Appointment of Deputy Director-General Mental Health and Addiction

Media release

19 December 2018

The Ministry of Health has announced the appointment of Robyn Shearer to the role of Deputy Director-General Mental Health and Addiction. 

Robyn comes to the role with a vast range of sector experience having been the CEO for Te Pou o te Whakaaro nui for the last ten years. During her time Robyn has grown Te Pou to be internationally recognised for evidence based workforce programmes in mental health, addiction and disability and has created strong sector partnerships to enhance people’s lives through service improvement.

Robyn comes from a clinical background, beginning her experience with nursing and has worked in front line mental health services and leadership roles in district health boards.  She has also worked in the Health Research Council and Ministry of Health in workforce development, policy and leading the Mental Health Group.