Welcome to Dr Clive Aspin and Dr Carlene McLean

20 Apr 2018 | Suicide Mortality Review Committee

The Health Quality & Safety Commission welcomes Dr Clive Aspin and Dr Carlene McLean as senior specialist advisors with the Suicide Mortality Review Committee (SuMRC). The Suicide Mortality Review Committee was confirmed in late 2017, following a successful trial in 2015.

Carlene and Clive

From left: Dr Carlene McLean and Dr Clive Aspin.

Clive has most recently been a consultant in Siem Reap Cambodia, and before that a lecturer in communication in dentistry at the University of Puthisastra, Phnom Penh.

Clive is most well-known to the New Zealand Māori research community due to his work in Māori and indigenous HIV research. He was a member of the Expert Working Group on Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Indigenous Peoples for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2014. He has served on the Board of the Health Research Council and was co-chair of the Independent Research Organisations Review Panel for the Health Research Council. Clive was brought up on the Hauraki Plains where he affiliates to the local iwi, Ngāti Maru.

Carlene has been a senior advisor with the Commission’s mortality review committees for three years. Prior to joining the Commission she worked in public health, and planning and accountability roles at Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (DHB), and Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs. She has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Otago, a Certificate in Health Promotion from the Wellington School of Medicine and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management from Massey University. Carlene’s focus is on changing perceptions of the impact of suicide and mental health issues to promote constructive discussion, and on encouraging cross-sector work, to stop preventable deaths and suffering.

Carlene and Clive will be working on the following over the coming year:

  • establishment of a national database to store suicide-related information on each suicide event
  • design of a methodology to review deaths by suicide
  • consultation with communities affected by suicide
  • production of reports on all suicides and specifically on rangatahi Māori
  • submissions to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry
  • building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders
  • community engagement
  • providing support to the SuMRC members.


Last updated 20/04/2018