Political Panel Discussion – 4 panel members now confirmed


Political Panel Discussion – 4 panel members now confirmed for the next NZHIT Networking Event on the 24th August 2017

When:  24th of August 2017, 5:00pm-7:00pm (arrive by 4:45pm for 5pm start)
Where: Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Dinghy Locker Room, 181 Westhaven Dr, Westhaven Marina, Auckland

Please register here now!

We are very pleased to announce that the National Party (Simon O’Connor) and Labour Party (Jenny Salesa) candidates are supporting our event and will now join the Political Panel Discussion with  Dr. Rebekah Jaung (MBChB) (Green Party’s candidate) and Cinnamon Whitlock  (Māori Party’s candidate).  We are still waiting to hear from NZ First and TOP Party on whether they will be supporting us by participating on this panel discussion. The ACT party have declined the invitation to support our member’s event.

The NZ General Elections are now less than 7 weeks away on the 23rd of September and it is important for our members to understand the various political party’s health-related policies and how each party views the role that health IT will play in enabling their policies. 

Health is a hot topic and the NZHIT membership certainly has a lot of interest in how each party views the role that IT plays when it comes to enabling the health system of the future, the investment required in leadership and supporting the changing models of care and business models over the coming 10+ years.

Hence, for the networking event on the 24th of August we have invited candidates from the main political parties to participate in this panel.  They will each have an opportunity to make a brief presentation on their main health policies and participate in a Q&A session with our members. 
The following is a brief overview of the four confirmed panelists –

Simon O'Connor 
National Party’s 2017 - MP for Tamaki and Chair of the Health Select Committee  
In 2011, Simon was elected as the Member of Parliament for Tamaki.  Prior to his election, his background included a broad range of experiences from the commercial, public, and voluntary sectors.  He has been active within the National Party for many years, holding numerous offices, and was a list candidate in 2008.

Simon is committed to working hard for the people of Tamaki, ensuring that their views are represented in Parliament.  He is Chair of the Health Select Committee and a member of the Commerce Select Committee.  He attends hundreds of meetings and events each year throughout the electorate and works closely with constituents to resolve problems they are facing.
Jenny Salesa
Labour Party’s 2017 - MP for Manukau East
Spokesperson for Skills and Training
Associate Education Spokesperson
Associate Health Spokesperson
Associate Employment Spokesperson

Jenny is committed to representing the people of Manukau East in Parliament.  She is a strong advocate for a fair and just society as well as opportunities for all New Zealanders. She will bring to Parliament a wealth of public sector experience and a strong background in advocacy and development.

Jenny has 20 years experience in policy, as a health specialist, as a funder and senior official in the Health and Education sectors.  Jenny was formerly the Principal Advisor Pacific at the Tertiary Education Commission. She also has grassroots community development experience gained as one of the founders of a community health provider in Auckland as well as through her involvement in implementing and spreading to other cities an evidence-based health initiative developed in the American State of Michigan.
Dr. Rebekah Jaung (MBChB)
Green Party’s 2017 candidate for the Northcote electorate on Auckland’s North Shore.  
Dr Juang is a medical doctor and academic in the field of surgery.  She believes it is time to refocus the priorities of New Zealand’s healthcare system towards preventing illness by creating healthy environments and cities, and addressing systemic issues that contribute to health inequity.
Cinnamon Whitlock
Ngapuhi nui tonu, Ngati kahu, Whangaroa, Te Rarawa, Tainui
Māori Party’s 2017 candidate for the Kelston electorate, West Auckland
Cinnamon has worked across the health and social services sectors for over 30 years.  She has a background in nursing, law, research and policy and has worked for both Government and Non-Government organisations.  Cinnamon has been involved in a number of key initiatives and programmes aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of Maori and others that are disadvantaged.
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Kind regards
Talie Schmidt-Geen
Email: admin@nzhit.nz 

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