Dr Martin London – Martin is the Chair of RHĀNZ. He qualified MB.ChB. in Bristol in 1977 and came to New Zealand in 1981 gaining Dip. Obst (1983) and FRNZCGP (1990 and ‘Distinguished’ 2013). Since 1983 he has worked with Rural Practice – initially for ten years at Akaroa, then opening the Christchurch Centre for Rural Health in 1994 while doing sub-urban practice. In 2005 he moved to work as a salaried GP in South Westland (and develop ten hectares with cattle and hazel nuts). Since 2015 he has been a peripatetic Rural GP Locum. He initiated the NZ Rural GP Network in 1992 and was a board member until 2017. Martin now lives in Christchurch with his wife Karol and together they are developing six hectares of land in Little River with fruit and nut trees.
Professor Jane Mills – Jane is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Health, Massey University and is one of New Zealand and Australia’s foremost primary health care academics with extensive experience leading and managing teams in both government and tertiary sectors. With a research portfolio focused on public health, health workforce, and health system strengthening, Jane is a well regarded rural health academic. Jane grew up on a farm in Australia and went on to run a cattle station in far north Queensland with her husband Hew. She has also had a long association with the National Rural Health Alliance of Australia and was the President of the Association for Australian Rural Nurses and Midwives, and Chair of the Royal College of Nurses, Australia Faculty of Rural Nursing and Midwifery. Jane holds the following qualifications: RN; PhD (Monash); MBA (Imperial College, London); M Ed (Charles Sturt); MN (UTas); BN (UTas).
Bill Eschenbach – Bill is the Chief Executive of Rural Canterbury PHO and prior to this he was a Client Manager with South Link Health where he was responsible for rolling out Primary Health Organisations in the upper South Island. Bill has developed strong community linkages with a number of organisations including Territorial Local Authorities that has led to partnerships that have supported the continuation of remote rural primary care services through the developments of community trusts.
Bill has linkages with his local District Health Board, the Canterbury Alliance, the Ministry of Health, the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network and the National Rural Health Advisory Group.
Sharon Wards – Sharon is the Chief Executive of Tararua Health Group, a private company comprising two general practice sites and a community hospital located in Tararua, nestled between Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay which employs up to 100 staff. The range of services provided by the group encompasses general practice primary healthcare, practice nursing, community nursing, hospital, maternity and radiology services.
Mark Eager – Mobile Health Solutions. Mark manages the team at Mobile Health Solutions which includes oversight of the Mobile Surgical Bus. The Surgical Bus performs day surgery in rural towns around New Zealand. Mark is involved with Ministry of Health, DHB and Primary Care Organisations ensuring the efficient running of this rural service.
Bill Nathan – Kaumaatua. Bill is from Te Ati Awa Taranaki, Ngaati Kahungunu ki Wairoa and Ngai Tahu.