The Minister of Health, Dr David Clark has announced a wide-ranging review designed to future-proof our health and disability services and has appointed Ms Heather Simpson as Chair of the review.
The Terms of Reference have been finalised following expert feedback but they remain deliberately wide and now allow for a more thorough assessment of the disability sector.
Joining Ms Simpson on the expert review panel are Shelly Campbell, Professor Peter Crampton, Dr Lloyd McCann, Dr Margaret Southwick, Dr Winfield Bennett and Sir Brian Roche.
The panel will seek independent advice and analysis and engage with DHBs, primary care, health professionals and the public in developing its recommendations.
The review panel will then provide an interim report by July 2019 and a final report by 31 March 2020.
Expert Review Panel
Heather Simpson: Chair
Heather Simpson has a background in health economics and was an economics lecturer at Otago University. From 1999-2008 she was Chief of Staff to then Prime Minister, Helen Clark. She went on to work at the United Nations Development Programme and is currently a special advisor in the Prime Minister’s office.
Shelley Campbell: Member
Shelley Campbell brings an array of business, health, and governance experience to the Review panel. As CEO of the Cancer Society, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, she manages a large budget and is responsible for 750 staff and volunteers. She is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit – health and disability, and an Honorary Captain of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Professor Peter Crampton: Member
Professor Peter Crampton is Dean of the Otago Medical School at the University of Otago. He brings significant academic expertise to the Review panel, and is a specialist in public health medicine. His research is focused on social indicators and social epidemiology, health care policy, and health care organisation and funding.
Dr Lloyd McCann: Member
Dr Lloyd McCann brings governance, business and health sector experience to the Review panel. He is CEO and Head of Digital Health at Mercy Radiology and Healthcare Holdings Limited, and was previously Director of Medical Services and Chief Operating Officer at MercyAscot Hospitals and Mercy Radiology. He has served on various advisory panels, and has presented at health and business conferences.
Dr Margaret Southwick: Member
Dr Margaret Southwick has worked as a Senior Lecturer, Head of School and Dean in the nursing departments at various tertiary institutions in New Zealand. She serves on various advisory committees and her governance experience will be a valuable contribution to the Review panel. She was previously Chair of the Nursing Council and was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for contributions to Pacific Communities in 2009.
Dr Winfield Bennett: Member
Dr Winfield Bennett was Group Manager, Funding, Planning, and Performance at Hawke’s Bay DHB. He has helped to lead: the development of the New Zealand Primary Healthcare Strategy, planning and funding teams at Capital & Coast and Hawke’s Bay DHBs, and litigation management and development of cost benefit assessments at PHARMAC.
Sir Brian Roche: Member
Sir Brian Roche brings extensive governance, leadership and business experience to the Review panel. In 2017, he was named a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the State and business. He was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Post Group from 2010 to 2017 and was previously Chairman of the New Zealand Transport Agency Board.