Clinical Leaders at each DHB within New Zealand were invited to nominate their own Site Network Leader. Site Network Leaders are senior practitioners across all disciplines within maternal and perinatal health. They are the local ‘face’ of the ON TRACK Network.
Meet your local Site Network Leader
Dr David Bailey received his medical education in London, England, before specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology. David is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) and is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Whangarei Hospital. David is passionate about supporting level 2 hospitals to take part in high quality clinical research.
Jutta van den Boom
Jutta received her medical education in Dusselforf, Germany before training as a paediatrician. Jutta is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and an honorary academic at the University of Auckland. Jutta works as a paediatrician in the special care baby units at Waitakere Hospital and North Shore Hospital, where her research interest is focused on neonatal encephalopathy, hypoglycaemia and jaundice.
Melissa is Midwifery Director at National Women’s Health, Auckland City Hospital. She holds a Certificate of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma Business (Management) and a Masters in Child, Family and Community Nursing Science. Originally from Melbourne, Melissa came to Auckland in March 2016, having worked as an Associate Director for Women’s and Children’s Services and Chief Midwifery Advisor in a large multi-site Victorian health service in Australia for 5 years. Prior to that Melissa was a Senior Program Advisor in the Victorian Department of Health. Melissa has experience across a range of quality improvement and project roles, as well as clinical management with a focus on women’s and children’s health. She previously worked at Middlemore Hospital in 2005 as Midwifery Manager of Birth Suite. Melissa’s passion and commitment is to make a difference, reduce inequity and support great outcomes for mothers and babies.
Associate Professor Michael Meyer trained as a paediatrician at Groote Schuur and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals in Cape Town, South Africa. He has fellowships in both Neonatology and Immunology, and obtained a Doctorate in Paediatrics (MD) from the University of Cape Town. Mike is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP).
He is a consultant neonatologist at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand and a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. He has been lead investigator in several randomised controlled trials. Current research interests include preterm resuscitation, temperature control, humidification, delayed cord clamping, use of probiotics in preterm infants, erythropoietin and blood transfusion.
Bay of Plenty (Tauranga)
Bay of Plenty (Tauranga)
Chris obtained a degree in structural engineering prior to studying medicine at Manchester University, UK. He worked as Junior Lecturer in Anatomy at Manchester University before his obstetric training in Auckland, Christchurch and the UK. Chris has been working as obstetrician and gynaecologist at Tauranga Hospital since 2002 where he has always worked part-time in an attempt to maintain sanity, given his main job of hand-rearing his five children. Chris is the Trainee Intern supervisor at Tauranga Hospital, and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. He joined the ON TRACK Network as he is passionate about the opportunity for secondary care units to participate in world-class research, and the collateral benefits that participation in research adds to those units. His interests are varied, and mainly involve translational research i.e. academic research that can be incorporated easily into bedside practice.
Bay of Plenty (Whakatane)
Bay of Plenty (Whakatane)
Thabani graduated in medicine from the University of Zimbabwe and undertook specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Bristol and London. He is a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG). Thabani is the Medical Director at Bay of Plenty DHB and is a consultant obstetrician at Whakatane Hospital. He has led PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) courses in Zimbabwe and published a number of peer-reviewed articles on improving maternity care in low resource settings.
Anne is a paediatrician at Rotorua Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. Anne is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and is director of paediatric training at Rotorua hospital. Anne completed her PhD at the Liggins Institute investigating the effects of undernutrition around the time of conception on the mother's pregnancy and the health of her offspring. She has ongoing research interests in neonatal and paediatric nutrition, including the long-term consequences of altered nutrition in early life, and the development of an animal model of prematurity to explore the best treatments for preterm and small babies.
Belinda is Associate Director of Midwifery at Taranaki DHB. She is the local Perinatal and Maternal Mortality review co-ordinator, chairs the local maternity quality governance meetings and attends national maternity quality and safety meetings. She is a NZRC newborn life support trainer and PROMPT trainer. Additionally she provides LMC Midwifery care to a small caseload of women and is a Technical Expert Advisor for the Ministry of Health. She has a passion for new challenges and is committed to managing and implementing high standards of quality care.
Sean graduated in medicine from the University of Arizona in 2003, where he also completed a Masters of Public Health. Sean trained in obstetrics and gynaecology at Columbia University, NYC and worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston before moving to sunny Gisborne in 2012. Gisborne is a small secondary maternity unit, and while passionate about the value of integrating research into clinical practice, they are still exploring ways to get actively involved in maternal and perinatal research.
Amanda has been a midwife for 24 years, and currently works as a casual core midwife at Palmerston North Hospital, a busy secondary facility with almost 2,000 births a year. Amanda is the Maternity Quality and Safety coordinator for Mid Central DHB, and is a member of the working group tasked with implementing safety improvement recommendations from the recent service review. Amanda has been involved in preceptoring midwives and has carried out clinical audits aimed at increasing knowledge and improving practice. As well as leading other quality improvement project, Amanda is enrolled on the Master of Health Care programme at Victoria University. She is passionate about multidisciplinary research as a way of improving outcomes for mothers and babies.
Kirsten received her medical education at the University of Otago, before training in obstetrics and gynaecology. Kirsten is an obstetrician in Hastings, where she supervises medical student education and is a member of the Maternity Clinical Governance group. Kirsten is co-lead of the local Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality meetings, and is a member of the Maternal Morbidity Central Region review panel, an initiative of the HQSCNZ. Kirsten is passionate about the potential for well-designed perinatal and maternal research to improve outcomes.
Capital & Coast
Capital & Coast
Dr Max Berry received her medical education in London, and has since specialised in neonatal medicine in New Zealand. Max is a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Children’s Health (MRCPCH) and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). She completed her PhD at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. She works as a neonatologist at Wellington Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago (Wellington). Max’s research interests focus on translation of biomedical research into clinical practice.
Hutt Valley & Wairarapa
Hutt Valley & Wairarapa
Chris is the Director of Midwifery at Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs and Service Manager for Women’s and Children’s Health at Hutt Valley DHB. Chris is a council member of the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and a member of the Maternity Clinical Governance Group for Wairarapa DHB. Chris has served as chair of the Wellington branch of the College of Midwives, and worked as a maternity advisor for the Ministry of Health. In 2013, Chris graduated with a Master of Health Care from Victoria University. Chris has extensive experience as an LMC, a core midwife and in midwifery leadership.
Flora studied medicine at the University of Otago before becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) in 2001. Since then she has worked in public and private hospitals in New Zealand and the UK as well as for the University of Otago, Fertility Associates and in a voluntary capacity in India and Albania. Flora is an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Nelson Hospital. Her research interests are focused on improving clinical practice, particularly reducing caesarean section rates.
Sherif is an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Grey Base Hospital and a member of the Southern region review panel for the Maternal Morbidity Working Group (MMWG), an initiative of the Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand (HQSC).
Associate Professor Nicola Austin graduated in medicine at the University of Otago before specialising in paediatrics. Nicola is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP). Nicola is actively involved in research in the Neonatal Unit at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and is an Associate Professor at the University of Otago (Christchurch).
Her current research focus is neuroimaging of the newborn infant & health outcomes and care for families & their infants at the borders of viability. .
Roland received his medical education at the University of Otago before specialising in paediatrics. Roland is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and is the Clinical Director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Dunedin Hospital. Roland is the current President of the Perinatal Society of New Zealand and is a member of the Southern DHB Maternity Quality and Safety Programme governance group. He is an active researcher, with interests in neonatal jaundice and neonatal pharmacology.
Meggan is an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Southland Hospital and is excited about the research opportunities offered to hospitals large and small by being involved with the ON TRACK Network. Originally from the US state of New Mexico, Meggan worked as an academic generalist in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico for 16 years. Her areas of interest include medical education, postpartum contraception and cervical cancer screening and prevention. Meggan has extensive experience in low-resource settings with volunteer groups such as MSF and the International Medical Corps. Meggan, her husband, and two boys have enthusiastically embraced the outdoor Southland lifestyle.