We're a small community practice, governed by an experienced board who are full of heart & community spirit. We're every-day people, helping our friends stay safe & healthy. Originally, the Oxford Community Health Centre was founded by a local GP and then in November 2005, the Oxford Health Charity Trust was formed to govern our ongoing community service & facilities. The Trust is an organisation made up of volunteer Board Directors who recognise & value the need to support & provide a 24-hour medical service. In the past 12 months, our rural Nurses were called to almost 1000 incidents covering the Oxford & surrounding areas driving through paddocks, gravel roads, fords, snow and black ice, both day and night. The dedication of the team is outstanding.
Judith Millar – Clinical Director
Judith has led the clinical team as Clinical Director since 2014. She provided locum services throughout
New Zealand in 2006 & loved it so much she returned in 2007 to join the team in Oxford. She was
raised in Coleraine in Northern Ireland & gained her medical degree at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her post-graduate training includes Accident and Emergency, Ophthalmology and General Practice. Judith has been an integral part of the development of the model of care for the Oxford Community and continues to advocate for equitable service provision for this rural community. Judith loves seeing patients of all age groups & is keen to continue her interests in Ophthalmology and Palliative care.
Richard Clinghan (MB ChB, FDRHMNZ FRNCGP)
Richard is originally from Northern Ireland, trained in Scotland & now loves living with his family in New
Zealand. Interests include general medicine especially heart failure & chronic airways disease & minor surgery (including skin lesion removal, toenail operations and steroid injections for osteoarthritis). He is a lecturer for the University of Otago & teaches surgical skills & has a special interest in medical education.
Kara Covell is a physician from the US. She attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle & completed a residency in Family Medicine in Billings, MT. She was raised in Spokane, Washington. Kara has a passion for palliative care, rural medicine, and continuity of care. Kara’s book is open to see new patients.
Seamus was born on the West Coast of the US and moved extensively around the states as a child. He attended medical school and graduate school at the University College of Dublin School of Medicine and worked for several years in Ireland. He moved to Timaru in 2016 and loved it so much he decided to stay. While working in Greymouth, he met the love of his life, Tori, who is a District Nurse. They recently settled in Oxford as a husband/wife team. He is a Senior Registrar for RNZCUC and is a Registrar for RNZCGP. He is passionate about generalism and the concept of adapting practice to suit the needs of his patients and the community. He also believes strongly in shared care and in closing the gap between allopathic and integrative or complementary medicine.
NURSE PRACTITIONERS & RURAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
Jason Williams - Nurse Practitioner
Jason completed his nursing training in 1999 at the University of Florida. Following his training, he worked in a variety of intensive care specialities for 10 years with a primary focus in cardiology. After moving to New Zealand in 2005, he continued to work in intensive care later joining the air retrieval service.
From there, Jason left ICU and helped create a new after hour’s role in the hospital which helped improve
after hour’s outcomes, improved discharge times and patient safety at night. After six years he
then started in a new role working in the Acute Medical Assessment Unit as an Associate Charge Nurse Manager. Three years later Jason completed his Masters in Clinical Nursing Degree in 2012 from Massey University & has now qualified as Nurse Practitioner.
Brigid Sinclair - Nurse Prescriber
Brigid has been employed since 2016 as a practice nurse & has recently completed a postgraduate qualification to become a rural nurse specialist. She continues her study towards becoming a nurse practitioner. Brigid has a background in surgical nursing in Timaru, & also in pre-hospital emergency care. Prior to nursing, Brigid was involved in agriculture through Lincoln University.
Colleen Wilkinson - Rural Nurse Specialist
Colleen has been employed since 2001 as a Rural Nurse Specialist. She is a member of our on-call after-hours team and also assists with acute care in the Practice as required. Her background includes emergency relief work helping set up and overseeing public health for a camp of 10,000 people in drought-affected Ethiopia, plastic surgery & ten years working in the Emergency & Acute Care Department at Christchurch Hospital. She has completed a Master of Nursing degree.
Lin Thomson - Nurse Manager
Lin leads the nursing team as Rural Practice Nurse with over 30 years’ experience in a wide range of
disciplines. She gained surgical & orthopaedic experience while travelling & working overseas. Lin is
highly trained in accident & emergency, vaccinations, cervical screening and diabetic management. Lin
has lived locally most of her life & is a respected figure within the community.
Sue is a hospital trained nurse with more than 20 years of nursing experience. Throughout her nursing career, she has specialised in cardiology and oncology, but most of her extensive experience has been as a Rural Practice Nurse at Oxford. She considers herself nearly a ‘local’ to Oxford having lived in the area of Springbank all her life.
Paula has a background in medical & surgical nursing & specialises in Women's health. Among a
wide range of services, Paula is available for smears, sexual health checks & can help with
contraception prescriptions. She enjoys the small community of Oxford & is pleased to be able to
provide quality care to Medical centre families.
Jane Fraser - Health Care Assistant
Jane joined the team in 2012 as a Medical Receptionist ad has recently taken on the newly formed role
of Health Care Assistant. She completed her nursing training at Christchurch Hospital and qualified as a
Registered General Obstetric Nurse in 1984. Jane will be contacting patients regarding immunisations,
smears & blood tests as well as providing support to the nursing team. Jane is passionate about rural life and family.
Marjolein returns to our centre to support the Practice Nursing Team on a casual basis.
Carol has a background in acute nursing and even completed some of her student hours at the practice some years ago. She enjoys the Oxford Community and is passionate about delivering great primary health care to patients within the community.
Grace has joined our Practice to support the nursing team on a casual basis. Grace loves working locally and has a strong family connection with the Practice given that her Mother Jane also works with us.
Lu is a Registered Nurse who has specialised in urology, nephrology and radiology over the past 17 years.
She has also worked in spinal & head injury as well as obtaining vast experience from ED to ICU. Lu has a particular interest in providing excellent service in both wound & palliative care. As well as district nursing Lu also nurses at both the Oxford Hospital & Christchurch Public Hospital.
Tori's passion is the health and wellbeing of the community. She has a strong background in medical, surgical, and rehabilitation nursing. Tori has a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and loves working as part of a close knit team that empowers patients to make informed decisions based on best practices.
Erin is a registered nurse with a background in high acuity surgical and community nursing. Erin supports the District Nursing Team on a casual basis.
Richelle has a history of leadership in a scope of industries, including the financial sector. She joins the
practice bringing high-level detailing required for the medical sector.
RECEPTION & ADMINISTRATION
Robyn’s wealth of knowledge and experience makes her the perfect Practice Administrator. The practice
benefits from her background in HR & Personnel prior to joining the health centre team. Robyn both
oversees the Reception & Administration Team & assists our Business Manager.
Susan joined the team in 2019 as a part-time medical receptionist. She also works in the office at the Oxford Hospital and volunteers at the local Art Gallery. Susan moved from the UK in 2006 and has lived in Oxford since. She enjoys the small town country lifestyle, helping people and being a member
of the community.
Carol joined the team in 2014 with a background in office administration & credit management. She
diligently attends to accounts administration, credit management & financial support to the Business
Manager. She is an active & well-known member of the Oxford Community.
Rochelle joined our administration team in 2019. Her previous experience in swim instructing and farming is an advantage as many patients recognise her infectious smile from those activities. She is happy to be part of our team, working in Oxford and living the dream!
Catherine has had Medical Receptionist experience for 14 years in various Healthcare settings working with a number of staff and also autonomously. She is just new to country life, having always been a city girl, and is loving the beauty of the mountains, hills, and quieter pace of the Oxford community.
Yvonne joins the reception team from March 2021. She has a background of working as a medical receptionist both in Blenheim and Kaiapoi. Yvonne is looking forward to working with patients in the town she now calls home.
Gary Allen (Chairman)