Bruce was one of our original Directors and we are fortunate to be able to still utilise his extensive knowledge. He now provides consultancy services on an as needed basis as well as seeing his ACC referrals in the clinic.
Lucille is an Internal Medicine Specialist and Clinical Director of Medicine at Northland District Health Board. She has over 30 years’ experience in medical practise in New Zealand. Her particular interests are wellbeing for workers in all industries, especially the health sector, and reducing inequities in health outcomes for the people of Te Tai Tokerau. She enjoys ocean swimming – all year round!!
Jude has recently joined the team to assist us with Driver medicals etc. She is available on Tuesdays in our clinic.
Bernard grew up in the far north and Whangarei but left to go to university and to pursue his career. Bernard has worked in a number of industries and large corporates in NZ and around the world. He likes systems and processes (he’s an accountant) and admittedly doesn’t try and get too involved in the day to day functioning of the practice other than ensuring the tools and systems are there to support clinical staff, our customers, and the performance of our services. He’s also OK at hanging pictures.
Ko Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara raua ko Ngā Puhi ōku iwi
Amarlee graduated from Northland Polytechnic, Whangarei in 1989 and left NZ shortly after to work in Australia and the UK before moving to Canada to marry her husband Mike and to raise their 2 children. She started working as an Occupational Health Nurse in Canada in 1997 and worked in a variety of Occupational Health Settings, including automotive manufacturing, a crown corporation and the insurance industry.
Amarlee joined StaffCare in November 2014 as our Senior Nurse Manager. She is passionate about health promotion-particularly smoking cessation and improving the health of Maori in Northland. Amarlee has a wealth of expertise in all aspects of Occupational Health and systems and as such ends up juggling so many tasks at once it is lucky there is 30+ hours in a day! In her spare time she is learning Te Reo and Te Ao Māori.
Ko Ngāti Kahu tōku iwi
Ella began working for Staffcare in 2017 after taking a gap year after high school to travel New Zealand. 5 years later, she has since expanded her knowledge and understanding of the end-to-end processes involved in Occupational Health. Over the years Ella has taken on every opportunity to develop her skills at Staffcare, including becoming a certified drug tester as well as providing injury management for clients. Ella has always enjoyed the clinical aspect of her job and in 2019 decided after many years working with nurses, that she would apply to the Bachelor of Nursing Degree programme at Northtec. She is now in her final year of study and looks forward to becoming a Registered Nurse within Northland.
Alison has joined our team recently. After graduating from Whangarei Base Hospital in 1981 she went District Nursing until she started a family. As her family grew she returned to work in the Residential Care setting , followed by the last 16 years as a Practice Nurse here in town. She has been an enthusiastic promoter of preventative healthcare and encouraging health lifestyles within our community. Alison brings a pragmatic and sincere approach in her work – and advice is always topped up with a good dose of relevant humour!
Darryl graduated in 1981 at Wairau Hospital Blenheim. She then travelled overseas and worked in the United Kingdom before returning to New Zealand to do Hospice, then Burns and Plastics nursing. She married and had two children. Moving to the north, Darryl worked in administration then as a Practice Nurse for 10 years. Wanting a change, she joined StaffCare in 2015.
Darryl is committed to the client’s wellness which involves health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and health promotion. When not working, Darryl enjoys hiking, swimming, aqua aerobics, gardening, and volunteering.
David trained at Tauranga Hospital in 1975. He started his post-graduate work at the Auckland Hospital Head Injury Unit and then at Dargaville Hospital. David later spent most of his working life in South Australia at Port Augusta Hospital working in casualty, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Prison Medical Services and as a casual in Occupational Health. David upgraded his nursing training to a Bachelor of Health Science(Nursing) and a Graduate Diploma in Health Counselling during his time in Australia. His working life started in Australia as a curious visitor to the local hospital where he was offered immediate employment. In 2013, David returned to NZ with the intention of winding down his busy life, but luckily for StaffCare David brought his wealth of experience and was able to fit right in to occupational health. He mostly works onsite for one of our customers.
David enjoys fishing (Kontiki), has a keen interest in aviation (first learnt to fly at the Tauranga aeroclub), travelling (Australia, Asia, South Pacific and USA), photography and gardening.
Hannah grew up in Blenheim, and in 2016 went on to complete a Bachelor of Nursing at Massey University in Wellington. She spent her new graduate year in 2019 working in Māori Community Health which was an eye-opening introduction to the world of primary healthcare. Looking for a new challenge Hannah relocated to Whangārei last year with her partner. She is looking forward to settling down in the Winterless North and having time to explore all of the beautiful beaches that Whangarei has to offer. Now a part of the StaffCare Whānau, Hannah is excited to start her career in the Occupational Health field.
Nikki graduated from Northland Polytechnic in 1992 and started working at the Whangarei Base Hospital in the Children’s ward then moving into Short Stay Surgical.
While her first two children were small she worked at the Polytechnic as a tutorial assistant in the Nursing Department for a short time and then in the after hours clinic at Primecare Medical Centre. When the twins (youngest two children) came along she moved on to become a Hospice Nurse at North Haven Hospice.
Nikki joined StaffCare in 2008 as an occupational health nurse and she enjoys the variety her position provides. She is passionate about health promotion and her client’s well-being!
Outside of work Nikki enjoys spending time with her lovely husband and 4 children and extended family, going to the beach, walking, baking, decorating and catching up with special friends.
Ko Ngāti Whātua rātou ko Ngā Puhi, ko Ngāti Tamaterā ōku iwi
Rina has always worked with people in the community and her aim is to make an impact in people’s lives. Her knowledge and experience has helped in challenging situations as helps achieve positive outcomes for patients and associates. Rina has been nursing for the last 17 years and has worked in a variety of clinical settings. The skills she has developed over the years enhances her capacity to be insightful, compassionate and persevere calmly – especially when faced with difficulties.
Stuart completed a Bachelor Health Science Nursing in 2002 at Northtec. He worked at Whangarei Hospital in the area of rehabilitation and health of older people prior to joining StaffCare in 2018. Stuart is enjoying the transition to Occupational Health Nursing and working with clients to improve health awareness. While Stu loves meeting and interacting with the people he meets on a daily basis, this can’t quite surpass his love of a decent ocean swell and the joy of catching that perfect wave.
Cleo graduated from Whangarei Girls High School in 2018 before attending the University of Auckland to study a Biomedical sciences degree at Auckland University, majoring in Neuroscience. Cleo loves music and is a proficient harpist having completed all Trinity exams available (+Grade 8) - which qualifies her to be able to teach.
Fiona moved from Ireland to NZ with her family in 2011. Having worked as a senior administrator for many years, she began working here in NZ as soon as her children were settled in school. Fiona worked in Whangarei hospital in administration/reception prior to working here. She is a qualified massage therapist with a passion for working within the health industry and thrives on helping others!