Clinical leadership

The Ministry's clinical leaders provide clinical leadership and advice and are likely to have professional backgrounds. The provision of practical, clinical and technical advice is key to helping New Zealanders live longer, healthier and more independent lives.

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Chief Clinical Officers | Ngā Āpiha Hauora

There are three clinical leadership roles within the Ministry’s executive leadership team – the Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Nursing Officer and the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer. Working in partnership, these roles are the key point of contact for clinical input and strategic professional advice to the Ministry, Ministers and the wider health and disability sector

Martin Chadwick. Martin Chadwick: Chief Allied Health Professions Officer 

Martin has over 25 years of health experience in a range of roles in both the USA and New Zealand and has filled a variety of clinical, managerial and strategic leadership roles. He joined Manatū Hauora from the Bay of Plenty DHB where he was Executive of Director Allied Health, Scientific and Technical. Prior to that he held a similar role at Counties Manukau DHB for six years.

Martin has a doctoral degree from AUT examining health workforce change. He is passionate about the untapped potential that allied health professions can bring in improving the quality of care provided to our populations, and in turn better meeting equitable population health needs.

Dr Joe Bourne: Chief Medical Officer

Joe is an experienced clinical and people leader with a passion for being the ‘bridge’ between policy and strategy, healthcare operations, and clinical standards to deliver tangibly better outcomes across Aotearoa. He is a proud generalist, enjoying the challenge of the variety of presentations that are seen in primary care. He sees relationships as being the foundation upon which good health care delivery is based and believes the value of continuity, which is at the heart of general practice, is vital in delivering better outcomes for people and their whānau.

Joe has worked in Te Puke since 2003 and is a practising GP, working in an inter-disciplinary team at Poutiri Wellness Centre, a kaupapa Māori practice.  He also has extensive experience working for Bay of Plenty DHB including time as the Clinical Director of Innovation and Improvement and as Acting Chief Medical Officer.

From January to October 2021, Joe was the primary care lead for the COVID-19 Vaccination and Immunisation Programme, and in November 2021 he became the clinical lead for COVID Care in the Community. 

Joe is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice, and also has a Master of Public Health (Health System Management).

Lorraine Hetaraka. Lorraine Hetaraka: Chief Nursing Officer

Lorraine (Tapuika, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāiterangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Kahu) has a strong clinical and academic background in nursing leadership. She joined the Ministry from Te Arawa Whānau Ora where she was Chief Executive. In this role she made a significant contribution to Māori and other high-needs populations’ wellbeing in the communities this organisation supports. 

Lorraine started her career as a registered nurse and then progressed into roles as a Nursing Leader and Nursing Director accountable for strategy, workforce planning, policy and primary healthcare delivery. This included working for the National Hauora Coalition and Procare Health and Homecare Medical. She was also joint Associate Director of Nursing: Māori at Auckland District Health Board and the University of Auckland for four years.

Roles that have a statutory function

There are also clinical leadership roles within the Ministry which have functions set out in law.

These include the Director of Public Health, the Director of Mental Health and the Director of Addiction Services.

Visit the Roles that have a statutory function page for more information.

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