Vanessa Stoddart Announced as Health New Zealand and Māori Health Authority board member

Congratulations to Vanessa Stoddart, a Global Women Member, who has been appointed as an interim board member for the newly unveiled Health New Zealand.

This comes after the Government’s announcement to create a single health organisation in a plan to centralise the healthcare system and stamp out “postcode lottery” in healthcare services, by replacing all 20 District Health Boards with this unified body. This move also includes the Māori Health Authority, which will work alongside Health New Zealand in developing strategies and policies that work for Māori.

With a strong focus on change management and performance improvement in her leadership approach, we can’t wait to see Vanessa’s contribution. Her role as an interim board member will help shape the new entities and structures that emerge from Health New Zealand, as it seeks to build on and amplify the changes the health system underwent during the Covid-19 pandemic. (We recently unpacked some of these approaches HERE, in a recent Webinar that explored how the Te Ao Māori approach leads to success in the community.)

She joins fellow Interim board members, Rob Campbell (Chair), Amy Adams, Cassandra Crowley, Vui Mark Gosche, Dame Karen Poutasi, Dr Curtis Walker and Sharon Shea on this next chapter of healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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