Wendy Donaldson


My role is to ensure that research evidence supports Te Pou’s work. This is in order to promote best and promising practices that contribute to quality mental health, addiction and disability workforces. This means working across Te Pou in order to support the implementation of evidence based practice in services and to take part in knowledge-transfer activities.

The knowledge broking aspect of my role is based on the implementation science research increasingly becoming available globally, particularly out of North America. This science uses collaboration, networking and change management skills to communicate complex ideas, research and concepts to a wide range of audiences to promote evidence-informed practices.

I joined the health sector in 2007 and since then I have completed a Master of Public Health and a Postgrad Certificate in Public Policy. I joined the health sector as the ‘Healthy Eating, Healthy Action’ Manager with Lakes DHB Planning and Funding, and most recently worked in a Primary Health Organisation as a Design Facilitator and then a Project Manager. 

I also have a degree in Physical Education and teaching qualifications so previously worked as a secondary school teacher for many years in a number of schools. In the education sector I led a department and fulfilled school-wide, regional and national roles. 
It is exciting being able to contribute to the mental health, addictions and disabilities sectors with all of my skills and knowledge gained over a range of experiences and learning.

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