The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand has 22 professionals based around New Zealand. Meet some of the staff below.
I joined the Foundation in January of 2012 as part of the team delivering the hepatitis C pilot. Since then I have held the Hepatitis B Programme Manager role and the Operations Manager role. I have recently been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer.
I come from an allied health background and have spent seven years at the Ministry of Health and four of those years as Senior Project Manager for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. I hold a Master of Health Science degree, Prince2 practitioner qualification and am a member of the Institute of Directors.
In my spare time I like to garden and recently I became a grandmother for the first time which keeps me busy.
I have had a special interest in hepatitis since 1979, when I did studies on the epidemiology of hepatitis B with Sandy Milne, as well as trials of the vaccine. I was involved in treatment of hepatitis B and C carriers since the early 1990’s. I have initial specialist qualifications in adult medicine as well as further specialising in paediatrics. I am partly retired but still working in hepatitis and paediatrics
I am married with one child and live in Whakatane. My interests include trout fishing, sailing, kayaking, classical guitar, and European travel.
I completed my Advanced Training in Gastroenterology in 2014. Included in my training was 1.5 years at the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit. I completed a Masters in Medical Science focusing on Palliative Care in End Stage Liver Disease. Subsequent to completion of my training I did a year as the Hepatology Fellow at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, home of the Queensland Liver Transplant Unit. In 2016 I returned permanently to New Zealand and have taken up employment as a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Bay of Plenty District Health Board. I am also excited to be the new Clinical Director of the Hepatitis Foundation.
I started working with The Foundation in September 2016, taking on the newly created Nurse Manager role. I have lived in Sunny Whakatane most of my life and in my spare time I enjoy venturing out and finding new running/walking trails, and spending time with my fiancé, two sons and family.
Hi, my name is Amanda, I started on a casual 6 month contract for data entry with the Foundation back in 1994 and then ended up never leaving. The Foundation is my second home, and I feel like the staff are an extension of my family as some of us have known each other for over 10 years or more. I have recently been involved in development of our client management system and provided training and oversight for our staff, but have held a number of positions within the Foundation over my long service, including the gardener and receptionist during my early years. I have a great deal of pride and belief in the service we provide and feel we make a positive impact on our clients lives. I could not think of any other place I would rather work, and have developed long lasting relationships with staff, stakeholders and most importantly our clients.
I have worked with The Hepatitis Foundation since late 2012. My primary role is providing community based FibroScan and assessment clinics. I also participate in hepatitis education sessions for other health professionals and community groups. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and gardening. I live in the Porirua City region and enjoy the coastal proximity and the cultural diversity.
I live in the amazing Waitomo Caves District where there is as much to do below ground as above. My “spare time” is filled with family, a 33-acre hobby block and our wonderful Waitomo Caves School and Community.
I am passionate about health education, talking to people (patients, families, health professionals & the public) about looking after themselves or others living with chronic hepatitis B & C and encouraging patients to have a regular blood test to monitor their liver health.
Although the geographical region I cover is from Thames in the Coromandel to Hawera in Taranaki I am only a phone call away for anyone who has a question about chronic hepatitis.