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CiLN Advisory panel update – September 2020

Sunday, 6 September 2020  
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CiLN co-chair Alex Fosyth


Kia ora koutou.  Ko wai ahau?  
Ko Aoraki te maunga.  
Ko Waimakariri te Awa.  
No Otautahi ahau.  
Ko Alex Forsyth toku ingoa. 

I am a Speech and Language Therapist by clinical background. Having started my career in Auckland, I moved to work in the UK for almost 14 years before deciding to return home with my family in 2017. My current role is Director Allied Health Scientific and Technical at Whanganui DHB, where I am also the operational lead for Primary and Community services. 

My passion for Clinical Informatics stems is driven by my intention to be part of the solution for equity issues in our health system. I believe that there is significant potential for data and digitally driven opportunities to create fundamental and lasting systemic change. Equity is also the focus of my doctoral studies,I am interested in what it means to be a partner in Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a Pakeha health leader. My other area of interest is in mental health, where we have all seen the overwhelmingly positive responses from our Tangata Whaiora to Telehealth. I bring my experience in governance, leadership, and my interests in mental health and equity to this group.

This month the CiLN Advisory Panel met for the the first time with myself and Nathan as co-chair. We identified that the coming term is important for CiLN as we work to solidify the vision for our role within the crowded Digital and Data landscape, recognising the added value we hold as the Network of Clinical Leaders in the field of Digital and Data. Our position statement has been key in defining who we are, and we now need to take the next step in giving visibility to our key priorities. This is even more important with the recent release of the Health and Disability Systems Review, with digital and data a clear key area of focus within the recommendations. 

With Covid-19 resurgance, we have extended the opportunity for members to express an interest in being part of the advisory panel for CiLN. Membership on the panel will support the review of our terms of reference and the development of our action plan to meet the key priorities. We would love to hear from you if you are wanting to be part of dedicated discussions in this area, and have around an hour or two a week to dedicate to this. If you ever wanted to be part of something that has the potential to shape the future of the health system, now is the time to step forward. If you are interested in discussing this further, can you please contact Nathan Kershaw, Rebecca McBeth or myself by no later than 13 September.

Thanks to HiNZ and Spark Health we have another exciting opportunity to highlight the value add of Clinical Informatics with the launch of the Clinical Informatics Leadership Award 2020. This award gives us the opportunity to celebrate those who embody what we as a community feel is at the heart of clinical informatics - expertise, clinical leadership, stakeholder engagement; competence and capability; and communication. You also get a significant monetary award towards professional development.

To be eligible for the award you must be a member of CiLN, which is open to anyone with a clinical background and an interest in data/ and or digital.

You can nominate yourself or others and the closing date for entries is 5pm September 25.

In summary, the time is now to:

- Encourage those you know who embody the values of Clinical Informatics to join CiLN
- Celebrate your colleagues – or importantly your own contribution to Clinical Informatics – by filling in a nomination form for the Clinical Informatics Leadership Award 2020
- Have a chat with Nathan, Rebecca or myself about the opportunity of joining the advisory panel for CiLN

If you would like to provide feedback on this news story, please contact the editor Rebecca McBeth.


Read more news:

CiLN Advisory panel update – August 2020
CiLN Advisory Panel update – July 2020

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