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ACHSM College Fellow Nick Saville Wood appointed CEO Lakes DHB

Members of the Lakes Branch of New Zealand Institute of Health Management (NZIHM) are celebrating the appointment of branch member and Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) / NZIHM Fellow Nick Saville-Wood Wood to the position of Chief Executive Lakes DHB in May 2019.


Auckland Branch of NZIHM hosted a presentation from Professor Alan Merry on Thursday 16 May 2019: “Measuring Surgical Outcomes: All for One and One for All”

In 2015, members of the media used the Official Information Act to request that Public Hospitals provide data on number on procedures, deaths and complications for individual named surgeons. There is a view that doing this would promote transparency, inform patients’ and funders’ choices, and drive improvement in care and therefore outcomes. There is no question keeping people, the public informed is a positive thing, however, there
are many questions that need to be considered before assuming that this approach would really serve these ends effectively.


NZIHM Lakes Seminar 26 April 2019

Lakes Branch of NZIHM hosted a presentation from Ngaroma (Mala) Grant, CEO of Te Arawa Whanau Ora and Chair of the Lakes Branch of NZIHM, on Whanau Ora - the Te Arawa Whanau Ora story. It is 10 years since the introduction of this unique Te Ao Maori approach to working alongside families in an holistic manner.


NZIHM Growth And Collaboration

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ACHSM Competency framework

The ACHSM Board determined to undertake a comprehensive review of the IHF Global Directory including a gap analysis against recent work in the region and indeed our existing Framework.



Nick gained his Fellowship at the 2015 Melbourne ACHSM Congress following completing nine months of study and successfully passing the final oral examination in Melbourne. The photo shows Nick with Greg Vandergoot, currently the Acting Chief Operating Officer for Lakes DHB. Greg successfully completed his Fellowship study in 2015 also.


Prior to his appointment Nick was the COO for Lakes DHB with accountability for the running of Rotorua and Taupō Hospitals as well as a number of community services. Before becoming the COO in 2016 Nick was the General Manager Corporate Services and was also the Project Director for the redevelopment of the facilities at both hospitals.


Both Nick and Greg are strong advocates for the Fellowship programme and the breadth and depth of learning they did across their nine months of study which they completed while working full time. They found the study was relevant to their daily work and stretched their thinking about the broader challenges of the health and disability system across the continuum of service delivery and reinforced the importance of thinking strategically for long term sustainable change. Nick says completing his fellowship studies helped prepare him for both the COO and CEO roles and topics of particular interest were the papers relating to international health systems, change management, workforce development, rural and indigenous health, and exploring different funding models.


The National Council of NZIHM extends their congratulations to Nick on his appointment.


Photo shows Nick Saville-Wood Wood (left) and Greg Vandergoot on the award of their Fellowships at the October 2015 ACHSM Congress, Melbourne.

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