Ashley Bloomfield

Dr Bloomfield qualified in medicine at the University of Auckland in 1990 and after several years of clinical work specialised in public health medicine. His particular area of professional interest is non-communicable disease prevention and control, and he spent 2011 at the World Health Organization in Geneva working on this topic at a global level.

Dr Bloomfield was Chief Executive at Hutt Valley District Health Board from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles within the Ministry of Health.

Dr Bloomfield's presentation will be via live streaming and you will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of his session.

Bobbie Bryce

Whanganui is a long way from teaching in the North West Province of Pakistan, but I’m glad to be back home and still doing work that I love. I’ve managed rest homes in NZ and the UK and am currently Clinical Director of Whanganui Memory Clinic and an Accredited Brainfit coach.

In 2007, my University professor laughed when I said my ambition was to change the world through clinical research into memory – but with an MSc (Hons) in Cognitive Psychology, I was chosen as a Research Fellow in a study of post-operative memory loss. Then came research trials of potential dementia medications, giving more experience and understanding of memory issues. These only demonstrated that there is no magic memory pill.

However, I’ve always been frustrated at being the ambulance at the bottom of the memory cliff. Now, with Brainfit For Life classes running parallel with Whanganui Memory Clinic, I’m able to take positive action against memory loss. After years of giving entertaining presentations on topics such as memory and driving, I’ve found the ambulance at the top of the cliff. Brainfit for Life is the long-awaited opportunity to share the how the six types of memory can be improved by strengthening neuroplasticity.

Hence the title of this talk: You, Me and the Dendrite Tree.

Dave Baldwin

Dr Dave Baldwin completed a college education at both Marlborough Boys’ and Tawa Colleges before going on to get his Bachelor of Science degree at his much loved Massey University. Having then established a foothold in the world of “brainy bastards”, he gained a medical degree at Otago University and completed his vocational training in General Practice to become a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. He likes to describe this whole process of becoming a Doctor in "Country Bumpkin Language" made so famous by the Massey University Diploma of Agriculture students: “Six munths ago, I could nut spell Dokta and now I are one!”

Dr Dave's subspecialty is aviation medicine which involves dealing with the medical issues associated with personnel working in the aviation environment. He gained the appropriate experience through a posting to RNZAF Base Ohakea in 1989 as the Base Medical Officer to the RNZAF Air Combat Force. Three years later, he left the RNZAF and began developing the Bulls Medical Centre located in Bulls – a thriving rural town located next door to RNZAF Base Ohakea. Since this time, the Manawatu region has provided him with not only a wonderful environment to bring up his family but also a base from which he has developed the truly unique “Bulls Flying Doctor Service” (www.flyingdoctor.co.nz) and his non PC form of getting health communication called the "Healthy Bastards Campaign". This International Healthy Bastards Campaign is all about communication and trying to get good health messages across to "them's that haven't been listening"! It has now come Dr Dave's real passion s because of its huge potential to "make a difference" in improving health in this country.

Jane Cullen

Jane Cullen is the lead advisor, quality improvement working with the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s primary care improvement programme: Whakakotahi, meaning ‘to be as one’. Jane is a registered nurse. She holds a masters in quality systems (with distinction) from Massey University. Her masters research was conducted in primary health care improvement and she is a current PhD candidate on the same topic.

Sally Duxfield

With over 20 years of experience in the experiential leadership training world, Sally helps her clients, Business Groups, High Performance Sports Teams, and Consultants, to develop a greater understanding of the strengths, both individual and team, that are present; she assists teams to build Resilience by understanding ‘Body Chemicals’, ‘Personality Types’, and how we react or act under pressure and then provides the tools and a unique environment for deep learning and leadership growth to occur. Quickly able to ‘see’ dysfunction in teams, Sally’s direct, humorous style, provides insightful take-away’s for your team.

She creates leadership training content and programs that inspire and nurture leadership growth, using the outdoors as the conduit for learning. She is the owner of Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre and the Arete Leadership Village.

Catherine Gerard

Catherine Gerard is a senior evaluation manager at the Health Quality & Safety Commission. Her responsibilities include leading two national programmes led and co-ordinated by the Commission: the New Zealand Atlas of Healthcare Variation and the national patient experience surveys. Catherine’s background includes clinical research and clinical guideline implementation.

Huma Houghton

Huma Houghton BA (Hons), PG CertMgmt, CIPD, CFHRNZ was appointed to the MAS Executive team as the new Chief People Officer in August 2020 to lead the organisation’s strategic people management agenda. Huma has in excess of 15 years senior HR experience in large listed companies. Some of her more recent roles have been GMHR for Metlifecare, a listed retirement village operator where she had accountability for manging the H&S and People & Capability teams. Prior to that she worked for JMW Consultants where she specialised in executive coaching, transformational leadership development programmes and consulting with senior leadership teams. Previously, Huma was the Executive General Manager Capability and Organisation Development for Z Energy, where she established and embedded the culture and environment to sustain a high performance organisation, winning multiple awards for her work. Huma brings with her extensive experience from previous roles with Deloitte, Vero and Spark. Huma and her team are responsible for the continued growth and development of MAS’ people agenda with a strong focus on growth, productivity & performance and exceptional service delivery. Huma also brings strong governance expertise with her, having served 6 years on the HRNZ Board.

Dr Nick Kimber

Nick Kimber is the Quality Manager at the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, responsible for managing the Colleges Quality framework for general practice in New Zealand. Nick is an education and health professional and registered nutritionist.

Margaret Kirby

Margaret Kirby manages the health programs at UNEP. She has over 30 year experience and is passionate about the power of education and the importance of empowering yourself through knowledge.

Jeff Lowe

Dr Lowe graduated from the University of Otago in 1984. For the past 30 years he has been GP Owner of Karori Medical Centre. He is currently Chair of GPNZ, trustee of Cosine Primary Care Network, Deputy Chair Integrated Care Collaborative and Clinical Lead for the Health Care Home Collaborative.

Helen Malanchak,

Partner, Findex – business advisory and compliance practitioner with experience working with health, construction, retail, hospitality and manufacturing industry clients as well helping small businesses and their families make a living.

Tawera Nikau

Tawera made his name in the highly competitive world of rugby league, playing with South Auckland club Otahuhu before starting his professional career in England where he played with the Castleford Tigers, Sheffield and Warrington. He later moved to Australia to join the Cronulla Sharks and then to the newly formed Melbourne Storm, where he was part of the 1999 premiership winning team and where he is still acknowledged and celebrated as one of their best ever players.

A veteran of 19 tests for New Zealand as a forward, Tawera went on to captain the New Zealand Maori team at the Rugby League World Cup and has been inducted into the New Zealand Legends of League. Tawera’s passion and contribution to league continues as he currently sits on the NZRL Board of Directors and is a selector for the New Zealand Kiwis.

In 2003 he had his right leg amputated due to complications from injuries suffered in a motorbike accident. The traits that made him a sporting champion enabled him to excel in other areas. Tawera is now an ambassador for the Achilles Foundation which gives people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in mainstream events. He has completed the New York Marathon three times and in 2010, 2015 completed the Oxfam 100km Trail Walker which raises funds to support Oxfam New Zealand.

As acknowledgment for his contributions Tawera has been appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Rugby League and the community and in 2011 recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Tawera is Managing Director of Team One International a training company which is dedicated to “Unleashing Human Potential”. He brings a wealth of experience in high-performance sports and effortlessly translates this knowledge into clear insights in the areas of leadership and an organisation’s culture.

Tawera has been working on the Professional speaking circuit in Australasia for over fifteen years and is highly sought after as audiences find his life story truly inspiring and motivational. He is a living example of someone who refuses to quit no matter how hard he is hit. An excellent communicator, people from all walks of life appreciate his down-to-earth presentation style.

Colleen Sullivan OAM

Colleen has been a longstanding assessor and trainer for une partnerships for over 30 years. Colleen is highly respected in the industry, has managed a successful opthalmic practice for many years.

Colleen, instrumental in AAPM was also awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to Practice Mgmt.

Pauline Humm-Johnson

Pauline is the Clinical Nurse Educator and Coordinator of the Integrated Postgraduate Nursing Programme at Whanganui DHB as well as Coordinator of Welfare and Psychosoicial response. Pauline is passionate about supporting those who work in health especially in light of Covid and takes every opportunity to encourage staff in relation to self-care and resilience. Pauline believes that we need to have a growth mindset and be able to be flexible in the changing environment of health. It is only in caring for ourselves as health professionals that we can provide holistic care to others.

Ira Wilkinson

Ira is of Ngati Porou and Ta Atiawa descent. Ira works with people helping them to establish, develop, manage and grow their business. She is able to quickly gain the confidence and trust of clients, so that they feel supported and able to ask all manner of business–related questions.

Ira is particularly passionate about Maori business, manufacturing, IT and risk management.