Dr Mark Jones RN, RHV, BSc (Hons) Nurs, GradDipTh, MSc (Hlth Pol), DSoc.Sci, FCNA(NZ), FACN
Dr Jones’ career spans over 35 years as a clinical nurse, health promoter, policy adviser and transformational leader. Mark’s first degree in nursing introduced him to the need to keep people as healthy as possible in their home / community environment and as far away from hospitals as possible! Further study led to a Master’s degree in health policy, bringing an understanding as to how political processes affect our health.
With an expertise in leadership of organisations involved in primary health care delivery in the UK, Mark was an ideal choice to be recruited to serve as New Zealand’s national Chief Nurse in 2005. Whilst working with the NZ government Mark concluded his doctoral research considering how people assess, process and use information to make choices about their health. Following five years in that role, Mark popped over the ditch to lead the Global Health Alliance of Western Australia. As Director of that programme and Professor for Transcultural Health Improvement at Curtin University Perth, Mark led teams educating nurses and midwives in East Africa; making a significant difference to maternal and child mortality. Back in NZ Dr Jones has latterly headed up the School of Nursing at Massey University and now provides a range of independent health consultancy services.
With a background of understanding the complexity of health care choices for individuals and society in general, Mark appreciates well the ethos of PHTA where we see the worker, manager, and company as a whole as partners in optimising the wellbeing of both individuals and the total enterprise.