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Rebecca Rippon

Rebecca Rippon


Rebecca is a versatile and respected analyst and planner with substantial health sector knowledge, experience and networks. Her strength is in a combination of strong technical skills with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Her work includes needs assessments, service planning and reviews, modelling, business cases, monitoring and evaluation. Rebecca enjoys partnering with others and applying her skills to help achieve equitable population outcomes.

Rebecca has spent the last 19 years working in the Aotearoa New Zealand health sector. Most of that time was in district health boards and she also worked in Manatū Hauora’s Public Health Intelligence group. Since joining Sapere in 2016 Rebecca has completed a range of consulting assignments for DHBs, NGOs and central agencies. She is called upon to undertake quality assurance and peer review processes and has sat on technical advisory groups.

Rebecca is trained in the Better Business Case methodology (2016 and 2022).



  • Data analytics
  • Evaluations
  • Strategy and business cases


  • Health and wellbeing

Qualifications & accolades

  • Bachelor of Science from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)

Recent work highlights include:

  • Developing business cases for investment in radiation oncology services for Te Waipounamu, digital transformation in the Southern region, and new acute inpatient mental health facilities in Hutt Valley, West Coast, Canterbury, Te Tairāwhiti and Waikato.
  • Clinical services planning and demand modelling to inform the New Dunedin Hospital.
  • Service planning and model of care development. This work is varied and ranges from:
    • a focus on localities, including planning to increase access to specialist services in Horowhenua locality, early work to describe a model of care for the Chatham Islands and clinical services planning for the Republic of Kiribati
    • district health service and system plans in Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and Hawke’s Bay
    • capacity modelling for forensic mental health and disability services, and supporting Capital, Coast and Hutt to set out a model of care for the acute adult inpatient mental health service.
  • Formative and process evaluation of a new kaupapa Māori primary care service
  • Evaluations including telehealth services in Aotearoa New Zealand and New South Wales, Australia, falls and fractures prevention programmes, fetal heart monitoring and umbilical cord blood sampling in New Zealand birth settings.
  • Analysis for a large Health Research Council funded research project into primary care models.
  • Reviews in the areas of public health, medical diagnostic services, primary and community care configuration.