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.


  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.  

These Professionals utilise their skills predominantly in the primary health care sector and within more specialist Youth Health Services. 

SYHPANZ is governed by an executive committee consisting of the
following members for 2018 - 2019:

The Executive Committee elected in August 2018 are:

  • Chairperson Anita Balhorn Hawkes Bay                 
  • Secretary     Suzie King Auckland
    Treasurer     Vicki Shaw Palmerston North
    General Executive Members:
  • Simon Denny Auckland
  • Vicki Birch      Southland
  • Kate Chitar     Auckland
  • Michaela Vanderspeck Hawkes Bay
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Hosking  Auckland
  • Christine Cammell Auckland
  • Janine Ryland  Wellington (Ministry of Health - Officio)

Let us introduce you to them:

Chairperson: Anita Balhorn
Manager/Youth Health Nurse Ivita Health Services/ Erica Gen. Health Services 
Counties Manukau/ Hawkes Bay

Registered Nurse Auckland 1985 followed by Postgraduate Studies in Health Sciences

Extensive history of working in and developing Youth Health and Development Models:

  • 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)

Provides consultancy/management for projects for MOH, DHBs, MSD, MOJ, Oranga Tamariki (formerly CYFS)

Clinically provides health assessments for CYFS Youth Justice sites

Facilitates Youth Health training workshops nationally

Supported Hawkes Bay DHB with Youth Health Strategy 2016 -2019

Treasurer: Vicki Shaw

Clinical Director/Youth Health Doctor Erica Gen. Health Services/ Ivita Health Services

Vodafone World of Difference Fellow 2012

Manawatu/Hawkes Bay 

Graduated with Medical Degree from Otago University in 1984 followed by Postgraduate Diploma of Obstetrics (Akld) in 1986 Broad range of experience in AOD , Sexual Health, General Practice, Specialist Youth Services, School-Based Health Care, Youth One Stop Shops and a CYF Residence Health Service

Decade of involvement in the development and delivery of Manawatu Sexual Abuse services; DSAC accredited doctor for Forensic Examinations

Project Manager with Child, Youth and Family 2007-09 to address access to Health and Education for YPs in the Palmerston North residence

Teaching, supervising and mentoring for youth health

Vodafone World of Difference Fellow 2012 – focus on Youth Justice

Secretary: Suzie King
School Nurse, Papatoetoe High School Auckland
Auckland School Nurses Group Representative

Counties Manukau

Suzie is a  Registered Nurse with a passion in youth health.  She has been working in  a school based health centre for the past ten years. Suzie has completed a Post Graduate Diploma (Advanced Nursing)and is a Registered Nurse Prescriber in Community Health. She is also a member of the Auckland School Nurses Group and the School Health Awareness Raising Project Group.


Executive Member: Simon Denny
Youth Health Physician/Researcher & Lecturer Centre for Youth Health/University of Auckland

Counties Manukau


Executive Member: Vicki Birch
Public Health Nurse, Public Health South


Executive Member: Kate Chitar
Nurse Practitioner

Counties Manukau

Kate is a Nurse Practitioner (child and youth primary health care) with a passion for youth health, and quality improvement. As a registered nurse she practiced in School Based Health Centres, Family Planning, Kidz First Medical, Health Connections, and the Centre for Youth Health. She also has experience as a nursing lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology, leading the delivery of the Introduction to Nursing in a Community Setting paper, and as a Quality Improvement Advisor, leading the Youth Friendly Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiative in Counties Manukau. She completed a Master of Nursing at the University of Auckland in 2015, and currently delivers clinical services through high school based health centres in Counties Manukau.


Executive Member: Michaela Vanderspeck
Nurse Directions Youth Health Centre

Hawkes Bay


Executive Member: Elizabeth (Liz) Hosking

Kaiwhakahaere Regional Service Manager 

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai 

Executive Member: Christine Cammell

Clinical Director HealthWest Auckland


Ministry of Health Representative: Dr Janine Ryland
Clinical Advisor - Child & Youth Health, Clinical Leadership,
Protection & Regulation Business Unit, Ministry of Health
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