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The Clinical Board

The Clinical Board is a multidisciplinary clinical forum, whose membership includes representatives from the primary, secondary and community sectors. There are 29 members on the Clinical Board, four of whom are elected. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are elected annually.

Members of the Board support and influence the Canterbury District Health Board's vision and values, and play an important clinical leadership role. They are responsible for the clinical ​​​governance of services provided by the District Health Board.

The Clinical Board:

  • Oversees the District Health Board's clinical activity
  • Provides advice to the Chief Executive on clinical issues
  • Takes a proactive role in setting clinical policy and standards
  • Encourages best practice and innovation

Clinical board membership

All members (except ex officio) have a term of three years from and including February 2020 with right of renewal).

Ex Officio Members

Name/Position Representative area
Dr Helen Skinner, Chief Medical Officer

Chief Executive Nominee from the Executive Management Team 

Dr Ramon Pink, Medical Officer of Health

Clinical Director, Community and Public Health

Professor David Murdoch, Dean University of Otago, Christchurch

Jacqui Lunday Johnstone, Executive Director Allied Health

Interim nominee of the CDHB Clinical Governance Committee

Dr Isabel Jamieson

Nominee of the Ara Institute

Susan Wood, CDHB Manager, Quality and Patient Safety

Quality and Patient Safety, Canterbury DHB

Primary and Community Care

Name/Position Representative area
Dr Ben Hudson, General Practitioner

Nominee of Pegasus Health


Nominee of Waitaha Primary Health

Dr Tearlach MacLean, General Practitioner and Deputy Director of Health Centre

Nominee of the University of Canterbury and Christchurch PHO

Aarti Patel

Nominee of Canterbury Pharmacy Group

Annette Finlay

Nominee of Nurse Maude

Violet Clapham

Nominee of the NZ College of Midwives

Māori representative

Name/Position Representative area
Michelle Turrall

Nominee of Manawhenua ki Waitaha


Name/Position Representative area
Emma Jeffery

Nominee of Canterbury Clinical Network

Christine Leleifenika

Nominee of CCN Transalpine Oral Health Service Development Group



Page last updated: 5 July 2021

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