Karen Orsborn, Chief Executive

Karen Orsborn, Chief Executive.

Karen Orsborn is the Chief Executive of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. During 2020, Karen led the establishment of the permanent Commission as Head of Secretariat for the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. 

Previously, Karen was Director Health Quality Improvement and Deputy CEO at the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC), leading national patient safety and quality improvement programmes across public and private hospitals, primary and community care, mental health and addiction services, and aged care. While at HQSC, Karen headed the development and roll out of the world-leading Reducing Harm from Falls programme and led a programme that resulted in significant reductions in post-surgical infections nationwide.

Karen has also held roles as National Lead for Elective Services and Group Manager Funding at the Ministry of Health, as well as operational roles in a District Health Board. 

Karen is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM) and the current President of ACHSM-Aotearoa. 

Karen holds a Master of Business Studies (Management), and completed the Advanced Management and Leadership programme at Oxford University.  She is a Registered Nurse.

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