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About us 

Primary and Community Health Aotearoa is New Zealand’s peak body for Primary Health Care.  We promote health and wellbeing, on behalf of members for the benefit of the population of New Zealand. In 2018, 70 of New Zealand’s primary and community health care leaders representing PHO’s, pharmacy, midwifery, allied health, nursing and others came together to form the Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa New Zealand (renamed Primary and Community Health Aotearoa in February 2024).  The organisation was initially chaired by Dame Annette King.  The current chair is Hon Steve Chadwick. 

Post COVID and with the health system review well underway, the reach and membership of Primary and Community Health Aotearoa is now being expanded to all areas of primary health including:

  • Aged care

  • Wellness

  • Community health

  • NGO’s

  • Mental health

  • Maori, Iwi

  • Disability

  • Professional organisations

Primary and Community Health Aotearoa is an all-encompassing peak body that requires members to set aside their separate sector interests – putting patient-centred care before all else. We aim to lead the discussion in primary and community care policy throughout New Zealand.  Our membership represents all providers of primary and community care.


To view the Constitution, click here.


A new Board was elected in November 2023. Some were elected and some were co-opted. The Board members will hold their positions for two years until November 2025. 

Current Board Members

Hon. Steve Chadwick (Independent Chair)

Andrew Gaudin – Chief Executive, Pharmacy Guild

Teresa Wall – Director Wall Consultants

Dr Jenny Carryer – College of Nurses, Professor, School of Nursing, Massey University 

Cara Thomas - Head of Community Services, Diabetes NZ

Lindsey Webber - Chief Executive, Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation

Mark Liddle - Chief Executive, General Practice Owners Association

Philip Kearney - Chief Executive, Arthritis NZ

Current Members

Allied Health Aotearoa NZ - Orquidea Tamayo Mortera & Sandra Kirby

Alzheimers New Zealand - Catherine Hall

Arthritis NZ - Philip Kearney

Carers New Zealand - Laurie Hilsgen

Collaborative Aotearoa - Jess Morgan-French

College of Nurses - Kate Weston

Diabetes NZ - Heather Verry & Cara Thomas

Family Planning NZ - Jackie Edmond

GenPro - Mark Liddle

Hato Hone St John - Damian Tomic & Lianne Pepperell

Home & Community Health Association - Lisa Foster

Medicines New Zealand - Graeme Jarvis 

NZ College of Midwives - Alison Eddy & Violet Clapham

NZ Association of Optometrists - Rochelle Van Eysden

Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand - Andrew Gaudin

Rotorua Area Primary Health Services (RAPHS) - Kirsten Stone

Stroke Foundation - Jo Lambert

Waitaha Primary Health - Bill Eschenbach & Dr Lorna Martin

Western Bay of Plenty PHO - Lindsey Webber

Whānau Āwhina Plunket - Fiona Kingsford & Kristina Marckean

Wise Group - Shelley Campbell & Jeremy Mihaka-dyer

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