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Guest lecture

Commissioning for Outcomes: Lessons and Learnings from Pasifika Futures the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Pacific Families

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Debbie Sorensen is a health strategist and management expert specialising in projects that address the health challenges that face Pacific communities in New Zealand and in the Pacific region. She played a leading role in the establishment of the Pacific health sector in New Zealand and continues to be active in the region in delivering specialist health services and building workforce capacity and capability in partnership with Ministries of Health. She has held many senior roles including Chief Advisor Pacific Health , Ministry of Health, General Manager Pacific Health Counties Manukau District Health Board and has worked for both Deloitte Touche Tomatsu and Arthur Andersen as a Senior Associate. In 2011 Debbie was awarded a prestigious ANIVA Fellowship which enabled her to travel to the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University to undertake additional executive development study. In 2015 Debbie was presented with the Royal Order Crown of Tonga Dame Commander by His Majesty King Tupou VI in recognition of her services to the people of Tonga.

About Debbie Sorensen

Debbie is currently Chief Executive of Pasifika Futures, the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for Pacific families in New Zealand, Chief Executive of the Pasifika Medical Association, Director of international consultancy firm Health Specialists Ltd and Chair of “Make a Wish” Pacific. She is also a Trustee of Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. She is an Advisor to the Minister of Health Tonga and to Prime Ministers and Health ministers in the region.

Note: Papers, presentation slides and any other material provided by the Guest Lecturer will be made available some time after the lecture at Publications > Media & Speeches > Guest Lectures by Visiting Academics.

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Last updated: 
Friday, 26 August 2016