Debbie Ryan

Principal of Pacific Perspectives


Dr Suitafa Debbie Ryan MNZM, MBChB, MPM (Dist), MInstD

Debbie Ryan is the principal of Pacific Perspectives, a policy and research consultancy specialising in Pacific health, that she founded in 2008.  Debbie has extensive experience in the health sector as a general practitioner, manager, senior public servant and researcher.  She has served as a Ministerial appointment to a number of Boards including the first Counties Manukau District Health Board, the NZ Lotteries Community Committee and the Minister’s Education Guardians Group. She was Chief Advisor Pacific Health at the Ministry of Health from 2003 to 2008.  

Debbie’s current work interests combine her commitments to Pacific health workforce development, and strengthening the evidence base for improving Pacific health in Aoteroa New Zealand.  Her team at Pacific Perspectives are leading research and evaluation projects using Pacific cultural research methodologies to record the views and experiences of Pacific patients and families as an input to improving the health system.  Dr Ryan was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018 for services to the Pacific community and health and she is a recipient of a Pasifika Medical Association Life Award. 

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