Dr Matt Wright.


Matt is a Principal Clinical Lead at Synergia. He is a practicing doctor at Middlemore Emergency Department with 10 years’ experience in acute primary care. He is based in our Auckland office.

As well as his medical degree, fellowship in Urgent Care and paediatric diploma, Matt has an MBA from Cambridge University. His areas of interest are system quality Improvement and outcomes tracking, and he understands the importance of striving for both of these in any new or existing health initiative. He has become adept at data collection, aggregation and clinical interpretation, and supports Synergia by providing clinically meaningful analysis in many projects, often collaboratively through dashboard visualisations.

Matt has been the key clinical advisor for Patient Afterhours and Urgent Access (PAUA) SLAT for several years, and has led much of the data analysis that informs the alliance’s decisions. He has chaired the clinical subgroup, comprised of the senior clinicians of the EDs, PHOs, UCCs, ACC and St John, and with them created the Indicators for the regional Urgent Care Quality and Outcomes framework. He has a deep understanding of urgent and afterhours care and has also advised other DHBs in New Zealand, as well as health networks in New South Wales, Australia and the Philippines.

Matt has been instrumental in the implementation of the Palliative Outcomes Initiative (POI), and was the creator of the monitoring dashboard, so the Hospices of Auckland chief executives could track their performance and review indicators of quality for the POI programme. Palliative Care has become a specialist data area for Matt, as through Synergia he also supports individual hospices to understand and improve their models of care and the outcomes from these, and is leading the creation of a national hospice data system.

Matt has also had experience conducting quality improvement projects when mentoring three junior doctors at their DHBs in 2018, to demonstrate that change is achievable in only 12 weeks. He offers clinical oversight to a range of ACC projects that Synergia has contracts for, as they aim to change their funding models to become more outcome focussed.

Outside of work, Matt has two sons who are 3 and 2 who keep him and his wife Sha extremely busy. He is found every week over summer on the 20/20 cricket pitches at Auckland Domain and otherwise trying to keep fit by running the streets, on his E bike or playing basketball at an outdoor court nearby.

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