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Heather Bridge-McLeod

Heather McLeod

Heather is an actuary by training and has worked on healthcare and social security policy issues since 1998. The major focus of her work in the last decade was on the reform of healthcare financing. She now works primarily on palliative care issues.

Born in South Africa, she married Tony Bridge and moved to live in New Zealand in 2010.

Heather has visiting appointments at the University of Stellenbsoch and the University of Cape Town.

Heather has had a particular interest in traditional and complementary medicine since the early 1990s, studying homeopathy and naturopathy and being licensed in Ayurvedic primary care. She was chair of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine team for the International Actuarial Association and contributes material to the African Health Economics and Policy Association.

She collaborated with ENZCAM, the New Zealand Centre for Evidence‐based Research into Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Canterbury, where she produced a regular newsletter on traditional, complementary and integrative medicine.

Her current professional work is aimed at the integration of palliative and end of life care in healthcare policy and the health system. Her current research interests are in palliative care and the financing of end-of-life care. She collaborates with the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³) at the University of Otago, Wellington, on costing and modelling the impact of increasing longevity on trajectories at the end of life.

Meditation has been a part of her life for more than 20 years and she trained as a meditation teacher at the Gawler Foundation in Yarra Valley, Australia, in 2011.

She shares a passion with Tony for the outdoors and off-road travel, acting as camera assistant on their adventures in New Zealand and on pilgramages to sacred sites around the world. Their common interests in spiritual and esoteric matters are coming to fruition in the Koru Bridge website and projects.

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