Wellbeing Advisory Group

The Wellbeing Reference Advisory Group is an extension of the existing All-of-Government psycho-social committee that was formed after the 2010-2011 earthquakes. It consists of representatives from the Canterbury District Health Board, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education, Te Pūtahitanga, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, EQC, the Earthquake Disability Leadership Group and One Voice/Te Reo Kotahi. It will provide feedback and advice on wellbeing issues and opportunities for homeowners.

Wellbeing Advisory Group - members

Chair – Lucy D’Aeth

Lucy D’Aeth is a Public Health Specialist with Community and Public Health, the public health unit of Canterbury District Health Board. Since 2011, much of her work has focused on community recovery from the earthquakes, including secondment to CERA in 2011/12. She has co-chaired the Greater Christchurch Psychosocial Committee since 2013 and is part of the leadership of the All Right? wellbeing promotion campaign.

More information is available on the Community and Public Health website(external link)

Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders is a Service Manager for the CDHB- Specialist Mental Health Service and a Registered Nurse with 30 years’ experience of working within the mental health sector. Paul holds a Masters of Health Sciences (Nursing-Clinical) and has been involved in providing support to Canterbury over recent major events and continues to focus on the ongoing recovery of the local community.

Glenda Prendergast

Glenda was born in Christchurch and raised between Christchurch and the West Coast. Her career in the mental health and addictions NGO sector for the last 25 years has spanned both regions with various leadership roles. She has a background and postgraduate qualifications in social work and addiction and postgraduate qualifications in leadership. Glenda has previously led a range of adult residential and community services, child and youth community services, youth residential and community services. Glenda is currently the service and relationship manager for Pathways in Canterbury, managing services that include community youth services,  peer-led acute alternative service, crisis respite and wellbeing services, forensic service, residential rehabilitation services, and various mobile services. Glenda is particularly interested in strategic approaches that will improve outcomes for people living in the community and their whanau.

Tom McBrearty

Tom McBrearty has 45-plus years in business as a Manager, Director, Board Chair CEO, and Business owner across a number of companies, both nationally and internationally. Tom was a founding member of the Canterbury Community Earthquake Recovery Network (CanCERN) and has been intricately involved in both the wider Christchurch and local earthquake recovery. He was the Economic Development Manager of Enterprise North Canterbury and a member of the Community Forum. In recent years, as well as being a Director of McBrearty Ballantyne working to improve Business Practice and Ethics, Tom has spent time working in both the business community and the city community supporting and advocating for businesses, individuals and families where at times they believed the challenges had become just too hard.

Jackie Moore

Jackie Moore is a registered social worker and well-being facilitator providing education and wellbeing tools to people who work in stress inducing workplaces. Jackie has worked in the mental health, wellbeing and disability sector for over 20 years and was a part of the development of the wellbeing service for homeowners attached to GCCRS. She worked for Relationships Aotearoa post-earthquake providing counselling and support services for those significantly affected by the 22nd February et al earthquakes.

Greg Hamilton

Greg Hamilton commenced as General Manager of Specialist Mental Health Services at Canterbury DHB in July 2020. He has strong relationships across the health and social sectors and is relishing the opportunity to focus on the mental health and wellbeing of our population. He has worked in the Canterbury Health System for over 17 years, mostly in Planning and Funding on system design and integration to improve health outcomes. He was awarded a PhD from Curtin University in Western Australia in population health and has published widely.