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eHealthNews Webinar


UK’s Virtual Summer School – NZ Session
6:10pm to 7:15pm, Friday 24 July 2020


HiNZ and Digital Health are collaborating to bring you the New Zealand session of the Virtual Summer School on 24 July at 6.10pm. This will be followed by a session focusing on Australia. Further speakers will be announced soon.

Hosted by Digital, the Summer School is an annual event bringing together chief clinical information officers, chief information officers and chief nursing information officers for learning, networking and collaboration.

The event is going entirely online in 2020, giving the opportunity for New Zealand digital health professionals to attend and share international experiences and lessons on digital responses to Covid-19, as well as exploring what comes next.


How to connect to the webinar
  • This webinar is free for anyone to attend.
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About the Expert Panel

Webinar facilitated by Rebecca McBeth, HiNZ News Editor.


Panel participants are:

  • Shayne Hunter, Deputy Director-General Data and Digital, Ministry of Health
  • Ruth Large, Chair NZ Telehealth Forum & Emergency Care Physician, Waikato DHB
  • Stella Ward, Chief Digital Officer at Canterbury and West Coast DHB
  • Christopher Fawcett, Medical Director Tū Ora Compass Health, Medical Director Hora Te Pai


Shayne Hunter

Deputy Director-General Data and Digital

Ministry of Health


Shayne Hunter joined the Ministry of Health in March 2019 as the Deputy Director-General, Data and Digital.

Shayne has spent the last 19 years in the health and disability sector where he developed a strong a passion for information and technology enabled improvements for the system and for the health outcomes for individuals and our population.

His previous role was as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs where he was a member of the ELT for each district health board. He was also previously the chair of the Central Region DHB’s CIO group and the Chair of the Health Sector National IS Leaders Forum. Prior to his role as CIO, he was based at the Ministry and led a number of national initiatives in the area of medicines management.

Shayne started his career with IBM before leaving to establish a number of start-up business based on emerging technologies. From there he has held delivery and leadership roles in government and the private sector.


Ruth Large
Chair NZ Telehealth Forum & Emergency Care Physician
Waikato DHB


Ruth graduated in Medicine in 1999 and spent time working in the outback of Australia and then in General Practice in New Zealand. She completed her Emergency Medicine training in Auckland, receiving Fellowship in 2007 and went on to Fellowship of the RNZCGP Division of Rural Hospital Medicine in 2013. She is an Emergency Physician and Rural Hospitalist working for the largest rural District Health Board in New Zealand. Her particular interests are in ultrasound, musculoskeletal and pain medicine and in the opportunities the digital world gives for equity of health outcomes. 

Working as Clinical Director of Thames Hospital from 2012-2018 Ruth has found addressing the inequities of rural practice challenging. She has had a keen interest in Telehealth since her outback days and has been a member of the New Zealand Telehealth Forum since its inception in 2012 and Chair since 2017. She was appointed to the new position of Clinical Director of Information Services and Virtual Healthcare for the Waikato DHB in February 2018. Her clinical practice and her leadership roles allow her a glimpse into the future where patients have better access to the care that they deserve. 

Ruth lives on a lifestyle block in the North Waikato with her farm consultant husband and three children, proving that you can have your cake and eat it too. 


Stella Ward
Chief Digital Officer
Canterbury and West Coast DHB


Stella provides strategic leadership and governance to support the Canterbury and West Coast DHBs vision of an integrated health system enabled by technology. Connecting and accelerating smart ideas, products and services is central to this vision so key priorities can be realised such as improving efficiency, improving equity, reducing waste and duplication and enhancing the experience for our people and our patients.







Christopher Fawcett
Medical Director Tū Ora Compass Health (Primary Health Organisation)
Medical Director Hora Te Pai (Very Low Cost Access Clinic Kapiti Coast)


Dr Chris Fawcett BMedSc, MBChB, FRNZCGP,MGP, PGDipMSM, PGDIP(Henley) is a General Practitioner who trained at Otago University and has practiced on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand for 30 years, and been Medical Director at Hora Te Pai for 7 years, and most recently at Tū Ora Compass Health for just over 12 months. Dr Fawcett has a Masters in General Practice and an interest in Quality, Teaching and Health Service Delivery. 


Webinar facilitator:


Rebecca McBeth
HiNZ News Editor


Rebecca McBeth joined the HiNZ team as editor of in January 2018. Rebecca was previously news editor at Digital Health Intelligence in London and prior to that, was the senior health reporter at The Christchurch Press, where she won a NZ Canon Media Award and a NZ Reporting Diversity award. Based in Auckland, she is committed to communicating news, experience and knowledge throughout New Zealand’s data and digital health sector.

How to connect to the webinar
  • This webinar is free for anyone to attend.
  • Register once for the series and get access to all webinars live and on-demand.
>> Watch on demand now <<

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