Clinical Team

Mobile Health employs a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Anaesthetic Technician (AT) to ensure the smooth running of the surgical list and to provide the key link between the Mobile Surgical Unit, the local nursing staff and the surgeon and anaesthetist. A regular team of permanent part time staff work either one or two weeks on the Bus during the five week cycle around New Zealand. The staff work in a variety of other nursing roles throughout the country while not on the surgical unit.

 

Denise SausseyDenise Saussey


Clinical Nurse Manager

Denise Saussey has an extensive background in operating theatre's including roles at Mercy Auckland and Auckland Hospital. Denise joined the Mobile Health team in 2010 in a full time role of Clinical Nurse Manager where she has overall clinical responsibility of the service. She manages the team of Clinical Nurse Leaders and Anaesthetic Technicians to ensure a friendly and safe service. Denise is based in the Christchurch Office but spends much of her time working with the clinical teams throughout the country to ensure a high clinical standard is maintained. Denise works as Clinincal Nurse Leader when the surgical unit is on the east coast of the North Island including Te Puia Springs, Wairoa, Waipukurau and Dannevirke.

 

Karenza HeathKarenza Heath


Clinical Nurse Leader

Karenza joined Mobile Health shortly after the concept of a mobile truck hit the road, and hasn't looked back. She brings to the unit a wealth of operating theatre experience covering an extensive range of surgical procedures and specialties. Karenza undertook her internationally recognized Operating Theatre Training course shortly after general nurse qualification over 20 years ago. Since that time she has completed specific Day Surgery Theatre Training and Nurse Education Training courses; both compliment her commitment to achieving a well-coordinated and highly efficient mobile operating theatre serving rural communities. She keeps her clinical role up to date by sharing her time between DHB life and that of the mobile surgical unit, the contrast of which is an enjoyable challenge.

Karenza chooses to live in a small rural town and sees herself as being 'exceptionally lucky' to be able to care for people in towns just like her own. Added to this is the privileged opportunity to combine her energy as a role model and educator sharing knowledge with the rural nursing staff whom she admires greatly and gains so much from them herself.

"The relationship I have with rural 'smaller town' New Zealand nursing colleagues and patients alike is where my true passion for this role lies."

 

Anne ShirtliffAnne Shirtliffe


Clinical Nurse Leader

Anne is a Clinical Nurse Leader who has been working for MHS since Aug 2008. She works for 1 1/2 weeks every cycle covering many of the South Island locations

Originally from Ireland, Anne is Dunedin based and for the rest of her time works as a theatre nurse in both Mercy Hospital and Dunedin Public Hospital, as well as keeping busy on her 42 acre farmlet on the Otago Peninsula. Living in the country herself, Anne identifies with the rural communities and their needs, and is thrilled to be a part of making a difference to their healthcare.

"Rural communities throughout NZ seem to embrace us as they know we are there to help. They are so welcoming and friendly and I look forward to each visit."

 

Liz GrantLiz with background


Clinical Nurse Leader

Liz joined MHS as Clinical Nurse Leader in March 2013. She is based in Ashburton and has worked for many years in the small rural hospital – the past ten years of which have been in the operating theatre – in both a clinical and a management role. During this time the emphasis was on providing an efficient, elective day-stay surgical service for the people of Canterbury.

Following the closure of the theatre in January 2012, the focus has been on providing an endoscopy service for the community as well as an on-going surgical service, with the Mobile Surgical Unit visiting every five weeks.

"Having been involved in a small rural town, I have seen the benefits of having an accessible surgical service available for everyone, so it is a privilege to be able to continue working and providing this service to people in rural areas through the Mobile Surgical Unit."

 

Wendy Lorentzwendy with background


Clinical Nurse Leader

Wendy has recently reboarded the Mobile Surgical Unit after a break of 2 years. Her history with MHS dates back to 2003, in both clinical and management roles. Outside her role with MHS, Wendy also enjoys a variety of casual and contract nursing work.

When she has some spare time it is generally spent on the water somewhere around the Mahia Peninsula.

"It just feels so great to be back working with the rural teams and communities again – true true heartland stuff. Mobile Health provide these areas with such a fabulous service, and it seems only fair that these people have access to this when they miss out on many other parts of life that those in metropolitan NZ take for granted. Well done to the entire MHS team, in the office and on the road, for delivering such a great package to our people."

 

Chris Heathchris with background


Anaesthetic Technician

Chris is immensely proud to be the longest serving member of the clinical team working on board the mobile surgical unit and sees no other environment he could possibly wish to better serve the rural patient. He particularly enjoys getting to know rural people in the precious few moments prior to surgery and the commencement of their anaesthesia which historically is an emotionally difficult time for many.

Chris trained in a specialist paediatric hospital and has a passion for the care of children and their individual needs whist visiting the mobile surgical unit. Education and staff training remain the cornerstone of his extended practice having attained adult education certification. Chris spends most of his time on board the unit yet frequently finds time to visit DHB regional centres where clinical practice extends far beyond that of the mobile surgical unit.

Chris has an inexhaustible amount of energy for the fulfilment of his role within a close team of individuals, both onboard and within the network of hospitals he visits, many of whom he is now able to call friends.

"I feel very privileged in this unique role providing healthcare services to rural communities at a very personal level. It really is the rural people, both patients and hospital staff."

 

 

Diana KorachDiana Korach


Anaesthetic Technician

Diana Korach initially trained at Whangarei Hospital as an enrolled nurse where she worked in the operating theatre for many years. She completed her chair side dental training and worked in that field for a few years before returning to the operating theatre where she did her anaesthetic technician training. Over the last 12 years Diana has worked as an anaesthetic technician both in New Zealand and overseas in a variety of locations including public and private hospitals. Diana joined the Mobile Surgical team in late 2011.

"The job is challenging but it is rewarding and enjoyable working with the rural sector, especially the teamwork.  Outside my time on the surgical unit my other job is teaching surfing and working with schools promoting surfing and water safety. I also run a beach side accommodation, and help my husband run a footwear company Lastrite Footwear, a totally made in New Zealand brand of footwear."

 

Bev LarsenBev Larsen


Anaesthetic Technician

Bev started working with MHS back in 2009 but didn't take up a permanent position on one of the North Island weeks until May 2011. Bev worked as an anaesthetic technician in Dunedin for over 20 years and now lives in Napier.

"I love going to rural locations and meeting the different staff and patients. I have found it truly rewarding knowing that many people in those areas are benefiting from the Mobile Health Solutions."

 

Sue Nilsonsue with background


Anaesthetic Technician

Sue has worked as an anaesthetic technician for the past 22yrs in different locations throughout New Zealand. She has 3 years of previous experience with Mobile Health and has just re-joined the team after taking some time off to look after her young daughter.

“I love working aboard the surgical truck, working within the professional teams, for rural New Zealanders”.