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Postgraduate convenors in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice

Angela Campbell

BSc(Hons) PhD

Angela is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine and primarily works as the manager and senior physiologist at WellSleep, Otago University Wellington’s sleep laboratory. She has a PhD in sleep and respiratory physiology. Angela also runs the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Technology sleep papers and teaches to the 5th year medical students. Her current research involves ethnic and socio-economic factors influencing adherence to treatment regimes in sleep medicine. Wider research interests include the use of technology for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and the long term management of sleep disorders in primary care.

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Shaun Counsell


Shaun is a GP who splits his time between general practice, a travel medicine service and urgent care clinic. In recent years he has worked in the Wellington Hospital Latent Tb clinic, and undertaken short stints working in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Shaun has completed the PG Diploma of Travel Medicine and co-convenes GENA719 Tropical Infectious Disease and PRHC702 Wilderness & Expedition Medicine. In his spare time he enjoys running, climbing and spending time with his young children.

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Lesley Gray


Lesley is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, a registered Public Health Specialist and Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK). Lesley co-convenes the Primary Health Care paper with Caroline Morris and convenes the Tackling Obesity in Primary Care paper. Lesley also convenes undergraduate programmes with 3rd and 6th year medical students. Lesley has expertise in public health and interprofessional collaboration, with research interests in risk communication, and health behaviour change. Her main research focus currently relates to obesity communication in primary care.

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Pauline Horrill

MbChB, Dip Obs, Dip Sc, FRNZCGP

Pauline has been a medical practitioner since 1992, interspersing General Practice in New Zealand with emergency humanitarian work from 1998 to 2006 with the international non-governmental medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières. Her work to date has given her an in-depth appreciation of the priorities and constraints in providing health services in diverse socio-political contexts and with epidemic and endemic disease problematics, as well as refugees, displaced populations and groups excluded from health care. Having undertaken some distance taught post-graduate qualifications, she appreciates the importance and interest post-graduate qualifications have for busy professional people who want to extend their skill base and the advantages that distance learning specifically provides. She is currently back in general practice and enjoys sharing some of her experiences, as well as learning from others in her convenor role.

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Jonathan Kennedy


Jonathan is a general practitioner at Newtown Union Health Service in Wellington, and a medical officer at the Wellington Regional Public Health unit. He has had a special interest in the delivery of primary care to refugees and their family members since working with Médécins Sans Frontières in South Sudan and Sri Lanka in the early 2000s. He is a tutor for 4th and 5th year medical students in general practice and at the University of Otago Wellington’s Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, and is a practice reviewer for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners. He has been the designated doctor for the refugee team at Newtown Union Health Service since 2005, coordinating care and investigations for newly arrived and established refugees and their families, with the refugee nurse and social worker. As well as taking on the co-convenor role for the Refugee and Migrant Health Paper in 2015, he is keeping his student empathy strong by studying for a Diploma in Public Health at the University of Otago.

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Lynn McBain

BSc MD DipObst Dip GP FRNZCGP(Dist)

Lynn is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Undergraduate Medical Programme in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice. She is a General Practitioner at Brooklyn Medical Centre. Lynn hails from Canada but has lived in New Zealand for many years and brought up her family here. She has particular research interests in health services evaluation (including having been a member of the primary mental health evaluation team), service delivery models in general practice and medical education delivery. When not working, Lynn is a keen on walking and spending time with friends and family.

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Eileen McKinlay

MA (App) AdvDipNurs. RN

Eileen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, a registered nurse and quality auditor. Eileen is the Director of the Departments postgraduate programme and convenes the Long-Term Conditions Management papers and co-convenes the Mental Health and Illness and Supporting Healthier Lifestyles papers. Research projects Eileen has been recently involved in include: interprofessional and medical education, nursing models of practice, interprofessional collaboration and palliative care. She is committed to interprofessional education and particularly encouraging nurses’ involvement in these programmes.

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Serena Moran


Serena is a registered nurse at Newtown Union Health Service (NUHS) in Wellington. She has many years’ experience in working within an interdisciplinary care team for newly arrived and established refugees and their families. In addition she has worked as a Quality Adviser within NUHS and implemented policy’s, procedure’s and practice’s to support clinical care and organisational improvements. Serena has co convened the GENA720 Refugee and Migrant Health course for several years and has been instrumental in shaping its development.

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Caroline Morris

BPharm(Hons), MSc, PhD, MRPharmS, MPS

Caroline is a Senior Lecturer and the Masters and PhD advisor for the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice. Her professional background is as a pharmacist and she has practised in both New Zealand and the UK. Caroline co-convenes the Primary Health Care paper with Lesley Gray. She has been involved in a number of research projects in the 'quality' arena both nationally and in the UK. Her other research interests include interprofessional collaboration, and the prescribing, management and optimisation of medicines in primary care.

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Sue Pullon


Associate Professor Sue Pullon has been a GP for over 30 years. She was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners in 2009. Sue currently co-convenes the Sexual and Reproductive Health paper, and previously developed and convened the Primary Health Care paper. She has been the Director of the Tairawhiti Interprofessional Education (TIPE) Programme for final year undergraduate health professional students since 2011. As well having a lifelong interest in health education and health promotion, Sue has always been passionate about enhancing high quality education for all health professionals. She has research interests and teaching expertise in primary health care, general practice, health education, women’s health, health promotion, interprofessional teaching, learning and teamwork for health professionals, and workforce development issues.

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Maria Stubbe

DipTESL, NZDipTchg, PhD

Maria is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Research in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, and a leading researcher in the Applied Research on Communication in Health (ARCH) Group. Maria is a sociolinguist and discourse analyst by training. She specialises in the microanalysis of health interactions, and has a particular interest in multidisciplinary research, and in multi-method and qualitative research methodologies. She has supervised a number of higher degree projects and teaches on the postgraduate programme within the department. Maria’s recent research has included a project tracking interactions between diabetes patients and primary care health professionals, analyses of clinical decision-making, medical notes, lifestyle and prescribing talk in routine GP and specialist consultations, and a study of communication in interpreted health encounters.

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Jenny Visser

BSc, MBChB, FRNZCGP, PGDiplomaTravMed, MTraveMed

Jenny is a general practitioner who now specialises in travel medicine. She worked as a full time GP in Ngaio, Wellington for 12 years until 2004, when clinical and academic Travel Medicine started to take more of her time. She is now a Senior Lecturer in Travel Medicine in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, working half time in the department and half time in clinical Travel Medicine at The Travel Doctor TMVC in Wellington. Jenny co-ordinates the Certificate and Diploma in Travel Medicine, convenes the papers in Travel Medicine and Wilderness and Expedition Medicine, and co-convenes the Tropical Infectious Disease paper. Jenny has worked in many places: she has been medical officer on the NIWA research vessel RV Tangaroa, travelling to Antarctica for four summers, she spent a season volunteering at a high altitude Rescue Post in Nepal in 2009 and was the doctor to a film crew in Bougainville in 2011. She has been a long time medical adviser for Wellington and National Land Search and Rescue. And when she is not travelling she is mountain biking or enjoying many other outdoor sports.

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