Who we are


Chair – Dr David Butler

David is Clinical Leader at Otago Community Hospice. He completed medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin (USA) and certified in three specialities: palliative and hospice medicine, adult internal medicine, and paediatrics. David's previous experiences range from work as a GP, to Director of a Hospital Medicine Group, to Executive Medical Director of a large hospice/palliative medicine program in the USA. David joined the PCW in November 2016.



Facilitator Jo Hathaway

Jo is a palliative care Clinical Nurse Specialist with a Master’s Degree from Victoria University of Wellington. She has spent the last 20 years working mostly in Hospices in New Zealand (including Mercy Hospice Auckland and Hospice North Shore) as well as voluntary nursing in Nepal. Her research thesis examined the experiences and preferences of bereaved Chinese Immigrant families who had used Hospice services in New Zealand, and she remains passionate about how we support our diverse communities in palliative and end of life care. Jo joined the PCW in November 2018.


Dr Kate Grundy

Kate is a Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine at Christchurch Hospital and brings extensive experience working locally, regionally and nationally to improve services. Kate is the Clinical Director of Canterbury Integrated Palliative Care Services, which incorporates Nurse Maude Hospice, as well as Clinical Senior Lecturer at Christchurch School of Medicine (University of Otago). She was Chair of the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand from 2008 to 2014, and the South Island Alliance Palliative Care Workstream from August 2014 to February 2019. Kate joined the PCW in August 2014.



Jane Rollings

Jane is Service Manager for Nurse Maude Hospice Service, based 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 has previously held the position of Chair of Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand and is an active member of the Care Alliance.  As a Registered Nurse and manager she provides nursing leadership and strategic planning for the hospice service in Canterbury. Jane joined the PCW in August 2014.



Sally Fleming

Sally is a Clinical Nurse Specialist working with the Otago Community Hospice supporting Aged Residential Care providers to develop and deliver palliative care services. Sally’s experience within Aged Residential Care includes management, quality and clinical roles and she provides a coal face perspective of some of the challenges the sector faces when providing palliative care.  Her postgraduate education includes a PG Certificate in Palliative Care, a Masters in Nursing Science and she is a current Nurse Practitioner intern. Sally Joined the PCW in July 2019.



Dr Richard Fuller

Originally from the UK, Richard is a GP and Clinical Director of The Doctors Motueka. 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. Richard joined the PCW in March 2018.


Jo Truscott

Jo is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in paediatric palliative care based at Nurse Maude, Christchurch. Her role spans community, hospital and hospice in Canterbury with the ability to liaise and support other South Island services. Jo’s background includes 20 years working with children requiring haematology/oncology services. She is 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. Jo joined the PCW in August 2019.



Theona Ireton

Theona is employed as the Kaitiaki Oncology for Māori Health services at Canterbury DHB and has been involved with palliative Workstreams and groups since 2004. Theona has a strong passion for palliative care and works closely with the Palliative Care Service in CDHB. She is also passionate about connecting with Māori patients and their whānau and enabling them to ‘be heard’. Theona is also a Southern Cancer Network Steering Group Member (since 2008), Canterbury Local Cancer Network Māori Representative (since 2000), Te Waipounamu Māori Leadership Group for Cancer Representative (since 2012) and South Island Cancer Consumer Group representative (since 2012). Theona joined the PCW in December 2014.


Christine Cuff

Consumer member Christine 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 NZ as sole charge operator at Hokitika Airport for a number of years and operating a mechanical/petrol station business at Kaniere with Martin, she 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. She is a Trustee of the Buller/West Coast Home Hospice Trust, a consumer representative on the South Island Cancer Consumer Group, and a member of the West Coast Local Cancer Team. Her vision is to ensure high quality end-of-life care South Island-wide. Christine joined the PCW in July 2018.

Faye Gillies

Faye is Clinical Nurse Manager for Hospice South Canterbury, Timaru. She has held 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 is working collaboratively with the DHB Community Palliative CNS and Palliative Care Team, to ensure patients’ journeys are streamlined, safe, timely and supportive of patient choice in all aspects of care. Faye’s passion is supporting patients and whānau to optimise their journey, addressing any inequalities and ensuring palliative care is available in all care settings. Faye joined the PCW in August 2016. 


Karen Kennedy

Karen is a Clinical Advisory Pharmacist and pharmacy owner in Timaru. She currently works in both general practice and community pharmacy and also has hospital pharmacy experience. Karen’s pharmacy provides services to South Canterbury Hospice and she has a strong interest in the health of older people and palliative care. She was involved in 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. Karen joined the PCW in February 2018.


Katrina Braxton

Katrina is the Clinical Services Manager for WellSouth Primary Health Network, Southern; a network delivering primary health services to approximately 300,000 enrolled patients in Otago and Southland. She is a Registered Nurse and holds Post Graduate Certificates in both Nursing Leadership and Management, and Health Sciences. Her current focus is care planning and integration of a palliative care assessment into the WellSouth Long Term Conditions platform. She feels strongly about patients telling their story once and having the confidence that their key information is available to all providers; when and where care is needed. Katrina joined the PCW in February 2019.

Sponsor - Chris Fleming

Chris Fleming is the Chief Executive Officer of Southern DHB and the Chair of the South Island Alliance Leadership Team. His role as Sponsor for the Palliative Care Workstream ensures he stays up to date with workstream activities and provides advice and support for members.