SPaIT chair Carol Atmore steps down

News
28 Jul 2020
Dr Carol Atmore

Dr Carol Atmore has resigned as chair of SPaIT, after five years in the role. She has been a member of SPaIT since 2012 and has made an enormous contribution to the Alliance, bringing a strong primary care focus to our regional focus.

Carol, a practising GP, has recently taken up a role as Head of Department, in the Department of General Practice and Rural Health within Otago Medical School at the University of Otago in Dunedin. She has a doctorate in rural health and was also chair of Alliance South (Southern DHB’s local alliance) up until late last year.

“I have really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the work of the South Island Alliance. I have had the pleasure to work with many fantastic people throughout the South Island in this role.” Carol says. “I strongly believe in the kaupapa of a single South Island health system and hope to support this work as the opportunity arises from within my other roles.” 

South Island Alliance chair Jenny Black says Carol’s extensive knowledge of the South Island, due to her time in the different DHBs, made her contribution invaluable. “She understood rural and remote South Island as well as urban, she had a great balance of primary vs secondary clinical issues and she knew the importance of strategic thinking and planning ahead. We’ll miss her enormous contribution and thank her sincerely for it – and we wish her well for her next challenge.”

Anna Wheeler, Associate Director Nursing and Midwifery, South Canterbury DHB, has replaced Carol as the new chair of SPaIT.