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HealthTech week breakfast

Panel discussion

Wednesday 23rd June, 7-8.30am
Great Hall 1, Cordis Hotel Auckland

Call Out for Change

Following on from the successful WiHT breakfast at the 2019 HealthTech week, we are pleased to bring you our second breakfast event in conjunction with the 2021 HealthTech Week. This is a networking breakfast with a panel discussion focused on the theme “Call Out for Change”. The panellists are knowledgeable and experienced women and man with expertise in the health sector, technology or diversity.


Our first panellist is Dr Elizabeth Berryman. Founder and Director of chnnl, she is a governance guru, with roles on both industry and community-based boards. She has a wealth of experience in the health sector, starting her career as a Registered Nurse in community Māori Health, before becoming a Medical Doctor.


Liz is focused on solutions that help workplaces combat issues such as employee burnout, depression, anxiety and suicide, and is an active researcher in this space. After founding a peer-mentoring programme for medical students and seeing its success, she is now wildly passionate about supporting people’s mental wellbeing through digital tools. Liz will discuss her company chnnl, a start-up with a mission to engage employees, monitor personal mental wellbeing and provide direct feedback enabling management to take action in real-time.

Our second panellist is Margaret Wilsher. She is a practising respiratory physician, Honorary Professor University of Auckland and CMO Auckland District Health Board. Her research interests lie in the field of interstitial lung disease and structure function relationships. She has enjoyed a longstanding collaboration with ABI.


Margaret has been a director of the NZ Health Innovation Hub, oversees research and innovation at ADHB, leads the DHB relationship with University of Auckland and is a member of the steering committee overseeing the implementation of the new NZ Health Research Strategy.


Our final panellist is Grant Frear. He is a Consulting Partner at Deloitte and a member of the Deloitte Board. Grant’s main focus is on facilitating strategic discussions with executive teams and boards, he primarily works at the intersection of technology and strategy, the place where most businesses are experiencing significant disruption.

Grant previously served as the Executive General Manager of Corporate Strategy at ASB Bank, where he defined the digital strategy for the bank and developed an operating model that allowed the business to deliver on its digital objectives and reconfigure its physical network.

During this time Grant was the executive sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion whilst serving on the executive team for ASB Bank and now leads the LGBTI+ activities for Deloitte NZ.

Grant views technology as one of the key things that underpins growth, development and prosperity in a society where businesses have rich opportunities to transform themselves through the use of digital technologies.  Doing so in a way that provides equitable opportunities for all New Zealanders is one area that Grant is passionate about and brings into the work that he does with Deloitte and its clients.

Tickets can be purchased on the HealthTech week website

$35 Non-Members
$30 Member rate
$15 Students


Looking out for Me and You 
Focusing on women's mental health and wellbeing. How do we balance life, our health, and our jobs?

Friday 12th of November
From 12:30 to 1.30pm

Please join us for our next webinar “Looking out for Me and You”. This webinar will be structured as an intimate discussion with Anna Elders hosted by Ryl Jensen.

In this time of hardship and restriction, many women in the HealthTech industry are experiencing long-term uncertainty and challenges in their personal and career environments. Anna will talk from her expertise both as a mental health clinician of twenty years now working in the HealthTech space, and as a woman and mother living with pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder through covid lockdowns (and home schooling).

Our webinar will focus on Mental Health Awareness by bringing to life the theme for this year; taking time to kōrero during these ongoing uncertain times. Anna and Ryl will discuss the real challenges women are facing and the tools and strategies we can use to support ourselves and our whānau.

So come join us on Friday 12th of November over lunch!


Anna Elders is a practicing senior specialist mental health nurse practitioner and cognitive behaviour therapist with Tamaki Health PHO and Clinical Lead for the eCBT digital tool, Just a Thought. She is a member of the HealthTech industry, chair of NZHIT’s eMental health and wellbeing industry group is and a passionate expert in using technology to care for her own and others mental health.

Ryl Jensen is the CEO of NZHIT and a new addition to the Women in HealthTech steering group. She will host the discussion with a series of questions and then facilitate an interactive Q&A session with attendees.


Leading Through Adversity 
"You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages." Michelle Obama

Friday 13th of May
From 12:30 to 1.30pm

Please join us for our next event “Leading Through Adversity”. This webinar will be structured as a one-on-one interview with Sarah Najdek, hosted by Erin Currie.


In the past 2 years, the COVID -19 pandemic has had a global impact on the healthcare system and the HealthTech companies that support the delivery of healthcare. Leading a New Zealand business through this time has been challenging, especially in the latest Omicron outbreak, which has had a large and ongoing impact. Join us for a fireside chat style webinar to hear an experienced female Country Director share her experiences and insights from the recent events, and what she will take forward in her leadership journey.


So come join us on Friday 13th of May over lunch!


Sarah Najdek: General Manager & Country Director, Johnson & Johnson MedTech

Sarah is a driven and commercially astute senior leader with more than 20 years of strategic management expertise across the manufacturing, medical device and pharmaceutical industries in New Zealand, Australia, and Asia. In addition to being the General Manager & Country Director of Johnson & Johnson MedTech New Zealand, Sarah is a board member of both Johnson & Johnson MedTech ANZ, and the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ).

Sarah has held diverse senior leadership roles across Johnson & Johnson MedTech and Janssen in the disease state/specialty areas of General Surgery, Bariatrics, Orthopaedics, Diabetes Management, Oncology, Immunology and Medical Affairs.

Sarah is passionate about women in leadership and was a founding member of J&J’s ANZ Diversity and Inclusion strategy committee. Her purpose is to reimagine the way healthcare is delivered in New Zealand, improve inequity, and help New Zealanders live longer, healthier lives.

Erin Currie: Country Manager Philips Health Systems and WiHT founding member

Erin is an experienced Business and Governance Leader in the healthcare sector with a career spanning 30 years. Her knowledge and expertise are in medical devices and digital healthcare across radiology, surgical specialties, cardiology, gastroenterology, and endoscopy. Originally a registered nurse, she then transitioned into medical device sales and developed an aptitude for management, commercial strategy, and governance.


Erin is currently New Zealand Country Manager for Philips Health Systems, part of the ANZ leadership team, after joining in November 2020. Previous roles included 6 years leading Olympus NZ, and 10 years with Medtronic in various roles including sales, sales management, and branch leadership.


Erin is passionate about the New Zealand healthcare sector and represents the industry as the President and Chair of the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ). She also has a passion for personal development and is a founding member of Women in HealthTech (WiHT).

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Encouraging collaboration and sparking connections

Join us for a Deloitte Business Chemistry Workshop

Thursday 27th May, 5-7pm

Deloitte Centre, 80 Queen Street, Auckland

For women, professional success in the world of technology often hinges on navigating the unspoken and often conflicting “rules of the road”, where some working and communication styles may be more valued than others. And yet each of us brings a unique, valuable approach to the way we innovate, foster relationships and create value across our organisations and communities.

Deloitte’s Business Chemistry survey is an analytics-driven tool for understanding and leveraging the power of our diverse working styles. Throughout the last decade it has been used by hundreds of thousands of professionals across the globe to build healthier teams, enhance stakeholder engagements and become more effective leaders.

Join us for an engaging, thought-provoking and fun networking session that will highlight your work style strengths, and show how you can flex to engage even the most difficult stakeholders.

  • Deloitte Business Chemistry Workshop

  • Thursday 27th May, 5-7pm

  • Deloitte Centre, 80 Queen Street, Auckland

  • Tickets are $45 each ($35 for students)

  • Drinks and nibbles will be served

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Arundhati Roy