Derek Bell is re­tir­ing af­ter 19 years

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

ROBYN EDIE/FAIRFAX NZ

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