Health New Zealand has announced the significant
appointment of Dr Nick Chamberlain as the National Director
of the new National Public Health Service.
this new permanent appointment, interim Health New Zealand
Chief Executive Fepulea’i Margie Apa said Dr Chamberlain
was an outstanding fit for the role.
is uniquely qualified, with a broad range of experience
across the health sector,” Margie Apa said.
well as serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the
Northland District Health Board since 2011, he has held
national roles as lead DHB chief executive in primary care
and public health.
“He brings outstanding experience
in clinical governance and patient safety, improving the
patient journey, chronic care management, and preventing
avoidable hospitalisation. Dr Chamberlain was a general
practitioner by training and practice and will bring
professional experience of how primary care and public
health can integrate to improve population health and
“I know that his appointment as leader of
our new National Public Health Service will positively
impact the lives of New Zealanders, particularly around
longstanding inequity in many of our health
“Dr Chamberlain is my first permanent
appointment at Health New Zealand, and I am delighted to
have him in this role.”
Dr Chamberlain described
his new role as a transformational opportunity to revitalise
public health in Aotearoa New Zealand.
always worked to support wellbeing as being at the centre of
healthcare. From my experience in Northland, I also know we
need a wider health system which actively addresses
inequity, reduces need and promotes wellness.”
lead of the new National Public Health Service, Dr
Chamberlain will bring together the 12 existing public
health units, Te Hiringa Hauora (the Health Promotion
Agency), and several former Ministry of Health functions –
including screening, immunisation, and COVID-19 response
services – in one national team of teams.
fully committed to a service which ensures that Aotearoa New
Zealand is always ready to respond to any threats to public
health in a coordinated, proactive, equitable and innovative
Margie Apa has also thanked Jo Gibbs for her
service as Interim National Director, National Public Health
Service over the past six months.
“Jo has taken on a
huge workload during this time and interim Health New
Zealand has been able to benefit from her expertise. I
sincerely thank her for her leadership in this
Tracey Schiebli replaces Dr Chamberlain
as new interim District Director for Te Tai
Dr Chamberlain takes up his new role on 1