MoH–NGO Forum, March 2018, Wellington

Change is here … health & technology. A day of input, inspiration and connection.

Hosted by the Health & Disability NGO Council and the Ministry of Health

This one-day forum was held at Te Papa, Wellington on Tuesday 13 March, 2018. More than 180 people attended the Forum, including non-profit health or disability providers, PHOs, DHB staff and Ministry of Health staff.

Videos of the presentations are available on the NGO Council YouTube channel

Links to videos and some presentations from the sessions are also available below.

2018 NGO Forum Programme


  • Mihi Whakatau – Mark Te One
  • Opening address - Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health

Watch the Opening on YouTube.

Welcome and overview

  • Maania Farrar, Te Pūtahitanga, MC
  • Donna Matahaere-Atariki, Chair of NGO Council
  • Keriana Brooking, Deputy Director Service Commissioning, Ministry of health
  • Stephen McKernan, Acting Director General, Ministry of Health
  • Members of NGO Council

Watch the Welcome and overview on YouTube.

Key note address: iMOKO™

Presented by Dr Lance O’Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the Year, Founder and Managing Director of Navilluso Health, creators of iMOKO™

iMOKO™ is an innovative approach utilising technology to deliver high quality basic health services with a focus on communities with high needs - particularly vulnerable children.  The centrepiece of iMOKO™ is smart software that has been developed specifically for community based virtual health services managed by the communities themselves. iMOKO™ serves to uphold the mission to democratise healthcare by putting everyday technology in everyday peoples' hands where they live, work and play, achieving improved outcomes by the people for the people.

Watch the iMOKO presentation on YouTube.

Download the iMOKO™ presentation (PDF, 3.9 MB) 

Key note address: CREATe Asia

Presented by Karen Beard-Greer, Board member of Federation of Disability Information Centres (The Federation), CEO of the Independent Living Service Charitable Trust.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 1 billion people need one or more assistive products.  The majority of these are older people and people with disabilities.  Create Asia was formed in 2014 by 13 countries throughout Asia Pacific, including New Zealand. Karen was part of this founding coalition seeing an opportunity to align New Zealand with these global initiatives.  Karen will explain how Create Asia is working with the WHO to deliver on their key priority of making assistive technology more accessible to people with disabilities in the Asia Pacific region. 

Watch the CREATe Asia presentation on YouTube.

Download the CREATe Asia presentation (PDF,  1.7 MB)

Council Update: Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

The afternoon session opened with a summary from Dr Barbara Disley, Chief Executive of Emerge Aoteaora, Mental Health & Addictions representative on the NGO Council, and member of the MHA  Inquiry panel.   Barbara shared an update on the panel members, the scope, approach and timeline of the Inquiry.

Watch the Mental Health presentation on YouTube.

Download the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction presentation (PDF, 927 KB)

Panel discussion: Technology in your work and your workplace

Marion Blake of Platform Trust, and a Mental Health & Addictions representative on the Council, facilitated reflections from the panel interspersed with questions and comments from the Forum participants. Panellists included:

  • Beverly Te Huia, Kahungunu Health Services, Maori Health representative
  • Pesio Ah-Honi Siitia, Problem Gambling Foundation of NZ, Pacific Health representative
  • Silao Vaisola-Sefo, South Seas Healthcare Trust, Pacific Health representative
  • Warren Lindberg, Public Health Association, Public Health representative
  • Sonia Thursby, Yes Disability, Disability representative.

Update from Council

The afternoon session closed with an update from the Council Chair and Maori Health representative Donna Matahaere-Atariki of Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora.

The Health & Disability NGO Forum is an annual event.