Clinical Governance Advisory Network 

Following a recent regional Chief Executive (CEs) meeting, the CEs strongly believe that given the new health reforms it was decided that the Mental Health and Addiction Regional Network needs to focus its work programme.

The current regional networks have been reviewed it has been agreed the following will be put in place immediately:

  • Clinical Governance will be moved into an advisory body that assists to inform the three priorities.
  • He Kãwai Herenga will become the strategy steering group that will ensure that the three priorities are achieved within the timeframe. Further work is needed to ensure the membership covers clinical, NGO, Lived Experience, Whānau and Workforce. Expressions of Interest will be circulated shortly.
  • Ngā Kōpara o Te Rito (Lived Experience and Whānau) and Te Huinga o Ngā Pou Hauora (Māori) Networks will be retained and will become co-design /co-create partners.
  • The Addiction Leadership, Workforce Leadership and Opioid Substitution Clinical Networks will no longer be required apart from possible specialty specific advice.

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Meet the Members:

Rees Tapsell - Director of Clinical Services, Waikato  

rees-tapsell.jpg(MBChB, FRANZCP, Certificate of Clinical Teaching)

Sector Linkages and Networks - Psychiatry, Maori, Policy, Research, Management/Governance

Profile - Clinician-Forensic and general adult psychiatrist in public and private practice 15 years. Significant Teaching/training roles. Multiple service developments Tanewhakapiripiri, Te Iho, PUAWAI and Time for Change.

Clinical Director (8 years-differing capacities). Chair multiple committees (local/regional/national/bi-national).  Board Director (2 DHBs, 1 Australasian NFP org, one commercial board). Researcher (2 book chapters, 8 peer reviewed articles)

Skills that I bring to the Network - I have strong clinical and leadership expertise with established clinical networks into key stakeholder groups or representative nominations from the key stakeholder groups reflecting:

  • A regional focus
  • Service development experience
  • Strategic leadership skills
  • Evidence of leading, influencing and communicating sector change
  • Understanding of accountability frameworks
  • Responsible decision making
  • Clear understanding of the role and functions of clinical governance at a leadership level

Strong communication skills with established relationships with key stakeholder groups / networks where information can be fed to and from the network.  Senior Strategic planning and funding expertise with a good understanding of national and regional drivers.  Service management and leadership expertise (DHB (WDHB) NGO (Hauora Waikato) and Primary (Midland Health Network))

  • A regional focus
  • Service development experience
  • Strategic leadership skills

Expertise in working with Maori Consumer/Family expertise.  Specialist service expertise e.g. ECD PUAWAI: Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Service.  Proven track record for delivering results.

Joanna Price - Acting Clinical Nurse Director, Lakes

Joanna PriceCredentials

  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Master of Nursing
  • Feedback Informed Treatment trainer and supervisor  

Sector Linkages

  • National DOMHNs Forum
  • DAO Forums


I qualified as a registered nurse in 1995. I have worked in a range of sub-specialities all within the area of mental health & addictions, inclusive of acute ward, consult-liaison psychiatry, maternal mental health, crisis team, clinical nurse educator, and clinical nurse specialist in primary mental health intervention service, now currently acting CND.  Most recently have gone through appropriate training and passed exams to be a qualified feedback informed treatment trainer and supervisor. I am passionate about mental health in terms of its evolution for better outcomes for people that access services.


  • Leadership qualities
  • Leading change
  • Experience within a range of MH&AS subspecialties
  • Implementation of FIT
  • Strong relationship & communication skills
  • Uphold & lead equity for Māori
Suzette Poole - Clinical Adviser, Waikeria

S Poole(RN-MH, PG. Cert in Supervision, PGDip. Forensic Psych., MN)

Kia ora

I was born in Pahiatua and now reside in Te Awamutu. My parents were of English descent. He Māori aku tamariki. Ko Shannon, ko Phillip, Ko Nastassjia and Ko Talitha Te Huia. Nō pare te kawa- Ngāti Maniapoto rāua. He tokomaha aku mokopuna. Ko Suzette au.

My career in mental health spans over 30 years beginning in 1980 at Tokanui Hospital. I qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1985. My speciality was forensic mental health and over the last few years, I have been working on a project to improve services for women in secure care. Leadership roles included: clinical nurse leader-educator, clinical nurse director (Waikato DHB), nurse advisor-health (NZ Nursing Council).

My Master of Nursing thesis was about New Zealand Mental Health Nurses' Perceptions of Structural and Psychological Empowerment (2015) and contributed to a New Zealand study about violence towards nurses in their first year of practice (Mc Kenna et al., 2003).

Maree McCracken - GP Lead Mental Health & Wellbeing

M McCrackenSector Linkages

  • Pinnacle Midlands Health Network
  • Te Tumu Waiora National Collaborative - Governance structure
  • Te Roopu Tautoko ki Waikato
  • GP South City Health
  • Whakapapa to Kai Tahu


  • GP with an interest in Mental Health.
  • Two years in role of GP lead for MHA at Pinnacle - presence in four localities in the Midland region with different needs.
  • Working in development / transformation of primary mental health service delivery - implementation to Te Tumu Waiora in Southern Lakes.
  • Working on transition programmes secondary - primary interface.
  • Enrolled in RACMA associate fellow course - clinical leadership.
  • Governance experience school BOT.


Other Members

  • Dr Sharat Shetty - Clinical Director MH&A, Taranaki DHB
  • Sonja Quan, Clinical Director MH&A, Lakes DHB
  • Vicki Aitken - Waikato DHB
  • Jen Boryer - Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Fiona Miller - Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Mere Nepe - Portfolio Manager, Hauora Tairawhiti
  • Karen Covell, Waikato DHB
The Midland Clinical Governance Network is supported by the Te Manawa Taki Regional Network - Mental Health and Addictions Team: