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Allied Health Group Manager Appointed For Health Waikato

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Allied Health Group Manager Appointed For Health Waikato

Di Peers' appointment as Health Waikato Allied Health group manager marks a new start for her and the allied health profession at Waikato District Health Board.

Health Waikato chief operating officer Jan Adams announced today that Di Peers will take on the role, a first for Health Waikato and the result of an Allied Health review earlier this year.

That review confirmed the need for a strategic position within the work group.

Ms Peers is currently working as a project manager for the Midland Cancer Network, based at the Waikato Hospital campus, Waiora Waikato, and will continue in that role part-time until the end of the year.

Ms Peers has been a state registered dietitian and has practised in the UK, Singapore and Australia.

She has an extensive background in management, however is looking forward to going back to her roots and working with Allied Health teams again.

Originally from the UK, Ms Peers lived and worked in Australia for 15 years before coming to New Zealand in 2008 and finally settling in Hamilton with her partner this year.

"I am new to the Waikato but am here for the long-term and look forward to establishing strong relationships with Health Waikato's allied health staff," she said.

"I think it will be beneficial that I will be able to draw on my past clinical experience and understanding of how allied health works, but at the same time I need to understand that locally and that is where my management skills will be useful."

Ms Peers will be responsible for developing the final structure for allied health, says Mrs Adams.

Waikato DHB has 466 allied health staff as audiologists, counsellors, dietitians, health promoters, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists and vision hearing technicians.

Her role will also include developing the process towards a professional development unit, where ongoing education, development, research and quality activities can be coordinated and support given to staff. "It's an exciting role that will give allied health a higher profile within the organisation and ensure allied health professionals take every opportunity to be a significant partner in reshaping Health Waikato," said Mrs Adams.

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