The 75th Anniversary of New Zealand’s Health System: An Event to Celebrate, Review and Look Forward

  • Event start: 23 Sep 2013 12:00am
  • Event end: 24 Sep 2013 12:00am
  • Location: Ko Awatea, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland

Where were you 75 years ago on the 14th of September 1938?

Most of us were not yet born, but in Wellington on that day, an extraordinary event took place. On that day an act of parliament mandating the provision of free health care for all New Zealanders was signed. The first country in the world to do so!

75 years on we are celebrating this auspicious event and we invite you to join leading policy makers and health care experts from New Zealand and around the world to celebrate and showcase the New Zealand health system of the past, present and future.

Over two days we are offering a stimulating programme of presentations, workshops, interactive panel discussions and networking opportunities that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

Speakers include:


  • Geraint Martin – CEO Counties Manukau Health
  • Robin Gauld - Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago’s Dunedin School of Medicine
  • Jackie Cumming - Director of the Health Services Research Centre – Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ashley Bloomfield - Director of Service, Integration and Development at Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa District Health Boards
  • Sir Muir Gray – Director of the National Knowledge Service and Chief Knowledge Officer to the National Health Service, Director of the healthcare rating and review service iWantGreatCare and is Public Health Director of the Campaign for Greener Healthcare.
  • Phillipa Howden-Chapman - Professor of public health at the University of Otago
  • Jonathon Boston- Personal Chair in Public Policy at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
  • John Macaskill-Smith- CEO of Midlands Health Network
  • Maureen Bisognano – CEO and President of Institute of Healthcare Improvement (USA)
  • Sir Mansel Aylward - Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, School of Medicine, Cardiff University in Wales; Chair of the Bevan Commission
  • Cathy Schoen - Senior Vice President for Policy, Research, and Evaluation at The Commonwealth Fund.
  • Len Cook – Senior Associate, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Jonathon Gray – Director, Ko Awatea

Places are limited to 120 so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for additional information and to register your place.


Last updated 16/08/2013