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Airway Leads Network

About the Airway Leads Network

The Airway Leads Network, chaired by Dr Patrick Wong, was established to foster collaboration in airway management across New Zealand. An Airway Lead is an anaesthetist who promotes safe airway management within their department and hospital. There is a nominated lead in every public hospital in New Zealand that has an anaesthesia department.

The concept of an Airway Leads Network was first initiated in the UK, following recommendations from the National Audit Project 4 (NAP 4) on airway complications (although this concept was suggested many years prior by the Difficult Airway Society in 1996). Given the constantly evolving practice of airway management and the introduction of new equipment, coordination is required to ensure training is kept up-to-date and that kit is appropriate to ensure optimal patient safety. Standardisation of kit within a hospital, training and audit/quality assurance are key roles which the Airway Lead coordinates.

If you would like any further information regarding the Airway Leads Network or have any suggestions for network members, please email the network.

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Airway Leads for NZ Hospitals

Patrick Wong (Chair)

Sheila Hart (Secretary, NZSA)

Leon Cloherty, Northland DHB, Whangarei Hospital

Subita Nobre, Waitemata DHB, North Shore Hospital

Paul Baker and Paul Gardiner, Auckland DHB, Auckland City Hospital

Jeanette Scott, Counties Manukau DHB, Middlemore Hospital

Kerry Holmes, Auckland Rescue Helicopter

Chris Jephcott & Patrick Wong (Chair), Waikato

Rod Gouldson, BOPDHB, Tauranga Hospital

Lutz Sauer, BOPDHB, Whakatane Hospital

Laura Kwan, Lakes DHB, Rotorua Hospital

Germanicus Malmberg, Tairawhiti DHB, Gisborne Hospital

Charlie Brown, Taranaki DHB, Taranaki Base Hospital

Allanah Scott and Sarah Phipps, HBDHB, Hawkes Bay Hospital

Derek Barrett, Whanganui DHB, Whanganui Hospital

Tom O’Sullivan, Mid Central DHB, Palmerston North Hospital

Chris Smith, Wairarapa DHB, Wairarapa/Masterton Hospital

Sheila Hart (Secretary, NZSA) and Jeremy Young, CCDHB, Wellington Hospital

Peter Tobin and Adam Hollingworth, Hutt Valley DHB, Hutt Hospital

Joe McIntyre, Nelson Marlborough DHB, Nelson Hospital

Dave Sandford, Nelson Marlborough DHB, Wairau Hospital, Blenheim

Graham Roper, West Coast DHB, Grey Base Hospital

Nick Abbott, Canterbury DHB, Christchurch Hospitals

Dana Hirsch, South Canterbury DHB, Timaru Hospital

Chen Ong, Southern DHB, Dunedin Hospital

Sana Huhtamaki, Southern DHB, Southland Hospital, Invercargill