Don Matheson

Don Matheson

Don Matheson

General Manager
t 07 3630 7361

Don Matheson is the General Manager of the Health Alliance between Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN.

From 2000 to 2008 he was the New Zealand government’s leading policy advisor on public health and international health, managed the development of the New Zealand Health Strategy, and led the health sector’s approach to addressing health inequalities. At the regional level, he represented New Zealand on the WHO WPRO regional committee, and served as WPRO’s regional adviser on non-communicable diseases. At the global level, he has represented the New Zealand Health Minister on the WHO executive board, and provided policy advice to the World Health Reports on health care financing (2010), primary health care (2008), and to the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (2008).

Don has undertaken other roles in national and international health. He  was an independent consultant on health systems evaluation of national and district health systems in the Asia Pacific region, including a review of the last 20 years of health system development in the Pacific and an evaluation of a UNICEF program called the Investment Case for Maternal and Child Health, covering four countries, Nepal, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

He holds professorships at Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology. His previous appointments include Professor at the Centre for Public Health Research in Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand (2009-2014)

His current role is to lead a major innovation in the local health sector. Don is helping establish an ‘equal space’ where different parts of the health and social sector in the Brisbane North and Moreton Bay region can come together to examine the evidence and develop a shared understanding of the health challenges being faced, agree on how they would be measured and on approached to address these challenges.