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Leadership changes.

Chief executive at Lakes District Health (DHB) Board, Cathy Cooney, stepped down from the role at the end of June. The former midwife, nurse and director of nursing and midwifery at the DHB achieved a great deal during her 11 and a half years as CEO, said Lakes DHB chair Deryck Shaw. Notable was the development of a strong focus on improving Maori health and reducing inequalities, and the upgrade of clinical services and facilities at both Rotorua and Taupo hospitals. Cooney has been replaced by former Bay of Plenty DHB CEO Ron Dunham who has more recently been CEO of the Western New South Wales health district in Australia.

Former Plunket national clinical adviser Alison Hussey has joined the Ministry of Health's chief nurse office as half-time senior adviser nursing. Hussey has experience in health care quality, and policy and systems development. She has a master of philosophy in nursing and is grounded in primary health care and community nursing.

New secretary for NENZ

Nurse Executives of New Zealand has appointed a new secretary--nursing and midwifery officer at Southern DHB, Leanne Samuel. She replaces Jocelyn Peach, director of nursing and midwifery (DoNM) at Waitemata DHB, who finished her term as secretary at NENZ's AGM early this month. Lakes DHB DoN Gary Lees continues as chair and Burwood Hospital DoN Diana Gunn as treasurer.

New convenor of the southern region is South Canterbury DoNM Sam Powell, replacing Sheree East, and Plunket chief operating officer Angela Baldwin continues as convenor of the central region. The northern region has now been split into two, with Counties Manukau DHB DoN Denise Kivell convening the northern area, and an appointment yet to be made for the Midlands area.

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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Aug 1, 2012
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