Grant Berghan, Chief Executive Officer
Grant is from the Tai Tokerau region with whakapapa links to Ngapuhi, Ngati Wai and Te Rarawa Iwi. He has extensive experience in the health and labour market sectors, and more recently was involved in regional economic development activity in Northland. He has experience in policy and programme development and implementation, contracting, funding, advocacy, facilitation and evaluation. He was a government-appointed member to the Youth Suicide Advisory Panel and a past member of the Maori Advisory Board (Public Health) with the Ministry of Health. In 2017, Grant, in conjunction with Dame Margaret Sparrow, was the recipient of the PHA Public Health Champions Award. Grant says the importance of public health to our communities and nation’s wellbeing has never been more evident in our lifetime. New Zealand has shown itself to be a world leader in responding to COVID-19, and the opportunity exists to extend that leadership to include poverty, homelessness, racism and other social and economic determinants of health. “As a country we are small enough and close enough to make a big difference. We can and should lead the world by our example.”
Dr Alana McCambridge, Policy Advisor
Dr Alana McCambridge is of Cook Island, Samoan, and Irish descent. She completed her BSc (first class honours), and PhD from the University of Auckland Exercise Sciences Department.To complete her doctoral studies Alana was awarded the Pacific Health Career Development Award from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia for nearly 6 years. At UTS, she taught research methods and evidence-based practice in the Graduate School of Health.
Her primary area of research aimed to improve the lives of people with neurological movement disorders such as stroke and dystonia. In her research, Alana used a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including systematic reviews and meta-research studies that investigated the quality of research articles with recommendations for improving the translation of research into clinical practice.
Alana will be working part-time at the PHA and is looking forward to working in the public health space to better the lives of all people in Aotearoa.
Chris Webber, Senior Policy Advisor