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Waikato DHB chief to speak on healthcare management accountability

Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray will give a free public seminar at the University of Waikato on 24 November sharing his experiences of ‘Management accountability in healthcare’.

The one-hour seminar, starting at 4.30pm, is part of the Excellence in Practice series run by Waikato Management School’s Corporate and Executive Education centre.

Please register your attendance at www.execed.ac.nz/Home/ExcellenceinPracticeSeries.aspx Spaces are limited.

Waikato DHB Chief Executive Dr Nigel Murray

Waikato DHB Chief Executive Dr Nigel Murray

Dr Murray, who took over the reins of Waikato DHB in July 2014, has many years of managerial experience in the healthcare sector both in New Zealand and overseas.

He returned home to New Zealand from Canada to take the job at Waikato DHB, having previously served as chief executive of Fraser Health Authority for seven years, where he led an organisation of 22,000 staff serving a population of more than 1.6 million people.

Originally from Walton, near Matamata, his family moved to Minneapolis in the United States when he was young. He went on to complete an arts degree at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and returned to New Zealand to study medicine at the University of Otago.

In the mid-1980s, Dr Murray was employed as a senior house officer at Dunedin Public Hospital. He then added a Masters of Occupational Medicine from Harvard University to his CV, specialising in health business administration.

Dr Murray also spent 10-years with the New Zealand Army from 1986 to 1996, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He worked as a senior medical officer with the New Zealand military, as well as completing United Nations assignments to plan and implement health services in Bosnia and post-war Iraq.

In 1995, Dr Murray was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to health in the New Zealand Defence Force. Dr Murray then moved into a health management career, initially at Auckland District Health Board as general manager planning and development. From 2001-2006 he led the $550 million redevelopment of the board’s health services and facilities, amalgamating four hospitals into one. In late 2007 he was appointed to role of President and CEO of Fraser Health Authority in Canada.

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