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Stuart Heal to become New Alliance South chair this month

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 11 Jun, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Cromwell resident Stuart Heal will assume the role of Alliance South chair at the next meeting of the Alliance Leadership Team in mid-June. 

Alliance South is the partnership between Southern DHB and WellSouth primary health network, overseeing the implementation of the Primary and Community Care Strategy. Its aim is to promote better integration of health services to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities across the Southern district.


Healthcare alliances were established in all health districts across the country in 2013 to help DHBs and primary health organizations (PHOs) to better work together and promote a 'one health system' view for the delivery of health care services.


Now based in Cromwell, Heal was brought up in Dunedin and has spent most of his career working in Otago and Southland. He is the chair of Breen Construction, Road Transport Logistics, Pioneer Energy and Pulse Energy. He served as chair of New Zealand Cricket from 2012 to 2016 and was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Sport and the Community in 2016.
Heal is a current board member and chairman of WellSouth, and before that was chair of the Rural Otago PHO.


“Stuart has made an invaluable contribution to WellSouth and primary care services in the district. His knowledge and breadth of experience in many fields means he has perspective that the health sector can benefit from,” said WellSouth Chief Executive Andrew Swanson-Dobbs.  Southern DHB Chief Executive Chris Fleming also welcomed Stuart into the role at this pivotal time.


“The past few months have tested us all, but have also demonstrated what can be achieved through our partnership and shared goals as the Southern Health system. We look forward to deepening these conversations through the Alliance, and thank Stuart for taking on an important role in this,” he said.
Ahead of his initiation, Heal has voiced his support for health service responses to coronavirus in the region and his vision for the future of Alliance Health.


“Health services response to COVID-19 in this region has proven very effective,” said Heal.
“We have a remarkable health workforce and what we've seen of late is not only a willingness to work together but also to do things differently.”


Keeping the momentum of change going is likely to be a key feature of the work carried out by Alliance South and health services in the coming months and years to realise the vision of a southern health system.


Heal said he saw the role of Alliance South as supporting the main players in health services – WellSouth PHO, general practices, Southern DHB and Public Health South - to coordinate and work together as one health service for the benefit of the people of Otago and Southland.

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