Northland DHB chief Dr Nick Chamberlain appointed National Director of Health New Zealand


Health New Zealand made its first permanent appointment on June 22, 2022.

Dr Nick Chamberlain, chief executive of the Northland District Health Board since 2011, will be the national director of the new National Public Health Service from July 1.

Doctor Nick Chamberlain.
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It will bring together the 12 existing public health units, Te Hiringa Hauora (the Health Promotion Agency), and several former functions of the Ministry of Health – including Covid-19 screening, vaccination and response services – into a single national team.

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Health New Zealand’s acting chief executive, Fepulea’i Margie Apa, said she was “delighted”.

“He brings exceptional experience in clinical governance and patient safety, improving the patient journey, managing chronic care and preventing avoidable hospitalizations.

“Dr Chamberlain was a general practitioner by training and practice and will bring professional experience on how primary care and public health can integrate.”

Dr Chamberlain said the country needs a broader health system that actively tackles inequality, reduces need and promotes wellbeing.

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“I am fully committed to a service that ensures Aotearoa New Zealand is always prepared to respond to any public health threat in a coordinated, proactive, fair and innovative manner.”

Tracey Schiebli replaces Dr Chamberlain as the new Acting District Manager for Te Tai Tokerau.



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