Invited Speakers

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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.

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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.

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Prof Sue Crengle - Keynote speaker

Sue (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe and Kāi Tahu) obtained her medical degrees, MPH and PhD from the University of Auckland. She holds specialty qualifications in general practice and public health medicine. Sue was a recipient of a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy 1999–2000.

Her research interests include inequities in health, health services research, youth health, quality of care, lung cancer screening, cardiovascular disease.

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.

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Prof Rod Jackson - Keynote speaker

Rod is a Professor of epidemiology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He trained in medicine and completed his PhD in epidemiology at the University of Auckland.

He has taught courses in epidemiology and in evidence-based medicine for about 30 years and has about 40 years of research experience in cardiovascular disease epidemiology. He currently leads a ‘big-health data’ research programme that generates very large cohort studies (over 500,000 participants) from web-based clinical decision support systems in primary and secondary care and national routine health data linkage cohorts of over 2 million. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed papers.

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.

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Dr Fiona Bolden - Panelist

Fiona has been a rural GP since 1996 and is currently based in the Coromandel, working at Whangamata. She comes from Devon (UK), training at Bristol University. She arrived with her young family at Kawhia in 2002 and has been in Aotearoa/New Zealand ever since, working at Whaingaroa/Raglan where she jointly owned a practice from late 2002 until December 2018.

From 2019 she was chair of the New Zealand Rural GP Network (NZRGPN) and then later Hauora Taiwhenua. She has served on the NZRGPN Committee since 2010, with a small gap when she needed to prioritise the practice. She worked for Midlands PHO as a clinical lead in mental health and addictions for four years and was on the Midlands Rural SLAT from 2012 to 2018.

Her focus is firmly on rural primary care, with a special interest in mental health. She would like to see equity for all people and sees relationships with rural communities as being a vital part of that.

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Dr Monica Liva - Panelist

Talofa lava/Fakaalofa atu.

Monica is Samoan/Niuean from the villages of Malie/Vaiea. First generation born in New Zealand. She lives and works in Mangere, South Auckland. She has four children and a Chinese Shar Pei puppy.

Throughout her career she's worked predominantly with Māori and Pasifika communities in South Auckland.

GP22 Tristram Ingham

Prof Tristam Ingham - Panelist

Tristram trained in medicine at the University of Otago and is an Associate Professor of epidemiology at the University of Otago, researching the effects of health and disability on populations, with a focus on Māori health.

He is passionate about how health systems and public policy can be transformed to achieve equitable outcomes for all disabled people including tāngata whaikaha Māori and their whānau. He holds several governance roles including the chair of Te Ao Mārama Aotearoa Trust (Ministry of Health Māori Disability Advisory Group) and HQSC. Tristram has lived with a physical disability since birth and is chair of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Central Region. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Disabled Peoples Organisation Coalition and currently serves on the Independent Monitoring Mechanism to the UNCRPD.

Dr Kyle Eggleton

Dr Kyle Eggleton - Panelist

Kyle is the Associate Dean Rural in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. He is also the Rural Director and Year 6 General Practice Course Coordinator in the Department of General Practice, University of Auckland and a part time specialist GP at Hokianga Health, Northland.

Kyle has extensive governance experience including previous board positions on the Northland DHB and the Rural General Practice Network and is currently the chairperson of a social service provider in Northland. His research interests broadly coalesce around the theme of quality of primary care. He is particularly interested in rural health, primary health care, equity, access issues and participatory action research.

He hold master’s degrees in medical science and public health as well as a PhD in Māori health that explored the concept of measuring quality of iwi health providers utilising a Kaupapa Māori aligned methodology.

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Dr Justine Lancaster - Panelist

Justine eventually chose General Practice as her speciality in 1997 as she is endlessly curious, care about people and equitable health outcomes, and strongly believes in the value of continuity of care. Over time she has witnessed a massive shift in expectation with minimal support and resource to enable us to fulfil those expectations. Driven by a desire to support sustainable primary care well into the future, she is keen to work collaboratively to improve systems.

She has been a Clinical Editor for the Wellington region (3D) HealthPathways and a Medical Educator for the RNZCGP. She became the NZ Regional Group Clinical Advisor HealthPathways, leading a collaborative effort to develop consistent quality clinical pathways across the whole of Aotearoa, in 2018. She has recently been a Chief Clinical Advisor for Primary Care in the Ministry of Health, moving across to Clinical Lead for COVID Care in the Community as the need arose.

Currently she chairs the RNZCGP Wellington Faculty, is a trustee of the NZ Women in Medicine Charitable Trust and a member of the GPNZ Primary Care Leaders Forum. She is passionate about supporting her colleagues and enabling sustainable high-quality care so that optimal health and wellbeing can become a reality for all people of Aotearoa.

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Dr Jo Scott-Jones - Panelist

Jo is a GP with a practice in Opotiki, a community he has served since 1992. Since starting work with Pinnacle MHN in 2016, Jo's clinical work has been in practices throughout the network. As medical director he is the voice of general practice on the leadership team, and the face of Pinnacle general practice on numerous local, regional and national bodies.

Jo has had a long involvement in medical governance and has been the chair of the Rural General Practice Network, was the inaugural chair of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand and is a past member on the board of the RNZCGP. He has been an examiner for the College and a Cornerstone assessor.

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Dr Api Talemaitoga - Panelist

Api is a practicing General Practitioner at Normans Road Surgery, Christchurch and in July 2015, also started at a new Practice (Cavendish Doctors at 175 Cavendish Drive) in South Auckland. He is heavily involved with advocacy and engagement opportunities with the Pasifika communities to take ownership and improve their health and wellbeing.

Apart from clinical practice, Api is also on the Board of Etu Pasifika, ACC Health Services Committee and is involved with the University of Auckland with research of Pacific peoples Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) with regards to Covid 19. Another research with UoA involves documenting the experiences of Pacific peoples during the covid-19 outbreak in Auckland in August 2021. He also does a GP clinic one day per week at Mt Eden Corrections Facility in Auckland.

Riana Manuel

Riana Manuel - Panelist

Riana’s previous role was Chief Executive Officer of Hauraki Primary Health Organisation and Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki. She has invested heavily in developing strategic, visionary leadership within the Māori and health sectors, and been involved with Kaupapa Māori organisations for most of her career.

Ko Riana Manuel taku ingoa
Ko Moehau kei waho
Ko Te aroha ki uta
Ko Hauraki te Whenua
Ko Tikapa te Moana
No Te Awaawa o Manaia toku ūkaipo
Ko Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Kahungunu oku Iwi
Ko Mataatua, Tainui, Takitimu oku waka


I am a village girl and have spent my whole career working to improve the outcomes for our people here in Aotearoa. I am a registered nurse by trade and have enjoyed a career that has seen me work across many different parts of the sector developing strong relationships as I go. I am a daughter to two of the best parents one could have asked for, a wife to an amazing husband, a mother to my beautiful tamariki, a nanny (which is by far my favourite role), a sister, and an aunty to many.

I am deeply committed to improving the health of wellbeing of my people and believe in doing so it will impact positively on the health and wellbeing of our great country, Aotearoa.

Ma te kahukura, ka rere te manu.

Indira Fernando

Dr Indira Fernando - Panelist

Indira is a fourth-year medical student based in Pōneke. They are the current Partnerships Officer for NZMSA and work closely with other student reps from across Aotearoa. Along with their colleagues they have been looking into what draws students to choose a career path and the barriers that they perceive going into the medical workforce. They are passionate about advocating for students especially around wellbeing and equity and see these as key to many issues faced by students and junior doctors.

Dr Brendan Marshall

Dr Brendan Marshall - Panelist

Brendan is currently employed on the West Coast as a Rural Generalist Obstetrician. This is a role that only he and colleagues Dr Alan Furniss and Dr Sara Gordan hold (in the NZ setting). Rural Health and equity for rural communities worldwide is his vocational passion.

A focus on rural workforce development has been a focus on the west coast for over a decade, with his role being the strategic and clinical lead for advancement of rural generalist medicine. This has meant focusing on extending the reach of its core rural generalists to better overlap into primary care, and extend their skills including into procedural areas such as obstetrics. This recently led the MCNZ to develop a policy that allows for authorisation of fellows of the college of GPs or Division of Rural Hospital Medicine, with appropriate additional training, to deliver secondary maternity services on the coast.

Since October 2021 Brendan has been on a (part time) secondment to the transition unit and subsequently interim Health New Zealand as Rural Health Strategic Lead to work in partnership with colleagues from the Māori Health Authority. The aim has been to ensure the rural sector’s needs and the voice of rural Whanau is reflected in the interim New Zealand Health plan. This key document will set out the priorities for Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority.

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Dr Garry Nixon - Panelist

Garry has been a rural hospital generalist at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde since 1992. He now combines this with teaching and research at the University of Otago. His research interests include measuring rural-urban variation in health outcomes and access to health services in New Zealand.

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Margie Apa

Margie Apa is Chief Executive of Health New Zealand, the government’s new centralised national health organisation.

She has more than two decades of health-sector leadership experience, previously serving as CEO of Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Before becoming CEO of Counties Manukau District Health Board, Margie was Director of Population Health and Strategy at the district health board. She is the first Samoan to lead a district health board in New Zealand and has also served as Deputy Director-General Sector Capability and
Implementation at the Ministry of Health. In December 2021 she was named as Chief Executive of Health New Zealand, which is set to come into operation on 1 July 2022.

Margie graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in management and employment relations, and also has a Master of Public Administration (Executive) from Victoria University of Wellington.

She has been on the Board of World Vision New Zealand since 2011 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2019. She is also a Trustee of the Middlemore Foundation for Health Innovation, Middlemore Clinical Trials and Lifeline Foundation Charitable Trust.

Margie is an active member of the Pacific Island Presbyterian community and carries the honorific title Fepulea’i from her family village of Sale’aula, Savai’I in Samoa.