Bios of Current Members

Nigal Millar, MD, BS 
Chief Medical Officer and Director

email nigel.millar(at)

Dr. Millar is chief medical officer for the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) in the South Island of New Zealand. He trained and still practices as a geriatrician and internist in addition to his organizational responsibilities. Dr. Millar is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

He is responsible for the clinical leadership of the CDHB, which takes population health responsibility for over half a million people. He has been actively engaged in interRAI since 2002 and a Fellow since 2008. During this time New Zealand has largely completed a national roll out of interRAI assessment for home care and is in the early stages of matching this with a program for residential care assessment. Dr. Millar qualified in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK where he completed his physician training before emigrating to New Zealand in 1992. The role of chief medical officer carries a wide range of responsibilities, from a leadership role in disaster response, e.g., the recent Christchurch Earthquakes, to quality of care and patient safety across the Canterbury Health System. A central part of this role is in the leadership team transforming the Canterbury Health System into a fully integrated and efficient system that is sustainable for the future. Dr. Millar’s particular interests are in the effective and efficient provision of health care and support to older people, and in health informatics.

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