Let's meet our judges!
Thank you to our independent mix of experienced members of the health community who are serving as judges for the 2022 New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora.
The judging panel includes representatives from DHBs, the Ministry of Health, academia, pharmacy, general practice, nursing, business and consumers.
Introducing Dr Linda Bryant ONZM, our judge convener
Linda Bryant has been a leader in pharmacy for many years as a pharmacist, teacher and researcher. Linda has a New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to pharmacy and health. 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.
Gary Sutcliffe – judge coordinator
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.
Dr David Codyre MBChB (1980), FRANZCP (1989)
Consultant Psychiatrist/Clinical lead Mental Health, Tamaki Health
David MNZM is a psychiatrist with 30 years experience working in the community mental health sector in New Zealand, in a range of clinical and leadership roles. He has spent the past 15 years leading development of primary mental health programmes, and advocating at a regional and national level for strengthening of primary mental health capacity, along with better support for primary care from secondary mental health services.
David currently works with Tamaki Health, a network of clinics providing team-based primary care services to populations in high-needs areas of Auckland, NZ, where he has lead development of an innovative and comprehensive programme integrated into GP clinics, and supporting patients with both mental health and medical long term conditions. He is currently seconded half time as Clinical Director of the Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative, supporting implementation of this model integrating wellness support into all GP clinics in Auckland over the next 3-4years. David is also Lead Psychiatrist to the National Telehealth Service – the home of 1737, the Depression Line, Drug/Alcohol Helpline, and Quit line.
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.
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.
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.
Clinical Chief Advisor – Pharmacy, Allied Health and Covid Vaccine Program
B.Pharm, PG Dip (Clin) Pharm, FPS, RegPharmNZ
Assoc Professor (Hon), Auckland School of Pharmacy
My background is in community pharmacy both here and in the UK, including owning my own practice for a number of years. I have a special clinical interest in medicines optimisation with a current role in dementia care. Over the years I have developed and provided medicine optimisation roles in high deprivation areas, primary healthcare settings, community pharmacy and residential care. I am a previous board member of The New Zealand College of Pharmacists, Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand and Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. In the last two years I have been the pharmacy lead for the COVID-19 response and the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.
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.
Dr 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.
Henrietta (Ngati Rereahu) is a practice manager in Auckland and comes with a wealth of knowledge in practice management. She is a current member, past executive and chair of PMAANZ - Practice Managers and Administrators Association of New Zealand.
Henrietta is passionate about practice management and supporting other practice managers with their ever changing roles.
AP Ben Gray
Associate professor Ben Gray retired from active clinical practice in 2020 after a 35 year career working with high-needs patients for most of that time at Newtown Union Health Service.
He works in the Department of Primary Care and General Practice at the University of Otago Wellington. He has convened the course in professional development and ethics for the past 15 years and has research interests in cross-cultural ethics, interprofessional practice and working with interpreters.
Dr 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.
Dr Bryan Betty
Medical Director of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
During the heat of the global pandemic, Dr Bryan Betty was the calm and collected voice of the COVID-19 response team and an advisor on the Government’s COVID-19 response TAG committee.
Dr Betty is a distinguished fellow of RNZCGP and Wellington-based GP, who has practised for the past 15 years at Porirua Union and Community Health Service in Cannons Creek. With a largely Māori and Pacific population, and high number of refugees, around 90 per cent of his patients have complex health needs. Equity, and issues such as access to quality healthcare for everyone, have been strong motivators throughout his career.
Dr Jerome Ng
Dr Ng, who holds a PhD, MBA and MPharmPrac, is passionate about co-designing cohesive health systems with strong clinical governance, quality improvement, and data/digital systems for more equitable health outcomes.
He is Chief Strategic Advisor at the Te Pou Whakamana Kaimatū o Aotearoa and an honorary lecturer at Auckland University. He was Clinical Director: Quality at BOPDHB and Lead Advisor: Informatics, Improvement & Research at Waitemata DHB. He is research active in developing outcome frameworks and health intelligence systems to improve healthcare quality. Aotearoa's Pharmacist of the Year, a HealthRoundTable Innovation Fellow, and an Institute of Directors’ Emerging Director, Dr Ng sits on the Health Informatics National Mirror Committee, HQSC’s National Medication Safety Expert Advisory Group and HINZ Clinical Advisory Leadership Network Advisory Panel.
Dr Allan Moffitt
Allan is a vocationally registered GP with 36 years’ experience. He is currently Clinical Director for ProCare, New Zealand’s largest network of health practitioners. He has had many roles across the health sector: GP Owner (1987 – 2005); IPA Chair (EastHealth 1993-2000); Counties Manukau DHB executive (Clinical advisor (2000-2004) then Director of Primary Care 2004-2011); Clinical Director across 4 different PHOs (2010 – current). Allan works as a GP one day per week at The Fono Manurewa. He has been on many national advisory groups including at Ministerial level - the Primary Health Care Strategy reference group, and Community Services Card Review Group. He is passionate about health equity and improving population health outcomes through an integrated ‘whole of system’ approach to healthcare.
Michelle Te Kira
Michelle is the General Manager of Three Rivers Medical in Tūranganui a Kiwa and the current Executive Chair of PMAANZ (Practice Managers & Administrators of NZ).
She has worked in the Health Sector since 2005. Michelle is passionate about reducing inequalities in healthcare and working with high needs populations. She is looking forward to judging all the amazing entries.
Diana is a practicing Community Pharmacist, the Clinical Lead Pharmacy of the Safety in Practice Programme at WDHB and a Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago Pharmacy School. She is also the founding member and current President of the Pacific Pharmacists Association Inc. of NZ. She also completed her Fellowship at the Institute of Innovation and Improvement at Waitemata DHB.
Diana is passionate about equitable health, Pacific health and wellbeing, quality improvement, health literacy and collaborative and patient centred care.
Diana is an active advocate for Pharmacy and Pacific Health on many platforms. She has won many accolades in her career including the Supreme Award at the NZ Pharmacy Awards and the Honorary White Coat from the Otago Pharmacy School.
Bernie McKone, Waikiwi Unichem Pharmacy
I have been involved in Community Pharmacy with rural businesses employing up to 30 people. I have had 30 years of governance in The Pharmacy Sector including chair of PSNZ, PSNZ Inc, the NZ College of Pharmacists, WellSouth PHN. I am currently deputy chair of CAPA and a member of the Southern Clinical Governance Group and have an interest in developing clinical pharmacist roles in multi-disciplinary teams.
Pauline has been a practising pharmacist for 32 years, initially in hospital pharmacy then primary care since 2008 when Pauline and her colleague Carolyn Woolerton established Medwise, an innovative DHB-funded medicines optimisation service in the Bay of Plenty. Services include comprehensive medication reviews for patients in the community, general practices, hospice, aged residential care facilities, and patients on ACC Pain Management programmes; safe transition after hospital discharge for high-risk patients; and GP Continuing Medical Education. Pauline is an honorary clinical tutor on the pharmacist prescribing post-graduate course at the University of Auckland, having completed the qualification as part of the first cohort in 2012.
Recognising the importance of contributing to healthcare and the pharmacy profession, Pauline has been a member of local and national executive committees and working groups such as PSNZ Waikato-BOP Branch President, BOPDHB Pharmacy Alliance Team, NZHPA Executive Committee, and assistant to CAPA Executive. In 2021 she was awarded a Pharmaceutical Society of NZ Fellowship and won Primary Healthcare Pharmacist of the Year at the NZ Primary Healthcare Awards.