Implementation Science: Building the bridge between science, policy and practice - (click to listen to the presentation)
Opening Address – (click above to listen to audio)
Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
We were honoured to have Dr Verrall join us and speak on the day. Her opening address was interesting, informative and referred back to by presenters and attendees throughout the day. We particularly appreciated Dr Verrall’s openness to questions on a wide range of topics under her purview and her considered and thoughtful answers in response. She added great value and knowledge to the day with her perspective of the challenges facing tamariki, and the future for research in Aotearoa in the future.
Dr Ayesha Verrall is the Minister for COVID-19 Response, Minister for Research, Science and Innovation, and Minister for Seniors. She is also the Associate Minister of Health.
Ayesha is an infectious diseases doctor. She is passionate about preventing illness so that every New Zealander can enjoy good health and live a free and full life. Ayesha is a Labour list MP from Wellington, and has previously been the Minister for Food Safety.
Ayesha grew up in Te Anau. She attended medical school at the University of Otago and worked as a junior doctor at Wellington hospital. Ayesha completed her specialist training in Singapore and researched tuberculosis in Indonesia.
In 2019 Ayesha was elected to the Capital and Coast District Health Board on a Labour ticket. She is an expert on vaccines, tuberculosis and COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic response, Ayesha was instrumental in efforts to improve New Zealand’s contact tracing