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Lynley Nichols |Board Chairperson

Lynley is a Lactation Consultant working in the NICU and Starship Children`s Health at ADHB.

She is a Registered General Nurse with a background in Paediatrics and Neonatal Nursing. Lynley has a Post Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing, a Postgraduate Certificate in the Care of the Chronically Ill Child and a Graduate Diploma in Child Health. She is a certified Board Lactation Consultant and has been so for 15 years.

Lynley has held her current position for 14 years. Prior to that, she worked in Neonatal Home care at NICU Starship Children`s Health and Neonatal Homecare and Paediatric Homecare at Counties Manukau.

Lynley is passionate about supporting women and families to nurture their babies in the neonatal units and to support those mums and babies to go home breastfeeding. She feels very strongly about the Neo BFHI Initiative and would like to work with the NZBA to support this initiative throughout New Zealand. She has a very strong focus on maternal infant attachment and supporting mothers and babies to stay together in Neonatal units. She supports the emergence of transitional care units for late pre-term infants.

Lynley provides feeding education for all staff in the neonatal unit and is passionate about staff education and staff being empowered to support the mothers and babies they care for in achieving their feeding goals. She would like to provide staff education throughout the country through the NZBA and have online resources for staff and family to access.


Lynley is a Lactation Consultant working in the NICU and Starship Children`s Health at ADHB.

She is a Registered General Nurse with a background in Paediatrics and Neonatal Nursing. Lynley has a Post Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing, a Postgraduate Certificate in the Care of the Chronically Ill Child and a Graduate Diploma in Child Health. She is a certified Board Lactation Consultant and has been so for 15 years.

Lynley has held her current position for 14 years. Prior to that, she worked in Neonatal Home care at NICU Starship Children`s Health and Neonatal Homecare and Paediatric Homecare at Counties Manukau.

Lynley is passionate about supporting women and families to nurture their babies in the neonatal units and to support those mums and babies to go home breastfeeding. She feels very strongly about the Neo BFHI Initiative and would like to work with the NZBA to support this initiative throughout New Zealand. She has a very strong focus on maternal infant attachment and supporting mothers and babies to stay together in Neonatal units. She supports the emergence of transitional care units for late pre-term infants.

Lynley provides feeding education for all staff in the neonatal unit and is passionate about staff education and staff being empowered to support the mothers and babies they care for in achieving their feeding goals. She would like to provide staff education throughout the country through the NZBA and have online resources for staff and family to access.


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Helenmary Walker |Deputy Chairperson

Helenmary has been a midwife for 30 years and has a strong focus of working in Primary Birthing areas. Her present role is Charge Midwife/Manager of Botany Downs Birthing Unit. As the Charge Midwife she has lead the unit to successfully be accredited four times for BFHI. As a result of BFHI accreditation she has a sound knowledge of the standards required and the role of NZBA.

Helenmary is a strong advocate for supporting women to breastfeed and assisting and encouraging midwives and nurses to continually increase their breastfeeding knowledge to support women to successfully breastfeed.

Helenmary has been a lactation consultant since 1999 and continually keeps herself updated.

At the present time she is a member of the Clinical Quality and Safety Governance group for Counties Manukau DHB. In the past she was a member of the Midwifery Council of NZ and Auckland regional chair of NZCOM.

Helenmary believes that her breastfeeding knowledge, the requirements for BFHI and the roll out of the community initiative, as well as her awareness of political drivers in the health sector, especially around breastfeeding, means she can make a positive contribution to NZBA.


Helenmary has been a midwife for 30 years and has a strong focus of working in Primary Birthing areas. Her present role is Charge Midwife/Manager of Botany Downs Birthing Unit. As the Charge Midwife she has lead the unit to successfully be accredited four times for BFHI. As a result of BFHI accreditation she has a sound knowledge of the standards required and the role of NZBA.

Helenmary is a strong advocate for supporting women to breastfeed and assisting and encouraging midwives and nurses to continually increase their breastfeeding knowledge to support women to successfully breastfeed.

Helenmary has been a lactation consultant since 1999 and continually keeps herself updated.

At the present time she is a member of the Clinical Quality and Safety Governance group for Counties Manukau DHB. In the past she was a member of the Midwifery Council of NZ and Auckland regional chair of NZCOM.

Helenmary believes that her breastfeeding knowledge, the requirements for BFHI and the roll out of the community initiative, as well as her awareness of political drivers in the health sector, especially around breastfeeding, means she can make a positive contribution to NZBA.


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Tasha Wharerau |Chairperson, Te Rōpu Whakaruruhau

Tasha's current role is Women’s Health Promoter at Women’s Health Action. She has spent the last 10+ years in various roles with Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa and Ngati Hine Health Trust focusing on māma me pēpi, as a breastfeeding advocate and whānau maternity support for mental health and addictions.

 

Tasha visits whānau in their whare or wherever they would like to meet and facilitates breastfeeding korero in Hapu Wananga in Te Tai Tokerau. Her mahi also involves building strong relationships with key community health stakeholders and consumer groups. She has worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards to provide consumer representation and has developed and led several regional and national initiatives/projects aimed at strengthening and diversifying whānau voices.


Tasha's current role is Women’s Health Promoter at Women’s Health Action. She has spent the last 10+ years in various roles with Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa and Ngati Hine Health Trust focusing on māma me pēpi, as a breastfeeding advocate and whānau maternity support for mental health and addictions.

 

Tasha visits whānau in their whare or wherever they would like to meet and facilitates breastfeeding korero in Hapu Wananga in Te Tai Tokerau. Her mahi also involves building strong relationships with key community health stakeholders and consumer groups. She has worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards to provide consumer representation and has developed and led several regional and national initiatives/projects aimed at strengthening and diversifying whānau voices.


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Julie Foley

Julie is the mother of five breastfed children and grandmother of three breastfed grandsons. She became a La Leche Leader (LLL) in 1997, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2009. She also trained as a Peer Counsellor Programme Administrator (PCPA) through LLLNZ. As such she has trained women in the Taranaki community as breastfeeding Peer Counsellors when working at Tui Ora, a community based health provider.

 

She is currently employed at Wairarapa DHB as a lactation consultant and BFHI Coordinator. Julie has held a number of positions for LLLNZ and continues to be involved at the local and national level, including supporting leader applicants to complete their training.

 

Julie is known for her strong passion to protect, promote and support breastfeeding at every opportunity, and follows the ethical standards required of her IBCLC qualification. She has a good understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and completd a Certificate in Public Health through Massey University, which includes papers on advocacy, evaluation, health promotion and research.


Julie is the mother of five breastfed children and grandmother of three breastfed grandsons. She became a La Leche Leader (LLL) in 1997, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2009. She also trained as a Peer Counsellor Programme Administrator (PCPA) through LLLNZ. As such she has trained women in the Taranaki community as breastfeeding Peer Counsellors when working at Tui Ora, a community based health provider.

 

She is currently employed at Wairarapa DHB as a lactation consultant and BFHI Coordinator. Julie has held a number of positions for LLLNZ and continues to be involved at the local and national level, including supporting leader applicants to complete their training.

 

Julie is known for her strong passion to protect, promote and support breastfeeding at every opportunity, and follows the ethical standards required of her IBCLC qualification. She has a good understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and completd a Certificate in Public Health through Massey University, which includes papers on advocacy, evaluation, health promotion and research.


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Jane O'Malley

Jane O'Malley joined Whānau Āwhina Plunket's leadership team as Chief Nurse in March 2018.

Her appointment follows seven years with the Ministry of Health as Chief Nursing Officer, and prior to that Jane was Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the West Coast District Health Board.

Jane brings a wealth of leadership experience and knowledge to Plunket from her time in the health sector and is highly respected both within Plunket and across the nursing sector for her diverse nursing experience and strategic focus.

As a former president of the New Zealand Nursing Organisation, and a former clinical nurse manager and academic, Jane understands the importance of the role nurses and health workers play in the health of New Zealanders, in particular through early intervention, using modern and innovative nursing practice.

Jane believes that partnerships are a key to the success of the relationship between nurses and whānau. By working together, alongside others in the health and social sectors, Plunket will continue to make the difference of a lifetime by improving health and social outcomes for all New Zealand tamariki and whānau.


Jane O'Malley joined Whānau Āwhina Plunket's leadership team as Chief Nurse in March 2018.

Her appointment follows seven years with the Ministry of Health as Chief Nursing Officer, and prior to that Jane was Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the West Coast District Health Board.

Jane brings a wealth of leadership experience and knowledge to Plunket from her time in the health sector and is highly respected both within Plunket and across the nursing sector for her diverse nursing experience and strategic focus.

As a former president of the New Zealand Nursing Organisation, and a former clinical nurse manager and academic, Jane understands the importance of the role nurses and health workers play in the health of New Zealanders, in particular through early intervention, using modern and innovative nursing practice.

Jane believes that partnerships are a key to the success of the relationship between nurses and whānau. By working together, alongside others in the health and social sectors, Plunket will continue to make the difference of a lifetime by improving health and social outcomes for all New Zealand tamariki and whānau.


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Fay Selby-Law

Fay is the General Manager, National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service at Hāpai Te Hauora Māori Public Health based in Henderson, Auckland. She commenced the role in October 2017, when the new SUDI Prevention – Safe Sleep programme was re-established in July 2017. This Ministry of Health contract requires the SUDI prevention team to provide research and communications, as well as update the work force on nationally consistent messaging, which includes advocating for and promoting breastfeeding.

 

Her previous experience includes Kaiarahi, Te Ohu Auahi Mutunga regional stop smoking service at Te Wakahuia Manawatū Trust in the MidCentral DHB region, Quit Coach and ABC trainer for Quit Smoking Services and Quit for our Kids smoking cessation at Palmerston North Hospital. A two year stint as a Health promoter with the MidCentral Community Paediatric Team focusing on improving the wellbeing of children including creating a Māori and Breastfeeding workbook for staff in Maternity and Child Health and studying a cohort of 6 year olds across 5 schools to identify good health and health needs. A brief period as kaiawhakaruruhau at Te Whare Rapuora Māori Health Unit, Palmerston North Hospital surveying “Why Māori do not attend outpatient clinic appointments” across antenatal, gynaecology, colposcopy, children’s, Ear, Nose and Throat, and Renal clinics. Prior to this Fay worked for her own iwi provider, Te Runanga o Raukawa in the Mama & Pepi support and Whānau/Tamariki Ora, a position that offered support to young (often teenage) Māori women during their pregnancy and post-natal period. Nineteen years of nursing in the Palmerston North Hospital Neo Natal was the starting point for her interest in maternal and child health.

 

Fay is a board member of the Netball Central Zone, home of the ANZ Netball Championship side the Pulse, the Health Promotion Forum, is a committee member of the Ngātokowaru Marae and chairs the 28th Māori Battalion Hall Committee in Palmerston North.

 

She and husband Brian are keen spectators of a range of sports and take time out to watch their four tamariki, six mokopuna compete.


Fay is the General Manager, National SUDI Prevention Coordination Service at Hāpai Te Hauora Māori Public Health based in Henderson, Auckland. She commenced the role in October 2017, when the new SUDI Prevention – Safe Sleep programme was re-established in July 2017. This Ministry of Health contract requires the SUDI prevention team to provide research and communications, as well as update the work force on nationally consistent messaging, which includes advocating for and promoting breastfeeding.

 

Her previous experience includes Kaiarahi, Te Ohu Auahi Mutunga regional stop smoking service at Te Wakahuia Manawatū Trust in the MidCentral DHB region, Quit Coach and ABC trainer for Quit Smoking Services and Quit for our Kids smoking cessation at Palmerston North Hospital. A two year stint as a Health promoter with the MidCentral Community Paediatric Team focusing on improving the wellbeing of children including creating a Māori and Breastfeeding workbook for staff in Maternity and Child Health and studying a cohort of 6 year olds across 5 schools to identify good health and health needs. A brief period as kaiawhakaruruhau at Te Whare Rapuora Māori Health Unit, Palmerston North Hospital surveying “Why Māori do not attend outpatient clinic appointments” across antenatal, gynaecology, colposcopy, children’s, Ear, Nose and Throat, and Renal clinics. Prior to this Fay worked for her own iwi provider, Te Runanga o Raukawa in the Mama & Pepi support and Whānau/Tamariki Ora, a position that offered support to young (often teenage) Māori women during their pregnancy and post-natal period. Nineteen years of nursing in the Palmerston North Hospital Neo Natal was the starting point for her interest in maternal and child health.

 

Fay is a board member of the Netball Central Zone, home of the ANZ Netball Championship side the Pulse, the Health Promotion Forum, is a committee member of the Ngātokowaru Marae and chairs the 28th Māori Battalion Hall Committee in Palmerston North.

 

She and husband Brian are keen spectators of a range of sports and take time out to watch their four tamariki, six mokopuna compete.