Phillip Balmer has had more than 33 years of experience in the New Zealand health sector, with 20 years at the senior management or executive level and 15 years of that involved with commissioning or redesigning health care facilities.
He is a strong strategic leader and is brilliant at leading change, he is very people-focused. His goal is to develop an engaged workforce who are empowered and capable to drive and manage change.
In his current role, he has responsibility for 7500 employees and a 1.5 billion dollar budget. The role also includes the overall responsibility of CMDHB hospital services.
The combined size of Manukau Health Park and Middlemore Hospital makes it one of the largest emergency, ambulatory, and inpatient facilities in Australasia. They also provide tertiary services in orthoplastics trauma, burns, and spinal services.
Past roles include being Chief Operating Officer for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Chief Operating Officer for the Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital and many more.
In this interview, we look at the state of the New Zealand health sector, what the future holds, how he hopes to improve the collaboration between hospital services and community-based primary health organisations and his new project setting up NZ's best rehabilitation centre.
We discuss management styles and his approach to leadership, some of the major challenges the health sector faces in future. and much more.