Deputy Director-General Population Health and Prevention

Media release

20 December 2018

The Ministry of Health has announced the appointment of Deborah Woodley to the role of Deputy Director-General Population Health and Prevention.



Deborah first joined the Ministry of Health in 1996 and during her 21 years with the organisation held a range of senior leadership roles mainly related to personal and population health. Highlights of her career to date include the establishment of the New Zealand Blood Service and Healthline, the development of the palliative care strategy and management of the cancer programme including the development of bowel screening.



She returns to the Ministry after spending two years at Hutt Valley DHB as Service Group Manager, Surgical, Women's and Children's Health.