ESTABLISHED

and managed by locals
who just happened to be
medical professionals.
Serving North Canterbury
since 1979. Learn more about our history here

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.

DOCTORS

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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. 

Judith has a special interest in women's health, including the fitting of the Mirena intra-uterine device.

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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.

NURSE PRACTITIONERS & RURAL NURSE SPECIALISTS

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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.

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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.

PRACTICE MANAGER

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Sue Taaffe

Originally from Hawkes Bay, Sue is the Practice Manager at Oxford Community Health Centre.  Sue's career in the health sector includes working for the Cancer Society and managing Practices both in the Hawkes Bay and Christchurch.

PRACTICE ADMINISTRATOR

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Robyn Salton

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 oversights the reception team as well as providing day-to-day administrative support to the Practice.

PRACTICE NURSES

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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 Dalley

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.

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Heidi Godfrey

Heidi joined the Practice Nursing team in 2022 after having spent some time as a student nurse at Oxford Community Health Centre

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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 Hicks

Marjolein returns to our centre to support the Practice Nursing Team on a casual basis.

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Carol Melek

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.

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Grace Taggart

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.

DISTRICT NURSES

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Lu Wengler

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.

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Tori Wright

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. 

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Erin Pierce

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. 

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Mandy Purslow

Mandy is an Essex girl from the United Kingdom.  She has a passion for wound care, specialising in leg ulcers and has experience with patients suffering from lymphoedema.  In her down time Mandy enjoys knitting and caring for her animals on her lifestyle block.  Mandy has joined the team to assist both the Practice Nursing team and the District Nursing Team.

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Jo Brereton

Jo has a background in orthopedic nursing and has also worked in the Plastics and Spinal and Brain Injury wards.  Jo has been nursing since 2004 and has always had a passion for working in the local community.  Jo has joined the OCHC team to assist the District Nursing team and enjoys meeting a caring for our patients out in the community.

RECEPTION & ADMINISTRATION

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Chelle - Team Leader for Reception

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!

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Susan Mason

Susan joined the team in 2019 as a part-time medical receptionist. She also works in the office at the Oxford Hospital. 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.

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Catherine Thomson

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.

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Sidsel Rosager

Sidsel joined the Health Centre team in 2021 working in the COVID immunisation clinics and liked it so much she became part of the permanent reception team. Sidsel originally came from Sweden and enjoys living locally raising her kids, being involved in sports and biking, running and tramping in our areas beautiful native forests and mountains.

GOVERNANCE

Sarah Henderson (Chair)

Gary Allen

Tracie Miller

Murray Taggart

Tom Cawood

Megan Quinn

Roger Robson-Williams

Ben Sutton