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Call for abstracts: The New Zealand Health and Disability System in transition

In April 2021, the Labour Government announced significant and wide-ranging reforms to the health and disability system. These will be implemented in multiple phases in the next 3 years. This will change the way the country produces, delivers and interacts with the health care system. For health services researchers, this is the perfect time to revisit their research findings and provide advice–based on the lessons learned from their previous work–so that the new system does not repeat the mistakes of the past.

The aim of CHeST's 2021 symposium is to bring together researchers, health practitioners and health service managers to explore how the New Zealand Healthcare System should engage with this development. We are inviting research presentations on the topic of The New Zealand Health and Disability System in Transition. Presentations can cover a range of areas, including:

  • Primary and secondary care organisation and provision
  • Methods for commissioning health services
  • Delivering an equitable health system for all
  • The use of emerging technologies, in particular telehealth
  • The Māori Health Authority
  • Pacific Health
  • Design and management of the quality improvement agenda
  • Public vs private healthcare
  • Public and health policy development
  • Health workforce training, retention and management
  • Operations and supply chain management

We now invite Expressions of Interest in presenting at the 2021 symposium. Please register and submit abstract submissions below. Abstract submission deadline is 21 November.

This event is open to the general public.

Conference date and venue

  • 8 December 2021
  • Room 117, Otago Business School, Union Place East, Dunedin
  • 8:30am to 5:00pm

This is a hybrid symposium. You can select to attend via zoom. Please click the zoom option in the registration form.

Symposium schedule

Time Presentation title Presenter name
9:00 – 9:10am Opening Remarks Robin Gauld
9:10 – 10:00am Keynote speech Mataroria Lyndon
10:00 – 10:30am Tea break 
10:30 – 10:50am The institution and institutional amnesia: Lessons for the new New Zealand Health System David Hill, Sam Hill, Andrew Nolan
10:50 – 11:10am Our fair sister: the environment; and health Sam Hill, David Hill, Jeroen Douwes, Matthew Pawley
11:10 – 11:30am Reforming the New Zealand health system – How can we operationalise the vision of an equitable, affordable, and quality approach to healthcare delivery? Sharen Paine
11:30 – 11:50am Why not both? Addressing the social determinants of health Pauline Dawson, Benoit Auvray, Chrys Jaye, Robin Gauld, Jean Hay-Smith
11:50am – 12:10pm Access and Choice Jodie Black and Dot Brown
12:10 – 12.30pm Case Studies of Transition from a Health System to a Well-Being System through People Centred Services Interventions in the United Kingdom National Health Service John Cooney
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch break 
1:30 – 1:50pm Kōhatu Brief Peter Crampton
1:50 -2:10pm 'Managerial Economics' for Public Health Services Ravi Vohora
2:10 – 2:30pm Providing an effective workforce for multimorbidity and social complexity – teamwork is crucial Anna Askerud
2:30 – 2:50pm What about spirtual care in the new health system? Richard Egan
2:50 – 3:10pm Partnering with whānau to address inequities to pain management Hemakumar Devan
3:10 – 3:30pm OGHI Brief Jacqui Haddingham
3:30 – 3:50pm Evaluating policies of operating room capacity management: Discrete event simulation Mona Koushan
3:50 – 4:10pm Evaluation of the Primary and Community Care Strategy Gagan Gurung
4:10 – 4:30pm The perils of private care – a case study on private mental health service providers in India and learnings for NZ Kaaren Mathias
4:30 – 4:50pm Clinical balance and gait assessments are reliable and valid when undertaken remotely – A feasible alternative in times of lockdown Paulo Henrique Silva Pelicioni
4:50 – 5:00pm Closing remarks Robin Gauld

Downloadable version of the CHeST 2021 symposium schedule (XLSX)

For more information and details, please email

Keynote presentation

Dr Mataroria Lyndon

Mataroria Lyndon imageOverview of the Health Reforms and the Māori Health Authority

Dr Mataroria Lyndon is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Auckland and the co-founder and Clinical Director of Tend Health. He was previously Equity Lead for Mahitahi HauoraPHO in Te Taitokerau Northland and a medical lead for Māori health at Counties ManukauDHB . He currently co-hosts the TVNZ medical series 'The Check Up'.

Dr Lyndon is Deputy Chair of Te Hiringa Hauora Health Promotion Agency, and a Board member of the Māori Health Authority, Northland DHB , and Healthy Hearts Aotearoa Centre of Research Excellence.

He completed his Master of Public Health at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar and Frank Knox Fellow and his PhD is focused in medical education. He was also awarded the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Young Professional of the Year 2016.

Keynote speech | Dr Mataroria Lyndon

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