22 September 2022


Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand has today announced the appointment of Dr Dale Bramley (Ngā Puhi) as its National Director of Improvement and Innovation.


Announcing this permanent appointment, Te Whatu Ora Chief Executive Fepulea’i Margie Apa said Dr Bramley brought with him a suite of experience in, and understanding of, driving health system change.


“Currently the interim National Director Hospital & Specialist Services for Te Whatu Ora, Dr Bramley was previously the Chief Executive of Waitematā DHB for more than 10 years – serving a population of around 625,000 people and a staff of 8,700. He has held a number of senior roles across the health system over the years, including being a member of the national health committee, national ethics committee and most recently a member of the ministerial review committee for continuous improvement for the COVID-19 response. He was also a member of the Māori review group advising on the health and disability reforms,” Margie Apa said.


“Change, innovation and improving equity have been constant themes throughout Dr Bramley’s career and he is keen to now focus on driving a sustainable uplift in quality and innovation across the whole health system.”


Alongside his executive commitments, Dr Bramley is a practising public health medicine specialist, an Examiner at the NZ College of Public Health Medicine, an adjunct Professor of Health at AUT, and Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission. 


Dr Bramley takes up his new role on 10 October.


Media contact:


Luke Chivers, Principal Media Advisor, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand

Phone: 027 270 1316; Email: hnzmedia@health.govt.nz