Advisory group ensures COVID-19 response adapt continual improvement

“Throughout our response to the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 we have been committed to continual improvement, and independent advice has been a really important part of that process,” Chris Hipkins said.

Devdiscourse News Desk | Wellington | Updated: 09-03-2021 10:28 IST | Created: 09-03-2021 10:27 IST
Advisory group ensures COVID-19 response adapt continual improvement
“I’m pleased with the make-up of the group and thank the members for agreeing to provide their expertise, as the Government continues to learn and sharpen its response as we enter the second year of COVID-19,” Chris Hipkins said. Image Credit: Twitter(@chrishipkins)

A newly established advisory group will ensure New Zealand's COVID-19 response continues to learn and adapt with a focus on continual improvement, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.

"Throughout our response to the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 we have been committed to continual improvement, and independent advice has been a really important part of that process," Chris Hipkins said.

"Independent reviews of our contact tracing systems and the implementation of our testing strategy provided useful advice and recommendations. Implementation of those recommendations has left us better protected and better prepared.

"This new advisory group will formalise that ongoing approach to independent review and improvement. As well as continually monitoring the implementation of previous reviews, the group will be empowered to provide impartial advice on the performance and impact of the whole system and the strategic direction of the response.

"It will also provide assurances on the performance and settings of managed isolation and quarantine facilities, and on planning for an outbreak, and will review public communications and responses in the community.

"The establishment of this group builds on other recent changes such as our work before Christmas to reorganise how government agencies operationalising the Elimination Strategy work together to generate stronger alignment between border and health systems. That's worked well.

"Today, I can confirm the new group's formation, make-up and terms of reference. It will start work next Monday, 15 March, with a term through to 1 June 2022.

"The group will be chaired by Sir Brian Roche, and is made up of the following members:

Rob Fyfe,

Dr Debbie Ryan,

Professor Phillip Hill, and

Dr Dale Bramley.

"This is a group of highly respected and experienced experts, with strong connections across a number of fields.

"Sir Brian has extensive governance, leadership and business experience; Mr Fyfe brings a senior business leadership focus; Dr Ryan has decades of public health service with a focus on Pacific Health; Professor Hill is an epidemiologist with expertise in infectious diseases and research, and; Dr Bramley brings broad public health and governance experience, along with a Māori health perspective.

"I'm pleased with the make-up of the group and thank the members for agreeing to provide their expertise, as the Government continues to learn and sharpen its response as we enter the second year of COVID-19," Chris Hipkins said.

(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Viral variants and vaccine nationalism pose two-pronged threat to Covid victory

... ...

Tracking Fintech during COVID-19: Harnessing power of technology

Its abundantly clear now that as fintech cements its place in the financial sector, accelerated further by the COVID-19 pandemic, it could open the sector to new possibilities by harnessing the power of technology to deliver financial ...

Tectonic turns: How technology shaped healthcare over the decades

Tracing an episodic evolution, with technology at the interface of human and his health....

World Water Day sees crises of inequality in countries both rich and poor

... ...

Videos

Latest News

City of London Brexit hit worse than expected, says study

Over 400 financial firms in Britain have shifted activities, staff and a combined trillion pounds 1.4 trillion in assets to hubs in the European Union due to Brexit, with more pain to come, a study from New Financial think tank said on Frid...

China's Q1 GDP to hit record growth as recovery speeds up

Chinas economic rebound likely quickened sharply in the first quarter from a coronavirus-induced slump earlier last year, propelled by stronger demand at home and abroad and continued government support for smaller firms.Data released on Fr...

'Run, Sara, Run': Is Duterte's daughter playing her father's game?

The daughter of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte says theres no chance shell run for the presidency next year. Her father says the presidency is no job for a woman.But few are convinced by either of them as campaigns grow to back Sara Dute...

N.Korea's Kim visits family tomb to pay tribute to grandfather - KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects at the mausoleum for his grandfather Kim Il Sung on Thursday to mark the birthday of the founder of the state, official media KCNA reported.Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, also watched a perfor...

Give Feedback