Two new mem­bers elected for ADHB

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - CA­TRIN OWEN

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.

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