Pharmac’s chief executive Steffan Crausaz and Chief Nursing Officer Dr Jane O’Malley have both announced their resignations to pursue new leadership roles in primary health.

Crausaz, who has been at Pharmac for 14 years with the last six as chief executive, is to join Auckland-based primary health provider Nirvana in February as its chief operating officer.

O’Malley, who has been Chief Nursing Officer at the Ministry of Health for seven years, is to take up a new role as Chief Nurse at Plunket starting in March.

She said it was a coincidence and “unfortunate timing” that her announcement followed Director General Chai Chuah’s resignation. She had a “great deal of respect for Chai and his vision for the future” but was not leaving because he was leaving and she would also have liked a chance to engage with the new Government.

O’Maley said she was very much looking forward to working with the Plunket leadership team to support their strategic focus on the first 1000 days of life.

Nirvana Health Group network managing director Rakesh Patel said Crausaz’s new role would be to focus on operational excellence at the network which has more than 40 clinics including White Cross Healthcare, East Tamaki Healthcare and Mt Roskill Healthcare clinics. Earlier this year former Radius Care chief financial officer (CFO) Stuart Bilbrough joined NHG’s senior management team as CFO.

Before joining Pharmac Crausaz trained as a pharmacist in the UK and his first jobs were in retail pharmacy and the National Health Service. Crausaz said he saw his new role as a fantastic opportunity to go back to his roots and work at the front line of primary health.
Plunket chief executive Amanda Malu said the appointment of O’Malley to the new role recognised the importance of the nursing profession to Plunket.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation Chief Executive Memo Musa acknowledged the hard work Chief Nursing Officer Jane O’Malley has done to increase nursing input into Ministry of Health policy and congratulated her on her new appointment.

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