Dr Frances Hughes

(RN, DNurs, CNZM)

Frances has a strong mental health background and has held executive roles internationally, leading the implementation of best practice nursing and health care in Queensland Health, the New Zealand Ministry of Health and the International Council of Nurses, Switzerland.  

Frances facilitated the Pacific Island Mental Health network for WHO in the pacific for 7 Years – working with 16 countries. Frances has a particular passion for supporting people with a lived experience of mental health to stay well in the community, through education and providing world-class, evidence-based therapeutic programs that are continually improved through implementing the latest research. 

Frances and her husband (who also has a strong  mental health background) have significant experience in establishing and running a very successful community-based mental health facility in New Zealand. Frances is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania and was a Fulbright Scholar (2013) and Harkness Fellow (2001/2002).

Frances is Chair of the NZACA Nursing Leadership Group


Panel Session: Leadership in a Pandemic

Dr Frances Hughes, Dr Suze Wilson, and Dan Ormond
Tuesday, 17 November 11.10am

The panel session will explore the leadership practices shown by the Government and by the aged care industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The leadership approach and practices in the response to COVID-19 have been praised internationally. New Zealander’s have shown a shared sense of purpose to eliminate the virus. Key leadership practices comprise the government’s willingness to be led by expertise, its efforts to mobilise the population, and to enable coping.

The Aged Care Association also showed visible leadership establishing a regular mainstream media presence to put aged residential care centre stage. The Associations’ Nursing Leadership Group formulated the polices that led the response, moving ahead of the Ministry of Health and establishing a collaborative approach to setting policy.

How did these leadership practices operate, what was most effective and what can be learnt for future pandemics?

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