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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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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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Angus Murray

Doctor

Angus is a General Practitioner at Student Health. He joined our team in 2020.

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Cat Shaw

Doctor

Cat is a General Practitioner at Student Health, she joined our team in 2015. Cat is currently on leave and will be returning in early 2021.

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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.

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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 2020.

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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Birgitte McLean

Registered Nurse

Birgitte is a Registered Nurse at Student Health. She joined our team in 2019.

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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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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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Laura Edwards

Clinical Assistant

Laura is our Clinical Assistant at Student Health. She joined our team in 2020.

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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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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 eight years, Intensive care for two years and on a general surgical ward for two years. Nicky grew up in South Canterbury and has three children, two of whom are teenagers. Nicky is currently on leave and will return 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

Amber Kalinowski

Amber 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 Māori / 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.

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Andrea Chin

Clinical Psychologist

Andrea is a Clinical Psychologist at Student Health. She joined our team in 2020.

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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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Ben Jaquiery

Clinical Psychologist

Ben is a Clinical Psychologist who joined the team in 2020. He spends his time outside of work either in the water off the Otago coast, or in the hills jogging with his pup.

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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 a Mental Health Support Clinician at Student Health. He joined our team in 2021.

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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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Jaime 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 five 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, Janine 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.

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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 Wellbeing Counsellor at Student Health. She joined our team in 2021.

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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 Mental Health Occupational Therapist (OT), who came to Student Health in January 2018, after four 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.

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Maddie Dykes

Clinical Psychologist

Maddie is a Clinical Psychologist at Student Health. She joined our team in 2021.

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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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Carol Giraldo

Client Services Administrator

Carol is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2021.

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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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Hillary Broughton

Client Services Administrator

Hilary is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2020.

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Holly Abbotts-Holmes

Client Services Administrator

Holly is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2020.

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Lauren Docherty

Client Services Administrator

Lauren is a member of our reception and administration team. She joined our team in 2021.

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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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Natalie Evans

Client Services Administrator

Natalie is one of our Administrators and has been at Student Health since 2013. Natalie is originally from Auckland and has lived in Dunedin since 2012. She loves spending time with her family and photography.