Dr Sally Roberts BSc, MBChB, FRACP, FRCPA, CIC

Dr Sally Roberts

Clinical head of microbiology, LabPlus, Auckland District Health Board (DHB).

Dr Sally Roberts is a graduate of the University of Auckland School of Medicine graduating in 1989. She is a clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician at Auckland City Hospital and is the clinical head of microbiology at LabPlus, Auckland DHB.

Dr Roberts has been on a number of New Zealand Ministry of Health working groups including the MRSA guidelines working group (2002), chair of the national antenatal HIV screening implementation advisory group (2005 onwards), pandemic influenza technical advisory group, and tuberculosis working group.

Since August 2011 she has been working with the Health Quality & Safety Commission as clinical lead for the infection prevention and control programme.


Mr Ian Civil

Mr Ian Civil

Professor Ian Civil trained in Auckland, initially in general surgery and spent subsequent time in training in vascular surgery and trauma in the USA.

He is a professor of surgery at the University of Auckland's department of surgery and has been director of trauma services at Auckland City Hospital since 1992. He has served on a number of international trauma organisations becoming president of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) in 1990, president of the International Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Intensive Care (IATSIC) from 2007–09 and president of the Australasian Trauma Society (ATS) from 2011–13.

Ian is a member of the editorial boards for the World Journal of Surgery and the World Journal of Emergency Surgery, associate editor of Traffic Injury Prevention, senior editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery and deputy editor of INJURY. From 2003–12 Ian was a member of the Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and served as president from 2010–12. He is the clinical lead for the major trauma national clinical network and the medical clinical lead for the Commission's safe surgery advisory group.


Mrs Sandy Blake

Mrs Sandy Blake

Sandy Blake is the clinical lead for the Commission's Reducing Harm from Falls programme. She is the director of nursing, patient safety and quality, at Whanganui DHB, where she led the development of the DHB’s falls injury prevention programme, and sponsored a care indicator survey in the hospital and community to measure the prevalence and impact of falls.

In her previous position as state-wide nursing director of patient safety for Queensland Health, Sandy led the state falls injury prevention programme, directed policy development and implementation, and development of an online education module. Sandy was the project lead for the national falls injury prevention and pressure injury prevention mapping project undertaken in late 2011.


Dr David Hughes

David Hughes Jun 2018

David is the clinical lead for the Commission's adverse events learning programme and clinical director of patient safety and quality assurance at Counties Manukau Health. His clinical background is in mental health and has been working in South Auckland since 1999. He has led the serious adverse event committee at Counties Manukau Health on and off since 2008. He has recently completed his Master of Management (health service management) degree and has been elected fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

He is also the deputy chief medical officer with broad responsibilities for resident medical officers at Counties Manukau Health.


Dr Nigel Millar

Dr Nigel Millar

Dr Nigel Millar is the chief medical officer (CMO) at Southern DHB. Previously, Nigel was CMO for the Canterbury DHB for just over ten years.

During this time he participated in a transformational change to an integrated and connected health system.

A geriatrician and internal medicine physician by training – in Newcastle, UK – he came to Christchurch in 1992.

During ten years as clinical director of the older persons health service he participated in the elder care Canterbury initiative which created a unified and coordinated aged care community plus a series of successful improvement initiatives.

Nigel has led from the front in championing the implementation of clinical information systems – most lately a common shared record across the health service. The need for which was highlighted after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

As part of his work in aged care, Nigel has promoted the implementation of a standardised comprehensive assessment. Consequently the InterRAI assessment protocol is standard across the country in the community and currently being rolled out in residential care.

Nigel is an advisor to the Health Quality & Safety Commission. He is also the InterRAI Fellow for New Zealand and a director of the Health Round Table.

He continues clinical practice in internal medicine and geriatrics.

He is a committed lifelong cyclist and an advocate for active transport.

Last updated 24/01/2019