Adam Gilshnan

LTC Health Navigator

Adam has had a wide ranging and varied vocational background including being a hotelier, before joining  the PHO Health Navigator team in 2007.Adam is also actively involved in sports administration and runs a private West Coast Rugby Museum, while also doing freelance writing for the Greymouth Star newspaper and is a trustee on the West Coast Community Trust.

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.

Alison McDougall

Project Manager - Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Service

Over the last 18 years Alison has worked in a range of primary care and hospital-based service development and management roles, focussing on building systems and services that respond to the needs of individuals and communities. Ali joins West Coast PHO as Project Manager for the Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Service, and to co-ordinate a collaborative design process for transformation of the West Coast mental health and addictions system.

Amy Bruhn

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 is currently on Maternity leave as of Thursday 12th August 2021.

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 is passionate about children and young people and supporting them with difficulties they are facing to facilitate change.

Bronwyn Beavon

N.Z Registered Dietitian


Bronwyn works part time as a dietitian for the PHO. Registered since 2004, Bronwyn has experience in clinical dietetics, health promotion, online nutrition consultancy and private practice. Bronwyn  believes in weight inclusive nutrition care for everybody in any body – this means ditching the scales and body weight goals! Bronwyn supports people to reconnect and to listen to their bodies when it comes to what, when and how much to eat or move.

Catherine O'Leary

N.Z Reg. Social Worker/Mental Health Clinician

Catherine is a Registered Social Worker and Mental Health Clinician with 20 years experience in both Primary and Secondary services. Catherine has a strong passion and background in working with children, young people and their families/whanau, and has spent the past 12 years working at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for the Nelson/Marlboroough DHB.

Christine Dwyer

Smokefree Services Coordinator

Christine joined the PHO in June 2021 having moved to the West Coast from Christchurch where she was a hospital midwife, and for the last 5 years, Maternity Quality Coordinator for the Canterbury DHB.  Christine’s role covers the whole of the West Coast and whilst focusing on Smokefree 2025 across the whole population, she has a strong interest in enabling those who are building their families to be smokefree from conception and beyond.

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.

Gary Bowden

Registered Nurse/ Brief Intervention Counsellor

Gary is working for the PHO as a brief intervention counsellor. He qualified as a registered nurse in mental health in the UK in 2004. Moved to the wonderful West Coast in 2007.

Spent 12 years working for the West Coast DHB working with community mental health, child and adolescent mental health service and the alcohol and drug service.

Gary has a post graduate qualification in addiction and co existing mental health problems.

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.

Jen Mason

GRx Co Ordinator

‘Jen recently joined the PHO team having made the move to the West Coast from Southland. She has an extensive personal history in Sport & Recreation which led to her studying the degree in Massage Therapy prior to becoming a tutor at the Southern Institute of Technology. Her passion is for encouraging continued movement to maintain both physical and mental health, in our everyday lives’

Joanne Smith


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.

Lexine Jarden


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.

Michelle Stevenson

LTC Health Navigator

Michelle joined the PHO team in 2021 and is working in the Westport area. She moved to the Buller region 3 years ago with her family and two horses and is enjoying the friendly people and exploring the beautiful scenery. Michelle is looking forward to being part of the PHO team.

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.

Roz Stuart

Administration Manager

Roz joined the PHO in 2019 having previously worked in secondary education. Roz is looking forward to working in the Health Sector and is enjoying being part of a team dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our community.


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.

Stacey Hazeldine-Johnson

LTC Health Navigator

Stacey joined the PHO team in 2020 and is covering the Karamea, Westport and Reefton regions.Stacey has a passion for working with people and finds helping people in different situations a real reward. Stacey is enjoying the role and outside of work she continues to be involved in a number of sporting and voluntary organisations in Westport.

Stephanie Blackman

NZ registered Dietitian

Stephanie has been a NZ registered Dietitian since 2006 and has experience in clinical dietetics and healthy promotion across primary and secondary services. Stephanie works as a body and weight inclusive dietitian, walking alongside people to explore nutrition and lifestyle challenges in a non-judgmental,self-caring way that suits an individual's stage of life and personal aspirations.