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August 16, 2019

C&R announces strong CMDHB team

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Communities and Residents (C&R) is pleased to announce its strong team to contest the Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) in the 2019 Auckland local elections. Running on the C&R ticket are Garry Boles, Katrina Bungard, David Collings, Lyn Murphy, Ray Pitch, Nivedita Sharma Vij and Sally Wong.

Garry Boles is a local Howick and Pakuranga resident, living in area for 54 years with his family. He currently works closely with Middlemore Hospital providing staff safety seminars, working with the security teams on improving client and staff safety, and he played a fundamental role in planning aspects of the Tiaho Mai Mental Health Unit. Garry has been a New Zealand Police Officer for 23 years and now holds district-wide leadership and advocacy responsibilities and has recently won a nationwide peer nominated scholarship award for Excellence in Policing.

Katrina Bungard is a current CMDHB Member who serves on the Community Public Health, Regional Disability and Maori Health Advisory committees. She is Chairperson of the Manukau East Council of Social Services and in her governance roles, leads projects such as ‘Healthy Howick’, ‘Fruit Trees in Schools’ and ‘Smoke-Free’ initiatives. Katrina brings experience, insight and strong advocacy to the Board. She is an active member of the AmputeeFederation, Parafed Disability Sports; and holds district wide leadership responsibilities across Disability Advisory and Community Development.

David Collings previously served 12 years on CMDHB. He believes healthcare should be available to people when they need it and is committed to good services, accountability and value for money. David will ensure safe levels of care are always adhered to and will push for more government funding the CMDHB has deserved for many years. David has also been an advocate for better IT solutions for health clinicians so they can deliver the very best most-informed diagnosis for those needing care.  

Lyn Murphy is a three-term member of CMDHB serving on the Hospital Advisory Committee (Chair) Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and Community and Public Health Advisory Committee. Lyn is a Senior Lecturer in interprofessional health at AUT and an international consultant and speaker on health management and health service development. Lyn is active in supporting healthy communities, is an advocate for medical research and a former Vice President of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.

Ray Pitch is a former South Auckland Ambulance officer and Red Cross disaster welfare volunteer. With a Masters degree in Business, qualifications in Emergency and Disaster Management, and a Paramedic Degree, Ray has over 30 years’ experience delivering complex business projects including the National Telehealth service and St John’s IT services. He is well aware of the accessibility, affordability and long-term health challenges faced by the CMDHB, and will stand up for better government funding to solve Middlemore's building problems and challenges posed by a growing population.

Nivedita Sharma Vij is a NZ Registered healthcare professional, Deputy Chair of Manukau East Council of Social Services, and Master Trainer from Stanford University with postgraduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics. She previously worked as a consultant with Tāmaki PHO, Māngere Budgeting Services Trust, Auckland PHO and ProCare (Auckland/Waitematā DHBs). She will focus on delivering healthcare that is safe, accessible and equitable across the entire district - rural and urban, and will ensure CMDHB delivers effective on-the-ground services in modern, fit-for-purpose buildings.

Sally Wong is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Secretary of Governance New Zealand and has managed complex budgets to deliver on community expectations. As Vice President of the Buddha's Light International Association she serves her community managing cultural and educational activities and has helped over 6,000 students learn essential life skills. Sally will use her professional expertise to ensure CMDHB receives its fair share of government funding and spends it wisely.

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