Dr Diana Sarfati to succeed Ashley Bloomfield as Director-General of Health

Dr Diana Sarfati will succeed Ashley Bloomfield in the role when he leaves at the end of July.

3rd June, 2022

Dr Diana Sarfati to succeed Ashley Bloomfield as Director-General of Health

Dr Diana Sarfati will succeed Ashley Bloomfield as the Director-General of Health.

Alka Prasad, Te Rito Journalism cadet

A prominent physician known for her work promoting more equitable access to cancer services has been named as the new Acting Director-General of Health.

 Dr Diana Sarfati will succeed Ashley Bloomfield in the role when he leaves at the end of July.

Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter says she is “very pleased to appoint Dr Sarfati to this acting role".

“Dr Sarfati has considerable experience and a sound understanding of New Zealand’s health system and has strong relationships across the sector.”

She is currently the Chief Executive of Te Aho o Te Kahu, Cancer Control Agency, and is a public health physician, cancer epidemiologist and health services researcher.

Nicola Hill will act as Chief Executive of the Cancer Control Agency while Dr Sarfati is acting Director-General of Health.

The Commission is currently running a recruitment process for the permanent Director-General of Health role.