About us

The Best Practice Advocacy Centre New Zealand (bpacnz) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Our role is to deliver educational and continuing professional development programmes to medical practitioners and other health professional groups throughout New Zealand.

bpacnz advocates for best practice in healthcare treatments and investigations across a wide range of health service delivery areas, and we are recognised nationally and internationally for our expertise and innovation.

Kia hanahana ai te tīwhanawhana a Kahukura i te rangi
Let the arch of the rainbow glisten

Our History

bpacnz was established in Dunedin in 2003 to disseminate and communicate “best practice” evidence to General Practitioners throughout New Zealand. Since this time, bpacnz has held contracts for nationwide programmes with PHARMAC, DHB Shared Services (formerly DHBNZ), Ministry of Health, individual DHBs and PHOs and other healthcare organisations. These programmes have included responsible use of pharmaceuticals, laboratory testing to improve clinical practice and support of the PHO Performance Programme. bpacnz is also a leading provider of Continuing Professional Development resources for health professionals in New Zealand.

bpacnz has six shareholders:

Our People

The bpacnz publications division currently employs staff members within the following teams:

  • Medical writing, editing and review
  • Report development, data analysis and evaluation
  • Design and web development
  • Management and administration

Professor Murray Tilyard BSc, MBChB, DipObst, MD (Otago), FRNZCGP (Dist)

Editor-in-Chief, Executive Director and CEO, bpacnz

Professor Tilyard graduated in 1980 and entered into General Practice in 1985. He became a member of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 1990. He gained his Doctorate in Medicine Degree in 1995, was made a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 1996 and received a Distinguished Fellowship in 2006. He is currently a Professor of General Practice, at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. His research interests are in general practice, health services utilisation, medical informatics, diabetes and chronic disease management. He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals.

Professor Tilyard is an Executive Director and CEO of bpacnz. He is also Executive Director of BPAC Inc, a not for profit organisation that has developed a decision support tool for general practice. This tool allows a guided approach (specialist opinion provided by the system) to important health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease renal failure, skin cancer, atrial fibrillation, childhood obesity and many others. In addition, Professor Tilyard works in his own private practice in Dunedin.

Rebecca Harris BSc, MSc (Distinction) (Otago)

Editor & Publications Manager

Rebecca has worked at bpacnz as a researcher and medical writer for over ten years, formally undertaking the role of Editor in 2010. Rebecca provides editorial oversight for all written material produced at bpacnz, including Best Practice Journal, online content and other publications. In addition, she liaises with specialist expert reviewers, develops clinical content for these publications and co-ordinates production and design.

Rebecca has a background in general practice research, having worked for several years in the RNZCGP Research Unit at the Department of General Practice, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. During this time Rebecca published multiple papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented general practice research at both national and international conferences, including the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). Rebecca has also worked as a Poisons Information Officer at the National Poisons Centre, providing acute management advice to health professionals and members of the public, and developing material for a national toxicology database. Rebecca is a member of the Australasian Medical Writers Association.

Dr Chris Booker BSc (Hons with Distinction), PhD (University of Otago)

Medical Writer

Chris joined bpacnz in September, 2014 as a part-time medical writer; as of August, 2015, Chris joined the team full-time. Chris’ role is to research and write articles for Best Practice Journal and other bpacnz publications. Previously Chris worked for over a decade at the University of Otago, in the Department of Anatomy and Edgar Diabetes & Obesity Research Centre. Chris’ experience is principally in diabetes and neuroendocrinology research, but his work has involved a range of topics and fields including cardiovascular disease, nutrition, bioinformatics and immunology. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, and assisted in teaching neuroanatomy and the pathophysiology of diabetes in health science courses at the University of Otago.

Mark Caswell BSc (Hons First Class)

Medical Writer

Mark joined bpacnz in 2011. His role is to research and write educational resources for bpacnz publications. Mark has been a member of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) since 2013 and in 2016 he became an AMWA executive committee member.

Previously, Mark worked at the University of Otago regulating the use of medicines in biomedical research. Mark also spent time researching the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Melbourne. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has an interest in creative writing.

Dr Hywel Lloyd MBChB (Liverpool), MRCGP

Medical Advisor (honorary)

Dr Lloyd graduated in 1989 and worked for nine years as a principle in general practice in rural Wales. His knowledge of information technology and clinical experience was reflected in his appointment as an Honorary Lecturer in Health Informatics, University of Wales, Swansea. On moving to New Zealand in 2003, Hywel worked as a General Practitioner in Mosgiel, Otago. He continued his work in informatics. Hywel was the clinical lead for long-term conditions management within the Taieri Strath Taieri PHO (TSTPHO) and was appointed to their Governance Group in 2005.

In 2008, Hywel took up a position of Clinical IT Advisor to BPAC. His roles as clinical advisor for the Best Practice Journal and chief medical adviser to the South Link Health Group coupled with his 20 year experience in health informatics provides the foundation for his ability to formulate IT solutions for health improvement. Hywel has presented nationally and internationally on Health Informatics and Long Term Conditions Management as well as presenting to Government Health Select Committees within the UK and at Prime Ministerial level on the benefits of shared electronic health records. He is currently Director of Health Informatics, South Link Health.

Dr Sharyn Willis BSc(Hons), MBChB (Otago), Dip Obst (Distinction)

Medical Advisor

Dr Willis has worked for bpacnz since 2007, as a General Practice clinical advisor to the publications team, and a medical writer. Her role is to provide clinical oversight and to assist in developing clinical content for bpacnz publications. Sharyn also takes a lead role in the development of continuing medical education resources, including clinical audits, for General Practitioners.

Sharyn has over 20 years experience as a General Practitioner. She worked full-time in her own practice for ten years and since joining bpacnz has continued to work part-time in a local general practice. Sharyn has previous experience in teaching as a clinical tutor for medical students in her own practice and as a tutor in the Department of General Practice at the University of Otago. She has co-authored research publications and has provided general practice support for research projects with Professor Jim Mann in the Department of Human Nutrition, University of Otago.

Dr Alesha Smith BSc, MSc (Distinction) (Otago), PhD (Queensland)

Researcher/Lead Data Analyst

Alesha joined bpacnz part-time in 2013 as a data analyst and researcher. Alesha is responsible for the development of prescribing reports, impact evaluation and research publications.

Alesha brings international research experience to bpacnz. Over the last five years she has published 20+ peer-reviewed journal articles and many international conference presentations and invited speaker abstracts. She has previously worked at the University of Queensland (Australia) and Southampton University (United Kingdom). Alesha currently holds a joint academic appointment with the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago.

Justine Broadley BCom, PGDip Sci (Otago)

Senior Data Analyst

Justine has a long history with bpacnz, having begun with the organisation in 2000. She has a degree in Information Science from the University of Otago.

Justine’s role at bpacnz is to analyse data from the Pharmaceutical Dispensing Data Warehouse (Pharmhouse database) and to produce individual reports for general practitioners and other organisations such as PHOs and DHBs. This entails having a thorough knowledge of the data in the Ministry of Health Pharmaceuticals Claims and Laboratory testing databases, and the ability to interpret data requirements in order to produce reports. In addition to report writing, Justine analyses data to produce meaningful information to supplement bpacnz’s clinical programmes.

Justine has had extensive training in Business Objects to facilitate the extraction of data from the Pharmhouse and to produce individualised reports.

Michael Crawford BSc (Hons) (Otago)

Graphic designer

Michael began working at bpacnz as a graphic designer, in November, 2007. His main role is design and layout of all bpacnz print publications, including Best Practice Journal and Best Tests. Michael also provides design expertise for the bpacnz website and various other bpacnz projects, as well as illustration and photography as required.

Michael previously worked as a Multimedia and Computer Assisted Learning Consultant for the University of Otago (1999-2007) where he assisted with the production of a wide range of teaching and learning support material for University course work.

Ben King

Web designer/developer

Ben started with bpacnz in January, 2013 to take on the role of completing a new-look website, which launched in April, 2013. Since then, the website has continued to evolve with new features, user experience enhancements and mobile optimisation. The site continues to grow in popularity and size with over 2.4 million visits in the last year.

Previous to working at bpacnz Ben was employed by an Australian web company with lead roles on various projects such as twitter email development and other high profile front end development projects. Ben has over 10 years experience as a web designer/developer: “I love the evolution of the web industry, how far it has come, and how the learning curve never stops.”

Kaye Baldwin

Corporate Manager

Kaye has worked for BPAC since its initial instigation in 1997. Key aspects of her current role as Corporate Manager include; human resources, financial/accounts, contracts and quarterly reporting, Board Secretary, governance, CLAG coordination.

Lee Cameron BA (Otago)

Administrative and Research Assistant

Lee joined bpacnz in 2013 to provide support to the management and publication teams. Lee is the initial point of contact for all enquiries to bpacnz and, among other roles, he manages the publications mailing database.

Lee has a background in hospitality and customer service and has done some travelling prior to taking up his role with our organisation.

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