Francis looks for third term on Bay health board

By Patrick O'Sullivan

"High calibre" nominations have convinced Hawke's Bay District Health Board member Helen Francis to stand for a third term.

She was nominated by retiring member and paediatrician David Barry and Health Hawke's Bay's chairman John Newland.

"Whether or not to stand again was a difficult decision to make, but when people of David and John's calibre and mana have confidence in your abilities it is very encouraging," she said.

If re-elected she said the board should focus on how it can use its limited resources to offer care to patients as early in their illness, as soon and as close to home as possible, without compromising high standards of care.

Her areas of special interest are long-term health conditions, care of older people, terminal care and early treatment of people with high health needs.

With more than 30 years' nursing experience, mostly in primary and

community care, she specialises in long-term conditions at The Hastings Health Centre. She said working in community health gave regular contact with patients and an insight into community's health needs and challenges facing both patients and health care professionals.

She has governance experience with the Hawke's Bay Power Consumers' Trust, Napier Girls' High School Board and Alzheimer's Napier.

She holds a postgraduate business diploma endorsed in institutional and corporate governance.

She said she enjoys the combination of her grass-roots and District Health Board work to try and make a difference to people's health at different levels.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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