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Board Candidates 2016-17
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Deb Boyd (CHIA) - CEO - Auckland Eye Ltd

I am the CEO of Auckland Eye Ltd, a certified health informatician for Australasia, a registered nurse and e Health consultant.


I am passionate about health informatics and e Health having recently been the General Manager at Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital: St Stephens Hospital, which opened in Hervey Bay, Queensland in October 2014 and achieved HIMSS Level 6 in November 2014. This was a thrilling project to be part of with a fully functioning EMR and closed loop medication management system. I have worked in both public and private sectors so have a good understanding of the challenges within each sector.


My career experience includes clinical informatics, e-Health, digital integration, leadership, clinical care, operational management, systems improvement, culture development and change management. My governance experience includes time serving on the inaugural board of Partnership Health PHO, The Rock Church Board and more recently on the HiNZ Board as an appointed member. I am also a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.


I am completely inspired by what is possible with health informatics and am keen to see the work of HiNZ succeed and would consider it a privilege to continue my work on the board of HiNZ.




Deb Boyd

HiNZ Board member
(since 2014)

Karen Day - Programme Director of postgraduate health informatics - University of Auckland


I am a health informatician with a dream.

I was trained as a nurse and midwife, after which I did a BA in public health and health services management. My Masters was in managed care for people with long term health issues, and my PhD in Information Systems was about change management linked to health IT projects. I am now an academic, researching and teaching about health informatics. I am the Programme Director of postgraduate health informatics, and Pathway Champion for health informatics in the BHSc at The University of Auckland.

My governance experience extends from the 1980s when I served on a number of accessibility groups and committees (as a disability rights activist), to membership of various steering committees for information systems implementations over the last 15 years. I was the change manager of a large health IT project that formed the basis of my PhD. My role at the university includes several governance memberships, such as Boards of Studies, and the university Education Committee. For five years I served on the HiNZ Executive Committee (2007 – 2012).

My dream began when I was a disability rights activist in South Africa in the 1980s and 90s, when we began to change the world. My dream is now about giving a health informatics voice to people living with long term health issues. To achieve this dream, we need to build a health informatics competent workforce, turn the doctors' and nurses' computers to face their patients, and leverage technologies to deliver care where it counts – in our patients’ space, where amazing healthy things can happen.



Karen Day

HiNZ Board - new candidate

Mitchell Pham - Director and Head of Sales & Marketing - Augen Software Group




Mitchell Pham is a technology, business and social entrepreneur. He is a 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 Health sector engagement in New Zealand. Since 1993, Mitchell has been leading Augen in helping Health, Disability and Social Services organisations improve efficiencies, operate in an increasingly connected world, respond to greater reporting, transparency and outcome measures, and put Service User Experience at the forefront of engagement and innovation. Mitchell has two decades of experience in governance. Outside of Augen, he 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 has been an actively board member of HiNZ since 2014. He is passionate about the Health sector and sees Informatics as the key to unlocking its potential. He also sees the sector’s needs for:

  • More Cohesion among 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, fairer, more efficient, accessible, scalable, human-friendly and financially-sustainable ways.
  • More Integration within Health and with other disciplines such as Disability, Social, Education, Justice, etc. – to be part of a smarter and more effective approach to meeting the needs of people and families in the community.


Mitchell Pham

HiNZ Board member
(since 2014)

Naomi Heap - METU Team Leader / Clinic Manager - Waitemata DHB / AUT


Naomi is currently the Medical Education and Training Unit Team Leader at Waitemata DHB as well as the Clinic Manager of the Akoranga Integrated Health Clinic at AUT University.

Naomi’s professional background is in the management of clinical services including quality and audit. She has also worked in in health education in the tertiary and work place sectors for several years. Her areas of interest include supporting growth in dynamic teams, growing interprofessional competence, facilitating learning in early career health professionals and the management of person centred clinical services.

Naomi’s desire to contribute to the work of HiNZ aligns to her vision for a single health record, the emergence of health systems that patients can easily navigate, and technology that supports development and collaboration in healthcare teams.

Being actively involved in HiNZ as a board member will provide a forum to work collaboratively and strategically towards health informatics goals and priorities. This teamed with the potential to connect with technological endeavours in health and health education in New Zealand is incredibly exciting. Naomi will embark on a Master of Health Science at the beginning of 2017.


Naomi Heap

HiNZ Board - new candidate

Nathan Billing - Business Analyst - Auckland District Health Board


I am a Business Analyst at Auckland District Health Board, and hold an M.Sc in Health Informatics from the University of Edinburgh. I have over 12 year’s clinical experience and have practised in a wide range of dietetic specialities, across three continents. I am a New Zealand Registered Dietitian, member of the Nutrition Informatics Interest Group of the Dietitians Association of Australia, and a keynote speaker at the Dietitians New Zealand conference this year. I am also an active member of the New Zealand National Allied Health Data Collaborative.

I have been an active member of the HINZ board since 2010 and contributed too many initiatives to enable HINZ’s transformation. I was re-elected in 2014 and committed to enhancing the services provided by HINZ and to build on the capability of health informatics within New Zealand. In the past two years on the board I have helped establish a financial delegated authority policy, led a constitutional review group to help better align our constitution with our new direction as an organisation. I am privileged to be part of the Clinical Technical Advisory Group of HINZ and presented one of our successful primer sessions at Taranaki District Health Board earlier this year. I have helped with the review of scientific papers, chaired presentation streams at conferences and even been a bus monitor for delegates at last year’s conference in Christchurch. In short, I have delivered on my commitment to enhance the services HINZ provides to you, our members and would like to continue to do so. We have a great CEO and with Kim’s leadership have gone from good to great. I would like to maintain this positive trajectory and continue to be part of this successful team. To do this I would like to ask for your vote.



Nathan Billing

HiNZ Board member
(since 2010)

Rebecca George - Clinical Lead for Allied Health Informatics - Christchurch Hospital



Becky is an Occupational Therapist working as Clinical Lead for Allied Health Informatics at Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch. She has a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Sciences. She trained overseas and has had valuable experience of different health care systems and constructs. This gives her a rich foundation of knowledge and insight into the patient journey and clinical services. She has held both clinical and leadership roles in a variety of different service areas, giving her a passion for raising the profile of Allied Health professions and developing visibility to their participation within the Patient’s journey.


Becky co founded the National Allied Health Data Collaborative, and co authored the current Allied Health National Minimum Data Set Proposal created within this forum. She is a member of the Clinical and Technical Advisory Group for HiNZ and a member of the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO). She is a contributor to local eHealth innovations and regularly represents Allied Health across the acute sector participating in eHealth developments. Becky oversees the data collection of Allied Health staff on the acute site and liaises regularly with the Health Round Table, participating in the key data issues that affect Allied Health staff across NZ.


The development of accurate and robust data and information systems, that reflect the value of our services and the clinicians input to the patients and their outcomes, is a key driver for Becky.



Rebecca George

HiNZ Board - new candidate

Sheree East - Director of Nursing - Nurse Maude and Director of New Zealand Institute of Community Health Care


Nurse Maude is a large community based NGO that provides District Nursing, Palliative Care and health care services to people living in their own homes, Hospice, and Aged Residential Care Hospital, in Canterbury, along with Care Coordination services in Canterbury, Capital Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs.


I believe that health informatics is at the centre of enabling clinicians to provide great care and for assisting consumers to take a lead role in managing their own health. For me this means that systems and technology must be accessible, support clinical use and ultimately contribute to improved health outcomes. Information systems must be based on sound design and the principles of interoperability to ensure that data can be collected that is meaningful to measure the clinical effectiveness of our work and provide information for improvement.


As Director of Nursing at Nurse Maude I have been instrumental in supporting the development of the patient management system, incorporating standardised clinical terminology to enable the measurement of outcomes of care. I have supported the development of nursing informatics roles and telehealth services and coordinated two national nursing informatics conferences.


My clinical background is nursing and midwifery. Through my memberships on various committees and my parallel role as the Director of the Institute of Community Health Care, I provide input into decisions about information system and technology development from the perspective of nursing and community / aged care.


My support and encouragement of research projects focusing on the development and use of Health Informatics is driven through the belief that it is the single most powerful tool we have to meet the provision of accessible and informed healthcare.


Committee memberships include: National Information Clinical Leaders Group, South Island Information Services SLA, HealthOne Steering committee (now ceased), CDHB Systems Governance Group, Nurse Executives of New Zealand, and College of Nurses Aotearoa.





Sheree East

HiNZ Board - new candidate

Trevor English - Executive Director - Otakaro Pathways


Trevor is a co-founder of a NZ science exploration company, Otakaro Pathways, which develops novel tests and treatments. He also works as a contractor with NZ's leading pathology provider. These roles ensure that he is involved actively with the NZ health informatics and innovation sectors and aware of the opportunities provided and available to NZ health.

Trained in New Zealand he has worked extensively in the Australian health sector in a career that has seen him hold senior executive positions in public and private health delivery as well as IT, sales, marketing and service delivery organisations and as sector representative and not for profit organisations. He holds post graduate degrees in science in Clinical Biochemistry and a MBA from Macquarie University.


Trevor has active interests in science, technology, innovation and information systems, particularly their practical application and integration to improve the effectiveness in health delivery. His belief is that these tools combined with a flexible, strong and viable sector workforce are essential in providing integrated and sustainable health delivery, now and into the future.

He participates in a number of local and national initiatives and projects including pathology governance, informatics, infection management, lean process improvement and employment relations. He has governance experience with boards and national bodies and is a director of a NZ-based private innovation group. Recently he worked as a DHB General Manager with responsibilities for a broad portfolio of services including Laboratory Diagnostic services, Clinical Technologies Support Services and Contract Management.




Trevor English 

HiNZ Board member
(since 2014)

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