New Alliance Leadership Team

Southern DHB and WellSouth PHO have a new, strong team in place to support the roll-out of the Primary and Community Strategy and promote better integration of health services with the aim of improving people's wellbeing.

Led by independent chair Dr Carol Atmore, the new Alliance Leadership Team (ALT) includes pharmacist Bernie McKone, Wanaka GP Dr Andrew McLeod, rural nursing specialist Debi Lawry, Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks, Community Health Council representative Bronnie Grant, Joanne Baxter of the University of Otago, and youth mental health and addictions specialist Clive MacArthur, as well as Southern DHB and WellSouth representatives including Dr Liza Edmonds, Dr Hywel Lloyd, Wendy Findlay, Chris Fleming and Ian Macara. A Māori health specialist will also be appointed to the leadership team in the coming weeks.

“ALT brings expertise from across the health sector and working together the team will make a substantive contribution, supporting change for the better in the Southern district,” says Chris Fleming, Chief Executive, Southern DHB.

Healthcare alliances were established in health districts across the country in 2013 to help DHBs and primary health organisations better work together. Alliances promote taking a 'one health system' view, building trust and confidence between health professionals working in different parts of the health system.


Dunedin Hospital Rotary Children's Ward and Paediatric Outpatients staff recently wigged up for ‘Wig Wednesday’ – an annual fundraising day for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Money raised through Wig Wednesday helps fund the practical, financial and emotional support for families with children with cancer.

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