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GET TO KNOW US
PRACTICE NURSES

It is comforting to know that you’re not alone when you need medical attention. At Otorohanga Medical, our team of Practice Nurses has been successfully serving patients from the greater Otorohanga community. Our professional staff are here to serve you — get to know them and see what they can do for you.

 
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PAULINE AUSTIN

Clinical Nurse Leader

Pauline trained initially as a Registered Nurse at Middlemore Hospital.  She has a Nursing Degree with a Post-graduate degree in Paramedical Science.  Since then Pauline has worked at Te Kuiti Hospital, Waikato Hospital Emergency Department as well as EDs and GP practices in and around London.  Pauline is an Intensive Care Paramedic with 34 years experience working on the road, 16 years of these on the Westpac helicopter out of Hamilton.  Currently she is also works for a private medical company as an Intensive Care Paramedic covering Super Car and Bike racking, speedway and large concerts.  In her spare time she loves spending time with freiends and family.

SHARON STAPLES

Practice Nurse

Sharon is a resident of Otorohanga. She is a seasoned practice nurse with over 25 years of experience. Her interests include Women's Health, Child and Adolescent Health as well as Diabetes.

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PAULINE REYNOLDS

Practice Nurse

Otorohanga has been my home for over 30 years. Originally I worked in the community as a District Nurse then joined Otorohanga Medical as a Practice Nurse where I have worked for many years, enjoying all aspects of nursing with a special interest in Vaccinations, Cold Chain and also Infection Control.

GWYNNETH PURDUE

Practice Nurse

Prior to 10 years Practice Nursing at Otorohanga Medical Centre, I have experience with Gerontology nursing and Mobile Immunisation doing Childhood Immunisations for Population Health.  Special interests include Mental Health, Men's Health, and I have also been a volunteer with Rural Support Trust.

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VICKI KELLY

Practice Nurse

Vicki trained in Waikato Hospital 1976. She is a very experienced Practice Nurse with a background in Public Health, District Nursing, including the care for mothers & babies as well as Palliative Care. She also has some history in Occupational Health working at the Taharoa Ironsands. She has 2 kids & 4 grandchildren. She likes to garden, walk, kayak & fish at Blue & my place on South Kawhia Harbour.

JULIE DALTON

Practice Nurse

I trained as a nurse in the UK. Came to NZ in 2007 with my husband. Have two sons- both married. Eldest lives in NZ and youngest in UK with granddaughter. Interests: tramping/ baking/ DIY/ travelling / boating/ motorhome/ avid reader. 
Love being a practice nurse and being able to offer holistic and individualized care .

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SUZ CORNELLISEN

Practice Nurse

I am an Otorohanga local, brought up on a dairy farm in Hangatiki and my parents are still farming there after 45 years.  I did my nursing training in Rotorua, graduating in 2000 and I worked for two years in Dunedin before heading off on my OE and ended up spending the next 5 years nursing in the UK while travelling.  I moved back to Otorohanga, never intending to stay, but I fell in love with my hometown again (and then fell in love with my old high school sweetheart) so worked at Te Kuiti Hospital for a number of years before starting at what was then OtoMed Ltd at the end of 2016.  Practice Nursing was new for me then and I love the varied role it brings.  Diabetes is an area of interest for me, I think because you can make a difference for people through education and support so this is something I will be learning more about over the next few years.
Outside of work I have a husband and two children living at home, one at primary, one at secondary so life is typically busy with school and other activities.  I love doing trail run events, this is relatively new for me and my fitness is a work in progress.  Kawhia is our place to relax and we head out there as much as we can.

LESLEY MARTIN

Practice Nurse

I am a casual nurse here at Otorohanga Medical, I have over 15 years experience in primary health care predominantly in Maori services, where I have worked in administration for the past 8 years.  I am particularly interested in Maori health and reducing inequalities in Maori health and access to healthcare.

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