The Arohanui Hospice Board welcomed its newest trustee, Dr Curtis Walker, at its first meeting for 2022 last night, via Zoom.
Board Chair Lorraine Vincent says Dr Walker’s arrival completes two years of significant succession planning and governance changes for the Board.
Dr Walker (Te Whakatōhea rāua ko Ngāti Porou) is a general physician and kidney specialist with MidCentral District Health Board. Currently Chair of the Medical Council of New Zealand and seated on the Interim Health New Zealand Board, Dr Walker brings extensive experience in governance, clinical leadership and public policy.
His career has been predominantly in secondary and tertiary clinical provision and has involved governance roles across health, including President of the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association, Deputy Chair of the Māori Medical Practitioners Association and leading the Ministry of Health’s Planned Care Equity Advisory Group.
Dr Walker says he is looking forward to the honour of serving as a trustee.
“During my training, I had the privilege of working at Arohanui hospice for 3 months, and it was amazing to be part of such a dedicated team, delivering such important care to the people and whānau of our community.“
“Like many, I have also had whānau members who have been cared for at Arohanui Hospice. It is now a privilege to be serving as a trustee for this special organisation as it looks ahead to the next 30 years. I would also like to mihi to Tā Mason and Lady Arohia Durie, who are guiding mentors for me, as well as our Arohanui Hospice patrons.”
“It is a pleasure to have Dr Walker, along with his depth of skills and experience, join a future-focussed team continuing progress across a variety of projects during what is looking like another challenging year,” says Ms Vincent.
“The Board is also looking to better incorporate tikanga into its governance approach which I have no doubt Curtis will greatly assist with.