Derek Bell is retiring after 19 years
Queenstown-based Medical Officer of Health for Otago and Southland Dr Derek Bell, is retiring from his position after almost 20 years in the role.
Bell began his health career as a GP but went on to work for the Southern District Health Board as a strategic advisor and as the National Director of Training for the College of Public Health Medicine.
He became Medical Officer of Health for Queenstown in 1998.
In that time Bell has led the board’s response to major public health challenges, including the SARS outbreak, the Pertussis epidemics of 2001 and 2005, Meningococcal outbreaks, the dramatic floods of Wanaka and Queenstown in 1999 and the Bird Flu epidemic.
He has also played a pivotal role in leading the DHB’s response to establishing protocols around tourism health issues such as border control and dealing with cruise ship and bus tour outbreaks that have been shared nationally.
Bell will remain based in Arrowtown, but will be spending time in the North Island working on a conservation/ecological project.
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