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Brett Paradine

Brett Paradine

Brett Paradine, who next month takes on the role of interim chief operating officer at Waikato District Health Board, has a 20-year grounding in the New Zealand health system.

He qualified as a general nurse in Australia in 1985, going on to obtain specialist mental health and neuroscience qualifications.

His executive management experience spans 16 years, starting with an executive operational role responsible for women’s and child health, mental health, community, and allied health services in Taranaki.

Mr  Paradine then went on to set up the first DHB planning and funding service in Taranaki, before being recruited to head up the Waikato planning and funding team.

Prior to that he held a succession of line management positions through the 1990s with responsibility for a wide variety of health services.

In 2005 he graduated with a post graduate diploma of Health Service Management from Massey University and is currently undertaking a research project related to patients accessing their general practice clinical notes over the internet, as part of work towards a Master of Management degree.

His planning and funding role has involved funding the services provided by both the DHB’s provider arm and outside entities such as general practice, community pharmacy, mental health, age-related residential care and community pathology providers.

This has entailed similar considerations of safety, access and equity for externally funded services as the chief operating officer has managed for DHB provided services.

His highlights at Waikato DHB include:

  • Securing funding for “Project Energize”, a leading initiative to improve nutrition and physical activity levels in primary and intermediate children.
  • Member of the Expert Advisory Group which developed the National Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Quality Improvement Plan 2008
  • Leading a major change process in community laboratory services which freed up funding to reinvest in other new services, while improving the timeliness and quality of laboratory services.
  • Chair – national General Managers Planning and Funding forum from 2007 – 2010
  • Chair tripartite national PHO Performance Programme governance group from 2008 – 2011 and again from 2013-2014.
  • Lead DHB negotiator national PHO contract group 2011 – 2013.
  • A process that reorganised the local child and youth mental health sector from a collection of 17 reasonably unconnected providers, to 14 providers in a system of three clusters, each with a single point of entry providing a shared triage and allocation process, under joint provider governance.


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