Staff

Adam Gilshnan

LTC Health Navigator

Adam had a wide ranging and varied vocational background before joining the PHO Health Navigator team, and is also actively involved in sports administration. Adam is on the West Coast RFU management committee, and is a Brand Ambassador for the New Zealand Rugby Foundation.

Alisa Duncan

NZ Reg.Dietitian

Alisa is working for the PHO as a Health Coach for the Melon Programme. She registered as a Dietitian in 2003 and has worked in various clinical and primary health roles in both NZ and the UK. Alisa is passionate about helping people to develop a healthy relationship with food for improved health and welbeing.

Amy Bruhn (currently on maternity leave)

West Coast GRx Coordinator

Amy has previously worked as a Pharmacy Technician for nine years, seven of those years here in Greymouth.  She is now currently studying a degree in Health Science with a major in Integrated Human Health through Massey University.  She is passionate about keeping a healthy, active lifestyle, and hopes to help others achieve this.

Amy Connor

Administration Manager

Amy is the Administration Manager and has been been with the PHO for ten years.  She has extensive experience in administration, having previously worked for a valuation and property consultants firm on the West Coast.  Amy has recently completed her NZIM Diploma in Management through the Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth as well as the Certificate in Human Resources Management (Level 6).

Andrew Buglass

Brief Intervention Counsellor

Andrew has a background in the youth, mental health, counselling, social work, and addiction fields and has worked on the Coast, in Nelson and in Christchurch. He is a qualified counsellor and has studied mental health and addiction to Post Graduate level. His focus currently is working with 12-19 year-olds with mild to moderate mental health issues in Grey and Westland. 

Anne Hines

Health Promotion Coordinator

Anne has worked in the NGO sector for the past 6 years before joining the PHO. Anne is a born and bred West Coaster, thru and thru. Anne's strength lies in her local knowledge and a vast number of contacts.

Beth Wiechern

Registered Psychologist

Beth is a Psychologist with a focus on children, young people and families. She has had experience in the NGO sector working closely with families, children and young people with difficulties in mental health, parenting, and behaviour management. She os passionate about children and young people and supporting them with difficulties they are facing to facilitate change.

Bronwyn Beavon

N.Z Registered Dietitian

Bronwyn is working part time for the PHO as a dietitian. Registered since 2004, Bronwyn has experience in clinical dietetics, health promotion, online nutrition consultancy and private practice. New to the Coast, Bronwyn is excited to work with our community to promote health and wellness.

Brooke Manera

West Coast GRx Coordinator

Brooke is a born and bred Coaster who has previously studied in Dunedin for four years, completing a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree, majoring in Physical Activity and Health. She is now currently studying a Certificate in Personal training through the Institute of Canterbury. She is passionate about helping others become physically active to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Caroline Walsh

LTC Health Navigator

Caroline has worked in a variety of administration positions such as Legal Clerk, Executive Administrator for NZ Homebased ECE Assn and various admin roles within the West Coast DHB before joining the PHO Health Navigator team. She is passionate about helping patients gain access to the services and support they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and make their health pathway smoother

Claire Robertson

Suicide Prevention Co ordinator

Claire has worked in the West Coast health system for the last seven years; my roles have all focused on prevention & I am extremely passionate about supporting & building healthy communities.Iam originally from Otago but now call Greymouth home & feel very grateful to be living on the Coast with my family & enjoying all the benefits of having the beach, bush & mountains right outside the door.

Danielle Dawson

LTC Health Navigator Coordinator

Danielle has worked in the NGO sector for many years before joining the WCPHO. Danielle's strengths are her links with the community and pulling local people together to share resources to get the best outcome for people and organisations.

Erin Turley

Breastfeeding Advocate

Erin is the Breastfeeding Advocate for the Grey and Westland regions. She has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies and is a qualified Childbirth Educator. She is passionate about supporting and promoting women’s health and is keen to assist breastfeeding mums on the Coast.

Helen Reriti

Executive Officer

Helen is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in both Primary and Secondary services. Helen spent 15 years with the West Coast DHB in clinical and management positions before joining the PHO as Clinical manager and later becoming Executive Officer. She has a strong passion and background in education of nurses at a clinical level.

Hugh Barrow

Brief Intervention Counsellor

Hugh is a Brief Intervention Counsellor for the West Coast PHO. He is a registered Nurse and prior to taking up this postion spent eleven years working in the Community Mental Health Team at Greymouth Hospital. He has recently completed training in ACT therapy and uses this in his counselling sessions. He sees both adult and adolescent clients with mild to moderate mental illness in Buller, Grey and Westland.

Jess Reedy

Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Team

Jess has spent much of her life on the West Coast. Her work life has spanned primary teaching, blacksmithing, environmental education and community advocacy. She is committed to social justice and supporting people, families and whanau facing adversity in their lives. Jess studied Clinical Psychology at Massey University and completed her internship in 2016. Since then she has worked with children, adults and families with complex life challenges including mental health and neurological difficulties. Jess completed her doctoral research in family violence prevention. In 2018 Jess was an awardee of the Massey University Deans List of Exceptional Theses for her doctoral research.

Joanne Smith

Administration

Joanne has worked in a variety of administration roles over the past 30+ years. She is enjoying working with a team of people who are dedicated to the health and well-being of people on the West Coast.

John Caygill

Smokefree Services Coordinator

John has worked in mental health and addiction services in Otago for many years, and more recently on the West Coast. The smokefree services coordinator role involves working with health providers in both the primary and secondary care sectors to help meet the national targets around access to advice and help to quit smoking. The coordinator also works with the West Coast Tobacco Free Coalition to promote smokefree environments and policies, and to support workplace initiatives.

Lexine Jarden

Administration

Lexine has worked in a variety of Office roles over the past 30+ years, making the move to the Health Sector in 2016. She is enjoying working with the PHO Team and meeting and talking to lots of new people during her working day.

Megan Cumming

LTC Health Navigator

Megan is a community based Health Navigator, covering the Karamea, Buller and Reefton regions. She has worked within the community based health sector for the last 10 years and has been working with the West Coast PHO since October 2007. Prior to that Megan was an Occupational Therapy Assistant working for the WCDHB based at the Buller Hospital.

Nancy McNoe

LTC Health Navigator/Kaiawhina

Nancy has worked in Administration Management for NGO Health & Social Sectors for many years before joining the WCPHO as a Kaihautu/Cancer Navigator. Nancy's strengths are working Kaupapa Maori, and indeed with all ethnicities.

Nicola Searle

Counsellor/BIC Therapist

Nicki is a general counselling practitioner and facilitator. She has been working with individuals, couples and families, and has been a member of the NZ Association of Counsellors since 2000. 
Nicki has trained in and uses a variety of therapy models, including ACT, CBT and BIC, which she adapts to each person’s needs. She has practiced and taught Mindfulness over this time, and specialises the science of the brain and how to manage stress, relationships, life changes and difficult emotions. Nicki believes all people can be calmer and happier with coaching, and practice of these skills.

Patricia Hsu

Counselling Psychologist

Patricia is a New Zealand trained and registered counselling psychologist. Before coming to the West Coast, Patricia lived in Auckland for ten years working at different mental health NGOs. Patricia also worked at AUT University as a tutor for Health Professional Practice and Ethics as well as conducting clinicial supervision for mental health students.  Patricia has a wide range of clinicial experiences from primary care to secondary mental health.

Pauline Ansley

Clinical Manager

Pauline is a registered nurse with both primary and secondary experience. She worked for the West Coast DHB for over 15 years including 11 years in primary care at Buller Health Medical Centre. 

Whilst at Buller Health Medical Centre, she spent the last 6 years as Clinical Nurse Manager, charged with leading the nursing team through the development of nursing services and long term condition management clinics to provide, maintain and stabilise patient care through on-going GP shortages. Pauline has a Masters of Health Sciences, Nursing-Clinical.

Raewyn Johnson

Breastfeeding Advocate

Raewyn is a registered nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has worked for many years with breastfeeding mothers and families with young children. Her commitment is to work collaboratively with others to support families/whanau in nurturing children well and operates from the Buller region.

Rusty

Health Promoter

Rusty came to the PHO on 20th February 2010, making his debut appearance at the Greymouth Relay for Life. He is dedicated to helping West Coasters to stay healthy and live long happy lives. Rusty is the star of the 2012 Real West Coasters Tips for Good Health Calendar. Keep an eye out for Rusty at PHO events.

Sophie Holzwarth

N.Z Registered Dietitian

Sophie is working at the PHO as a Dietitian after completing her studies at Otago University in Dunedin and placement at the Hawkes Bay DHB. Having moved to the Coast for work, she is keen to get to know the local community and share her passion for making good food choices as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Stephanie Blackman

NZ registered Dietitian

Stephanie has been a Registered Dietitian for the previous ten years.  She has worked clinically in hospitals and in the community running group programmes and health promotion initiatives. Stephanie combines her passion for good nutrition with her passion for good food to improve the health and well-being of West Coasters.

Tara Mueller

Psychologist, Mental Health team

Being a born and bred Coaster, Tara was drawn back to living here about 3 years ago after having completed my Child & Family Psychologist training at Canterbury University.I love the raw beauty of the sea and bush and the community spirit of the Coast.I have experience in working with youth and their families as to create positive change in areas they identify as important. My passion lies in supporting people to feel heard and empowered in what is of value to them in their lives.I have experience in using mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural based interventions, among others, and am dedicated to finding what works for different individuals & families.

Vicki Peni

Reg. Educational Psychologist

Vicki began her career as a teacher from 1991-1999 working mainly in the Waikato area. During this time she specialised in providing additional learning and behaviour supports for children and young people with different needs. From 2000-2004, Vicki worked in Special Education Services as a Special Education Adviser then an Educational Psychologist from 2006 until now working mainly in the Waikato area. During this time she worked with children and young people with complex needs, their families, whanau and other support agencies.This is a very exciting time in Vicki's career as she moves from educational to community settings to provide psychological services to the people of the West Coast.