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Research Officer – Gill Coe 


Gill has experience as a researcher for the Sociology Department, University of Canterbury and then as a project manager for Workbridge assisting with the development of a national database. In 2000 Gill moved to the health sector working for the Canterbury District Health Board in a variety of roles, initially in Planning and Funding focusing on a project to integrate funding and services, facilitated Elder Care Canterbury’s projects/initiatives and was involved in developing the CDHB’s Aged Care Strategy 2006-2010. 

Gill also has experience in:

  • assisting implementation of a new Model of Care into older person's health
  • providing project management to the Canterbury Clinical Network’s Aged Care Workstream
  • setting up the Healthy Homes initiative
  • managing a number of community health promotion contracts.

Alongside her earlier research experience, Gill brings to the Institute a wealth of experience across the health sector, strong project and contract management skills, community engagement and relationship management skills, alongside diverse networks and connections.

Contact Details:
Phone: +64 (0) 3 375 4635
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Clinician Consultant/Researcher - Gail Prileszky

RGN, RM, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, BSc (Hons) Equine Science, PhD
Gail is an enthusiastic motivated health care researcher with a background in nursing and midwifery both in the UK and New Zealand. She holds a PhD in Medicine and Health Science. Following a seventeen year clinical career as a nurse and midwife she has focused for the last six years on research, centred around women’s health, maternity and community based health care using qualitative methodology. A former Quality Coordinator for Maternity Services, Gail has a particular interest in systems of health care and how they may impact on clients and their families.
Gail has experience as a researcher on large randomised controlled trials (veterinary science and medicine) mixed method and qualitative studies, and internal audits of health services in the UK and here in New Zealand. Gail also has experience in coordinating and managing research as a member of research trial management groups, research advisory and steering committees. Whilst Gail has a broad range of skills and interests, one of her particular strengths is using qualitative methodology to capture the clients and key stakeholders experiences of health care and apply those perspectives to initiate change in clinical practice.
Contact Details:
Phone: +64 (0) 3 375 4635
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Data Analyst - Katie Brown

BA Economics, MPH
Katie has worked for the New Zealand health sector for nearly 10 years. She has been a project manager and service manager for the South Island DHBs, and a project manager in Capital and Coast DHBs' Planning and Funding Team.
Katie has extensive experience in the development, management, monitoring and interpretation of health service activity and outcome data. She has undertaken service reviews in the areas of child health, sexual health and mental health, and is experienced in qualitative research and data analysis.
She holds a BA in Economics from Seattle University and an MPH from the Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago. She is currently a Committee Member of the Canterbury-West Coast branch of the New Zealand Public Health Association and part time Lecturer at the Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago teaching the Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities.
Katie has joined the Institute with a primary focus on supporting us on our projects with data management, interpretation and reporting. She will also guide us in the areas of strategic planning and service review frameworks.
Contact Details:
Phone: +64 (0) 3 375 4635
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Clinician Consultant/Researcher - Dr Amanda Landers

Amanda is a community Palliative Care Physician working in the Canterbury region for Nurse Maude's Hospice and Palliative Care service. She has worked as a consultant in the Northern Territory, covering the top end of Australia.  Her current areas of interest are those with non-malignant palliative care needs, especially chronic obstructive airways disease and malabsorption in pancreatic cancer.  Education is also a major focus, with Amanda recently being employed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer by the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Amanda  is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine Aotearoa.
Contact Details:
Phone: +64 (0) 3 375 4623
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Clinician Consultant/Researcher - Helen Brown

Dip Home Science, PG Dietetics
Helen has worked as a Community Dietitian at Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care Service, Christchurch for the last 14 years. She sees patients across Canterbury with a wide range of life limiting illness.

Over the past 2 years, Helen has had a developing knowledge increasing clinical focus on, the use of Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy (PERT) in pancreatic cancer. She is currently one of the lead researchers in a pancreatic cancer study. As a result, she has been in demand to provide education on PERT to a wide range of health professionals locally and nationally.
Contact Details:
Phone: +64 (0) 3 375 4156

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Clinician Consultant/Researcher - Emma Ogden

RMN, DPSN (Mental Health), BA (Hons), PGDip (Mental Health)
Emma is a registered mental health nurse with over 17 years’ experience. She has worked in a variety of clinical areas in both the UK and New Zealand, including psycho-paediatric settings.  Emma is passionate about raising the profile of mental health nursing as a profession. Emma has worked as a tertiary educator since 2008, teaching mental health to a variety of audiences, including undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing students.
At present Emma is completing her Master’s thesis. She has been involved in several projects for the Institute and is eager to expand her knowledge and experience in the field of research.
Contact Details: 
Phone: +64 (0) 3 375 4635
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