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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.

Jess White | Kaiwhakahaere kaitohu – HCH & Digital Health

Jess White | Kaiwhakahaere kaitohu – HCH & Digital Health

Jessica White has significant experience in primary care and general practice transformation, having worked for Compass Health for several years as their Practice Liaison Team Leader and then moving into a General Practice Development and Strategy Project Manager role. Following this Jessica worked as the Business Manager for the Northland and Kelburn practices as they merged and moved to a new purpose-built building.

She has undertaken several other contract and project management roles in health and for the New Zealand Fire Service, but more recently as the Health Care Home Programme Lead for the Hutt Valley.

Kanita Nikora | Kaiwhakahaere kaitohu – Localities

Kanita Nikora | Kaiwhakahaere kaitohu – Localities

Kanita has fifteen+ years experience in primary and community care, having worked at the Ministry of Health, within PHOs/DHB, implementation of Better Sooner More Convenient business case for MidCentral PHOs, Whānau Ora system development governance and implementation, and also overseas, setting national and local primary care strategy and implementation. Kanita supports our localities/ rohe mahi and will guide our Collaborative in terms of equity for Māori and other underserved whānau. Kanita shares her time between the Collaborative and THINK Hauora PHO.

Prior to Health, Kanita worked a decade in a range of central government departments including Community Employment Group, Department of Labour, the Treasury, and Ministry of Social Development. More recently, Kanita led the Performance and Monitoring workstream of the Unified Funding System (UFS) at the Tertiary Education Commission; the UFS is a key pillar of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education.

In her past time, Kanita enjoys time out with her whanau whanaui, hiking in the local ranges behind Waikanae and interior design of her new build. Her time overseas included five years in the Middle East, several years in Canada and travelling the world visiting countries of interest and sharing stories with the indigenous peoples of the land.

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 assists Amarjit and Jess in delivering the Health Care Home programme.

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.

Dr Andy Williams,

Feilding Health Care

Doctor Andy Williams at Feilding Health Care believes the HCH model of care works best when the clinician knows their patients. “If you know the patient, you can take the history over the phone, which means you just need to carry out the clinical examination upon arrival. It’s a more efficient way of operating.” One of the requirements of the HCH model, GP triage checks that the GP is available to their patients via phone for a specified time slot each day. This ensures continuity of care and more efficient patient management. The GPs are also encouraged to take ownership of their appointment books so that they have more control over their day, something Andy describes as essential to making the model work. He also believes the introduction of the patient portal re-establishes the patient/doctor relationship, by increasing patients’ direct access to their doctor, however it’s important the Doctor is already familiar with the patient before engaging these services.

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