Dr Anna Rolleston

Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Pukenga
Managing Director Manawaora/The Centre for Health, NZ

Keynote Address: Is it co-design or is it not co-design: That is the question.


About Anna:

Anna Rolleston is of Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Pukenga descent. She originally trained in sport and exercise science, with a PhD in medicine, and is now a leading voice in healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand. Anna is a recognised practitioner and researcher, who holds various governance roles across the sector. She is managing director of Manawa Ora (The Centre for Health), which specialises in a kaupapa Māori primary care approach to long-term condition management. Anna was founding co-director of Pūtahi Manawa, Healthy Hearts for Aotearoa New Zealand, which is Centre of Research Excellence hosted from the University of Auckland comprising a collective of researchers, health professionals and community organisations focussed on improving health outcomes for Māori, Pacific People and women.

Her work is dedicated to combining robust scientific and academic evidence with an understanding that change comes from within, but that people often need a good deal of support to facilitate that change. In all of this work, Anna is a strong advocate of exploring new ways of effectively working together with communities to optimise their health outcomes.