Invited Speakers

Thank you to all our speakers

GP22 Ashley Bloomfield

Dr Ashley Bloomfield - Keynote speaker

Ashley graduated from medicine in 1990 and spent several years as a clinician before training in public health, going on to hold senior public health roles in the Ministry of Health. He worked on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases for the World Health Organisation in Geneva before returning to New Zealand to take senior positions in DHBs.

He was appointed Director-General of Health in 2018 and became a New Zealand household name during the COVID-19 pandemic through his regular stand-ups alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Dr Bloomfield has received praise both locally and internationally for his calm, accessible and effective communication of complex public health considerations during a national emergency. His keynote will provide an opportunity to hear about his challenges and successes during this time, as well as what’s next for public health in our new COVID-19 reality.

GP22 John Campbell photo

John Campbell - Keynote speaker

John has been a journalist and radio and television personality for over 30 years. Born in Wellington he started his career in radio providing alternative rugby commentaries; reports on the sharemarket and reading the news. He moved to TV3 in 1991 working in the newsroom and joining the political press gallery. He later worked on 20/20 and 3 News which he anchored with Carol Hirschfeld from 1998-2005. The pair then started Campbell Live, a programme for which John is probably best known and that ran until 2015. John returned to radio hosting Checkpoint before joining TVNZ’s Breakfast. He is currently their chief correspondent.

John as known as a passionate, thorough and kind journalist and broadcaster and has twice won the Qantas Media Award for Best Investigative Current Affairs and for Best Presenter, as well as winning the Best Presenter category twice for the New Zealand Film and Television Awards. He also won the Best Current Affairs Presenter category in the TV Guide "Best on the Box" Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Kindly sponsored by Pegasus Health

GP22 Leigh Harris

Leigh Harris - Panel moderator

Leigh Harris is a Managing Partner of Convergence, a Communications and Marketing firm.

She has over 30 years’ experience in Public Relations consultancy, corporate communications, and TV journalism and production. During her time as the former communication manager for Wools of New Zealand, the international marketing division of the New Zealand Wool Board, Leigh developed an interest in agriculture and continues to provide strategic guidance to the company’s rural sector clients.

With her background in television presenting and reporting, Leigh also specialises in media training and ensuring corporate leaders are well prepared for their public speaking engagements, speeches, and media interviews.

Leigh has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, a Certificate in Broadcasting Journalism from CPIT, and is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (FPRINZ).

Outside of work, Leigh splits her time between Christchurch and Queenstown and enjoys skiing, gardening, and interior design.

GP22 Keith Petrie

Prof Keith Petrie - Keynote speaker

Keith is Professor of Health Psychology at Auckland University Medical School. His research group does work on patients’ perceptions of illness, treatment adherence, as well as the placebo and nocebo response. He is best known for his work on understanding how patients think about illness and how this impacts on their recovery. Much of Professor Petrie’s recent research has been focused on how positive and negative expectations influence symptoms and side effects to medication and how to reduce the nocebo effect.

Professor Petrie's awards include a Fulbright Scholarship, the Gluckman Medal and a Distinguished International Scholar Award from the American Psychological Association. He has been appointed as visiting Professor at Harvard University Medical School and Visiting Scholar in the Harvard University Program in Placebo Studies. He has also been elected as a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and the Academy of Behavioural Medicine Research. Professor Petrie is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was the recipient of the Durie Medal, which is awarded to New Zealand’s pre-eminent social scientist.

Outside of work, he is a keen tennis player and reluctant mountain biker. Over the past few years, he has been reviving an old Central Otago vineyard in Earnscleugh.