Stephen McKernan

Keynote Presentation: Health System Reform

Stephen McKernan
Tuesday, 19 October 10.00am

Stephen is EY’s Government and Public Sector Leader. He is an experienced consultant and executive who has earned a strong international reputation through operating successfully at the highest levels within the New Zealand health system. He is a former Chief Executive of Counties Manukau and Hutt Valley District Health Boards, and in 2006 was appointed Director General of Health and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Upon completing his term as Director General, he established the successful Health Partners Consulting Group which was acquired by EY in 2015. As a consultant and EY Partner he has consulted widely to a range of governments and health organisations and in recent years has also undertaken a range of assignments across the social care and human service sectors. He has particular interests in health system and social care design and performance improvement; the successful management of change; and the development and leadership of large and complex organisations. In August 2020 he was asked to lead the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Transition Unit which has responsibility for the reform and redesign of New Zealand’s future health and disability system. Reporting to a Ministerial Group consisting of the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Finance, Health, Disability and Associate Health, the reform programme is anticipated to be the largest transformation of the New Zealand’s health and disability system in over 20 years. In 2012 he was awarded a Companion of the Queens Service Order for services to the State and healthcare. He is an Honorary Fellow of both the New Zealand Institute of Health Management and the Australasian College of Health Service Executives, he is also a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Company Directors.

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