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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 and 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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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.

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. 

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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 young 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 toenail surgery). He spends his spare time surfing the local breaks when not busy being a dad.

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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.

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 interest 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 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

Margaret Charles - Doctor

Margaret is delighted to return to Student Health Services after 2 years away. Her special interests include sexual health, and she is passionate about whole person well-being.

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 - 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 & friends.

Ashleigh Affleck

Ashleigh Affleck - Registered Nurse

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

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.

Libby Reid

Libby Reid - Registered Nurse

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

Melanie Phillip

Melanie Philip - Registered 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 - Registered Nurse

Nicky is a registered nurse, who trained in Dunedin.  She has special interests in sexual health and wound care.  Nicky has worked at student health since 2008, prior to this she worked in mental health for 8 years, Intensive care for 2 years and on a general surgical ward for 2 years. 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 & Well-being 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, Jaime 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.  Alongside Phil, Tricia, Caro, Jaime and Richard, Josh 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.

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.  Alongside Phil, Caro, Josh, Jaime and Richard, Tricia 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.

Grant RichieGrant 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.

Amber KalinowskiAmber Kalinowski - Well-being Counsellor

He aha te mea nui te Ao?
He Tanagata, He tangata, he tangata!
What is the most important thing on earth?
It is people, people, people.

Amber is Counsellor and joined the student health team in 2018. She identifies as Maori / New Zealand European and is interested in cultural contexts people live in. She has come from working with young people and their families struggling with Mental Health and Addiction issues.

Alan WattersAlan Watters - Well-being Counsellor

Alan is a Registered Nurse in Mental Health, and is one of our Well-being Counsellors along with Grant, Amber, and Lauren. Alan has experience in working in mental health in the UK and New Zealand, and has worked in various areas of mental health. Most recently his work has focused on skills building and coping strategies that enable independent recovery and resilience in everyday living. He has a specialist interest in arts therapies, and is registered as an Art Therapist with ANZATA (Australia & New Zealand Arts Therapy Association).

LaurenLauren Redshaw - Wellbeing Counsellor

Lauren is a registered Mental Health Occupational Therapist (OT), who came to Student Health in January 2018, after 4 years working in the SDHB mental health sector. Lauren has studied at Otago Polytechnic, Auckland University of Technology and Otago University, and will utilize her knowledge and skills in OT and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to provide counselling services to students. Lauren comes from the Otago Peninsula and enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking, playing the harp and creative pursuits.

Jaime BaltropJaime Barltrop - Mental Health Clinician

Jaime is a Registered Nurse, who has come to Student Health in 2018 after working in Mental Health in Dunedin for the past 5 years. Jaime originated from Christchurch where she completed her Bachelor of Nursing and discovered her passion to support others facing challenging situations in their lives. Alongside Phil, Tricia, Caro Josh and Richard, Jaime 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.

DanielleDanielle 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.

AliceAlice McClintock - Clinical Psychologist

Alice is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, who joined the team at Student Health in 2018. She completed her studies at the University of Otago and is familiar with the stressors that students can face. Alice uses evidence-based psychological strategies with students to achieve their treatment goals and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

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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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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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Carolyn Jordan

Medical Receptionist

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

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Tracey Foster

Medical Receptionist

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

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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 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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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. Natalie is currently on Maternity Leave until August 2018.