BMBS (Notts), FRNZCGP, MSc Hons (Cant)
Jon Aitken grew up in Christchurch and initially completed degrees at the University of Canterbury before moving to the UK. There he had a 10 year career in Information Technology in the banking industry. A change of direction saw him return to study and graduate from the University of Nottingham Medical School in 2012. He has worked in a variety of roles in ENT, Orthopaedics, Older Persons Health, Medicine and Surgery. He enjoys minor surgery and has an interest in skin cancer. He has an English wife, Emma , 3 young children and interests include cycling, martial arts, football and most sports. Jon is the son of Dr Rob Aitken, founding member of the Halswellhealth practice. Jon is not currently enrolling new patients.
MBChB, Dip Obst, Dip Paeds, FRNZCGP
Danielle was raised in Halswell and graduated from Otago Medical School in 1999. After graduation she worked in a wide range of hospital medicine specialities, throughout New Zealand and Australia. During this time she gained postgraduate diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and in Paediatrics. Danielle commenced General Practice in 2006 and has been working at Halswellhealth since then. She is a Fellow of the RNZCGP. Danielle enjoys all aspects of General Practice, and has a particular interest in women's and children's health. Danielle and her partner have 2 young children, with extended family in Christchurch. Her interests include walking, tramping, cycle touring, skiing and gardening. Danielle is not currently enrolling new patients.
MB.ChB., Dip. Obst., FRNZCGP., Dip. Palliative Med.
Philip Jacobs is from Christchurch and trained at Otago Medical School. He started his career in rural practice in Central Southland before moving to Halswell in 1998. He has a broad interest in all aspects of General Practice and enjoys minor surgery, palliative care, mens health and health care of the elderly. He enjoys the 'people' part of General Practice and believes in the power of a stable, long-term relationship between the patient and their doctor. His associate is Dr Clare Healy. Phil is not currently enrolling new patients.
MBChB (Edin), MRCP (UK), FRNZCGP
Sarah graduated in 1998 in Edinburgh. She is a fellow of the RNZCGP. She moved to New Zealand in 2001 and joined Halswellhealth in 2005 after several years working in Christchurch Hospital in Oncology and Palliative Care. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice and maintains a special interest in Palliative Care and Child Health. She is also involved in teaching medical students and GP registrars. Sarah sits on several committees related to general practice. Away from work Sarah is mum to two busy boys and enjoys playing tennis, running, modern quilting and reading. Her associate is Dr Viv van Dam. Sarah is not currently enrolling new patients.
MB.ChB., Dip. Obst., FRNZCGP., Dip. Child Health
Paul O'Gorman has been in General Practice at Halswellhealth since 1989. He enjoys all aspects of family medicine and finds the opportunities to get to know families over time particularly rewarding. He graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 1981 and returned to Christchurch after travelling overseas. He is a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, a member of Pegasus Health and also works with the Police. Paul is not currently enrolling new patients.
BMBS (Notts), MRNZCGP BA Hons Dunelm
Having previously read English Literature at Durham University, Katharine returned to studying and went on to graduate from the University of Nottingham Medical School in 2010. After working in the NHS in the UK she moved to New Zealand in 2011. Katharine has worked at both Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals, gaining experience in Paediatrics, Womens Health, General Medicine and Surgery until joining Halswellhealth in early 2015. She is passionate about all aspects of General Practice and Family Health. Katharine is kept busy outside of work with two energetic young children and an unruly lifestyle block. When she finds the time she enjoys reading, painting, playing tennis, is a keen golfer and loves the outdoors. Katharine is not currently enrolling new patients.
Gaye Eden MB.ChB., Dip. Obst.,
Gaye works part time at Halswellhealth covering for staff on leave. She has been a GP in Christchurch since 1997 and is a graduate of the University of Otago Medical School. Working part time enables her to follow her interests outside of medicine: gardening, helping with conservation and community projects and having adventures.
Clare Healy has been a GP since 1987. She is married to Dr Phil Jacobs and they have three children. Clare works at Halswellhealth on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. She is the Clinical Director of the Cambridge Clinic where she sees patients who have been sexually or physically assaulted. Clare has a Masters in Forensic Medicine and enjoys teaching in this area of healthcare. She also has a role in planning health services for Canterbury. Clare is the associate for Dr Phil Jacobs, she does not have her own enrolled patients.
MBChB, MRCGP (UK), DFSRH, PGDip Clinical Sciences FRNZCGP
Fiona graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2008 and worked in several different hospital specialties before first moving to New Zealand in 2010. She returned to the UK in 2012 to complete her General Practice training and gained membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Prior to moving to Christchurch she was living in Queenstown with her husband and young son. She covers all areas of general practice and has postgraduate diplomas in family planning and mountain medicine. In her free time she enjoys getting outdoors with her toddler and husband and her hobbies include biking, running, skiing and mountaineering.
MB.ChB., (Otago 1985), FRNZCGP
Joan Leighton has worked part-time at Halswellhealth since 1991, while raising her three children. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice and has completed the requirements for Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners. Outside medicine and family commitments, she enjoys tennis, walking her dog, and reading, especially New Zealand books. Joan is an associate for the Practice so is available to see any patients. She does not have her own enrolled patients.
Graduating from Otago Medical School, Caroline initially found herself attracted to rural General Practice working in Te Anau and Central Otago. Her horizons expanded to include Papua New Guinea, the UK and Nepal where her skills in High Altitude and Expedition Medicine were put to good use. Settling in Tai Tapu with her boys, Caroline spent 15 years in semi rural practice in Lincoln. She now has a change of focus at Halswellhealth and is enjoying the cultural diversity of urban practice. Caroline’s particular interests include Older Persons’ Health and Palliative Care. Also enjoying women’s health, Caroline has skills in IUCD and contraceptive implant insertions as well as minor surgery. When she’s not at work Caro is very active sailing, skiing, tramping and swimming. Caroline is not currently enrolling new patients.
MBChB; BSc(hons); CCPU; EMRC
Rachelle trained in the UK, Warwick Medical School, and graduated with the Dean’s Prize in 2009. After working in the NHS throughout several specialties, including Women’s Health, Orthopaedics and Paediatrics, she travelled to Christchurch in 2011 and joins us following a challenging and fulfilling tenure in the Emergency Department post-earthquakes. Rachelle has completed postgraduate qualifications in Ultrasound, Bedside General and Echocardiogram, and Research Methods in Medicine. Away from work, Rachelle enjoys spending time with her three young children and exploring the outdoors. Rachelle is an associate for the Practice. She does not have her own enrolled patients.
MBBS,FRNZCGP,DCH,DTM&H Dip Ger Med
Robert Sweeney has been in General Practice since 1983, firstly in Brisbane before moving to Christchurch with his family in 1992. He practised at Papanui Medical Centre for many years and then worked as a locum around New Zealand and Australia, after the earthquake. He chose to settle at Halswellhealth in 2014. He considers himself an all-round General Practitioner, but has completed extra study in child health, healthcare of the elderly and tropical medicine. Rob is not currently enrolling new patients.
MbChb, DCH, PGCertWHlth
Born in Malaysia, Olivia graduated from Otago University in 2003, then worked across a broad range of medical, paediatric and psychiatric hospital specialties before being drawn to general practice. She completed postgraduate qualifications in women's and children's health and is currently working towards obtaining her General Practice Fellowship. She has been at Halswellhealth since 2010 and currently works part time at Halswellhealth. She enjoys all aspects of general practice especially working with families. Olivia is an associate for the Practice so is available to see any patients. She does not have her own enrolled patients.
MBChB (Auck), DRCOG (UK), nMRCGP (UK)
Viv van Dam graduated from Auckland Medical School in 2002 and after 2 years of working in NZ she moved back to the UK. There Viv worked in various hospitals jobs and obtained a Diploma of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Following this time Viv completed a 3 year GP training scheme based in Bath, UK. Viv and her husband moved back to NZ in 2010 and she has been working part time in Christchurch since. Viv is currently completing the GPEP programme to become a fellow of the NZ College of GP's. When not at work she looks after her two small children and loves the outdoors. Viv is the associate for Dr Sarah Marr, she does not have her own enrolled patients.
Our well qualified team of nurses under the guidance of Andrea as Senior Nurse include Leigh, Julia, Anna Williams, Gemma, Linda, Anna Swain, Sharon, Rebecca and Penny.
Andrea has worked at Halwellhealth since 1994. She is the Nurse Manager and leads a great team of multi skilled and experienced nurses. Her particular areas of interest, apart from leadership, are wound care and sleep assessments. She also enjoys child health and immunisations. When she's not working she enjoys travel, reading, walking and kayaking.
Gemma is our Deputy Nurse Manager.
Anna Swain has worked in many different countries since graduating in 1986. She has worked in acute care, older person's health and general practice. She came to Halswellhealth in early 2013. Anna has a special interest in diabetes and is the diabetes nurse in the practice. Diabetes is a long term condition and her role allows her the opportunity to meet and work with people in our community with this condition. Diabetes is about self-management, healthy eating and lifestyle. Anna enjoys food and stays on track by doing lots of exercise including netball, cycling and tramping. Anna is a nurse prescriber for diabetes health.
Halswellhealth is very fortunate to have an experienced team of receptionists. Claire, Ann, Sheila, Sharon & Deb are all available at Reception to greet you and ensure you are well looked after.
Kevin Smith is our Practice Manager. He commenced work in the health sector in 2000 after a career incorporating the diversity of logistics, auditing, personnel management and banking. He has managed several general practices and a large multi-disciplinary sports practice. Kevin's involvement with Halswellhealth began in November 2011. He has held several governance roles both locally and nationally in the health and education sectors.
Jane is our Assistant Practice Manager and has worked at Halswellhealth since 2009. She is involved in the administration of the practice and any patient account enquires please contact her.