Two new members elected for ADHB
It’s much of the same for Auckland District Health Board.
The official election results confirmed on October 14 there are only two new faces on the board to serve the next term.
Former deputy-chair Lee Mathias has been re-elected alongside Jo Agnew, Judith Bassett, Douglas Armstrong and Robyn Northey.
The two newly elected members of Michelle Atkinson (City Vision) and Zoe Brownlie (Independent) should bring a fresh and young representation to the board.
Atkinson has spent five years working to improve mental health services in Auckland and across New Zealand.
She believes everyone should have access to mental health support and has won both international and national awards for contribution to youth mental health.
Mt Eden resident Brownlie has 12 years experience within community and public health, both on the ground and at management level.
She has worked in both mental health and sexual health services in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom.
‘‘I’m passionate about better outcomes for young people, women, the ageing population, and health care staff, and am dedicated to giving every Aucklander a voice, value for money, transparency and control of their own care.’’
Brownlie is a community health worker at Auckland Sexual Health Service.
Mathias was the previous board’s deputy chair and chair of the Counties Manukau Health Board.
Mathias has a vast history of healthcare. She was previously a principal nurse at Middlemore Hospital, and founder and manag- ing director of Birthcare.
She says she wants to build on past achievements of the DHB and drive change through increasing the role of integrated care between GP and hospital (closer to home) - ensuring that hospital based services are managed efficiently and that all services are supported by the right technology.
The newly elected board members won’t take office until December 5. Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman will make his four appointments including chair and deputy-chair next month.
The Auckland District Health Board has two new members.