The primary care expert advisory group (EAG) provides independent advice to the Commission and the Commission’s other expert advisory groups. This advice will inform the Commission’s engagement with primary care and help identify activities to improve the quality of primary care services, and health and disability services more broadly.
The EAG terms of reference are available to download in word and PDF formats.
- John Wellingham
- Bridget Allan
- Elaine Brazendale
- Martin Carrell
- Brendan Duck
- David Grayson
- David Jansen
- Peter Jones
- Kieran McCann
- Allan Moffitt
- Jan Polley
- Ros Rowarth
- Leanne Te Karu
- Les Toop
- Sue Wells
- Virginia Willis
- Kate Wang
John’s personal goal is to achieve effective and efficient team-based processes that support high quality patient-centred and evidence-based care in primary care. John has 30 years’ experience in New Zealand general practice and is a consultant for 7/10. He is a Director of Healthcare of New Zealand Holdings Ltd., Apollo Medical Ltd. and ex Director of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). John chairs the RNZCGP working groups on the Aiming for Excellence review and the Foundation Standards, and is a member of the Cornerstone governance committee. He was also part of the Ministry of Health IPIF (integrated performance and incentive framework) measures working group.
Bridget Allan has worked in a wide range of roles in the New Zealand health care sector including research, planning, operational and strategic management, project management and governance in the public sector. During the 1990s, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Hauora Hokianga, an integrated primary health organisation (PHO) serving a rural population of almost 10,000 predominantly Māori in the Far North. From 2005–12, she was the Director, Planning and Funding at Hutt Valley District Health Board (DHB). She is currently the Chief Executive of Te Awakairangi Health Network, the PHO covering the Hutt Valley.
Elaine is a locally-elected district councillor and is Deputy Mayor of Carterton District Council. She has worked in local government for almost 20 years.
Her career began in health governance in 1986, elected on to the last of the hospital boards (Wairarapa) and was the Chair of a community health committee during the time of area health boards. She was then appointed for two terms to the Wairarapa Crown Health Enterprise board. Elaine was appointed to the Wairarapa PHO as a community rep and became chair. When the Wairarapa Community PHO ceased she was then was nominated to represent the Wairarapa GP practices who have a position on the Compass Health PHO and has almost completed three years.
She is a mother and grandmother, lived on a dairy farm for 30 years in partnership with her husband and now lives in town, retired from full-time work. Elaine and her husband have fostered children over a 20-year period. She is an officer in the order of St John and currently on the local area committee. She has also been involved with Red Cross for many years serving at regional and national board levels and is currently serving a second term on the Wairarapa Area Council.
Elaine represents the Carterton District Council on the Carter Society (community housing) and manages a 41 bed resthome, villa and soon to be community housing for the elderly. Elaine was born and went to school in the Wairarapa and was a bank officer before being married. She enjoys gardening, reading and knitting and helping out with her grandchildren in her spare time.
Martin is a quality programme manager with Pegasus Health assisting general practices with the achievement of their quality standard requirements and supporting the PHO with a range of continuous improvement initiatives. He has extensive experience contributing to the design and development of quality systems including assessment and moderation processes.
Martin is a current member of the Commission’s patient experience survey governance group, chair of the PHO quality improvement network, and is part of the RNZCGP working group for the review of their 'aiming for excellence' quality standard incorporating Cornerstone and foundation standards. He has been a contributing writer for the aiming for excellence interpretation guide and is a current Cornerstone and foundation standard assessor.
Brendan has been a pharmacist since 2000, with a variety of experience in the Bay of Plenty and Taranaki. In 2010, Brendan furthered his study in clinical pharmacy, taking an interest in clinical pharmacy within a primary care setting. In 2013, Brendan completed a postgraduate certificate in pharmacist prescribing, and in 2014 registered as a pharmacist prescriber within the area of diabetes and cardiovascular risk management.
In 2011, Brendan joined the clinical pharmacist facilitator team at Health Hawke’s Bay/Hawke’s Bay DHB. He was part of the initial team developing the clinical pharmacist facilitator role within Hawke’s Bay primary care, charged with incorporating clinical pharmacists into general practice. Currently Brendan is working with two general practice teams focusing on polypharmacy within aged residential care and patients >65 years, and medication utilisation within a high needs practice (65 percent Māori, Pacific Island and Quintile 5).
Brendan is a member of the Clinical Advisory Pharmacist Association and falls minimisation committee with Hawke’s Bay DHB.
David is the Clinical Director of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at North Shore Hospital, Waitemata DHB. He is also Waitemata DHB’s Clinical Lead for patient safety and patient experience. David has a strong interest in systems approaches for safer care as well as the use of social media to enhance patient experience.
David was previously head of the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at Counties Manukau Health. He was also a senior clinician at Ko Awatea Centre for health system innovation and improvement where his focus is on curating improvement networks. David guided the formation of the Safety in Practice collaborative across the Auckland region. He has over 20 years’ experience as a clinician with a focus on quality improvement and patient safety.
David is currently a GP in Auckland and an RNZCGP Fellow. He is Chairperson of Te ORA (Māori Medical Practitioners Association). David also serves the National Hauora Coalition as a Clinical Director of the ManaKidz and Director of OLA Coalition Ltd delivering the Auckland-wide healthy housing initiative.
Peter is chief advisor in the office of the chief medical officer providing clinical leadership across various Ministry of Health work programmes and inter-agency initiatives. Peter combines this part time role with clinical rheumatology practice.
Kieran has over 20 years’ experience in health services management and change programme management in both the UK and New Zealand. These initiatives include:
- integrated family health centre developments
- regional services planning and integration programmes
- model of care developments including hospital specialists, community mental health, district nursing and pharmacists working with and in general practices
- major capital development programmes including Auckland City and Wellington Regional Hospital rebuilds.
Kieran’s recent roles have included General Manager of Integrated Services and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Hawke’s Bay DHB. He was previously General Manager of Clinical Services at Wairarapa DHB and held senior management roles at the Ministry of Health, and Capital & Coast and Auckland DHBs.
Allan is an experienced clinician with nearly 30 years’ experience in general practice. He currently works one day a week at a pacific (predominantly Samoan) practice in Otara, where he has worked for the past 10 years, having previously owned his own practice in Howick for 17 years.
He has had extensive experience in the health care sector at senior executive level from Director Primary Care at Counties Manukau DHB to Clinical/Medical Director of four PHOs including Midlands Health Network, Alliance Health Plus, East Health Trust and currently ProCare.
Allan is passionate about making a difference through a ‘whole of system’ perspective and integrated care. He was responsible for overseeing the integrated care programme at Counties Manukau Health including expanding the chronic care management programme and more latterly has been involved in developing the ‘At risk individual’ programme. He was involved in early work involving collaboratives in primary care relating to long-term condition management, and was national sponsor for the primary care arm of Optimising the Patient Journey (Year of Care).
More recently he championed patient safety and been a key driver in the ‘Safety in practice’ programme launched by Counties Manukau Health. He brings many perspectives including planning and funding as well as those of a grassroots clinician.
Jan Polley is of Ngati Ringinui, Ngai te Rangi and Ngati Maru descent.
She is employed by Te Manu Toroa in Tauranga as a Tamariki Ora nurse and Team Leader. The Well Child contract she deliver alongside her team is rural-based and services Māori high-needs whānau, although not exclusively. Jan finds the role rewarding and challenging.
Jan has attended the DHB voluntary patient advisory committee for the past couple of years as a consumer. One role the committee members fill is to be included on steering group panels within the DHB. The consumer ‘health user viewpoint’ is acknowledged and considered alongside professional opinions.
Jan is married to David. They have three adult children and have lived in Tauranga for the past 20 years.
Ros Rowarth has been a practice nurse in Rotorua for almost 25 years. In that time she has combined a full-time clinical role with many governance roles both locally as a director of Rotorua General Practice Group and Chair of Health Rotorua PHO. Nationally she was Chair of the General Practice Nursing Alliance and remains a member of the General Practice New Zealand executive. Her involvement as an assessor for the RNZCGP Cornerstone programme has allowed her to see many different practices around New Zealand and given her a broad perspective of general practice. She recently completed a master’s in advance clinical nursing and is now completing the final requirements in the hope of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Leanne is a pharmacist prescriber based in Taupo. She is also a clinical advisor for BPACnz, an advisor for the Health Quality & Safety Commission, a member of the Ministry of Health-appointed Pharmacy Steering Group Committee, and she is on the Executive of the Māori Pharmacists’ Association, having previously been their president for nine years. Leanne is passionate and driven to help whānau understand and negotiate the health system.
Les has worked as a principal in an inner city group general practice in Philipstown, South East Christchurch, since 1986. He trained in Bristol and Edinburgh and first came to New Zealand in 1978.
Les is also Professor of General Practice and Head of the Department of General Practice at the University of Otago Medical School in Christchurch. He is actively involved in undergraduate and post-graduate education, working both to promote and reduce variation in evidence-based clinical practice, within the context of enhanced shared decision-making. He has been actively involved in community-based and practical, useful clinical research for 30 years.
Les is also Chair of the Pegasus Health group of companies.
Sue is an Associate Professor of Health Innovation and Quality Improvement at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. Sue was a GP for 10 years before becoming a public health medicine specialist and moving into a research career. Her research focused on improving care for heart disease and diabetes via ehealth initiatives such as PREDICT (a web-based decision support system for assessing and managing cardiovascular and diabetes risk) and Your Heart Forecast (a CVD risk communication tool).
The PREDICT program has simultaneously generated a large primary care cohort (currently over 450,000 people) for CVD risk prediction research and monitoring gaps and disparities in care. In 2012–13, Sue had a Harkness Fellowship and investigated how delivery systems in the United States of America used patient portals to enhance engagement and interaction with health services for patients with chronic disease. In 2014, she was named one of seven e-health ambassadors for New Zealand, supporting the health sector to adopt patient portals.
Virginia Willis (Ginny) is a prescribing nurse practitioner with 21 years’ experience working in primary health care. She has mainly worked in large practice’s which are affiliated to a PHO.
Her experience includes: management (staff and patient), assessment, advocacy, integration of health services, developing and implementing health policies and protocols, nursing services, health protection and maintenance, health promotion, health education and professional development of self and staff. These responsibilities are undertaken as part of an integrated professional practice team.
Virginia enjoys extra workplace activities that include publications, having a voice at management and Ministry of Health-level in New Zealand primary health care and being an advocate for staff and nursing.
She has several governance roles within her PHO including: board member for the Pinnacle Executive Committee which governs the Midlands Health Network, Pinnacle Education Committee and Pinnacle Nursing Committee.
She works in a large urban general practice which is a concept site for the new model of care and the health care home. She is passionate about primary health care and enjoys her role as a prescribing nurse practitioner, increasing access to health care providers in primary health care.
Kate Wang joined the RNZCGP as General Manager of Quality in May 2016. Kate has more than 20 years’ experience working in the health sector, with a career that includes a range of clinical, operational and governance roles.
Kate is a doctor, having completed her training in Manchuria, China. After moving to New Zealand, she continued her academic work and completed a PhD at the University of Otago. She worked for Hutt Valley DHB’s planning and funding unit and then moved to Otago DHB (now Southern DHB) to take on the role of surgical services manager. Two years later, Kate became the operations manager of an aged care facility in Wellington, and then moved to Mary Potter Hospice as its Director of Corporate Services.
Kate has also worked as Executive Director of Clinical Services at Wellington Free Ambulance. She is the former Deputy Chair of the Wellington South-East PHO, and currently sits on the Medic Alert Board.