Details

Full name: Southern Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Short name: Southern HDEC

Abbreviation: STH

OHRP(external link) ref: IRB00008713

Meetings

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.

Anthony Fallon (Chair)

Membership category: Lay (Consumer/Community Perspectives)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 13 August 2024

Anthony (Tony) is currently the Chair of the Southern HDEC, Chair of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, a Trustee of the Needle Exchange Services Trust, and Chair of the Drug Injectecting Services in Canterbury Trust. Tony is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and practised as a Radiation Therapist before pursuing a career in health management. He is currently the Development and Central Services Manager of Nova Trust, a leading alcohol and drug rehabilitation service provider, and previously worked across a number of departments at Canterbury Distict Health Board since his arrival in New Zealand. 

Associate Professor Mira Harrison-Woolrych

Membership category: Non-Lay (Intervention/Observational Studies)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 12 August 2022

Mira 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).

Mira 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 (Intervention Studies)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 12 August 2022

Devonie graduated in medicine from the University of Otago in 1996 and holds a Master of Medical Science (Drug Development) from the University of New South Wales (2012). She has extensive clinical research experience, and has been involved in the planning and implementation of numerous early phase trials in New Zealand and Australia.

In addition to her HDEC role, Devonie is a member of the Standing Committee on Therapeutic Trials (SCOTT), and is currently studying Te Reo Māori at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Dominic Fitchett

Membership category: Lay (the Law)
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 at Malley & Co Lawyers in Christchurch. He has practised law in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, primarily as a property specialist, since 2004.

Amy Henry

Membership category: Non-Lay (Observational Studies)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 16 August 2024

Amy is a registered nurse researcher who promotes and protects the health of Pacific People to ensure Pacific people receive equitable healthcare. Amy was a recipient of the Health Research Council of New Zealand PhD Scholarship 2020 and is striving towards completing a PhD to become a researcher in Pacific Health.

Associate Professor Nicola Swain

Membership category: Non-lay (Intervention and Observational studies)
Date of appointment: December 2021
Current term expires: December 2024

Nicola is a researcher and academic with over 20 years’ experience in the health sector.

Nicola is currently employed as an Associate Professor in Health Psychology at the University of Otago, where she is also an Honorary Associate Professor. She has a range of governance experience including being a member of the Human Rights Tribunal, member of the Medical Sciences Council and President of the New Zealand Pain Society.

Nicola has also been a previous member of the Southern HDEC from 2012 to 2014.

Tuifa’asisina Neta Tomokino

Membership category: Lay (Consumer/Community Perspectives)
Date of appointment: July 2022
Current term expires: July 2025

Tuifa’asisina Neta Tomokino – “O le ala i le pule o le tautua” The pathway to Leadership is through Service. Tuifa’asisina Neta is born, bred & educated in Tamaki Makaurau. She holds Matai titles from the villages of Vailoa Palauli & Savaiinaea from Salailua Savaii in Samoa. Why this is important, it’s the blessings of her ancestors that have guided her to where she is today. This proverb best describes her passion to serve. Neta started her working career within the Public Sector spanning over 30 years from Inland Revenue, Ministry of Social Development and eventually ending up at the New Zealand Immigration Service before joining a Non-Government Organisation, Whanau Waipareira & Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for over 10 years. She continues through the obstacle course and roller coaster ride of life happily married with 4 children, heavily involved in the care of her 54 year old brother who has cerebral palsy as well as the main carer for her elderly mother who was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

Dianne Glenn

Membership category: Lay (Consumer/Community Perspectives)
Date of appointment: July 2022
Current term expires: July 2025

Dianne has a long history in advocating for people with disabilities, having both lived experience and family members with disabilities. Much of Dianne’s advocacy for disabled people has been through NGO’s – Business and Professional Women New Zealand of which she is a Life Member, through the International Federation of BPW on which she served as an Executive Board Member representing Asia and the Pacific, and through the National Council of Women of New Zealand. She contributes to several Periodic Reports to United Nations Monitoring Committees (e.g. the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women), which then make recommendations to the Government for improvement. This work, plus Dianne’s environmental initiatives at the Auckland Regional Council which included the 0800SMOKEY Campaign to reduce air pollution, contributed to her Honour, Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Following on from the ARC, Dianne was appointed to the Auckland Conservation Board for a 4-year term and in 2013 was elected to Counties Manukau District Health Board where she contributed to improvements in maternal perinatal care, disability services, youth health and culminated in the successful funding of a new Spinal and Stroke Rehabilitation Unit in Manukau. She is also a member of the Lottery Individuals With Disabilities Committee that grants funds to disabled people, to continue to volunteer in the community.

Dianne originally trained as a Home Economics, Science and Biology teacher before retraining as an Art, Craft and Art History teacher then moving to manage an adult community education programme, employing 60+ part time tutors.           

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