Andrew joined the group in October 2012 and represents the ‘First, Do No Harm’ patient safety campaign initiated by the Northern Region Health Plan, which outlines a set of shared objectives for major public health care providers in the northern region of New Zealand’s North Island (i.e. Northern Region District Health Boards (DHBs) and their primary care partners, the Greater Auckland Integrated Health Network, the National Hauora Coalition and Alliance Health+).
He holds positions in Auckland University’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences as Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, and Senior Research Fellow in the National Institute for Health Innovation, School of Population Health. Andrew also has a role as Nurse Advisor (Quality) for Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).
From a background in clinical nursing, Andrew’s career development as a researcher has led to an extensive involvement in the effectiveness movement, including teaching evidence-based practice and clinical trial design. He has been involved in developing national guidelines, held editorial roles in international evidence-based publications, been lead investigator in clinical trials and led Cochrane reviews. In addition to his research expertise, the expert advisory group welcomes the perspectives Andrew brings from his involvement in practice-based patient safety initiatives at ADHB, such as leading implementation of an early warning scoring system and a blood products transfusion checklist, acting as a clinical lead on falls and pressure injury groups, and sitting on the Adverse Event Review Committee.