Dr Felicity Williamson.

MBChB, MSc Health Promotion, MPH (1st class honours)

Dr Felicity Williamson is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and Medical Officer of Health.

She is a fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine. She qualified as a Medical Doctor through the University of Otago and holds two Masters degrees in Public Health, one specialising in Health Promotion from the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MPH from the University of Auckland (First Class Honours). After working clinically in the NZ rural hospital system and in primary care, she has worked in the Public and not-for-profit sectors and is familiar with Public Health Units, DHB Planning and Funding services, and NGO patient support.

Felicity has specialist experience in developing organisational and national guiding documents and outcomes frameworks as well as integrative health service design across primary and community care and into secondary and tertiary services. She has experience in communicable disease control, health protection, health promotion and designing health education, health workforce training and behavioural change programmes, service reviews and evaluation.

At Synergia, Felicity provides public health and clinical expertise into a range of projects, and working as part of the systems design team. Key projects include:

  • Developing national healthcare associated infection guiding principles
  • Scoping the development of national antibiotic guidance
  • Reviewing outbreak management for COVID-19
  • Improving systems to support reduction in youth re-offending
  • Developing the initial version of a national health clinical governance framework
  • Developing a PHO outcomes framework
  • Involved with the ongoing operational public health work as part of the National Public Health Service Northern Region. This includes infectious disease portfolio management, contact tracing, and implementing public health control measures. She is also involved in a number of national public health projects.

She is kept busy running around after her family, teaching group fitness classes, sitting on governance boards and running a book club outside of work time.