Successfully Transforming Regional Health Planning
?? March 2021

The Health Services System Review has challenged our vision for Healthcare in New Zealand highlighting the need to improve equity, tackle long-standing issues in regard to Māori and Pasifika, adequately resource services and consolidating the current range of DHBs and PHOs into four regional entities.

The level of change is significant and will require unprecedented collaboration across organisations, services and regions. In short, it is going to require a fundamental shift in policies, processes, relationships, and power structures, as well as changes to deeply held values and norms. This will require a comprehensive system change approach, new tools and ways of working.

This workshop is designed for health leaders who will be tasked with managing the change process and will make system thinking accessible and practical. It will provide you with an organising framework and a set of methods and tools to help you respond effectively to the challenges of the Review. Our presenters will share examples from over 20 years working in the NZ health sector and share with you, methods and tools that can help you manage the complexity of the task  and  teaches you to bring people along with you. We will share our creative use of qualitative and quantitative tools from the humble post-it note to computer simulations.

The workshop will walk you through the four key phases of our approach. How to develop an honest and shared understanding of your current reality, it's issues and its opportunities. How you can work across your region to develop a shared understanding of a future vision, and how to develop a clear understanding of what it takes to get there, acknowledging the various interacting forces at play and how you can effectually respond to them. We will also provide you with tools to develop a suite of actions that not only respond to immediate needs and priorities but help to create the conditions for long-term sustainable change.

Learning Outcomes:

The key outcomes from this workshop include:

  • Systems Thinking is a practical and valuable approach to tackling many challenges in healthcare.
  • An introduction to the many qualitative and quantitative tools that can be learnt and used effectively.
  • While systems thinking is great for tackling complex issues, systems thinking does not itself have to be complex.
  • Systems thinking offers a different way to see and understanding the world. ‘Seeing systems’ is a valuable perspective, that adds to the perspectives you already have. Systems Thinking is not ‘instead of’. It’s ‘as well as’.

These are the tools that you will need to make or contribute to the change in your region and counter those forces which undermine progress.

Places on this workshop are limited to book your place early

Our Presenters

David Rees

David has worked across the public and private sectors both locally and overseas. Bringing insights to the organisational setting by helping individuals and groups improve their understanding of, and ability to change the systems within which they live and work, he places a great deal of emphasis on bringing together best evidence and broad engagement within a systems framework. 

He combines his extensive facilitation skills with a range of systems methods to help individuals and groups improve their understanding of the complex worlds within which they live and work, and their ability to design effective systems. Working with public and private sector clients and universities, David utilises qualitative and quantitative systems methods to guide his consulting and research work in the areas of health, social care and community development.

David is an Honorary Lecturer at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland and a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago.

As a founding partner of Synergia, David has worked across the public and private sectors both locally and overseas. He is based in Auckland.

David Todd

David is Synergia’s Managing Director, and has worked across a wide range of health and social care environments in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. This has given David a base of knowledge to draw on and to look for solutions to complex issues such as mental illness, disability and suicide prevention.

David's approach is based on a strong belief that working together is better. To harness each other skills, knowledge and experience. He gets the most out of working with others, in collaboration exploring issues, discussing ideas and bringing different perspectives to the table.

David has a strong analytics background and uses data – hard or soft to inform the investigation, design and implementation of solutions. David believes it is critically important that we move past opinions and bias to decisions that are grounded in theory and the evidence.

Who Should Attend?

The target audience are mid-level managers across the health sector but this workshop has relevance for wider social service agencies as well. The core criteria is that delegates have a responsibility for managing and improving some aspect of their organisation. These could be clinical and non-clinical roles.

Date & Location

??  March 2021 


Price & Registration

$395 inclusive of GST

Registration process
Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Feona Horrex on 0272 040425 or email:

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

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Please email  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:
Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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