Liz is a public health physician with 25 years of experience in the health sector. Her work over the past decade has concentrated on monitoring the health of New Zealand’s children and young people; charting the effects of child poverty, like illness related to substandard housing, lack of access to health care, and poor nutrition; and the impacts these have on families. Liz’s decision to enter politics stemmed from a growing concern about the lack of progress being made in any of these areas.
Liz’s prior work experience has also included time spent as a Resident Medical Officer in New Zealand and Australian hospitals, where she gained Diplomas in Obstetrics and Paediatrics, and four years as a Clinical Lecturer training Indigenous Primary Health Care Workers at the University of Queensland. Upon her return to New Zealand, Liz’s Public Health Medicine training included a PhD exploring the impacts of economic factors and stress on women’s pregnancy outcomes.
Liz’s other career highlights include her work as the Founding Director of NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service, as the Founding Editor of NZ Children’s Social Health Monitor (now Child Poverty Monitor), and as a Senior Lecturer at Dunedin School of Medicine.