Office of the Chief Nurse

Margareth Broodkoorn, Chief Nursing Officer

Of Maori and Dutch whakapapa (descent) Margareth is proud to be a New Zealand registered nurse with a career that includes clinical practice, leadership, operational management, strategic, governance and education roles within Aotearoa, New Zealand.   

Appointed to the Chief Nursing Officer role with the Ministry of Health in February 2019, Margareth was formerly the Director of Nursing and Midwifery at NDHB.  Prior to this she has worked with Māori health and community providers in Northland,  Manukau Institute of Technology and Auckland University, nursing practice and leadership roles with Auckland DHB.

With over 30 years of experience in the health sector Margareth is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi,  addressing Māori health inequities, improving access to health services for all consumers, and developing an enabled,  responsive culturally safe workforce.

She is passionate that nursing can make a significant difference in achieving equity in health outcomes across Aotearoa with a sustainable future focused nursing workforce that leads change and innovation in partnership with the wider health team.

Jane Bodkin, Chief Advisor

Jane is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters in Public Policy from the School of Government, Victoria University where her thesis related to competency-based workforce development in nursing.

She also has a Masters in Nursing, Massey University, 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts, in History and Political Science, University of Otago.

Jane has previously worked in a variety of clinical roles in mental health and addictions nursing.  

Jane came to the Office from her role as Senior Nurse in the Consultation Liaison Team, Wellington Regional Public Hospital, Capital and Coast DHB.

Jane's portfolios are mental health and addictions, nurse practitioners and enrolled nurses, and  implementation of the 8 eights of Parliament that were changed to enable nurses and other health practitioners to carry out certain functions that previously only medical practitioners could do. She is also working on growing and supporting the Māori nursing workforce with Ramai Lord, Senior Advisor.

Kathy Glasgow, Principal Advisor – Nursing

Kathy joined the Office of the Chief Nurse in August 2015. She has a Masters (appl) in Social Science Research and a PhD in Social Policy. In her doctoral thesis she explored the values, expectations and attitudes to ageing amongst the baby boomer cohort.

Kathy’s background in nursing included critical care, oncology, occupational health and graduate nurse education. She came to the Ministry from the primary health care sector where she was a practice manager and practice nurse. 

Kathy also brings experience of the NGO sector where she worked for community organisations as a policy advisor and health promoter. More recently she was engaged in social research, and was a Research Fellow with the NZ Institute for Research on Ageing at Victoria University.

Kathy’s key portfolios in the Office focus on the health of older people workforce and on registered nurses, including new graduates.

Ramai Lord – Senior Advisor – Nursing

Ramai is an experienced registered nurse with a unique and extensive background in Māori health and primary health care. She has a BA in Māori and Indigenous Studies and Te Reo, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences. She is currently completing her Masters of Health Science (Nursing Clinical). Ramai is of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-a-Apanui and Ngāti Porou descent.

Ramai will be on a one-year secondment from her position as Māori Health Manager at Pegasus Health in Christchurch. She will be performing the usual duties of a Senior Advisor in the Office, and will hold specific responsibility for advancing the Office’s Māori Workforce Development Plan.

Debra Begg – Senior Executive Assistant – Office of the Chief Nurse

Debra Begg

Debra joined the Ministry of Health in September 2017. She comes to us from the private sector, where she worked in debt collection for 18 years. During her time there she worked in administration, recruitment, IT, and in the contact centre and as a team leader.

She brings experience gained through working with people from varied social and ethnic backgrounds and is skilled at defusing difficult situations.

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