Acting director-general of health for NZ appointed

The chief executive of Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency, Diana Sarfati, will act as the director-general of health and CEO of the Ministry of Health from July 30, when Ashley Bloomfield officially leaves the role.

Dr Sarfati is a public health physician, cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher in cancer control strategy and research.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the University of Otago. She is also a fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and is registered with the New Zealand Medical Council.

The Public Service Commission is running a recruitment process for the permanent D-G role and says it will advertise shortly.

Dr Bloomfield announced in April that he was standing down, having led New Zealand’s health system throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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