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Ministerial Appointments to DHB Board

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Today, the Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman announced the appointment of Dot McKinnon and Brendan Duffy as MidCentral DHB’s Chair and Deputy Chair. He also confirmed the re-appointment of Barbara Cameron and Oriana Paewai.

These four appointed members join with the seven members elected by the public on 8 October, to form MidCentral DHB’s board.

Outgoing Chairman, Phil Sunderland, said:  “It is with great pride that I hand over the chairmanship of MidCentral DHB to Dot McKinnon.  I have had the honour of working with Dot over the past three years as her Deputy on the Whanganui DHB board where she is Chair.  She is an excellent Chair, providing great leadership and guidance.

“At MidCentral, we have just finalised our Strategy for the next five to 10 years, and have supporting plans in place, or nearing completion.  This includes our long term investment plan.  The stage is set and I have every confidence that Dot and the Board will ensure these are implemented successfully.

“MidCentral DHB is a great organisation, and I have been honoured to lead it for the last 7 years.  Every day, hundreds of people in our district receive good health care from many different providers.  More and more services are being provided in the community and MidCentral DHB is leading the country in this area.  We have great innovation occurring.  I am inspired by the health professionals and support staff throughout the district who work so hard to ensure we have an effective and accessible health and disability service. I applaud them, and I acknowledge the leadership, commitment and professional approach of the DHB’s management team. They are a tremendous group of people who serve this district well.”

Phil Sunderland said he was delighted that Brendan Duffy had been appointed Deputy Chair.  “Brendan has been a champion of health services, particularly in the areas of child, youth and mental health, and during his time as Mayor of Horowhenua he was instrumental in growing local health services and ensuring they were integrated with the work of local government and social sector agencies like Justice and Child, Youth & Family.  He knows the importance of a thriving health service for rural areas and that this can’t be achieved by one organisation.  It has to be done in partnership with all parts of the community.”

Brendan Duffy takes over from outgoing Deputy Chair, Kate Joblin. “Kate has worked tirelessly for health and has a great passion for fostering healthy communities.  I am sure she will continue this work in her new involvement as Councillor, Whanganui District Council”, said Phil Sunderland. 

Mr Sunderland also paid tribute to Lindsay Burnell who was not re-elected to the Board.  “Lindsay is a strong community advocate and a champion for disability matters.  He brought a strong rural voice to the Board table and made sure we never lost sight of the issues faced by communities.”
The new Board takes office on 5 December 2016 and comprises: Dot McKinnon, Chair; Brendan Duffy, Deputy Chair; and Members Diane Anderson, Adrian Broad, Barbara Cameron, Ann Chapman, Michael Feyen, Nadarajah Manoharan, Karen Naylor, Oriana Paewai and Barbara Robson.

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