Mr John Tait (Chair)
John has been a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in Wellington since 1986. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Capital & Coast DHB. Prior to this role he was the Executive Director Clinical, Surgery, Women’s and Children’s.
John is an active member of the ACC Neonatal Encephalopathy Taskforce, Chair of the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG), and Co-Chair of the Maternity Morbidity Working Group (MMRWG). He is the Vice President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG).
As an obstetrician, he brings this perspective to the PMMRC.
Dr Rose Elder (deputy chair)
Rose is an obstetrician and gynaecologist working in Wellington. Currently she is the clinical leader for obstetrics at Capital & Coast DHB. She has been a local coordinator for PMMRC for several years.
Rose also serves on the committee’s maternal working group.
Dr Max Berry
Max is a consultant neonatologist at Capital & Coast DHB and a Senior Lecturer in paediatrics and child health at the University of Otago, Wellington. She completed her specialist training in the UK and New Zealand before obtaining her PhD at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.
Her research interests include outcomes for infants born at the margins of viability and the long-term health implications of premature birth.
Donna Cormack (Kāti Mamoe, Kai Tahu) is a senior researcher and lecturer with joint positions at Te Kupenga Hauora Maori, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, and Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington.
Donna has been involved for a number of years in work on the measurement, collection and classification of ethnicity data in Aotearoa/New Zealand, particularly as it relates to ethnic health inequities. She also has a research and teaching focus on impacts of racism and other forms of discrimination on Māori health and health inequities. Donna has roles on a number of committees and working groups, including being a member of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee since 2018, bringing her expertise in kaupapa Māori, racism, ethnicity data, and knowledge and expertise in data governance.
Robin is a midwife who works in a clinical role in the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) development and education service at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland.
She is also a PhD student researching modifiable risk factors for late stillbirth at the University of Auckland. She has a midwifery master’s degree and an extensive nursing and midwifery background.
Robin brings the role and experience of Midwives to the PMMRC.
Louise is Ngapuhi, Ngati Manu, Kohatu Taka me Ngai Tai ki Tainui; born into the Davis whānau in the Bay of Islands and raised in Otara, South Auckland. She is a graduate of the University of Auckland, gaining a BA in Anthropology (Maori Studies) and an LLB. Louise has 24 years’ experience in Māori health funding, planning, policy, service and workforce development, systems change and the practical implementation of Te Tiriti O Waitangi in the health sector; with 20 of those years in senior positions in Māori-led partnership and provider organisations including Te Tai Tokerau MAPO and the Ngati Hine Health Trust. Louise and her husband moved to Whangarei in 1998, where they raised three gorgeous sons together before Anton’s premature death from leukaemia in 2017.
Louise joined the Manaia Health PHO team in November 2017 in the role of Māori Health Leader. She is a self-professed Māori health research groupie, and brings Te Tiriti, social justice and Māori health equity perspectives to the committee.
Claire is a midwife with experience in community, hospital, urban and rural settings, from home birth to complex tertiary-level care. Claire has also served in a number of positions as a regional and national midwifery representative, as a liaison midwife and has led the development of maternity clinical guidelines.
Claire works as a midwifery advisor for the New Zealand College of Midwives. She is a public health masters student and has a strong interest in working towards equitable health outcomes, not just outputs.
Claire brings a national midwifery perspective to the committee.
Lisa (Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Porou) is a Business Manager for Spark New Zealand. Her working career has been spent in Service Management across Hospitality, Tertiary Education and ICT.
She is a committee member of Sands Wellington-Hutt Valley which provides support and information to parents and families following the loss of a baby. Lisa joined Sands in 2006 when she lost her daughter Jasmine in pregnancy. She subsequently lost four babies in early pregnancy before having two beautiful sons.
Lisa will give voice to the consumer experience as part of the PMMRC.
Dr Sarah Tout
Sarah brings to the PMMRC experience as an obstetrician and gynaecologist (O&G), graduating as a Fellow of RANZCOG in Dunedin in 2001. Since that time she has worked in a variety of clinical settings both in NZ and internationally; in tertiary and rural settings.
Sarah is currently the Clinical Director of Women's Health, Counties Manukau Health. It is New Zealand’s high perinatal mortality rate that inspires her to be part of the committee and to continue to make this issue a priority for New Zealand.
Sarah’s other professional activities include being a member of the New Zealand RANZCOG committee, holding the portfolio of O&G training in New Zealand. Perinatal loss is an area O&G specialists and trainees come across on a daily basis; Sarah believes PMMRC has a role to play in supporting all practitioners in this line of work and will work to progress this.