Let's meet our judges!
An independent mix of experienced members of the health community will serve as judges for the New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora.
The judging panel will include representatives from DHBs, the Ministry of Health, academia, pharmacy, general practice, nursing, business and consumers.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.