved in the senior leadership of the South Island DHB Alliance, and until recently was chair of Alliance South, the alliance between Southern DHB and WellSouth PHO. She has led health system service redesign to integrate community care, primary care, mental health and hospital services in rural communities, including the strengthening of local networks between smaller and larger hospitals.


Her interests include health system design, the role of generalism in the evolving New Zealand health system, integrated care, rural health and regional networks.

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Dr Natalie Gauld

Dr Natalie Gauld is a pharmacist, reclassification specialist and researcher. She has been involved in driving change in pharmacy services for many years as a member of the Medicines Classification Committee and then driving reclassifications ever since.


Her research on new services including vaccinations, contraception, hepatitis C screening, automation and access to services has helped understanding how pharmacy can be better used in the health system in New Zealand.


Dr Gauld is a member of the Board of the Pharmaceutical Society, Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society, and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Auckland, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland. 

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Annette Lucena (Pharmacist, NZMA Technician Tutor)

Annette has extensive community pharmacy experience in New Zealand, both in city and rural settings, and has also worked in the United Kingdom, as a hospital pharmacist.  She is involved with the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Society Intern Pharmacist programme, and with the Pharmacy Council, in various short-term roles.
She is also on the committee of the Auckland branch of PSNZ.

Annette has taught pharmacy technicians in Auckland for 17 years and enjoys sharing her relevant industry experiences with the students. She finds the teaching rewarding and is inspired by the successes of the students in the pharmacy profession. 

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Sally Schnauer (Pharmacist, Head of Faculty, NZMA Pharmacy Programme)

Sally is the Head of Faculty of the NZMA Pharmacy Technician Programmes in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. She brings her experience as a Pharmacy Technician Tutor into this role to support pharmacist tutors and students across the country to ensure consistency and continuous improvement.

She has experience as a pharmacist in community pharmacy in New Zealand and England and previously owned Broadway Pharmacy in Newmarket.

Andi Shirtcliffe

Andi is the Clinical Chief Advisor at the Ministry of Health with responsibility for Quality Use of Medicines, Pharmacy and Allied Health.  


She also has a medicines optimisation clinical consultancy supporting elderly people and their whanau living with mental health conditions and dementia.  


Andi's portfolio covers AMR, optimal use of medicines, things data and digital and working to achieve best health outcomes for the people of New Zealand by smart use of all of our health workforces.

John Dunlop

John developed the first dispensary only pharmacy in 1980 and changed direction to be one of the first pharmacists to work in general practice and gain prescribing rights. He was a founding member of The Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Assn.

John has a Masters of Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy and is a Fellow of The Australian College of Pharmacists, a Fellow of NZCP, Fellow of PSNZ and in 2018 he was awarded the PSNZ, Gold Medal in recognition of significant and outstanding service to the profession of pharmacy in NZ.

Dr Michal Boyd, RN, NP, ND, FCNA(NZ), FAANP

Dr Michal Boyd is an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She practices as a nurse practitioner in long term care, and is co-director of Equinox Health Ltd.


She developed and leads the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme at University of Auckland, and was past chair of Nurse Practitioners New Zealand and continues to serve on the organisation’s executive team. Her main research and practice interests are the proactive assessment and care coordination for older adults and advanced nursing practice.


Dr Boyd is currently national clinical lead for the New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission Aged Residential Care workstream. She is also a member of the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research group and involved in researching new models of primary healthcare for older people, as well as quality improvement initiatives and end of life care in long-term care facilities

Dr Janine Bycroft, MBChB, Dip Obs, Dip Paeds, FRNZCGP, MPH (Hons)

Janine has worked for over 20 years as a GP, with a special interest in long-term conditions/chronic disease management and self-management support. Janine currently works part-time in a busy general practice in Mt Wellington, Auckland with higher than average rates of diabetes, obesity and long-term conditions.

Janine is the Founder, Clinical Director and Editor in Chief for Health Navigator Charitable Trust responsible for the Health Navigator New Zealand website and the Long-Term Conditions Network and Bulletin.

Janine is also an Associate Clinical Director for ProCare Health and on a number of regional groups focused on quality improvement, long-term conditions, e-health, self-management support and patient/whanau-centred care.

Dr Gerald Young

I have been a GP in Auckland Central for over 30 years and a founding shareholder in CityMed.   I have a special interest in surgical procedures in general practice setting .  

I have been an expert advisor to the HDC for over 20 years. 

Leanne Te Karu

Leanne Te Karu is of Ngāti Rangi, Whanganui, Muaūpoko descent. She is a member of the first cohort of pharmacist prescribers in Aotearoa. Her expertise focuses on complex chronic care, with addressing unmet need and optimal prescribing. She works in general practices, predominantly Māori of lower socioeconomic demography, at Pihanga Health (Turangi) and Papakura Marae (Auckland).


Her career however has intentionally spanned different environments of the health sector, and she is a founder of The Māori Pharmacists Association. Leanne was Inaugural Recipient of the Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award and pushes others to strive for clinical excellence in a culturally competent and safe paradigm. In addition, she has been the Supreme Winner of the NZ Pharmacy Awards, a recipient of the Hapai Te Hauora Award on two occasions, the Services to Māori Award and a Fellowship from the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand.


Her greatest joy she says is spending time with her children and wider whānau.

Jim Vause

A South Island GP since 1979, Jim Vause  is currently practicing part time in Nelson, having sold his five doctor practice in Blenheim to SouthLink Health in 2017.


He is fascinated by the problems of implementing evidence based medicine in general practice and has been involved in the development of a number of evidence based guidelines for general practice and associated tools for their implementation.


Jim first used computers for clinical records in 1986 developing his own Patient Management Software in those early days and thus has been an advisor for various Health IT projects. He is a past RNZCGP President and Medical Web Editor for WONCA, the world  organization of General Practice Colleges, was the last Chairperson for the NZGG and has been a blog writer for NZ Doctor for over a decade. Kai Tahu and Kati Mamoe are his iwi.

Alesha Smith

Alesha received her PhD in pharmacoepidemiology and public health from University of Queensland, Australia.


Over the last 10 years she has worked on a number of quality use of medicines, health services and clinical education projects in New Zealand and internationally and regularly uses New Zealand’s national data collections.


Alongside her part-time role as senior lecturer at the University of Otago, Alesha recently founded Inquisit and Airmed, which work with different organisations in the health sector to undertake research and to help them become more efficient, enable better decision making and solve particular challenges using their data. 

Gary Sutcliffe

Gary Sutcliffe comes from a consumer background and has endeavoured to provide a consumer lens on the submissions he judged. Sutcliffe has worked in the health sector since 2004 in peer support, leadership and management roles with the last 3-4 years focused in primary mental health.


He retired in 2017 but continues to work in contracted and voluntary roles including as a consumer auditor auditing mental health and addiction services and coordinating the Health Consumer Advisory Service under a Ministry of Health contract with Health Navigator Charitable Trust.

Henrietta Taia

Henrietta (Ngati Rereahu) is a Practice Manager in Auckland ands comes with a wealth of knowledge in Practice Management. She is a current member, past Exectutive and Chair of PMAANZ - Practice Managers and Administrators Association of New Zealand.

She is passionate about Practice Management and supporting other Practice Managers with their ever changing roles.

Dr Ben Gray

Dr Ben Gray works half time as a senior lecturer at University of Otago Wellington and half time as a GP at Newtown Union Health Service. Newtown Union health Service provides care for underserved populations particularly those from a refugee background, people with enduring mental problems, Māori and Pacific people. Having worked here for 25 years he has developed particular skills in cross cultural care, cultural competence and working with interpreters. At the university his research interests aligned with his clinical skills but as convener of the module on professional development and ethics he became particularly interested in how medical ethics intersect with cultural competence. He completed a Masters in Bioethics and Health Law and has gone on to publish particularly in the areas of working with interpreters and bioethics in a pluralist society.

Kristin Good

Kristin is a vocationally registered general practitioner with over thirty  years experience in general practice, with a particular interest in occupational medicine and primary mental health. She is the Clinical Lead - Primary Health of the National Telehealth Service, a position she has held since 2017.  She has held positions in a range of health care organisations including Director of Primary Care with Auckland District Health Board, Clinical Director of Manaia and Mahitahi PHOs and Principal Medical Advisor at ACC. She has worked on and chaired a range of committees and working groups in the health care industry including at ministerial level and in Australia. She currently holds a number of other senior governance roles at Board level. She was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship Award by the RNZCGP for services to the College and General Practice.