About us

Meet the team

Nicholas Glubb, manager

Nicholas commenced as the new manager for the Southern Cancer Network in August 2017.  Most recently Nicholas has been the Operations Director, Specialist Community & Regional Services at MidCentral District Health Board, and took up this role in 2009.  He had management responsibility for six specialist secondary/tertiary services for the MDHB provider arm, Regional Cancer Treatment Service, Child & Women's Health, Clinical Support, Public Health and Dental Services. Nicholas brings to the Cancer Network operational experience managing a cancer service, along with considerable involvement in the Central Cancer Network (CCN), chairing the network’s FCT Steering Group and since 2015 the governance group for CCN. Relocating to Christchurch means a return home for Nicholas, and he and his partner are enjoying being back in the South Island.


Dr Shaun Costello, clinical director

"Since completing training at the Royal Free Hospital and surviving the pre registration year I first went to Aberdeen (very cold) to study for the MRCP, after achieving the exam in 1986 I moved to Glasgow (very wet) to train in Clinical Oncology I qualified in 1990 with the FRCR picking up an MSc in Medical and Clinical Oncology on the way.

I spent my Senior Registrar  year in Christchurch Hospital (warm and dry) and was appointed Consultant in Oncology at Dunedin Hospital (warm and wet) in 1992. I was involved in developing and directing the National Stereotactic Radiosurgery Service. In 1996 I was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal college of Physicians of Glasgow.
In 2001 I was recruited to Ontario Canada as Medical Director for the new cancer centre In Grand River (bloody cold) which opened July 2003 a $56 million technological cathedral. to modern medicine and the use of gadgets in medicine. In 2002 I became fellow of the Canadian College.
I was re recruited to Dunedin in September 2003 to work in the Oncology Service, in December 2003 I was appointed Director of Medical Services for Healthcare Otago".

Shaun has been CD for the SCN since its inception.

Emma Bell, administrator and project manager

Also originally from the UK, Emma has a diverse background of experience in early childhood education, institutional finance and health, in the private and public sectors. She has been with the SCN since 2010. Her current priorities include the tumour standards audits and providing project management support to the Cancer Social and Psychological Support initiative. 

Janfrey Doak (JD), project manager

Janfrey has been a project manager with the SCN since July 2013. Prior to this she worked in cancer research both as a coordinator of cancer clinical trials and in clinical trial protocol development. In addition she has spent 15 years as a Radiation Therapist both in Canterbury and the UK. Janfrey brings a strong clinical perspective to her role.

Dr Ursula Jewell, project manager

Dr. Ursula Jewell has worked for over 10 years in Cancer Research, characterising genetic and molecular processes that cause cancer as well as developing new genetic screening methods to better identify cancer presentations. Her qualifications include a Master’s in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, PhD from the Medical School at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and an MBA from the University of Canterbury.

Since 2010 she has worked as project manager and also acted as interim manager for the Southern Cancer Network, among other projects driving the implementation of Faster Cancer Treatment in the South Island DHBs.

Most recently Ursula has taken a year’s leave of absence to work as science support for Antarctica New Zealand at Scott Base in Antarctica.

At the SCN Ursula is focused on supporting DHBs to provide Faster Cancer Treatment, and Cancer Informatics.





The South Island Cancer Nurse Network provides access to quality educational opportunities covering a variety of aspects relating to the cancer care continuum.


For some nurses, particularly those who are rurally-based, travel time and geography can act as a barrier to training and opportunities for shared learning.
These monthly sessions utilise the expertise of nurses, clinicians and other health professionals from the Dunedin and Christchurch cancer centres and from around the South Island to provide educational opportunities for nurses who are working with people with a cancer diagnosis and to provide a forum for regular professional networking and discussion. The training is certificated on the basis of non-accredited professional development. Sessions are broadcast to 16 sites throughout the South Island, utilising the Vivid Solutions Network (videoconferencing).

The sites that are linked in to date are:

Nelson Marlborough West Coast Canterbury South Canterbury Otago Southland
Nelson Buller Christchurch Timaru Oamaru Gore
Wairau Reefton Ashburton   Dunedin Queenstown
  Greymouth     Balclutha Invercargill
  Hokitika     Dunstan  


Speaker calendar 2016

19 May  Angela Knox, 'Matauranga' - building knowledge and skills for cancer nursing
15 September Kate Grundy, 'Te Ara Whakapiri: Principles and guidance for the last days of life'
17 November TBC


Past presentations

May - Oncology in the 'personalised medicine' era
July - Mammography: basic and beyond Part 1 Part 2
September - Update on the cancer psychological and social support workforce initiative
November - Improving the cancer journey for Māori in Te Tau Ihu

March - Oveview of gynaecological cancers
May - The NZNO Cancer Nurses College - influencing cancer nursing and cancer care
June - There is no “I” in team – a case presentation (presentation not available)
July - The role of the cancer nurse co-ordinator – views from the South Island
August - Introducing advance care planning
September - Information technology in patient care – an Orion Health update
October - Cancer nurses influencing outcomes (presentation not available)

April - Distress screening in cancer patients: a step towards person-centred care
May - MOSAIQ insights from Australia
June - no meeting
July - Opiate use
August - Bridge to Health, plus executive summary
September- The NZ Familial GI Cancer Registry; South Island and national work on bowel cancer
October - Prostate cancer
November - AYA

April - Advance care planning
August - Lymphoma
September - The changing face of clinical trials
October - A day in the life of a palliative care nurse specialist

March - Community-based oncology nursing
April - The management of breast cancer with radiation and hormone therapy
May - Colorectal cancer and the role of the CNS
June - no meeting
July - The role of advanced nursing practice in palliative care: a regional discussion
August - The role of radiation and hormone therapies in prostate cancer treatment
September - The role of the CNS in lung cancer management
October - Sexuality and palliative care

April - Paediatric oncology
May - Survivorship
June - Chemotherapy and complementary therapy
July - Lung cancer - meeting the challenge of improving patient survival
August - Symptom management in palliative care – a focus on pain management
September - Bowel cancer – an overview of the disease and its treatments
October - The Liverpool Care Pathway: the nurse's role Part 1 Part 2
November - Radiotherapy: the team with the beam

The New Zealand Cancer Health Information Strategy was published by the Ministry of Health in July 2015 in conjunction with the four regional cancer networks, following an extensive consultation process across the health sector and other external organisations with an interest in cancer informatics.

The purpose of the New Zealand Cancer Health Information Strategy is to:

  • define a cohesive vision for cancer health information in New Zealand (the Vision)
  • align with the National Health IT Plan and enable the New Zealand Cancer Plan 2015–20182 (the Cancer Plan)
  • detail strategies and key activities for achieving the Vision.

Cancer health information’ includes all information relevant to the cancer patient pathway. It includes information that all New Zealanders can expect to receive about cancer prevention, cancer health trends and prevalence. It also includes information relevant to groups within New Zealand that have specific cancer information needs; for example, patient support information and research.

The Strategy is a short conceptual document that focuses on principles rather than specific solutions/systems. It provides:

  • a framework that supports consistency of access to quality care with a whole pathway view encompassing primary, secondary and tertiary care, and is inclusive of child, adolescent and young adult cancers, palliative care and survivorship
  • guidance on priorities for improving the quality of cancer information over a five-year timeframe
  • guidance on the alignment of activities over a five-year timeframe, to avoid duplicated efforts/investment.

This Strategy will be used to inform national, regional and local development and investment in cancer health information-based initiatives.

Di Riley, the SCN manager, has also taken on the role of National Director, CHIS and is leading this initiative across New Zealand.

For further information contact Di at diana.riley@siapo.health.nz or click here to access the full document