Full name: Southern Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Short name: Southern HDEC

Abbreviation: STH

OHRP(external link) ref: IRB00008713


Terms of reference

Download Southern Committee Terms of Reference [DOCX, 181 KB]

Membership and attendance

No meetings were postponed or cancelled due to inability to make quorum.

Mrs Helen Walker (Chair)

Membership category: Consumer/Community Perspectives
Date of appointment: 22 May 2020
Current term expires: 22 May 2023

Mrs Helen Walker is currently the Chairman Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee a Member of the Medical Sciences Council, a Trustee of the Cranford Hospice Trust, Chairman of the New Zealand Singing School and the owner and of Kilgaren Farming Partnership. She completed a Bachelor of Science at Massey University, a Certificate in Company Direction through the New Zealand Institute of Directors and is a Chartered member of the Institute. Mrs Walker is previously a Director and Chair of Health Hawkes Bay, Guardian/Kaitiaki of the Turnbull Library, Director of Unison Networks Ltd and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Chairman of the Central Hawke’s Bay Consumers Power Trust, Past President of the Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Club and a member of the Waipawa Municipal Theatre Refurbishment Trust. Finance Audit and Risk has been a major part all these roles with position of FAR Chair in most.

Dr Sarah Gunningham

Membership category: Lay member in the design and conduct of intervention studies
Date of appointment: 5 July 2019
Current term expires: 5 July 2022

Dr Sarah Gunningham is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Otago (2008-present). Prior to this she was an Assistant Research Fellow and PhD student at the University of Otago (1996-2008). Dr Gunningham completed a PhD at the University of Otago (2008), a Master of Science at the University of Otago (2003) and a Bachelor of Science at the University of West of England (1995). She was registered as a General Nurse at Royal United Hospital (1982) and worked as a nurse 1982-1996 completing a Diploma of Nursing at London University (1986) and Certificates of Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice (1989), and General Intensive Care (1987) at the Bristol and Weston School of Nursing. Dr Gunningham has published one book, 15 refereed journal articles and presented papers at six conference proceedings.

Associate Professor Mira Harrison-Woolrych

Membership category: Non-lay member design and conduct of intervention studies
Date of appointment: 5 July 2019
Current term expires: 5 July 2020

Dr Harrison-Woolrych is the former director of the Intensive Medicines Monitoring Programme for the Department of Preventative and Social Medicine, University of Otago. She has extensive research experience in pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology and is a former member of the executive of the International Society of Pharmacovigilence (2009-2012) and the Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee (2003-2011). Dr Harrison-Woolrych holds a Bachelor of Medicine (1989), Doctor of Medicine (1995) University of Southhampton, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Dr Devonie Waaka

Membership category: Non-lay member in the design and conduct of intervention studies
Date of appointment: 13 May 2016
Current term expires: 13 May 2020

Dr Waaka graduated in medicine from the University of Otago in 1996. She worked as a medical registrar for a number of years, developing an interest in nephrology and rheumatology, before joining an early phase clinical trials unit as a research physician in 2004. Over the past decade she has been involved in the planning and implementation of numerous early phase trials in New Zealand and Australia.

In 2011 Devonie completed a Master of Medical Science in Drug Development from the University of New South Wales. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr Waaka has been on the teaching staff for the Pharmaceutical Medicine and Drug Development Master Program, University of New South Wales (2012 – present).

Dr Paul Chin

Membership category: Non-lay member in the design and conduct of intervention studies
Date of appointment: 5 July 2019
Current term expires: 5 July 2022

Dr Paul Chin is a clinical pharmacologist, employed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, Christchurch and Senior Medical Officer at Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. He is also a qualified general physician, and completed a PhD in pharmacokinetic aspects of gentamicin and dabigatran in 2014. Research interests include therapeutic drug monitoring (including continuing work with anticoagulants and antimicrobials), quality use of medicines, electronic prescribing, and clinical decision support and estimation of renal function.

Mr Dominic Fitchett

Membership category: Lay lawyer
Date of appointment: 5 July 2019
Current term expires: 5 July 2022

Dominic qualified from the University of Otago with a BA/LLB and is a solicitor with Malley & Co Lawyers in Christchurch. He has practised law in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, primary as a property specialist, since 2004.

Dr Pauline Boyles

Date of appointment: 5 July 2019
Current term expires: 5 July 2022

Dr Pauline Boyles has worked in the health and disability field for over thirty years. Until recently she worked as Director Disability Strategy and Performance for nine years with the three sub regional district health boards in Wellington bringing about major change in the lives of people with disabilities accessing health services regionally and nationally. In addition her own lived experience inspired consistent advocacy at planning and funding and board levels for service and strategic change driven by and with communities of people experiencing mental health distress. While serving the communities of the three Wellington regions she was a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee over a six year period.

She is now consulting through her business Dream Achievers offering services including system design, evaluation and service audits for district health boards and Ministry of Health.

Pauline has earned the respect of community, colleagues and governance boards for her ability to work with others to improve services, to always follow through on what she has committed to and has demonstrated substantial contributions to the transformation of the lives of those with a lived experience of disability. Equally she has worked alongside Māori and Māori with disabilities to understand and integrate the Treaty of Waitangi principles into practice while also understanding the cause and effect of health inequalities for both Māori and Pacific communities.

Professor Jean Hay-Smith

Date of appointment: 5 July 2019
Current term expires: 5 July 2022

Professor Jean trained as a physiotherapist, working in a range of clinical roles in the New Zealand and UK health sector. She completed a MSc in the UK, and a PhD at the University of Otago, both in the area of women’s health. Her particular research interest is in the management of bladder problems in adults, with and without neurological disorders. Research methods are another interest, and Jean has experience of a wide range of methods including research synthesis, experimental, observational, qualitative, and mixed methods. Jean is currently a full-time academic in rehabilitation at the University of Otago.

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