Australasia’s largest Health IT network, HealthLink, has appointed Aucklander Michelle Creighton as its new chief executive officer. Michelle joined HealthLink’s Auckland office in 2012 as finance manager and has previously worked as a business analyst in various information technology companies. HealthLink is the largest provider of clinical messaging services in New Zealand and Australia.

The Southern District Health Board will soon appoint a new head of mental health, chief executive Chris Fleming says. The role of mental health medical director has been vacant since Dr Brad Strong ended his four-year stint with the SDHB and returned to the United States.

The Ministry of Health has announced the appointment of Michelle Arrowsmith to the role of Deputy Director-General DHB Performance, Support and Infrastructure.

Oamaru Hospital’s new clinical director will play a key role in the hospital’s transition from a specialist to rural model, Waitaki District Services chairman Chris Swann says. The Waitaki District Council-controlled company officially announced Dr Pragati Gautama has taken on the role.

A nurse has been stabbed by a patient at Christchurch’s Hillmorton Hospital, a day before top health officials are due to meet staff over concerns about violence. The staff member was attacked during a shift at the hospital’s adult mental health inpatient unit on Sunday, a Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) spokeswoman confirmed.

The New Zealand Medical Association’s 2018 Richard Robinson Award goes to Professor Doug Sellman and co-authors Ria Schroder, Daryle Deering, Jane Elmslie, James Foulds and Chris Frampton. The Robinson Award is given for excellence in medical writing and a clinically relevant manuscript. It is given at the discretion of the New Zealand Medical Journal’s Editor in Chief Professor Frank Frizelle and brings with it $2,000 of sponsorship.

Dr Lance Lawler, the former chief executive and one of the founding partners of Pacific Radiology Group, has been appointed the chair of the Research for Life board. Lance joined Research For Life’s board in July last year and succeeds Professor John Nacey who has led the board since 2000. Prof. Nacey will continue to serve as a board member.

A Christchurch nurse has serious burns after a mental health patient threw boiling water at her. Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) mental health services general manager Toni Gutschlag​ said the incident happened in Hillmorton Hospital’s acute inpatient unit on Monday. The unit is a facility for adults with mental illness who require 24-hour nursing care. Gutschlag​ said the nurse was “doing well” and was in a comfortable condition. The CDHB and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation are working on a project to reduce the risk of violence against nurses. “The project aims to address assaults and threats, and is looking at ways to … prevent, de-escalate and manage aggressive behaviour,” Gutschlag said. “No level of violence towards staff, patients, or anyone else is acceptable.”