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team

Our team

We are a small, diverse team with decades of experience in primary and community care.

We are experienced in large scale transformation, leveraging from our network of clinicians, health professional and lived experience advisors. We deliver at scale using an emergent approach, paced by our network of primary care providers and the communities that we serve in partnership with their people.

Amarjit Maxwell | Tumu Whakarae

Amarjit Maxwell | Tumu Whakarae

Amarjit has a passion for Primary and Community Care. She has been involved in the transformation of primary health care in Aotearoa, New Zealand, including the business case and implementation planning for the ‘Better, sooner, more convenient’ mahi. She has worked at the Ministry of Health supporting the PHO Services Agreement and was also part of the inaugural team that began the roll out of the Health Care Home Model of Care across the Capital and Coast DHB region.

Amarjit has also worked in local government, both in the UK and Aotearoa, New Zealand where she managed a number of teams, including Community Development, Finance, and Planning, Performance and Research.

She is accredited in project management (PRINCE2) as well as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds an Honours degree in Business and Finance. She has completed the Institute of Directors Governance course as well as other post graduate qualifications including, Economic and Community Development.

Mel Juer | Kaiwhakahaere kaitohu – HCH & Digital Health

Mel Juer | Kaiwhakahaere kaitohu – HCH & Digital Health

Mel Juer is a highly experienced business leader and change facilitator with many decades working in health and social care innovation in the UK, Europe and New Zealand. Mel’s skill set weaves technology as an enabling platform to support change for the better. Mel is a LEAN practitioner, Healthcare Home expert and is passionate about delivering improvements in equity.

Mel came to Northland in 2016 as a Healthcare Home Change Facilitator for Northland District Health Board supporting the adoption of the model of care across Te Tai Tokerau. In 2019 Mel took up the role of Medical Centre Manager for two Whangarei based, Greencross Health practices, where she led the adoption of the Healthcare Home model of care at those practices, worked closely with Iwi during covid to develop a pro-active, equity focussed practice with a diverse and broad workforce that can support patient needs.

Mel lives in the Kaipara on a lifestyle block with her husband, 5 cows and 6 chickens. Mel has two grown up children who live in Tamiki Makurau. Mel is an artist and singer in her spare time.

Jo Henson | Kaiarataki Panonitanga

Ngāti Whakaue Tuhoe Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki

Jo Henson | Kaiarataki Panonitanga

Ngāti Whakaue Tuhoe Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki

Jo has worked extensively across many general practices across Aotearoa. Her skills are in process improvement and change management. She has been involved in design, development and implementation of models of care and is well known for her work over the last 10 years in the Health Care Home programme. She is currently 18 months into leading an indigenous model of care across a large kauapa Māori health agency. Jo’s approach places whānau first, in order to determine what oranga means to them.

Prior to her work in health, Jo was a History teacher for 20 years majoring on the impact of colonialisation on indigenous peoples. Her interest in Māori and New Zealand history remains an important part of her life.

Kirsten Kyle | Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa

Kirsten Kyle | Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa

Kirsten holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a post graduate diploma in Marketing along with being accredited in project management (PRINCE2).

Returning to the workforce after a career break, she is passionate about health care and extremely organised. Kirsten has quickly picked up health sector knowledge and works on a variety of projects designed to help whānau flourish.

Jazz Grewel | Kaiwhakahaere Kaitohu | Programme Director – Collective Action with Communities

Jazz Grewel | Kaiwhakahaere Kaitohu | Programme Director – Collective Action with Communities

Jazz has a diverse background in both the health and social care sector spanning over 30 years in the UK and Aotearoa. With a career that began in psychology and social work, Jazz has been involved in leading innovation and change focused on the prevention of family violence, sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) and youth suicide, both locally and across the motu.  More recently her mahi has been on developing and implementing strategic interventions for improved integration of primary, secondary and community services to better serve the health needs of vulnerable people and their whanau.

This experience has ignited her passion for supporting and empowering the health and disability sector to collaborate with communities to address system challenges and achieve Māori health equity, especially as we navigate the transformational reform of our health and disability system.

Jazz lives in the Hutt Valley by Te Awa Kairanga with her teenagers. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching and practicing yin yoga and gardening.

 

Michael Turnbull | Kaiwhakarite Kaupapa

Michael Turnbull | Kaiwhakarite Kaupapa

Michael has a keen interest in community engagement and impact, having previously led the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association and been involved in numerous community movements and collectives within Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Michael has joined us as our Project Administrator, where he helps deliver behind the scenes support to the team.

Alongside this mahi, Michael is completing his Bachelor of Laws and Arts conjoint at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in International Relations and Development Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys boxing, Wellington’s cultural scene, and engaging in community kaupapa.

Liana Harrison | Kaiwhakarite Kaupapa

Liana Harrison | Kaiwhakarite Kaupapa

Liana’s background is in Travel and Tourism and all things operations and logistics.

As a travel agent and tour operator for 15 years, it is all about attention to detail. Liana will be bringing those organisational skills to the team and helping to co-ordinate day to day tasks amongst all of the team members, and helping with preparing for events, workshops and special projects. She has a passion for community and whānau relationships and is excited to be working in a team that is really making a difference.

Liana is returning to the workforce after a break to have children, and enjoys living in sunny Central Otago with her husband and two boys.

Jana,

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"I called Hora Te Pai Health Services to book an appointment for my 7-year-old daughter, as she was complaining of a sore tummy. My GP returned my call quickly, and after answering more questions, we established that there was no sore throat or fever, so we agreed that we would monitor over a day or two to see if the symptoms worsened. It saved me time and avoided a visit to the GP — this new service is awesome."

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