NZBA Executive Officer - Jane Cartwright
Jane was appointed as NZBA Executive Officer in May 2017. She has held executive and senior roles in the health system and local government, leading developments in community, mental and public health. Jane is a Registered Dietitian, holds a Bachelor of Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Science (Human Nutrition) and an MBA from the University of Otago, with an active drive to improve the health and well-being of people. She has substantial governance and operational experience, especially working in partnership with others to achieve better outcomes.
Breastfeeding is important and helps to optimise lifelong health outcomes for mothers and babies. The BFHI has had a positive impact on New Zealand's health with annual breastfeeding rates showing more than 80 percent of babies exclusively breastfed on discharge from Baby Friendly hospitals. However, the real challenge is to support mothers and babies to maintain breastfeeding in the community.
In addition to the NZBA role, Jane retains a leadership role for the Canterbury Clinical Network, is Chair of the Brackenridge Estate Ltd Board, as well as holding board positions on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, Nurse Maude Association and both the Ara Institute of Canterbury Council and Ara Foundation. She is also a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and Leadership.