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.

Executive Leadership Team

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.

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.

Wider clinical leaders

In addition to the above there are a number of other clinical leaders within the Ministry with responsibilities for particular clinical areas or programmes:

  • Riana Clarke, National Clinical Director Oral Health
  • Chris McEwan, Clinical Leader Prioritisation
  • Jane O'Hallahan, Clinical Director National Screening Unit
  • Susan Parry, Clinical Director National Bowel Cancer Screening programme.
  • Kass Jane, Principal Clinical Advisor Maternity
  • Juliet Rumball-Smith, Clinical Chief Advisor
  • Andi Shirtcliffe, Chief Advisor Pharmacy
  • Amanda Smith, Chief Clinical Advisor Disability
  • Tim Jelleyman, Chief Advisor Child & Youth Health
  • Phil Wood, Chief Advisor Healthy Ageing
  • Arran Culver, Chief Clinical Advisor, Mental Health and Addiction
  • Anthony Doyle, Clinical Leader Radiology
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