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Postgraduate Teaching Staff in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice

Shaun Counsell


Shaun is a GP / Urgent Care doctor who splits his time between working for the university, a travel medicine service and an urgent care clinic. In recent years he has worked in the Solomon Islands and in other Pacific countries. He has a special interest in tuberculosis, as is working on a Master's thesis relating to TB and migration. 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.

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 convenes the Obesity Prevention and Management paper. She also convenes undergraduate programmes with 3rd and 6th year medical students. Lesley's background is public health and interprofessional collaboration, with research interests in risk communication, health behaviour, discrimination, stigma and bias. Her main research focus is obesity in clinical practice including quality, safety and risk reduction concerning people with extreme obesity.

Pauline Horrill

MB ChB, Dip Obs, Dip Sc, FRNZCGP

A general practitioner with broad work experience and post graduate academic training which represent the wide range of interests I have both within and outside of my health care profession as a GP. Having undertaken some distance taught post-graduate qualifications, I appreciate 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 . I have worked in the UOW Department of GP& PHC since 2008 as a part-time convenor of and designer of PHC papers. Currently I work in both a Youth Health Service and a central Wellington General Practice, as well as having a role in our local PHO and am a member of a governance council within the primary care sector also.

Tina Ireland

MB ChB PGDipTravMed PG Dip Sci

Tina has been working in Travel Medicine at the Travel Doctor Wellington since 2008 and assisting with the Travel Medicine teaching programme since 2016. In addition to having worked in medical research, women’s health and general practice, Tina has experience working as a medical advisor for the Ministry of Health and in medicine assessment and pharmacovigilance for Medsafe. She has an interest in evidence based and academic medicine. She has recently been employed as an ACC medical advisor.

Jonathan Kennedy


Jonathan is a general practitioner at Newtown Union Health Service in Wellington, and a senior lecturer at the University of Otago, Wellington, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice. He has had a special interest in the delivery of primary care to refugees and their family members since working with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan and Sri Lanka in the early 2000s. He has been the designated doctor for the refugee team at Newtown Union Health Service since 2005, coordinating in conjunction with the refugee team nurse and social worker, care and investigations for newly arrived and established refugees and their families.

Lynn McBain

BSc MD DipObst Dip GP FRNZCGP(Dist)

Lynn is an Associate Professor and Head of Department 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. Lynn convenes the Mental Health and Illness in Primary Care paper.

Eileen McKinlay

MA (App) AdvDipNurs. RN

Eileen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, a registered nurse and quality auditor. Eileen Directs the Departments primary health care postgraduate programme and convenes the Long-Term Conditions Management paper. Research projects Eileen has been recently involved in include: interprofessional and medical education, models of practice, interprofessional collaboration and palliative care. She is committed to interprofessional education and particularly encouraging nurses’ involvement in these programmes.

Serena Moran

BN, PGCertNS, current MNS Student

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 recently undertaken research in refugee health and inter-collaborative end of life care. Serena has co-convened the GENA720 Refugee and Migrant Health course for several years and has been instrumental in shaping its development.

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 Pauline Horrill. She has been involved in a number of research projects in the 'quality' arena both nationally and in the UK. Her current research interests include the role of the pharmacist in the primary and community care setting, interprofessional collaboration, and the prescribing, management and optimisation of medicines in primary care.

Vicky Noble

RN BA(Hons) MA(App)

Vicky is a Professional Practice Fellow and co-convenes PRHC 703 Strategy and Leadership in Primary Health Care. She is a highly qualified and experienced health care professional with a diverse range of skills, knowledge, expertise and experience that spans New Zealand’s health sector. Vicky has a strong professional interest in health systems, whole-of-healthcare sector strategic planning and development, project management and policy development. Vicky has worked in senior roles at DHBs, NGOs, PHOs and with Tertiary Education Providers. She was Director of Nursing, Primary Health Care and Integrated Care at Capital and Coast DHB from 2008-2015. More recently she has worked at Ara Poutama Corrections where she was a Principal Health Advisor from 2015-2019 and is currently a Clinical Inspector in the Chief Inspectorate’s Office.

Sue Pullon


Sue is Professor of Primary Health Care, and Director of the Otago Interprofessional Education (IPE) Centre, Division of Health Sciences. She was Head of Department 2010-2017, and is also the director of the Tairāwhiti IPE programme (TIPE). Sue has been in the department since 1994. She has been a practising GP for over 30 years, with a special interest in sexual and reproductive health. Sue co-convenes the Sexual and Reproductive Health paper with Pauline Horrill. Sue’s key research areas of interest are currently in sexual health, interprofessional education, collaborative practice and effective teamwork in primary care settings. Sue has always been passionate about enhancing high quality education for all health professionals and has teaching expertise and research interests in many other aspects of primary health care, general practice, and women’s health. In 2009 Sue received the most prestigious award offered by the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP), that of Distinguished Fellow.

Maria Stubbe

DipTESL, NZDipTchg, PhD

Maria is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Applied Research on Communication in Health (ARCH) Group. She is a sociolinguist and discourse analyst by training, and has a particular interest in multidisciplinary health services research, and in multi-method and qualitative methodologies. She has supervised a number of Masters and PhD projects and teaches on the postgraduate programme within the department. Maria’s recent research includes a project tracking interactions between diabetes patients and primary care practitioners, 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.

Jenny Visser

BSc, MB ChB, 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 approximately half time in the department and half time in clinical Travel Medicine at The Travel Doctor TMVC in Wellington. Jenny directs the Postgraduate Travel Medicine Programme, 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 six 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. More recently she has been team leader/doctor on expeditions to Kilimanjaro, China and Fiji. 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.

Claire Wong


Claire is a clinical lecturer on the Travel Medicine papers in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice. A Registered Nurse, Claire has specialised in the field of Travel Medicine since 1996 and currently works for Worldwise Travellers Health Centre in Palmerston North. Claire hails from the UK where her travel medicine career began but has now settled permanently in New Zealand. Along the way she has gained a MSc and was recently awarded Fellowship of the International Society of Travel Medicine.
When not practicing travel medicine Claire can generally be found with her husband surrounded by their many animals, usually cuddling a chicken.