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Management

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Kim Ma’ia’i

Director

Kim is a NZ trained General Practitioner interested in young people's health. He has been the Director of Student Health since 2004.

Margaret Perley

Margaret Perley

Operations Manager

Margaret is the Operations Manager at Student Health. She worked at SDHB as a nurse / manager for 19 years before moving to Student Health in 2006.

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Maree Ross

Practice Manager

Maree is the Practice Manager and helps co ordinate the day to day running of our Service. She enjoys working alongside our dedicated team and her contact with our student population. Her interests are reading movies, gardening, swimming and spending time with family

Katherine Martin

Katherine Martin

Clinical Group Leader, Nursing

Katherine is a Registered Nurse who enjoys working with young adults (and older). She has worked in the UK and Germany and appreciates the many different cultures represented at University of Otago. Outside of work she enjoys working in her home orchard - caring for fruit trees and eating the produce!

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Bret Dougherty

Clinical Group Leader, Doctors

Bret is a General Practitioner at Student Health, he joined our team in 2010.

Richard Mooney

Richard Mooney

Clinical Group Leader, Mental Health & Well-being

Richard is a Registered Mental Health Nurse. Originally from, and trained in England, he has worked extensively within the mental health field in New Zealand and overseas. He has worked for Student Health since 2017 and is involved in completing initial assessments, crisis resolution, brief intervention and identifying and referring students to appropriate support. He is also an ardent Manchester City fan.

Doctors

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Dr Alveera Hynes

Doctor

Alveera is a General Practitioner at Student Health, she joined our team in 2012. Currently on parental leave until January 2018

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Dr Ami Nukada

Doctor

Ami is a General Practitioner who studied at the University of Otago Medical School and graduated in 2001. He spent his junior doctor years in Dunedin and Ireland, specialising in emergency medicine. He changed to general practice in 2008 and has been at Student Health Services since 2009, with special interests in minor surgery and skin issues. When he’s not at work, Ami is trying to get out on his mountain bike but spends most of his time as a dad.

Andrea Robinson

Andrea Robinson

Doctor

Andrea is a General Practitioner who trained in the UK and moved to NZ in 2009. Her special interests include travel medicine, diabetes, contraception (including IUDs) and mental health. Outside work she enjoys travelling and tramping, occasionally venturing above the snow line. As a ‘Welsh Kiwi’ her loyalties may change depending on which rugby team wins.

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Cat Shaw

Doctor

Cat is a General Practitioner at Student Health, she joined our team in 2015. Currently on parental leave until January 2018

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Daniela Erdmann

Doctor

Daniela is a General Practitioner who trained in Germany and NZ. She has worked in New Zealand since 2009, her special interests include sexual health, contraception, breastfeeding and minor surgery. She has a 4 year old son and can comprehend challenges balancing work and family life. She loves swimming, reading and gardening.

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Emma Pasco

Doctor

Emma is a General Practitioner, who grew up and completed her undergraduate degree in New Zealand, and then moved to Australia to complete postgraduate medicine and General Practice training. She enjoys all aspects of general practice. She spends her spare time walking, skiing, and cooking.

Fiona Pickering

Fiona Pickering

Doctor

Fiona is a General Practitioner, trained in Oxford, England and has worked at Student Health since 1998.  She is a Fellow of the NZ College of GPs, and has special interests in Women’s health and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME. She has two children, and is also a flautist with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and a keen figure skater.

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George Varsanyi

Doctor

George is a General practitioner who trained in Australia before returning to Dunedin in 2006. His medical interests include diabetes, dermatology and minor surgery (removing skin lesions , cysts and toe nail surgery). He spends his spare time when not being a dad surfing the local breaks.

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Jenny Ogilvy

Doctor

Jenny is a General Practitioner who trained in the UK but has worked in New Zealand since 2003. Her special interests include mental health, contraception (including IUDs), minor surgery and promotion of Student Health across the wider university. She loves horse riding and is an avid fan of Liverpool Football Club.

Jacqui Gordon

Jacqui Gordon

Doctor

Jacqui is a General Practitioner, she joined our team in 2014. Jacqui deals with all aspects of general practice, with special interests in women’s health, contraception (including IUDs) and diabetes. Jacqui is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. She grew up in Dunedin and has two young children

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Graeme Whittaker

Doctor

Graeme is a General Practitioner, he joined our team in 2017

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Katie Graham

Doctor

Katie is a General Practitioner, she joined our team in 2010

Malena Hasbun

Malena Hasbun

Doctor

Malena was born and raised in El Salvador; was trained and worked as a Family Practice Physician in the U.S. for many years; and recently moved to Dunedin in 2015. She's particularly interested in nutrition and promoting wellness, and is certified in Functional Medicine. She's passionate about sustainability, loves natural beauty and adores her two grown children.

Margaret Charles

Dr Margaret Charles

Doctor

Margaret is delighted to return to Student Health Services after 2 years away. Her special interests include sexual health but she is passionate about whole person wellbeing.

Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton

Doctor

Matthew is a General Practitioner who deals with all aspects of general practice, with a special interest in allergies. Matthew is originally from Canada. He has now lived with his wife and 3 young children in Dunedin for over a decade.

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Prue Orchiston

Doctor

Prue is a General Practitioner at Student Health, she joined our team in 2004

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Raj Kandath

Doctor

Raj is a General Practitioner at Student Health, he joined our team in 2009

Nurses

Ang Alexander

Angella Alexander

Nurse

Angella is a registered nurse and  trained in Dunedin as an adult student . Prior to this she worked  at the dental school for 20 years  as a dental assistant in oral surgery. Angella has worked at Student Health since 2008 & deals with all aspects of general practice,  and also specialises as the diabetes nurse for the practice. Angella also works within  the travel medicine team , and provides immuno therapy at Student Health. Angella has been a Dunedin girl all her life and among other things enjoys socialising with her family & friends.

Ashleigh Affleck

Ashleigh Affleck

Nurse

Ashleigh is a registered nurse who trained in Otago. She joined our team in 2017

Chrissy Griffiths

Chrissy Griffiths

Nurse/Health Educator

Chrissy is a Registered Nurse with a special interest in issues around alcohol and lifestyles. She is the Health Educator covering a broad range of topics supporting students especially with the transition from school to University. She has worked at Student Health for many years and achieved several degrees following graduating from Nursing and has a good understanding of the life of a student.

Gwen Cuthbertson

Gwen Cuthbertson

Nurse

Gwen is a Registered Nurse at Student Health, she joined our team in 2008. Gwen completed her nurse training in Auckland and has worked overseas, and also combined a love for skiing and nursing working as a ski Nurse in Queenstown. She has a special interest in travel medicine, vaccinations and female sexual health.

Outside of work she loves travelling, sailing, fishing, skiing and gardening.

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Johanna Kraemer

Nurse

Jo is a Registered Nurse at Student Health, she joined our team in 2014

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Julie Williams

Nurse

Julie is a registered nurse who trained at Otago.  She has a special interest in sexual health and acute trauma.  Outside of work Julie enjoys running, horse riding and fostering cats and kittens for charities in Dunedin.

Libby Reid

Libby Reid

Nurse

Libby is an experienced Registered Nurse who has a special interest in sexual health, and behaviour change.

Melanie Phillip

Melanie Philip

Nurse

Melanie is a Registered Nurse and trained in Dunedin. She has worked both in Dunedin and in London, and has a special interest in travel medicine, vaccinations and sexual health.

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Nicky Taylor

Nurse

Nicky is a registered nurse, who trained in Dunedin.  She has special interests in sexual health and wound care.  Nicky grew up in South Canterbury and has three children, two of whom are teenagers.

Brylee Saunders

Brylee Saunders

Clinical Assistant

Brylee is the Clinical Assistant at Student Health, she joined our team in 2011

Mental Health team

Caro Walker

Carolyn Walker

Mental Health Clinician

Caro is a registered Mental Health Occupational Therapist, who has come to Student Health in 2017 after 17 years working in Mental Health in Dunedin. Caro is a Dunedin girl and studied both at Otago Uni and Otago Polytechnic. Alongside Phil, Tricia, Josh and Richard, Caro is a part of the Mental Health support team where her main role is in completing initial assessments, crisis resolution, brief intervention, and identifying and referring students to appropriate supports.

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Josh Brazil

Mental Health Clinician

Josh is a Mental Health Clinician at Student Health, he joined our team in 2017

Phil Newman

Phil Newman

Mental Health Clinician

Phil is a Registered Mental Health Nurse. Originally from, and trained in England, he has worked extensively within the mental health field in New Zealand and overseas. He has worked for Student Health since 2016 and is involved in completing initial assessments, crisis resolution, brief intervention and identifying and referring students to appropriate support.

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Tricia Lawson

Mental Health Clinician

Tricia is a Mental Health Clinician at Student Health, she joined our team in 2017

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Camilla Cathro

Counsellor

Camilla is a Registered Counsellor who has worked in this field in New Zealand and Australia for the last ten years. She is a graduate of the University of Otago and also holds a Diploma of Counselling in person centred counselling. She joined the team here at Student Health in September 2016.

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Esther Ritter

Counsellor

Esther is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and has been part of the Student Health Team since 2017. Originally from Switzerland she has been living in New Zealand for over twenty years. Over the years, she lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada. Esther loves being in Nature and is passionate about sustainable living. She recently completed Bachelors with Honours in visual Art and is a registered yoga Teacher.

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Gillian Shaw

Counsellor

Gillian is a counsellor at Student Health, she joined our team in 2014

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Jaimee Corbishley

Counsellor

Jamie is a Counsellor at Student Health, she joined our team in 2011. Currently on parental leave until January 2018

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Jodie Black

Counsellor

Jodie is a counsellor at Student Health, she joined our team in 2013. She is on secondment until Jan 2018

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Linden Cooke

Counsellor

Linden is a Registered Psychotherapist and a full member of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He has completed a diploma of Adult Psychotherapy in the Conversational Model as well as a diploma of Counselling in Person Centred Counselling.
He is also a graduate of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a Bachelor of Physical Education with a major in Sport and Leisure Studies from the University of Otago.

Mark Chignall

Mark Chignell

Counsellor

Mark is a Registered Counsellor with 20 yrs experience in the mental health field.

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Megan Turnbull

Counsellor

Megan is a registered psychotherapist trained initially in social work and then gestalt psychotherapy. She has no specific specialities but enjoys working with the student population immensely. Megan's guide dog Oban shares her office and sleeps most of the day. His speciality is absolute confidentiality!

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Paul Hemmingson

Counsellor

Paul is registered psychotherapist. His special interest in mindbody healthcare. He works with anxiety, depression, PTSD and other struggles where life is just not what it could be.

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Jubilee Rajiah

Psychiatrist

Jubilee is the Psychiatrist at Student Health, she joined our team in 2002

Reception/Administration

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Monica Vonesch

Personal Assistant

Monica is the Personal Assistant at Student Health, she joined our team in 2014

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Natalie Evans

Administration Assistant

Natalie is our Administration Assistant at Student Health and has been at Student Health since 2013. Natalie is originally from Auckland and has lived in Dunedin since 2012. She loves crossfit, rugby league and photography

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Carolyn Jordan

Medical Receptionist

Carolyn is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2005

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Joanna Livingston

Medical Receptionist

Joanna is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2014

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Kelly Hall

Medical Receptionist

Kelly is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2017

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Kelly Nicholas

Medical Receptionist

Kelly is a member of our reception team. She joined our team in 2015

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Lakin Wilton

Medical Receptionist

Lakin is a member of our reception team. She started at Student Health in January 2017. She is in her final year at Otago studying Law, Classics and History. Lakin is an avid reader who loves sitting down with a cup of tea and a good crime novel in her spare time.

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Marilyn Bush

Medical Receptionist

Marilyn is a member of our reception team. She has worked at Student Health for over 21 years

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Tracey Foster

Medical Receptionist

Tracey is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2008