18 Jan 2011 | Health Quality & Safety Commission
Commission Chair Professor Alan Merry says he’s delighted to welcome Dr Wilson to the Commission that was set up late last year – she is currently Deputy Director-General of Population Health at the Ministry of Health.
“We are lucky to have someone of Janice’s skill and experience in the role,” says Prof Merry. “Her credentials and reputation as a clinician and a health system administrator are impeccable and essential for this key sector leadership role.”
Dr Wilson says she’s excited by the opportunity to focus on an area that has been a strong interest for her throughout her career.
“Making our health system safer through strong quality and safety programmes will make a significant difference to patient care,” says Dr Wilson.
“There are three areas central to improving quality, ensuring safety and creating a culture that supports this: active consumer and staff participation; strong clinical and managerial leadership, and supporting information that is available and readily used by clinicians, managers, staff and service users.
“Creating a culture of continuous quality improvement will take time and effort,” says Dr Wilson. “I’m excited to be part of this new and specialised Commission that has been set up to focus on this important area of work.”
Dr Wilson is currently on leave and will take up her new role on Wednesday 16 February 2011.
About Janice Wilson
Dr Janice Wilson is currently Deputy Director-General, Population Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health.
She joined the Ministry of Health in March 1993 as Director of Mental Health, and was also appointed to the position of Chief Psychiatric Advisor in July 1993, later called Chief Advisor, Mental Health in 1997. She was Deputy Director-General, Mental Health for seven years before taking up the current expanded role that included a range of other Population Health services.
Prior to joining the Ministry, Janice was Manager of Mental Health Services for the Wellington Area Health Board and prior to that, Acting Medical Superintendent of Porirua Hospital. A psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Janice held the honorary position of President from May 1997 until June 1999.
Janice also holds a Diploma in Health Administration and a certificate of Health Economics from Victoria University. She has worked both clinically as a psychiatrist and as a Manager in Mental Health Services.