Veterans' Health Advisory Panel

The Veterans' Health Advisory Panel (the Panel) is a statutory board established under section 254 of the Veterans' Support Act 2014 (the Act).

The Panel:

  • invests in health research relating to veterans by deciding how the income of the Veterans' Medical Research Trust Fund is to be applied to research grants and awards
  • provides advice, comments, and guidelines to the Minister for Veterans on matters relating to veterans' health and the making of regulations.

Find out more about the Veterans' Medical Research Trust Fund.


Members are appointed by the Minister for Veterans.

Ms Cathy O'Malley, Chair

  • General Manager Strategy, Primary & Community (Nelson Marlborough District Health Board)
  • Deputy-Director General Sector Capability & Implementation (Ministry of Health, 2012 to mid-2016)
  • management roles in the health sector including CEO (Compass Health & other Primary Health Organisations, from 1993)
  • 10 years working for YMCA and as a management consultant (early in career)
  • past governance roles on Capital & Coast District Health Board (member of Executive Management Team); Wellington Free Ambulance, Primary IT, and MATPRO (board director)
  • leadership programmes completed including Leading High Performing Health Organisations (Harvard Business School, 2012); Global Health Leadership Forum (University of California Berkley's School of Public Health, 2015)
  • Bachelor of Physical Education (Otago, 1979), followed by studying health systems in UK, USA & Europe.

Dr Marie Bismark, Member (former Chair)

  • qualifications as public health physician & health lawyer
  • research experience as Associate Professor (Centre for Health Policy, University of Melbourne)
  • fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with governance skills developed over 10 years as a company director
  • previous service on Ministerial Advisory Panel on Veterans’ Health (member), ACC (director) & Dispute Resolution Services (chair).

Wing Commander Doctor Andy Campbell, Chief of Defence Force ex-officio nominee

  • consultant in Occupational Medicine
  • Senior Medical Officer (RNZAF);  Aviation Medicine specialist (Officer Commanding the Aviation Medicine Unit (Directorate of Air Force Safety and Health) at RNZAF Base Auckland).
  • extensive military medicine experience: roles in recruiting, selection, ill-health retirement, senior management General Practice & specialist Occupational Medicine (radiation, maritime & aviation medicine). Experience in several operational theatres.
  • previous RNZN service (as General Practitioner); 24 years in British Military

Dr Ian Civil, Member

  • internationally recognised trauma surgeon; certified Specialist in Vascular Surgery; clinical lead of the Major Trauma National Clinical Network
  • previous senior medical positions including Director of Surgery (Auckland District Health Board); Senior Lecturer in Trauma & Military Surgery (University of Auckland)
  • veteran of Desert Storm (commanding officer of First NZ Army Medical Team)
  • extensive research into war surgery.

Professor Te Kani Kingi, Member

  • internationally recognised academic and researcher, of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Pukeko iwi, with specialist expertise in Māori health, psychometrics, and mental health research
  • recently appointed Manager of Strategic Projects at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
  • 20 years working in senior leadership roles at Massey University, including 6 as Director of the Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship
  • current Māori lead on NZs largest and most comprehensive research programme – Growing up in New Zealand – a 21 year longitudinal study of New Zealand children
  • extensive board experience, including as current Chair of Ngā Kanohi Kitea Committee (HRC), and the Te Pou Matakana Whanau Ora Grant Committee, and member of Statistics New Zealand’s Māori Advisory Board, the HRC International Indigenous Research Committee, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga International Research Advisory Panel, the White Paper on NZ Children expert panel, and the Glen Inquiry on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.

Dr A.D. (Sandy) Macleod, Member

  • psychiatrist & palliative medicine physician – consultation-liaison psychiatrist in Christchurch since 1985; ongoing work in dementia care
  • 14 years as Medical Director (Nurse Maude Hospice); long involvement in clinical care of police and military personnel
  • Adjunct Associate Professor (University of Canterbury) – research/interest areas include post traumatic states, psycho-oncology & neuropsychiatry
  • over 50 articles & 2 books published, including “The Psychiatry of Palliative Medicine: the dying mind”
  • previous service on the Ministerial Advisory Group on Veterans’ Health (member).

Wing Commander Doctor Paul Nealis, Veterans’ Affairs ex-officio appointee

  • senior serving NZDF (Wing Commander), currently as Chief Medical Officer
  • extensive experience in aviation and dive medicine; pre-hospital trauma care (including military management of severe trauma and of large scale medical treatment in difficult environments, e.g. conflict/peacekeeping and disaster relief); chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defence; and military mental health
  • NZDF’s representative on the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, with service on the Health and Disability Ethics Committee
  • operational deployments to Afghanistan, and on disaster relief including the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Sumatra.

Mr Daniel Patrick, Member

  • Executive Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence) hosted by Auckland University
  • extensive leadership and research experience, including in data analytics and management
  • previous Research Programme Manager for the Social Statistics Research Group, co-founder of the Centre of Methods and Policy Applications in Social Sciences at Auckland University, founder & manager of the New Zealand Social Statistics Network
  • developed and established New Zealand’s Social Science Data Service
  • Master’s in Health Sciences (Hons).

Chris Mullane, Veterans' Advisory Board ex-officio nominee

  • many years' activity supporting veterans and families as executive member (local & national level) of RSA and other veterans' groups
  • lead role negotiating and implementing the Viet Nam Veterans' Memorandum of Understanding with the Crown (including a review & rewrite of the War Pensions Act)
  • Viet Nam veteran

Contact details

Contact the Board's secretariat for any enquiries.