Egan Bidois

Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāiterangi, Te Arawa

Egan Bidois advocates for users of mental health services and is passionate about helping those in their most vulnerable times. He believes it is a blessing to assist those experiencing times of mental distress.

Over the past 30 years, he has worked in various roles across the mental health sector. He has been a support worker, team leader, and service manager in the public and private sectors. Additionally, he has extensive experience in the mental health community as a cultural training developer, facilitator, and board member. Throughout his work, he holds on to the belief that "if you wish to be a leader - first, foremost, and always remain a servant."

Egan is the National Director of Lived Experience at Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority. In this role, he utilises his skills in public policy, mental health, healthcare, policy analysis, and programme development to ensure that those who drive the design and delivery of health services in Aotearoa better meet the needs of Māori.

His passion for his mahi comes from his dedication to Tikanga, ensuring that things are done correctly, respectfully, and honestly. He approaches the concept and context of mental health from a Māori perspective rather than the more widespread hospital-centred understanding. He works to have this approach heard, listened to, and acted upon.


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Ngaropi is a registered general and obstetric nurse, member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors and an active iwi member.