DR. MATTHEW PHILLIPS, FRACP
Matt is a full-time clinical and research neurologist at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand.
His foremost passion is to explore the potential feasibility, safety, and efficacy of metabolic therapies, particularly fasting and ketogenic diets, in creating alternate metabolic states that may improve not only the symptoms, but also function and quality of life, for people with a variety of difficult disorders, including glioblastoma multiforme.
Fliss was previously the Planning Head of Section Radiation Therapist at Christchurch Hospital, until her recent drop down to reduced days and then most recently a year off to see if working in her husbands real estate business is all that it cracked up to be. She is still passionate about Radiation Therapy and hopes one day to return when her young children are more self sufficient.
Fliss had an unexpected involvement in the Mosque Attacks and will reflect on the RT departments contribution to the victims.
LISA TE PAIHO
Lisa Te Paiho, who has iwi affiliations with Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngāpuhi, was the Head of Pre-treatment at Palmerston North Hospital for 16 years. In September 2019 she took on a new role in Tumu Kaitokeke ai me Kaitikanga rua (Equity and Bicultural Practice Programme Lead with a Cancer focus) at MidCentral DHB. This role was created as a partnership between Te Uru Mātai Matengau (Cancer Screening, Treatment and Support Cluster) and Pae Ora Paiaka Whaiora (Māori Health Directorate).
She will provide an overview of her role and the equity programme to improve Māori cancer outcomes and move towards the NZ Cancer Action Plan Goal to achieve cancer survival equity for Māori by 2030.
Graham spent 33 years in the New Zealand Police. Rising to the rank of Detective Inspector he has dealt with a vast array of serious crime. Many of his cases were the subject of intense media coverage which resulted in his becoming widely recognisable.
In 2001 he was awarded the Queens Service Medal and named as one of 16 prominent New Zealanders who had made a difference in our society.