Handover | Issue 33 – December 2015

I work across the workforce planning and practice and leadership portfolios within Te Pou. My role is to provide leadership for a range of workforce development initiatives to assist district health board (DHB) and non-government organisation (NGO) services bring about service and workforce change through planning and enhancing practice. 

I am a registered nurse with a career that has spanned more than 30 years in the specialist adult and NGO kaupapa Māori mental health sectors, workforce education, and clinical and service management within DHB mental health and addiction services. As a result I have seen many changes to the health workforce and how mental health and addiction services are delivered in New Zealand. I grew up in provincial New Zealand, completing my nursing training at Whakatane Hospital in the years before nursing education moved to the polytechnics and universities. 

I enjoy working alongside like-minded people for better health and wellbeing outcomes and contributing to further development of services, leadership and the workforce across all our sectors. Working at Te Pou has provided my first opportunity to participate at a national level.  

My key projects include working alongside Emma Wood on Let’s get real and the Top of Scope initiatives. I am also working alongside Angela Gruar on the following projects: COPMIA: Children of Parents with Mental Illness and/or Addiction; primary mental health; and Equally Well

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa,
Jo van Leeuwen