Don Matheson
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Don Matheson

Ministry of Health / Manatū Hauora

Deputy director general, public health and primary care transformation

  • Previously with the health sector in North Brisbane.
  • Specialist public health physician.
  • For nine years an independent health systems consultant.
  • Undertook evaluations of national and district health systems in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Represented the NZ Minister of Health on the WHO Executive Board.
  • Started medical work at the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, then as a GP with unions in Wellington and in Ngāti Porou rohe, Tairawhiti.
  • Holds visiting professorships at Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology.


Massey University
Feb 2010 - Apr 2014
Ministry of Health / Manatū Hauora
Deputy Director General of Public Health and Primary Care Transformation
Jul 2020 - Present

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