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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.

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.

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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.

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Angela Phillips

Lead Administrator

Angela is our Lead Administrator. She joined our team in 2021.

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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

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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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.

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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Nurses

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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.

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Marcy Ballantyne

Nurse

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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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Aleisha Telford

Nurse

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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.

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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Finn Gilbertson

Registered Nurse

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

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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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Mental Health and Well-being team

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Georgia Cowan

Clinical Psychologist

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Sam Flannery

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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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David Henderson

Clinical Psychologist

David is one of our Clinical Psychologists. He joined our team in 2022.

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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, 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, Janine, 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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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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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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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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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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Maddie Dykes

Clinical Psychologist

Maddie is a Clinical Psychologist at Student Health. She joined our team in 2021. Maddie enjoys working with students and teenagers both at Student Health and in the DHB. When she’s not working she can usually be found tending to her house plants, eating chocolate or adventuring around Dunedin’s hills and beaches with her dog.

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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.

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Tracy Ferguson

Mental Health Support Clinician

Tracy is a Mental Health Support Clinician at Student Health. She joined our team in 2021.

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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, Janine, 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.

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Reception/Administration

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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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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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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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Rhonda Drummond

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Vicki Hyslop

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Charmaine McLennan

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Golda Matthias

Administrator - Client Services