10 Jun 2013 | Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee
The Health Quality & Safety Commission congratulates Sue Matthews on being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health, in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Sue Matthews is a member of the Commission's Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYRMC), and serves on a number of other health-related committees and boards, as well as being a nurse for Kaitiaki Nursing Services in the Bay of Plenty.
"Sue has held a number of health-related roles throughout her career, and has made a significant contribution to the CYMRC. This is a well-deserved honour, and we are pleased to have her continued input into the work of the Committee," says CYMRC Chair, Dr Nick Baker.
Sue Matthews started her nursing in Waikato in 1970, initially working in maternity and then for Plunket as a nurse, area manager, national clinical educator and education manager. Her role supported the development of education programmes for Plunket staff, iwi and pacific health providers.
At both local and national levels, Sue has strongly advocated to redress issues of equity, especially for those living in rural communities, including Māori.
Sue Matthews has also worked as a nursing and health lecturer, and programme leader, at the Waiariki Institute of Technology, where she remains a student nurse educator and a member of the advisory board.