Sam is a Lived Experience leader who’s worked across NGOs, District Health Boards, and now the Primary Care sector.
With firsthand experience as both a service user and practitioner of mental health and addiction services, Sam brings a unique perspective to drive quality improvement and enhance services for tangata whaiora.
Sam has a particular passion for promoting trauma-informed care, integrating Lived Experience within the health workforce, and directing resources towards the well-being of rangatahi and whānau.
In addition to being a practitioner, Sam has held positions leading Peer Support services, delivering Peer Support training and supervision, and providing Lived Experience consultancy for specialist mental health, addiction, and forensic services.
In recent years, Sam has played a crucial role within Tū Whakaruruhau, leading initiatives focused on quality and equity whilst providing a Lived Experience lens to the IPMHA program in Auckland.
Lived experience, mental health, project management, project implementation