Tuesday 30 August 2022

Te Whatu Ora has today announced the appointment of Abbe Anderson as National Commissioner. 

Announcing this permanent appointment, Te Whatu Ora Chief Executive Fepulea’i Margie Apa said Abbe Anderson brings diverse experience across hospital and primary care, including two decades leading complex system reforms.

“Abbe comes to us from Brisbane where she worked with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, supporting the development of community-led commissioning frameworks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She is also a director on the boards of Beyond Blue, Australia's most recognised mental health charity, and the Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service, serving a population of around 460,000 people.”

While Chief Executive of the Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN), Abbe successfully led the organisation through two significant government reforms to transition from a Division of General Practice to a Medicare Local and then to a PHN that commissions primary care services for a population of more than one million people.

“Abbe is passionate about equity – and I am delighted to have her in this role.

“In her new position, Abbe will lead the strategic development and management of a commissioning system, delivering community and primary care and integrating with hospital and specialist services to meet the priorities of Te Pae Tata – New Zealand Health Plan. Concurrently, Abbe will work in close partnership with Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority in joint ventures or co-commissioning to improve access, and outcomes, for Māori.”

Margie Apa also acknowledged Keriana Brooking for her service as the Interim National Commissioner.

“Keriana has worked hard to set up the new national commissioning function and ensure Te Whatu Ora is well placed for the new permanent appointee.”

Abbe Anderson takes up her new role on 12 September.