We are proud to introduce the following speakers

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Steph Dyhrberg

Steph is a partner at Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law in Wellington. In 2020, the firm was recognised as the top Employment Law Specialist Firm in the NZ Law Awards.

Steph has nearly 30 years legal experience. Steph previously worked for Russell McVeagh Wellington, Crown Law Office, and Right Management Consultants.

Steph is the New Zealand Rugby Independent Complaints Service Manager and her firm has provided an interim complaints service for High Performance Sport and Gymnastics NZ (for Sport NZ).

Steph was a finalist in the 2018 Women of Influence Awards in the Diversity category, and in December was awarded 2018 Wellingtonian of the Year for her work in tackling sexual harassment in the legal profession.

Steph is a Trustee of Mary Potter Hospice and a member of the judging panel for the Electra Business Awards (Kapiti-Horowhenua).

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John Fitzgerald

John leads the team at WorkSafe focused on Mentally Healthy Work.

He is a NZ Registered Psychologist within the Clinical Scope of Practice, who has worked in adult mental health; alcohol/drug services; and child & family psychological health. He has particular research interests in suicide prevention and non-suicidal self-injury, and professional ethics and practice. Prior to joining WorkSafe, John was a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Massey University (Wellington).

He is a Fellow and Immediate Past-President of the New Zealand Psychological Society, a member of the Society’s Institute of Clinical Psychology and of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, and a member of the Psychology Panel of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

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Ben Harris

Ben, medical microbiology scientist with over 40 years’ experience, specialises in infection prevention and control, emerging antibiotic resistance, MDRO's, epidemics, pandemics, outbreaks, detection and management, and our microbiome – they are all fascinating!

He is passionate about communication and education for the greater good, presents widely to many sectors within New Zealand and Australia, USA and Africa on a large variety of allied subjects.

‘We are all in this together’ - as individuals, communities, nationally and internationally – the more we understand, the better we can look after and foster our microbiomes and ecosystems, there are no borders.

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Martin Hefford

Martin Hefford is on secondment to the DPMC Transition Unit from his substantive role as CEO of Tu Ora Compass Health, a a position he has held for the past 8 years. Martin has 30 years’ experience in diverse health services planning and delivery roles including as: GM Integrated Care at Counties Manukau; Chief Operating Officer at Capital & Coast DHB; Group Manager Planning and Funding at Hutt Valley DHB; Senior Locality Manager in the Health Funding Authority; and Group Manager Mental Health in the Central Regional Health Authority.

He was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 2004 to work with Kaiser Permanente in the USA. He has published internationally on primary health care and integrated care developments. Martin has three grown up children – all boys and all Wellingtonians.

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Emmanuel Jo

Emmanuel specialises in mathematical modelling and Big Data in health workforces. His expertise includes turning real-world situations into mathematical models, providing health workforce models for government health initiatives and policies.

Emmanuel studied Operations Research (Decision Science).

In the year 2000 he joined American multinational information technology equipment and service consulting company Electronic Data Systems (EDS) (now the Hewlett-Packard Company) as a mathematical modeller building optimisation models of workforce allocations on a variety of commercial and government information technology projects. He joined the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in 2004 and moved to the Ministry in 2006.

During his service at the Ministry, he has developed the Virtual Diabetes Register in 2009 and this is now being used as the official diabetes prevalence in New Zealand. He has also developed the Health Workforce Forecasting Model in 2015 for planning of health workforces.

Currently Emmanuel is an Honorary Academic at School of Medicine University of Auckland, and leads Analytics and Intelligence section within Health Workforce directorate at the Ministry of Health, New Zealand.

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Moe Milne (ONZM)

Moe of Ngāti Hine and Ngapuhi descent is a mother of six and grandmother of 18 who nurtures her whanau in Te Ao Māori based in their knowing of who they are as Ngati Hine.

Moe began her professional career as a psychopaedic nurse, moving into general nursing and then psychiatric nursing. Registering as a psychiatric nurse in 1974 at Kingseat Hospital, most of Moe’s health work has been in mental health and addictions.

In 1988 Moe qualified as a teacher and taught in Kura Māori, but later found herself transition back into the health sector, working in management at the Northland Area Health Board. In 1991, Moe was employed by the Northern Regional Health authority as Locality projects manager and needs assessment, engaging with the development of the Ngāti Hine Health Trust.

In 2000, Moe became a resource person for Māori development, particularly in Hauora, and became involved as a community researcher under the training of Dr Fiona Cram. This research included Māori ethical framework for research, and traumatic brain injury in Māori children.

Moe currently carries out training for the Takarangi Competency Framework and delivers this training to DHB, psychiatrist, Emerge Aotearoa, Brain Research New Zealand, and other providers.

Moe’s participation in health, education, justice and social service has span over many years as she aims to continue to inspire health providers of Māori health and well-being, with a commitment to deliver gold standard practice for all Māori and the world.