Who we are

Dr Kate Grundy

Kate Grundy is a Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board (1999-present) and brings extensive experience working across local, regional and national levels to improve services. Dr Grundy is the Clinical Director of the Canterbury Integrated Palliative Care Services which incorporates the Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care service, as well as Clinical Senior Lecturer at Christchurch School of Medicine (University of Otago).  She was also Chair of the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand from 2008 to 2014 and is currently a board mmber of Cancer Control New Zealand as a representative of the palliative care sector.

Email: kate.grundy@cdhb.health.nz


Jane Rollings

Jane is Service Manager for Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care Service in Christchurch. She has been working in hospice palliative care since 2002 in New Zealand and also spent time in Hospice in the UK during the 90s. Jane is the Chair of Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand. As a registered nurse and a manager she provides nursing leadership and strategic planning for the hospice service in Canterbury and is excited about belonging to the South Island Palliative Care Work stream. 

Email: jane.rollings@nursemaude.org.nz


Sharon Adler

Sharon is the Portfolio Manager of Older People at Southern District Health Board and has previously held a number of roles focused on improving health services, including around palliative care.  Sharon brings to the group strong relationships with the Home and Community Support, Hospice and Aged Residential Care Sectors. 

Email: sharon.adler@southerndhb.govt.nz



Carla Arkless

Carla is a palliative care Nurse Practitioner currently working for Nelson Tasman Hospice.  Her role is based primarily in the community supporting primary providers, with a particular focus on the rural areas.  Prior to that she worked in Southland as a palliative care Nurse Practitioner in the Residential Aged Care sector, and previously worked at Hospice Southland, giving Carla a good grasp of both specialist and non-specialist palliative care delivery.  Carla has also been involved in the Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand committee and was Chair in 2011-2012.  Carla is one of two Level 4 Trainers for the NZ Advance Care Planning training programme and is involved in Advance Care Planning implementation nationally, regionally and locally.  She has a passion for ensuring high standard, equitable palliative care for all people who would benefit, no matter what setting they happen to be in, with a particular interest in residential aged care and care of people with dementia.

Email: cnarkless@gmail.com


Dr Richard Fuller

Originally from the UK, Richard is a GP and Clinical Director of The Doctors Moteuka. His interest and passion for palliative care comes from delivering frontline Primary Care services as a GP. Richard’s rural practice provides 24-hour healthcare and has a strong working relationship with local District Nurses and the Nelson-Tasman Hospice. He says palliative care is the most rewarding and challenging area of his work as a GP and aims to provide the kind of care he would wish for his friends and family. 



Rachel Teulon

Rachel is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in paediatric palliative care.  Her role spans community, hospital and hospice in Canterbury with the ability to liaise and support other South Island services.  I am a member of the NZ paediatric palliative care Clinical network, and a palliative care representative on the South Island Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advisory Group. Email: rachelt@nursemaude.org.nz



Christine Cuff

Consumer member Christine Cuff lives in Hokitika with her husband Martin, who have both been through cancer and recovery, along with two of their four children. Alongside her career, working at Air New Zealand as sole charge operator at Hokitika Airport for a number of years and operating a mechanical/petrol station business at Kaniere with Martin, Christine has been heavily involved as a cancer volunteer for about 20 years. She worked for the Cancer Society as sole cancer support co-ordinator in Hokitika, and also ran support meetings in Hokitika and South Westland for many years. Her vision as part of the PCW is to ensure high quality end-of-life care South Island-wide.


Theona Ireton

Theona Ireton is employed as the Kaitiaki Oncology for Maori Health services at Canterbury District Health Board and has been involved with palliative work streams and groups since 2000. In her role Theona works closely with the DHB's Palliative teams, and has a strong passion for palliative care, for connecting with Maori patients and their whanau and enabling them to ‘be heard’.  Theona is also currently a Southern Cancer Network Steering Group Member (since 2008), Canterbury Local Cancer Network Maori Representative (since 2000), Te Waipounamu Maori Leadership Group for Cancer Representative (2012-current) and South Island Cancer Consumer Group representative (2012-current).


Faye Gillies

Faye is Clinical Nurse Manager for Hospice South Canterbury, Timaru. She has fulfilled a variety of roles since joining hospice 15 years ago and has completed post-graduate qualifications in Palliative Care, as well as a Master of Nursing. A large part of her role in South Canterbury is working collaboratively with the DHB Community Palliative CNS and Palliative team, to ensure the patient’s journey is streamlined, safe, and timely, allowing patient choice in all aspects of care.  Faye’s passion is about supporting patients and whānau to optimise their journey, addressing any inequalities and ensuring palliative care is provided, wherever they may be located.  

Email: seniornurse@hospicesc.org.nz 


David Butler

Dr David Butler is Clinical Leader at Otago Community Hospice. David completed medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin (USA) and trained/certified in three specialities: Palliative and Hospice Medicine, Adult Internal Medicine and Paediatrics. David's experiences range from work as a General Practitioner, to Director of a Hospital Medicine Group in a Tertiary Hospital, to Executive Medical Director of a large Hospice/Palliative Medicine Program in the USA. 

Email: David.Butler@otagohospice.co.nz


Karen Kennedy

Karen is a Clinical Advisory Pharmacist and pharmacy owner in Timaru. She currently works in both general practice and community pharmacy and has hospital pharmacy experience, also. Karen’s pharmacy provides services to South Canterbury Hospice. Karen has a strong interest in the health of older people and palliative care. She was involved with a number of Canterbury Clinical Network groups including the Aged Care Workstream during her many years of living and working in Christchurch. She is currently Deputy Chair of the South Island Health of Older Persons Service Level Alliance, a member of the South Canterbury DHB Clinical Board, President of the South Canterbury Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ, and leads education for pharmacists in South Canterbury.

Email: klkennedy@xtra.co.nz