Who we are

Dr Peter McIlroy

Peter is a Consultant Paediatrician and current Head of Department of Paediatrics at Nelson Hospital. He has worked in this post since 1997, and has been actively involved in the Paediatric Society of New Zealand (treasurer for 6 years) as well as serving on several subcommittees of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is focused on ensuring community, primary, and secondary care services work more cohesively to help children within the context of their family circumstances.



Traci Stanbury, consumer representative

Traci's journey into health services began when her son was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, 12 years ago. Since then she has become a staunch advocate for child health and organ donation, as well as a community representative at a local, regional and national level. Traci has completed a Master of Health Sciences, with a focus on improving the well-being of child health and improving the current NZ rates of organ donation. She has served on the Canterbury DHB Family Advisory Committee, the South Island Child Health Alliance and the Health, Quality and Safety Commission Consumer Network. In 2016, Traci was recognised by the Ministry of Health's annual Volunteer Awards, for her services to Child Health.


Donna Ellen

Donna Ellen’s social work, management and leadership career spans 29 years, with experience working within the community, voluntary and government sectors. Donna is currently employed as the Community Support Manager at Pegasus Health, where she provides leadership and support for the Population Health and Community Engagement Team. Donna has led and contributed to major initiatives that have enhanced collaborative and partnership approaches within the health, wider community and voluntary sector. This includes the 'Right Service Right Time' initiative and work on Canterbury Clinical Network’s Child and Youth Workstream. Donna chairs a number of steering groups, including the Child Healthy Weight Implementation Group, which contributes to the workstream’s plans for children and youth in Canterbury.


Anna Foaese

Anna has worked in the maternity sector for 10 years in a variety of roles, including midwife, LMC, DHB midwife, DHB clinical co-ordinator (birthing suite and maternity), charge midwife, maternity quality improvement, pregnancy and parenting/educator and NZ military medics educator. In her current role as the South Island Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement Project Manager, Anna is working towards improving health and wellbeing for children and their whanau at a regional level and in a collaborative way, building relationships across the wider WCTO sector and developing new resources for families.


Barry Taylor

Professor Taylor is Dean, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago and co-director of the Better Start National Science Challenge. As a paediatrician and clinical researcher, his research interests have spanned sleep in infants and children, sudden infant death syndrome as well as developing NZ’s national mortality review system for child and youth deaths. In this last role he led the bringing of multiple sources of information together in a national information system to inform the review process. A significant part of Barry's research and clinical practice focuses on prevention and management of childhood obesity, with a special interest in the interaction between sleep and unhealthy weight. He has published >200 peer reviewed papers and has a current H index of 48 (Google scholar).