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Management

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Margaret Perley

Head of Student Health Services

Margaret worked at SDHB as a Nurse and Manager for 19 years before moving to Student Health in 2006.

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Brylee Saunders

Practice Co-ordinator

Brylee is the Practice Co-ordinator at Student Health. She joined our team in 2011.

Melanie Phillip

Melanie Philip

Clinical Group Leader – Nursing

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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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 and 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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Alveera Hynes

Doctor

Alveera is a General Practitioner at Student Health. She joined our team in 2012.

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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.

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Claire Handley

Doctor

Claire is a General Practitioner (GPEP3) at Student Health. She joined our team in 2022.

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Emma Heaton

Medical Officer

Medical Officer
Emma Heaton is a Medical Officer at Student Health. She joined our team in 2023.

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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Graeme Whittaker

Doctor

Graeme is a General Practitioner. He joined our team in 2017.

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Henry Cook

Medical Officer

Henry is a Medical Officer at Student Health. Originally from Ireland, he has worked in Western Australia before coming to New Zealand in 2023. Henry loves mountains, hiking, cycling and mountain biking. He joined our team in 2024.

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Jenny Ogilvy

Doctor

Jenny is a General Practitioner who trained in the UK and 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.

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Julia Collett

Doctor

Julia is a General Practitioner at Student Health. She joined our team in 2021.

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Leo Stewart

Medical Officer

Leo Stewart is a Medical Officer at Student Health. He joined our team in 2023.

Margaret Charles

Margaret Charles

Doctor

Margaret is delighted to return to Student Health Services after two years away. Her special interests include sexual health, and she is passionate about whole person well-being.

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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.

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Alasdair Reid

Doctor

Alasdair is a General Practitioner (GPEP3) at Student Health. He joined our team in 2023.

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Tommy Perkov

Medical Officer

Tommy is a Medical Officer at Student Health. She previously worked in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at Dunedin Hospital, and has a special interest in Women’s Health and Contraception

Nurses

Aleisha Telford

Aleisha Telford

Nurse

Aleisha Telford is a nurse at Student Health. She joined our team in 2022.

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Angella Alexander

Registered 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 Immunotherapy at Student Health. Angella has been a Dunedin girl all her life, and among other things enjoys socialising with her family and friends.

Ashleigh Affleck

Ashleigh Affleck

Registered Nurse

Ashleigh is a Registered Nurse who trained in Otago. She joined our team in 2017.

Finn Gilbertson

Finn Gilbertson

Registered Nurse

Finn is a Registered Nurse at Student Health. He joined our team in 2021.

Gwen Cuthbertson

Gwen Cuthbertson

Registered 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

Registered Nurse

Jo is a Registered Nurse at Student Health. She joined our team in 2014.

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Julie Williams

Registered 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.

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Libby Reid

Registered Nurse

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

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Marcy Ballantyne

Nurse

Marcy is a Registered Nurse at Student Health. She joined our team in 2022.

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Rupert Reyes

Registered Nurse

Rupert is a Registered Nurse at Student Health. He joined our team in 2021.

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Tori O'Brien/Clearwater

Clinical Assistant

Tori O'Brien/Clearwater is a Clinical Assistant at Student Health. She joined our team in 2022.

Mental Health and Well-being team

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Georgia Cowan

Clinical Psychologist

Georgia Cowan is a Clinical Psychologist at Student Health. She joined our team in 2022.

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Sarah Crannitch

Clinical Psychologist

Sarah joined our team in 2024.

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Sarah Davie

Occupational Therapist

Sarah Davie is an Occupational Therapist at Student Health.

Before joining our team in 2024, she spent many years working alongside rangatahi and whānau at the DHB.

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Andrea Moore

Wellbeing Counsellor

Andrea Moore joined our team in 2023 as a Wellbeing Counsellor.

Andrea is a qualified counsellor with a postgraduate certificate in addictions.

She comes with 15 years of experience working alongside young people and their whanau experiencing mental health and substance use difficulties but enjoys supporting all young people to overcome adversity and enhance their own resilience.

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Anna Seiuli

Counsellor

Anna is a counsellor and joined Student Health in 2019. Anna trained in Otago and is of Samoan descent. Prior to Student Health Anna worked at Otago Polytechnic for ten years in various roles including counselling.

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Carolyn Walker

Mental Health Clinician

Caro is a registered Mental Health Occupational Therapist ( OT ), who came 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. Caro is a part of the Mental Health Support ( MHS ) team where her main role is in completing initial assessments, crisis resolution, brief intervention, and identifying and referring students to appropriate supports.

Caro also works in a liaison role with the other support services at Otago Uni which means she gets to get out and about seeing and supporting students around campus and colleges.

Danielle O'Brien

Danielle O'Brien

Clinical Psychologist

Danielle is a registered Clinical Psychologist who joined the team in 2018. Having studied at the University of Otago, she is well-equipped to support students through the many challenges they may face throughout their University journey, and is passionate about using evidence-based interventions to improve well-being.

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David Jaggard

Mental Health Support Clinician

David is an Occupational Therapist who joined our mental health team in 2021. David has been working in Mental Health or Addiction services for 26 years. After several years in management roles, he is thrilled to have returned to working with clients. David grew up in Whanganui but Dunedin is definitely home. He looks forward to meeting new people every day. Nga mhi nui.

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Ellen Warhurst

Clinical Psychologist

Ellen Warhurst is a Clinical Psychologist at Student Health. She joined our team in 2022.

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Grant Ritchie

Well-being Counsellor

Grant is a Registered Mental Health Nurse, who is new to Student Health in 2018, with 29 years of experience working in Mental Health field in Dunedin. Grant is born and bred in Dunedin, having attended Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago. In partnership with the MHS team, and alongside Amber, Alan and Lauren, Grant is one of the Well-Being Counsellors, where his main role is to provide brief intervention counselling, promotion of mental health well-being within the University community, provision of group work and assisting with the MHS role as required.

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Janine Dixon

Registered Nurse

Janine is a Registered Nurse, who joined Student Health in 2019, with many years of experience working in Mental Health areas in Dunedin. Janine is born and bred in Dunedin, having attended Otago Polytechnic and studied at Otago University. Alongside Phil, Tricia, Caro, Jaime and Richard, Janine 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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Jen Murray

Wellbeing Counsellor

Jen is a registered Mental Health Occupational Therapist (OT), who came to Student Health 2021, after working in child and youth mental health services in Dunedin for many years. Jen has studied at Otago Polytechnic, Auckland University and Massey University, and will utilise her knowledge, experience and skills to provide counselling services to students. Jen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking, reading and being outside in the sunshine.

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Jessie Gwynne

Wellbeing Clinical Psychologist

Jessie Gwynne is a Clinical Psychologist at Student Health. She joined our team in 2022.

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Jubilee Rajiah

Psychiatrist

Jubilee is the Psychiatrist at Student Health. She joined our team in 2002.

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Lauren Redshaw

Wellbeing Counsellor

Lauren is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT), with a special interest in the mental health and talking therapies field. Lauren joined the team at Student Health in 2018. After several years working under the Southern District Health Board across a variety of community and inpatient adult mental health settings. Lauren’s brief intervention counselling approach is a blend of Solution-Focussed, ACT and OT skills, knowledge and practices. Lauren comes from the Otakau Peninsula and enjoys spending time with whanau, friends and like-hearted folk; in her spare time you will find her walking with her Staffy, taking photos of nature, drawing, reading and being anywhere near some sunshine or water.

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Liv Galloway

Clinical Psychologist

Liv is a registered Clinical Psychologist who studied at the University of Otago. She has since worked with children and young people at the Southern District Health Board before joining the Student Health team.

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Mami Yamaguchi

Clinical Psychologist

Mami Yamaguchi is a Clinical Psychologist at Student Health. She joined our team in 2023.

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Michelle Moore

Wellbeing Counsellor

Michelle is a Registered Occupational Therapist working at Student Health as a Wellbeing Counsellor and joined our team in 2021. Since her training at Otago Polytechnic she has worked predominantly in Mental health and completed training in CBT and other therapies. Until joining Student health she spent 17 years working at Youth Specialty Service and had a special interest in working with young people with Eating Disorders and their families.

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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 alongside Caro, Tricia, Janine, Jaime and Richard, Phil is a part of the Mental Health support team where his main role is in completing initial assessments, crisis resolution, brief intervention, and identifying and referring students to appropriate supports.

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Shannon Westgate

Clinical Psychologist

Shannon is one of our Clinical Psychologists. She joined our team in 2020.

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Stephen Neal

Mental Health Support Clinician

Stephen qualified as a mental health nurse in the UK and has more recently worked in a mental health role in the DHB. He is passionate about music especially alternative indie rock stuff plus also into the arts in general. He is a keen follower of cricket and football while trying his best to understand rugby.

Reception and Administration

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Aimee Puckey

Aimee is a member of our reception and administration team at Student Health. She grew up in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and moved down to Ōtepoti Dunedin for her university studies in Medical Technology.

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Carolyn Jordan

Client Services Administrator

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

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Debbie Harrison

Client Services Administrator

Debbie is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2019.

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Hannah Burke

Clinics Administrator

Hannah Burke is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2023.

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Heather Parnell

Client Services Administrator

Heather started at Student Health in January 2019. Prior to that she spent 22 years at ACC in various roles, and a short period at Nelson Marlborough DHB as a Team Leader before moving to Dunedin. She is an avid reader and appreciator of chocolate.

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Judy Ross

Clinics Administrator

Judy Ross is a member of our reception and administration team at Student Health. She joined our team in 2022.

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Linda Hope

Client Services Administrator

Linda is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2019.

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Megan Millar

Megan is a member of our reception and administration team at Student Health. She joined our team in 2024.

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Michael Le Pine Day

Clinics Administrator

Michael Le Pine-Day is a member of our reception and administration team at Student Health. He joined our team in 2022.

Nicole Fyfe

Nicole Fyfe

Nicole is a member of our administration team at Student Health. She joined our team in 2024.

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Peter Mitchell

Peter has lived in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland for most of his life and joins the team as a Divisional Services and Administration Administrator. Outside of work a big hobby of Peter’s is rowing coaching which has taken him to London in England, Kirikiriroa Hamilton, and now to Ōtepoti Dunedin.

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Sarah Everard

Sarah is our Clinical Activity Coordinator at Student Health. She joined our team in 2024.

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