All Young People are Thriving in Aotearoa New Zealand


To advocate, promote and enhance the development of youth health practitioners and services for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

SYHPANZ Founding Members


  1. To improve the health of young people age 12-24, in NZ by facilitating the education of health professionals in the area of youth health. By promoting, supporting and furthering the knowledge skills and scope of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working within the health specialty.
  2. Benefit the community by ensuring that young people can access health professionals with specialist skills by working with the professional bodies and colleges in the NZ health sector to enable health professionals to meet the standards required for recognition as youth health specialists.
  3. Do anything necessary or helpful to the above purposes, including participation in research, training and certification of practitioners.


SYHPANZ is an organisation whose strengths lie in its membership network of Youth Health and Development Professionals across New Zealand with the ability to draw on this expertise.  

SYHPANZ is governed by an executive committee consisting of the following members for 2019 - 2020:

Roles  Name Region
 Chairperson Anita Balhorn   Hawkes Bay
 Secretary TBA   
 Treasurer Vicki Shaw  Palmerston North
 General Executive Members    
  Christine Cammell  Auckland
  Kate Chi Tar  Auckland
  Liz Hosking  Auckland
  Rachel McGillan  Whangarei
  Emily Oughton  Wanaka
  Michaela Vanderspeck  Hawkes Bay
  Emma Maguire  Christchurch
 Ministry of Health - Officio TBA  Wellington

Let us introduce you to them:









Chairperson: Anita Balhorn
Ivita Health Services/ Erica Gen. Health Services 

South Auckland / Hawkes Bay

I have been involved in Youth Health for 2 decades and still feel passionate about the future of young people in Aotearoa NZ. I have had the privilege of meeting many people with the same passion, and have been inspired to engage across many sectors and agencies to share the challenges and opportunities to improve outcomes for Youth.

My journey includes:   

  • Developed first comprehensive school based health centre in South Auckland (AIMHI project) including pilot research (access to school based health care) for Youth 2000 – published in Medical Journal
  • Project Coordinator to improve access to health services for CYFS (now Oranga Tamariki), including Developed youth health services in CYFS residences
  • Wellbeing Outcomes Model for high risk and vulnerable young people in care of Oranga Tamariki & Police (YCAP)
  • Supported Hawkes Bay DHB with Youth Health Strategy 2016 -2019
  • Provides consultancy/ project management
  • Health assessments and Wellbeing profiles for young people supported by Oranga Tamariki
  • Facilitates Youth Health training workshops nationally


Treasurer: Vicki Shaw

Manawatu/Hawkes Bay

Clinical Director/Youth Health Doctor Erica Gen. Health Services

Lead Clinician for MidCentral Sexual Assault Assessment & Treatment Services

Vodafone World of Difference Fellow 2012 - focus on Youth Justice

Part-time locum at Massey University Student Health

I have a broad range of experience in General Practice, Sexual Health and AOD Services, Specialist Youth Services, School-Based Health Care, Youth One Stop Shops, Oranga Tamariki residences and project work,  but my passion lies in the work I do in Youth Justice and Gateway Assessments in the community. And I love teaching, supervising and mentoring for youth health.

Executive Member: Kate Chitar

Nurse Practitioner

Counties Manukau

I am a Nurse Practitioner with Counties Manukau Health, providing youth health services in a range of Secondary Schools, and support to Registered Nurses in School Based Health Services. In 2016 I led the Youth Friendly Primary Care Quality Improvement Program in Counties Manukau, and prior to this was the lead nurse at Aorere College for 5 years. I have also worked for Health Connections, Family Planning, Kidz First, the Centre for Youth Health, and as nursing lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology, leading the delivery of the Introduction to Nursing in a Community Setting paper. I grew up and currently live in Manukau with my husband and two sporty young people, aged 15 and 20 years. I have been on the executive committee of SYHPANZ since 2017 and am committed to quality improvement in youth health.


Executive Member: Liz Hosking


Working as Manager of Student Wellbeing – University of Auckland

Bachelor of Nursing – 2009, MIT

Post Grad Cert Mental Health Nursing – 2010, University of Auckland

Post Grad Diploma Child and Youth Mental Health – 2014, University of Auckland

I have worked primarily in the field of child and youth mental health across the DHB, NGO and Private sectors and across the spectrum of prevention and health promotion to secondary mental health crisis support. I have a keen interest in systemic practice, startup organisations and project delivery.

Executive Member: Christine Cammell 

Kia Ora! Ko Christine Toku ingoa. I have three jobs (!) - I work as the Clinical Director for Te Puna Manawa HealthWEST in Waitemata, Auckland 0.6FTE, As the NZ School Nurses Website Project Lead 0.2FTE and as a Post-Graduate teaching fellow for The University of Auckland in the school of Population Health. I am a Registered Nurse by training, with 10+ years experience in School Nursing, in Secondary Schools across Counties Manukau DHB, Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB, along with experience working in Primary and Secondary Schools in Westminster, London. I am proud to be a member of the SYHPANZ exec team, and passionate about improving health outcomes for all young people through the development and provision of quality youth health services.

Executive Member: Rachel McGillan


I grew up in the Far North of NZ in a small town where power cuts happened most days, the internet is still super dodgy and the nearest supermarket/bank/movies/and some shops were all 30mins away! I am a solo Mum to a super busy little boy who provides endless entertainment. We love bike riding, roller skating, picnics, kayaking and beaches.  Quirky facts: I like odd numbers not even;  if I was to be an animal, I think I'd be an eagle so I could soar majestically; and one of my non-family heroes would be Mother Teresa.  

My career history has involved working in Hamilton in paeds for many years, during which I completed my Masters of Nursing in child & youth health. Now-a-days, I provide some relief clinical teaching and academic support to Northtec though my primary work is as a Youth Health Nurse Specialist and Clinical Lead for Whangarei Youth Space working both in our hub and in school clinics.  I love the fact every day with each young person is so different and the ability to partner alongside young people through their journeys is something I am incredibly passionate about.


Executive Member: Emily Oughton 


FRNZCGP, Dip Child Health, Youth Health Doctor

Currently working as a General Practitioner in Wanaka

Previously worked as a youth health doctor at Youth Hub in Waitemata (2018/19) and 298 Youth Health (2015-2018)

GP Lead for School Based Health Services, Waitemata DHB (2018/19)

As a GP working in Youth One Stop Shops I have gained experience in Youth Health, Mental 
Health, Sexual Health, Transgender Health and AOD services. I am a passionate advocate 
for youth health and school based health services, including work force development in this space. I am primarily a clinician, and value building connections with young people. 


Executive Member: Emma Maguire


I’m a Youth Health nurse working for a Youth One Stop Shop in Ōtautahi /Christchurch. I’ve worked in Youth Health for most of my adult life – as a young person I was a youth rep on the board of 198 Youth Health Centre, then I joined the staff as a nurse several years later. I’ve worked at 298 Youth Health Centre since it opened in 2012. I have also had some experience working in the Youth Justice and Care and Protection areas. I love working with young people! Their ability to make positive change in their life makes my job so rewarding. I also really enjoy supporting other Youth Health Clinicians and learning from each other.


Executive Member: Michaela Vanderspeck

Hawkes Bay

Kia-Ora, my name is Michaela I work in both Public Health (school-based health services) and Sexual Health for Hawkes Bay DHB. I have previously worked as a practice nurse in our local YOSS from 2016-2019.

I am passionate about young people and love working with them. I enjoy being on the exec for SYHPANZ as I feel like I get to make a difference.

Ahakoa te momo mate, whakanuia taiohi

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