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BOARD CHAIR - Rebecca Grainger

Rebecca Grainger is a physician and academic serving at the coal faces of care of New Zealanders with chronic health conditions, medical education for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students in health sciences and health research. She is an enthusiastic user of IT as a tool to assist her with this and can see many possibilities for improved design and use of these to achieve more, more easily and with greater engagement.

Rebecca has governance experience in the NGO sector having served on the Governing Body of Arthritis New Zealand since 2014. She is also on the Adult Medicine Division Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and on the national executive of the New Zealand Rheumatology Association.

Rebecca is currently employed as a consultant rheumatologist at Hutt Valley DHB and senior lecturer in medicine and pathology at University of Otago Wellington. She graduated in medicine from University of Otago and has a PhD in translation medical research.

BOARD MEMBER - Rebecca George

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.

BOARD MEMBER - Nathan Billing

Nathan Billing is a Business Analyst at Auckland District Health Board. He holds a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Edinburgh, and has over 12 years clinical experience.

He has served within a wide range of medical and surgical dietetic specialities both in community and acute care settings, across three continents. He is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and part time lecturer at Massey University. 
Nathan has been an active member of the HINZ board since 2011 and has contributed to many initiatives to enable HINZ’s transformation. He was re-elected last year and is committed to enhancing the services provided by HINZ to help front line clinical staff build on the capability of health informatics within New Zealand.



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.



Dave Parry is an Associate Professor and head of the department of Computer Science in the AUT School of Engineering, Computer 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


I am the CEO of Auckland Eye Ltd, a registered nurse and e Health consultant.

I am passionate about health informatics and e Health and am a Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA). I was 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. It was a privilege to see firsthand the patients and staff's experiences as they transitioned from old ways of doing things to successfully using new technology.

I have worked in both public and private sectors so have a good understanding of the challenges within each sector. My career experience includes e Health, digital integration, clinical informatics, 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 a member of the Institute of Directors and have completed the Directors course.

I am completely inspired by what is possible and am keen to see the work of HINZ succeed.


BOARD MEMBER - Trevor English

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.


BOARD MEMBER - Sheree East

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, CDHB Systems Governance Group, Nurse Executives of New Zealand, and College of Nurses Aotearoa.




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.

Naomi will embark on a Master of Health Science at the beginning of 2017.

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