ASI would like to congratulate Professor Jane Mills, appointed as the next head of Massey University’s College of Health.
Professor Mills, one of Australia's foremost primary health care academics, is currently Professor of Clinical Sciences (Nursing) and the nursing discipline leader in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, College of Science, Engineering and Health, at RMIT University in Melbourne.
She will be the second head of the College of Health since its creation in 2013 and replaces Professor Paul McDonald. The college has staff and students on all three Massey campuses, Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington.
University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey announced the appointment today, saying Professor Mills' outstanding strength as a researcher and an academic leader complements her wide-ranging experience as a healthcare manager, teacher and mentor.
"When we established the College of Health the vision was for an academic collective that, through research and teaching, transformed the way New Zealand addresses health and wellbeing issues as well as responding to big global health challenges. In three years it has made extraordinary progress towards that bold vision and now requires a leader who is passionate about achieving the goals we set and pushing new boundaries of what is possible."
Professor Mills says, “with the recent release of the New Zealand Health Strategy it has never been a more exciting time for universities with a strong track record in public health and primary healthcare. Massey’s College of Health has a unique and powerful mix of schools, clinics, research centres and the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology that positions us at the forefront of ensuring the health and wellbeing of individuals, whānau and society more broadly. I am honoured by this appointment and look forward to leading the College of Health into the future.”