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Movers & Shakers: Spring 2019

Tuesday, 10 December 2019  
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Tamzin Brott


Tamzin Brott has been seconded into the acting chief allied health professions officer role at the Ministry of Health from January–July 2020.  


Current CAHPO Martin Chadwick is undertaking a Harkness Fellowship for 10 months and was first covered by Hillary Exton, director of allied health scientific and technical professions at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, and followed by Brott, who holds the same title at Waitematā DHB.


Brott plans to focus on continuing to establish the inaugural role, which will turn one in February 2020, alongside the existing clinical office partners of chief medical officer and chief nurse.


Also, she aims to progress the socialisation and integration of Chadwick’s foundational Five Challenges for allied health, which he presented live from Toronto via Zoom at the eAllied Health symposium at Digital Health Week NZ in November. The symposium was co-chaired by Brott.


Richard Li


Richard Li is the chief information officer at Bay of Plenty District Health Board where he is directly accountable for the strategic expansion and repositioning of digital transformation, big data and mobile capability for the organisation.

Before joining BoPDHB, Li was the chief product officer of Mohio International Inc., a cloud based visual analytics software as a service firm.  

He has previously held leadership roles including the head of ICT at PHARMAC, enterprise information service manager at Beef + Lamb New Zealand and digital innovation manager at Centre for Software Innovation, Auckland UniServices.



Rebecca George


Rebecca George has been elected chair of the HiNZ Board, taking over from Rebecca Grainger, who was chair for two years.


George, who is clinical lead – allied health informatics at Christchurch Hospital, has been on the board since 2016.


“We have an emerging digital health workforce that is required to support clinical and non-clinical staff to design, develop and implement solutions,” she says.


“I believe there is an increasing urgency to address the need and development for a health informatics learning pathway accessible to all members of our digital health community.  


“We also need to explore ways of facilitating greater engagement with and inclusion of consumers, so that as we build on the technology and exchange of health information between health, disability and social care providers, those that use it can sustain themselves in ‘wellness’ at home.”


John Ashley


John Ashley was appointed director digital strategy and solutions at Atlantis Healthcare in November. His recent shift builds on his experience and interest in digital health from his previous roles at The Selwyn Foundation and Orion Health. 


Atlantis Healthcare chief executive Jonny Duder noted that “this is an exciting time for Atlantis Healthcare as we build on our more than 25 years’ experience and data in behaviour change to further leverage the power of digital solutions enabling better outcomes for patients, consumers, healthcare professionals and the health system overall”.


Ashley will support Atlantis’s global efforts to develop and deploy new offerings that combine data-driven behavioural change science with artificial intelligence across a range of digital touchpoints to deliver effective personalised support solutions for healthcare consumers wherever and whenever needed.


Simon Jones


In October healthAlliance welcomed its new chief financial officer, Simon Jones.


Jones was previously the CFO at Moana New Zealand, a seafood and fishing company owned by all 58 New Zealand iwi, and has been involved in the primary sector for many years.


He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with an MBA and Master of Commerce (Honours) degrees.


Joining healthAlliance is Jones’s first foray into the public sector.


“Having spent all my years in the primary sector, to be joining the public healthcare sector that is undergoing fundamental change in the form of digital transformation to support better health outcomes for people is very exciting,” he says.


Andrew Grant


Andrew Grant is general manager of New Zealand pharmacy dispensing software vendor Toniq.


Grant was software delivery manager at the company and has taken over from former managing director Geoff Sayer.


“I am relishing leading Toniq, the company that I have been dedicated to for the last 17 years and at a time when our industry is becoming increasingly complex,” he says.


“With the support from our wider Clanwilliam family, the team at Toniq are committed to making a positive difference to patient care through the continued development of innovative software solutions for the health industry.”


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