Mr Abel Smith graduated from the Fiji School of Nursing in 1986 and then Hillcrest Hospital South Australia in 1989. He has worked at various hospitals in Fiji before migrating to New Zealand. Over the past 31 years Mr Smith has worked as a clinician, manager and educator in the nursing and health care sector.
Currently, he works in a joint role across two District Health Boards in the Auckland Region as the Clinical Nurse Director – Pacific Health and Workforce at Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards. In 2015 Mr Smith was recognised for his services to nursing and midwifery by receiving the NZNO National Award.
He is the current President of the Fiji Nurses Association NZ. Mr Smith has completed a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master’s in Professional Practice (Leadership). He is currently completing his PhD in Nursing.