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Top academic to chair National Health Committee

Hon Pete Hodgson
Minister of Health


5 April 2006 Media Statement

Top health academic to chair National Health Committee

Professor Linda Holloway is the new Chair of the National Health Committee, Health Minister Pete Hodgson announced today.

She has recently retired as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences at Otago University and takes up her new position this month.

“Linda Holloway brings invaluable experience and expertise to the National Health Committee which helps to guide decision-making in complex and often controversial areas.

"She is perfectly placed to lead them in developing informed and independent advice in what is often a highly charged environment,” Pete Hodgson said.

Professor Holloway has been a member of the National Health Committee since 2002. She replaces Dr Robert Logan who was a member of the National Health Committee for seven years and became chairman in 2000.

ENDS

Biographical information

Professor Holloway is a highly regarded academic and was involved in one of New Zealand’s biggest health inquiries, acting as a medical adviser to Dame Silvia Cartwright during the cervical cancer inquiry at National Women’s Hospital. She is involved in several Ministry of Health Committees, and has had a particular research interest in asthma. She has also worked in rural practice in the South Island.

Professor Holloway was formerly Dean of the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences and served for six years as a director of the Crown Research Institute, ESR Ltd. She is also involved in many areas of community work including the Lottery Grants Board Research Distribution Committee and is a Board member of Cure Kids.

Professor Holloway was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2005 in recognition of a career dedicated to health science. In 1997, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, also for services to medicine.

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