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Alliance South Leadership Team

Healthcare alliances were established in all health districts across the country in 2013 to help DHBs and primary health organisations (PHOs) better work together and promote a 'one health system' view for the delivery of health care services.

In the Southern district, Alliance South is the partnership between Southern DHB and WellSouth primary health network, overseeing the implementation of the Primary and Community Care Strategy. It’s aim is to promote better integration of health services to improve the health and well-being of people and communities across the Southern district.

Guiding the work of Alliance South is the Alliance Leadership Team (ALT), chaired by general practitioner and health care researcher, Dr Carol Atmore.

Other ALT members are: Gore pharmacist Bernie McKone, Wanaka GP Dr Andrew McLeod, Dunstan Hospital nursing director Debi Lawry, Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks, Bronnie Grant from the Community Health Council, youth mental health and addictions specialist Clive McArthur and Dr Emma Wyeth, a senior lecturer in Māori Health and director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora Māori o Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit).  

Southern DHB Chief Executive Chris Fleming, Dr Liza Edmonds, Clinical Leader for Dunedin for Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hywel Lloyd, Medical Director, Strategy, Primary and Community, and Gilbert Taurua, Chief Māori Health Strategy and Improvement Officer are the Southern DHB members of ALT while WellSouth Chief Executive Andrew Swanson-Dobbs and Director of Nursing Primary Care Wendy Findlay, represent the primary health network.