Clinical leaders

Clinical leaders provide technical advice and are likely to have professional backgrounds.

Clinical leader profiles

Christopher McEwan – Elective Prioritisation

Chris McEwan is Clinical Leader for Prioritisation, a position which sits within the National Health Board Business Unit and covers the full range of surgical elective services.

Chris is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with an interest in burn surgery and craniofacial/head and neck surgery. Prior to working for the National Health Board he was a consultant surgeon and Clinical Director for Plastic Surgery at Waikato District Health Board.

Chris has been on the Council of the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons and was a founder member of the New Zealand Foundation for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. He has represented New Zealand plastic surgeons on the Professional Development and Standards Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Dr Chris Wong – Public Health

Dr Chris Wong is Clinical Leader Public Health in the National Services Purchasing Group, National Health Board. Chris graduated in medicine from Auckland University in 1987, and subsequently completed post-graduate medical training in clinical pathology (microbiology) (1999) and public health medicine (2003), including completion of the Auckland University Master of Public Health (2004). Prior to joining the Ministry, he worked with the funding and planning teams of the three Auckland DHBs and at the Northern DHB Support Agency on a wide range of projects including health needs assessment, health services planning, health informatics and oral health programme management.

Chris joined the Ministry in November 2005 as a public health portfolio manager. In his current role he continues to be a member of the Public Health Group Strategic Management Team and has also undertaken secondments with the Population Protection Group (communicable diseases), Population Health Directorate and with the Health Services Planning Unit (health service planning tools), National Health Board.

Chris also manages the interface between the Public Health Group and the newly established Public Health Clinical Network, which brings together medical officers of health and the managers of all 13 public health units with the National Health Board to strengthen the performance and sustainability of public health services.

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