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CHAIR - Liz Schoff
Liz Schoff has lived in Auckland since 2007, when she relocated from the San Francisco Bay area.


Her first five years in New Zealand were spent at Orion Health, a well-respected Kiwi-owned global health Information Technology (IT) software vendor. At Orion Health, she held several roles, establishing teams in Product Management and Regulatory Compliance as well as managing complex and strategic company initiatives.


Liz's professional background before health IT was designing and implementing information technology in other industries, such as finance, government, publishing and transportation.


She returned to school at the University of Auckland to complete a Masters in Health Science to extend her expertise in the health sector. She is particularly interested in the increasing focus on patient self-management and citizen engagement in the health system and the technical and non-technical changes that will be needed to enable this.


DEPUTY CHAIR - Trevor English


I have an interest in integration and effectiveness in health, the practical application of information, technology, the development of innovation, and a belief in the need for a flexible, strong and viable sector workforce. This is supported by experience in governance, leadership and operations across a broad range of areas including experience in sales marketing and service.


I am currently a Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) General Manager (GM) with responsibilities for a broad portfolio of services including  Laboratory Diagnostic services, Clinical Technologies (engineering, sterile services mobility services and TeleHealth), Support Services and Contract Management.


I also participate in a number of local and national projects in areas including pathology governance, informatics, infection management, leadership of lean process improvement and employment relations. I have governance experience with boards and national bodies and am a director of a NZ based private innovation group.


TREASURER - Nathan Billing

Nathan Billing is an experienced allied health professional and currently a senior dietitian at North Shore hospital in Auckland.

His interest in health informatics began while working at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London where he was seconded to the IT department to help develop electronic prescribing pathways for dietitians to prescribe both oral supplements and tube feeds. Following this work he also helped facilitate a weekly reporting system to identify patients that had not been electronically screened for malnutrition risk while in hospital to ensure they were screened and seen if appropriate.

After realising the potential for health informatics at improving patient care he enrolled in an online masters program in health informatics through the University of Edinburgh prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 2008. He graduated from this program in November 2011 and was awarded his degree with distinction. He is interested in utilising health informatics to improve both allied health productivity and patient outcomes, and is excited about the potential future for m-Health applications to facilitate these developments.


Denise Irvine, MBS. BSocSci RN.

Health Consultant - ehealth

Denise Irvine has broad experience in both health and education. Having seen the positive benefits of providing health information and health care by information and communication technology, she established a consultancy in ehealth.


This consultancy provides advice and support to health organisations, staff and consumers in the use of information and communication technology as a valuable health delivery tool.


Denise is also a member of the Primary Care Information Management Group.


Dave Parry

Dave Parry is a Senior Lecturer and director of the AUT Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Applications Laboratory (AURA) in the AUT School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.


His research interests include Health Informatics, Ontology based information retrieval , and RFID applications for pervasive computing. Current research projects include the use of of RFID in healthcare, fuzzy ontology development and implementation and information systems to support health care in developing nations. He published over 50 refereed articles and conference papers.

In the RFID area, Dave’s main interests are in deriving activity information from logs of RFID tag detection, and use of RFID to support the disabled and elderly in their homes.


The major projects he is currently involved include the use of RFID to reduce adverse drug event and other areas in operating theatres. This involves both drug-tracking and integration of RFID into clinical information systems as well as deriving activity from passive and active tag information.


Mitchell Pham


Mitchell Pham is a technology, business and social entrepreneur. He is Co-founder, Director, Board member, and head of Marketing & International Development of the Augen Software Group, as well as Chairman of the group’s operation in Asia, and head of its iHDSS (Integrated Health-Disability-Social Services) business in New Zealand.


Mitchell has over two decades of experience in informatics, software products & services, sales & marketing, international operations, integrated health-disability-social services, strategy development, collaborative partnerships, business growth through innovation, and governance.


Outside of Augen, Mitchell is a Co-Founder and Trustee of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust (ARFT) and the Foundation for Social Responsibility NZ (FOStR-NZ).  In government boards, he currently serves as a Trustee of the Asia:NZ Foundation, and an Advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Mitchell is passionate about the Health sector and sees Informatics as the key to maximising its potential.  He also sees the sector’s needs for: 



  • More cohesion among its diverse range of participants
  • and stakeholders – to seize opportunities for collaboration, integration, scalability, expanding coverage of health needs, and maximisation of investment returns and health outcomes.
  • More capability to develop and deploy Innovation – to overcome health challenges in a resource-constrained world in smarter, more scalable and sustainable ways.
  • More integration within Health and with other disciplines such as Disability Support, Social Services, Housing, Education, Justice, etc. – to be part of a more holistic approach to addressing the needs of people and families in the community. 

Lloyd McCann

 Dr Lloyd McCann is the Director of Medical Services at MercyAscot and a Beachheads Advisor for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


He was previously the Medical Director for Harris Corporation, Healthcare Solutions for EMEA. Lloyd also worked for NHS IMAS (Interim Management and Support), was an elected member on the TechUK Health and Social Care Board and a Technical Advisory Group Member for the Global E-Health Ambassadors Programme.


He has worked across DHBs in NZ, in clinical roles across a range of medical and surgical specialties and also led systems improvement projects in the DHB environment – this was combined with time as a clinical and design consultant for Orion Health.


He completed a mixed clinical and managerial fellowship at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in Emergency Medicine and Performance Improvement. In this role, Lloyd led the performance improvement team for the Trust.


Lloyd holds a BHB and MBChB from the University of Auckland and a Masters in Health Services Management from the University of Warwick. He has completed courses in Health and Innovation through the University of Oxford and Health Law through the University of Otago. Lloyd has published and presented in the areas of integrated care, healthcare IT, clinical leadership, service improvement and medical education nationally and internationally.

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