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About us 

The Federation 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 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.  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 the Federation 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

The Federation 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 care policy throughout New Zealand.  Our membership represents all providers of primary care.


To view the Constitution, click here.


Following the adoption of the Constitution on 29 March 2021, some Board members have transitioned and others have been co-opted.  They will hold their positions until the next Annual General Meeting which is to be held on 25 November 2022.  An election process will take place.

Current Board Members

Hon. Steve Chadwick (Independent Chair)

Andrew Gaudin – Pharmacy Guild

Teresa Wall – Director Wall Consultants

Ngāpei Ngatai – Kaimanāki Oranga Community Representative

Phillip Chapman – Consumer Representative

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

Current Members

Allied Health Aotearoa NZ - Orquidea Tamayo Mortera & Sandra Kirby

Alzheimers New Zealand - Catherine Hall

Arthritis NZ - Philip Kearney

Collaborative Aotearoa - Amarjit Maxwell

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 & Kris Gagliardi

Home & Community Health Association - Carmela Petagna

NZ College of Midwives - Alison Eddy

NZ Association of Optometrists - Rochelle Van Eysden

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, Maree Haddon & Jeremy Mihaka-dyer

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