23 May 2020
Following district health board (DHB) elections last year, the new-look South Island Alliance Board welcomes three new members. The Board is made up of the five South Island DHB Chairs; Jenny Black (Chair) of Nelson Marlborough DHB, Ron Luxton of South Canterbury DHB, and new members – Sir John Hansen of Canterbury DHB, David Cull of Southern DHB, and Hon Rick Baker of West Coast DHB.
Jenny Black says she has seen a lot of progress during her time chairing the Board over the past seven years. “While we have a long way to go yet, there have been many achievements to celebrate along the way. The five DHBs are now much more connected, as we continue to collaborate and ensure the delivery of a more sustainable and equitable service for all South Islanders – regardless of rurality, age or culture.”
In terms of regional planning, she says it’s essential that the whole South Island health system is connected – especially important in the new post-COVID-19 health environment. “It must work for everyone. And with three new faces on the Board for 2020, I look forward to working with them, to see how much harder and faster we can go.”Ron Luxton, who has been a member of the South Island Alliance Board since 2016, says that their vision is for a strong public health system for all South Islanders.
“We are constantly working towards a strong patient-centred public health system, where regional services are provided with adequate workforce and care as close to home as possible. This is an excellent opportunity to focus on integration of South Island IT services and providing a truly regional perspective on our future health learning.”
The South Island Alliance hosted the South Island Board induction day in Christchurch, on 13 March. Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health, and John Whaanga, Deputy Director-General Māori Health, met with new and existing South Island DHB members, as they listened and learned about Ministry of Health expectations and our region’s alliancing approach.Jenny would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions from outgoing board members, Dr John Wood, Canterbury DHB, and Kathy Grant, Southern DHB.
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