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 member of Cancer Control New Zealand as a representative of the palliative care sector.



Jane Rollings

Jane is Service Manager for Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care Service and Nurse Maude Hospital in Christchurch. She has been working in hospice palliative care since 2002 in New Zealand and also spent time in Hospice in the UK back in the 90s. Jane is a member of the South Island Hospice CEO Network and also sits on the committee 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. 


Sharon Adler

Sharon is the Portfolio Manager for Older People at Southern District Health Board and has previously held a number of roles focused 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. 




Carla Arkless

Carla is a palliative care Nurse Practitioner working mostly in the Residential Aged Care sector for Presbyterian Support Southland and previously worked at Hospice Southland, giving Carla a good grasp of both specialist and non-specialist palliative care delivery.  Carla has also been very involved in the Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand committee and was Chair in 2011-2012.  Carla is the Level 4 Trainer for the NZ Advance Care Planning training programme and is involved in Advance Care Planning implementation nationally, regionally and locally and sit on theACP Cooperative Round Table.  I have a passion for ensuring high standard of palliative and end of life care is delivered for all people who would benefit, no matter what setting they happen to be in, with a particular focus on equity of palliative care for people residing in Residential Aged Care Facilities.


Dr Brigid Forest

Brigid has been involved in community health care for 25 years as a GP, part time Base Medical Officer at RNZAF Woodbourne and more recently as a part time Community Geriatrician at Wairau Hospital and Medical Officer at Hospice Marlborough.  Brigid’s vision is to have primary and secondary care working together equally to deliver the safest and patient centric health care possible.



Kate Gibb

Kate is the Nursing Director, Older People - Population Health, for Canterbury DHB, working across our health system, providing nursing leadership and strategic advice to nurses and organisations working to improve health outcomes for older people.  Kate has a background in gerontology nursing both in inpatient and residential care settings, including clinical and senior nursing roles, most recently prior to her current appointment as manager of a large rest home, hospital and retirement village. Kate has an interest in palliative care for older people, and in ensuring equitable access to quality care across settings, and is a member of the NZ Palliative Care Council. Kate is a member of the Canterbury Clinical Network’s Alliance Leadership Team, and is the nursing lead on the South Island Alliance’s Health of Older People Service Level Alliance (HOPSLA).


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.




Marj Allan

Marj is Chair of the South Island Cancer Consumer Groups, formed two years ago, and a member of the Southern Cancer Network for just over 10 years, giving her a good understanding of the South Island Alliance and all of its affiliations. Marj has also been an active member of the National Cancer Consumer Group, some of the Tumour Standards Steering Groups, the ACP Planning Roundtable, South Island Oncology Research Group and in 2014 become a representative on Cancer Treatment Advisory Group.  Marj feels very strongly about Palliative Care and is pleased to be involved with such a great team working to improve services. 


Sharon Stewart

Sharon is a registered nurse who has worked for 19 years in Oncology. Since moving to New Zealand from Scotland in 2001 Sharon has worked in Oncology Outpatients in Canterbury DHB and as Clinical Charge Nurse in the Outpatient area of Southern Blood and Cancer Service in Dunedin.  Most recently Sharon has worked for Otago Community Hospice as Nurse Director and then Clinical Leader, Internal Operations.  Sharon is a member of the Local Cancer Network, Peer Reviewer for the Hospice New Zealand Peer Review Programme and is working towards a Masters of Nursing.


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), and was a Canterbury Palliative Care Network member from 2000-2013. 


Lydia BrasLydia Bra

Lydia is a registered social worker, specialising in oncology and working with inpatients and outpatients at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury DHB. She began working in palliative care in the UK, specifically with physical disabilities, HIV and end of life care. She is currently a member of the Southern Cancer Network’s Supportive Care Working Group, Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, Psychosocial Oncology New Zealand and the Advance Care Planning South Island Support Group. Lydia brings an allied health perspective to the workstream and is particularly interested in enabling patients to die in their preferred place of care, and the psychosocial and spiritual wellbeing of the patient and their whanau.


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.