Passion For Local Community Drives New Health Trust Manager
She's had a week to get her feet under the desk and now Sue Miller is raring to go and drive the Helensville District Health Trust forward through its next exciting chapter.
Sue joins the Trust as its new General Manager, following the retirement of long-standing Manager, Charm Torrance. Most recently, Sue was an operations manager for Waitemata District Health Board. But it's what happens at a local level, that really excites Sue who says, "my heart and passion lies within the community."
And it's a community she knows reasonably well. Sue and her husband lived in Huapai and Waimauku for 15 years, and raised two sons there. Six years ago they moved to Orewa to support Sue's father in caring for her mother who had dementia. They've since moved to Millwater, but their connections and networks to South Kaipara are still very strong.
She has much praise for the work of the Helensville District Health Trust and particularly its "reputation of integrity and strong social conscience."
The Health Trust pioneered New Zealand's first Birthing Centre, it part owns the Kaipara Medical Centre, and its most recent and exciting development was the transformation of the old Parakai Tavern into a thriving community centre, Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai.
Sue initially trained as a registered nurse and specialised in child and family health. And it's that focus on family and whanau that she says is crucial to realising the Trust's vision of creating the "healthiest rural community in New Zealand".
"I understand the powerful dynamics of a family and how that can influence the outcomes for our people," Sue says.
When Sue's not working, you'll likely find her and her husband walking their two dogs by the beach or lying in the sun with a good book.