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.

Email: kate.grundy@cdhb.health.nz


Jane Haughey

Jane is the facilitator for both the South Island Palliative Care Workstream and Child Health service level alliance. Jane's background is in nursing and her experience has been in clinical and leadership roles and project management. She has managed aged residential services and intellectual disability residential services. Jane has studied nursing and completed post graduate studies in management. She believes strongly in the Palliative Care Workstream's vision for high quality, person-centred palliative and end-of-life care available to the population of the South Island, according to need and irrespective of location.

Email: jane.haughey@siapo.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


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



Marj Allan

Chair of the South Island Cancer Consumer Groups, Marj has been a member of the Southern Cancer Network for just over 10 years, giving her a good understanding of the South Island Alliance and its affiliations. Marj is also Vice Chair of Cancer Consumer New Zealand, the ACP Planning Advisory Group, a number of Tumour Standards Steering Groups, and she is also on the Consumer Panel for the Health Quality safety Commission. She has recently been involved on the Patient Experience Advisory Group for the Ministry working with the Primary Care Pilot. Marj feels very strongly about Palliative Care and is pleased to be involved with such a great team, working together to improve services. 

Email: marj@cranberriesnz.co.nz


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. 

Email: theona.ireton@cdhb.health.nz


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.

Email: lydia.bras@cdhb.health.nz


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.