Abel Smith graduated from the Fiji School of Nursing in 1986 and then Hillcrest Hospital South Australia in 1989. He has worked at CWMH, Vunisea Hospital, Kadavu Subdivision and St Giles Hospital in Fiji before migrating to New Zealand 20 years ago.
Over the past 31 years Abel has worked as a clinician, manager and educator in the nursing and health care sector in Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. 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 Board.
Abel is the current President of the Fiji Nurses Association NZ, Executive Board Member of Pacific Medical Association, Treasurer of the Pacific Nurses Section NZNO, Treasurer of the Pacific Mental Health Professionals Organisation and Associate Trustee of the Friends of Fiji Health. Also contracts to New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a Programme monitor for the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific programme at the Manukau Institute of Technology.
Abel has completed a Bachelor in Nursing and Post-graduate qualifications in Nursing, Public Health, Nursing Management, Mental Health and Pacific Health. He is currently completing a Masters in Professional Practice (Leadership). Most recent, he received a NZNO National Award in 2015 for Services to Nursing and Midwifery in New Zealand.