Our Consultants

Health Specialists Ltd engage a number of independent consultants to undertake assignments these include:

Dr Mike Shepherd - MBChB, FRACP, MPH
Clinical Advisor

Dr Mike Shepherd is a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist and is currently Clinical Director of Children's Emergency Department, Starship Hospital, Auckland and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Dr Shepherd is involved in a range of non-clinical activities including research (pain relief, burns, asthma), quality measurement and teaching. Dr Shepherd has been extensively involved in the development of the Starship Clinical Guidelines, which are used as a resource throughout New Zealand and further afield.

Dr Shepherd is involved in the development of simulation-based education and is a board member and course director for Advanced Paediatric LifeSupport (APLS) NZ. He has a strong educational focus delivering clinical education to a wide range of health workers, including recent visits to Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Dr Shepherd also has a strong interest in injury prevention and is currently completing a Masters of Public Health focusing on paediatric injury prevention.

Ms Gilli Sinclair RGON, RPN, MBA 
Advisor

Gilli has significant experience as Chief Executive and Director. She currently is the CEO for
Cerebral Palsy Society, New Zealand. The Cerebral Palsy Society enhances the lives of people with Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand by empowering them to make their own choices. She is also the CEO for Go Baby Go New Zealand and Pacific- a recently established organisation that provides
automated cars and toys for children who can't move to provide them opportunities to mobilise and socialise. These cars are being developed for New Zealand children with the plan to roll Go Baby Go out to the Pacific. Gilli has a history of designing and developing services for children and young people.

Gilli has significant experience in Governance and has been an active member of many boards in education, health, animal rights and social services.

She was a founder of Make-A-Wish New Zealand and has been actively involved for twenty eight years as a volunteer and a board member. She currently serves on the Make-A-Wish International Board and has been a member for the past four years. Gilli has been actively involved with the
development of Make a Wish country teams and wishes in the Pacific, working with other board members to initiate wishes across different Pacific Islands.

Ms Vicki Bennett
Advisor

Vicki has a diverse background in both public and private hospitals, city and rural settings in Australia. She has undertaken a number of consultancies in the Pacific, including Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji, where she has spent much of the past 4 years.

Vicki has a degree in Health Information Management, and a Masters in Health Informatics and has worked as an educator for both The University of Sydney and the National Centre for Classification in Health in Australia.

Vicki was previously the Manager of the Information Strategy Section at Medicare Australia. She has recently left her position as Head of the Health Care Safety and Quality Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to take up a new role at the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland as Technical Director of the Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub which is focused on improving health information systems in the Asia Pacific region.

As the President of the Health Information Management Association of Australia, Vicki is also involved in many national level committees and forums related to health information and health informatics.