Seminar advisers

Prof Bruce Arroll

Bruce Arroll is a graduate from the University of Auckland and spent a year at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and had his first exposure to Clinical Epidemiology there. He spent the next 6 years working in Canada completing a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. He returned to New Zealand to do a PhD in Epidemiology. After three years he joined the Department of General Practice at the University of Auckland and has been there ever since. Having attended the meeting that established the Australasian Cochrane Centre he has been involved in four Cochrane reviews. He is currently the chapter editor for the common cold for the British Medical Journal Evidence based textbook called Clinical Evidence. He has an ongoing interest in trying to reduce the use of antibiotics in viral respiratory infections with a specific interest in the use of delayed prescriptions. He is also interested in screening for lifestyle and mental health issues in primary care.

He has been working in Manurewa since 1991 and is currently jointly running (since September 2006) the Greenstone Family Clinic in Manurewa which has been set up as a teaching and research clinic for training health professionals. This clinic was originally established by the University of Auckland with a grant from the ASB bank. Since 2003 it has been run by Raukura Hauora O Tainui which is a health care organisation run by the Tainui tribe. There are four clinics as part of this organisation and in 2004 120 medical students spent time at one of the clinics. As well as being involved in teaching medical students Bruce Arroll is also involved in teaching general practice registrars who a graduates training specifically in general practice. Other teaching involves a distance/flexible learning masters course in research methods. This is a course that graduate doctors, nurses, pharmacists and counsellors do as part of their masters degree.

Jan Gregson

Originally from the UK and educated at the University of Liverpool, Jan Gregson is a Consultant Physician and Geriatrician. She has worked in New Zealand for 12 years and has been based at Whanganui District Health Board since 2010.

Her clinical practice includes inpatient, outpatient and community work, covering a wide range of acute, sub-acute and chronic medical and geriatric syndromes. Jan has specific interests in the areas of stroke medicine, orthogeriatric liaison, advance care planning and polypharmacy.

In her spare time Jan is an avid reader, especially of biographies and travel-writing. She also enjoys a wide range of cinema genres, likes to travel, experiencing new cultures including exploring New Zealand.

Karen Hoare

Karen Hoare originally trained as an adult and children’s nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children, Gt. Ormond St, London and Watford General Hospital. She qualified as a health visitor in 1985 (specialist community public health nurse). Her training as a nurse practitioner occurred during a two year posting to the Medical Research Council’s Dunn Nutrition Unit in The Gambia, West Africa where her research career was also launched.

Her experience of living in The Gambia with some of the world’s poorest people galvanized her to become involved in international development. She was founder of the UK charity Development Direct (see www.developmentdirect.org.uk(external link)) and prior to emigrating she worked as a consultant for the UK’s Department for International Development.

Karen immigrated to New Zealand in November 2003 and spent 2004 working as a public health nurse. She currently works in the Goodfellow Unit, within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care and the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland. She is active in developing continuing professional development resources for nurses for the Goodfellow website. Her role is to encourage more primary health care nurses to become interested in postgraduate education, research, publishing and general professional development. She is a member of Chief Nurse Mark Jones’ expert advisory group for primary health care nursing. Karen runs a nurse-led children’s clinic on Tuesday and Saturday mornings in Manurewa, South Auckland.

Karen is a keen horse rider, sailor and tramper. Married to Simon, a paediatrician, they have three (almost) grown up children. The whole family are committed to humanitarian work in various countries in Africa and are active in building support for international development.

Marion Hunter

Marion Hunter left intensive care nursing in order to commence a career in midwifery. She has worked in a variety of midwifery roles during the past 24 years including Charge Midwife of Delivery Unit, Midwifery Educator and Consultant Midwife at Counties Manukau District Health Board.

Marion has attained a BA and then MA (1st class Honours) through Massey University during her employment. Marion has been a Senior Lecturer at the School of Midwifery, Auckland University of Technology for 10 years and is currently also working as an independent midwife within the Pukekohe area.

Marion has been actively involved within the New Zealand College of Midwives and has been appointed to undertake quality reviews concerning obstetric and midwifery care. She is a member of the New Prescribers Advisory Committee and was appointed to the PHARMAC Seminar Series Board of Directors in 2006.