Liz Pennington was appointed to the Breast Cancer Support Chair position in early April and is looking forward to working as part of the organisation to enhance and strengthen the support of women with a lived experience of breast cancer.
“The recent service transformation in health care and establishment of Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora present opportunities for our experience and voice to have a central role. We are seeing a focus on lived experience and peer support, and, importantly, on service co-design. This fills me with a sense of hope that I haven't felt for many years. We are seeking for women with lived experience to be visibly represented, heard, and at the table because we have something to say. I am looking forward to ways we can collaboratively partner with each other for a better future for women in Aotearoa New Zealand.”
Liz is a registered nurse, lives in the Bay of Plenty and has her own private practice management and wellbeing consultancy. She is the proud Nan of three granddaughters and supports her community in a range of roles. She is a Trustee on the board of her local kura and for Cure our Ovarian Cancer NZ. Liz is also one of the New Zealand representatives for CIMA (Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia).