Committee meetings will take place by teleconference on the following dates.

Please forward any issues/content you would like discussed to the Secretary, Emma Bell,  two weeks prior to a meeting.

8 February
15 March

19 April 
17 May
21 June
12 July
16 August
20 September
11 October
8 November

Your committee

We welcome new members Marie Wales, rural rep, and Leena St Martin, Auckland rep, to the exec.

We are seeking a new treasurer for PONZ, as Maria Stapleton will some to the end of her term at next month's AGM. We welcome expressions of interest from members and you can download the application form here. Closing date is 5.00pm on Friday 27 October.

The exec's monthly teleconferences are supported by CanTeen

Dr Kathryn Taylor, president

Role: consultant clinical psychologist

Location: Christchurch

Kathryn is a consultant clinical psychologist at the St George’s Cancer Care Centre in Christchurch.  She works with patients and their families to help them manage the stress of cancer treatment and to adjust to life after treatment.  She is the principal investigator of several research projects including screening cancer patients for distress and a study into men’s experiences throughout treatment and beyond.  Kathryn is also involved with developing a supportive care resource directory for staff to use with patients who report high levels of distress.


Lynley McCristell, vice president

Role: psychotherapist and counsellor, Southern Blood and Cancer Service

Location: Dunedin

Maria Stapleton, treasurer

Role: cancer nurse co-ordinator, Bay of Plenty DHB

Location: Tauranga

Maria's current role is as a cancer nurse co-ordinator.  As a nurse she has always aimed ‘to care’ and to care in a  holistic manner. Working with patients who have cancer and ensuring that the psychosocial aspects are addressed has always been a passion for her. PONZ has offered Maria a wonderful opportunity to engage in this work at another level, increase her knowledge and  raise the profile of this aspect of health care

Emma Bell, secretary

Role: project manager and administrator, Southern Cancer Network

Location: Invercargill and Christchurch

Lorraine Sutherland

Role: oncology social worker, Canterbury DHB

Location: Christchurch

Hazel Neser

Role: professional practice fellow, University of Otago

Location: Wellington

Hazel is on the education sub-committee as she is passionate about the value of education to enhance understanding and practice in supportive cancer care.  She enjoys being part of a committed group of people who have energy and enthusiasm to advocate for the supportive care needs of patients, whānau and family, through research, education and professional practice.

  Don Baken

Role: Registered clinical psychologist and research coordinator, Cancer Psychology Service

Location: School of Psychology, Massey University, Palmerston North

Vanesse Geel

Vanesse is a caregiver survivor - her husband was diagnosed with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in 2012. Vanesse cared for him until his passing in late 2013. She is the chair of the Northern Region Consumer Reference group as well as a consumer member of the Northern Region Cancer Governance Board. She also serves as a member of the Lung Tumour stream (NR) and the Cancer Consumer New Zealand
Vanesse is passionate about supportive care for patients and families who journey with cancer and to that end volunteers at Dove House in Glendowie, Auckland. She is also passionate about the changes that patient voices can effect in professional understanding of the cancer journey and policy development.  She is a registered psychologist so understands the issues around supportive care both from a professional and personal view.
Vanesse believes that psychosocial care should be considered an integral part of cancer care for patients and families at all stages of the illness trajectory. Care of patients should be patient centred and responsive. Attention to psychological well being should be a priority from diagnosis and treatment to survivorship, palliative care and recurrence. Psychosocial care should be a shared responsibility of all clinicians working with the person affected by cancer


Sheldon Ngatai

Role: Consumer rep

Location: Taranaki

Anna Ross

Anna currently works in the Waikato Oncology Department as a radiation therapist with previous experience in several North Island DHBs. She is involved with the scanning, planning and treatment delivery for people who require radiation therapy as apart of their treatment management plan. She works closely with people requiring treatment as well as their supporters, family and whanau. She continuously aims to bring a holistic approach to her practice and is enthusiastic about collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to continuously improve the experience for people and their whanau requiring oncology services. 

Jamaine Fraser

Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Ngongotaha te maunga
Ko Awahou te awa
Ko Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamoemoe te moana
Ko Tarimano te marae
Ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi te hapū

Jamaine Fraser is from Rotorua and works as a radiation therapist at Waikato Hospital scanning, planning and treating people primarily diagnosed with cancer using radiation. In this role Jamaine sees patients of all walks of life and works with patients and their whānau to ensure he provides the best holistic care.
In addition to working as a radiation therapist, Jamaine now volunteers his time and serves not only on the Psychosocial Oncology New Zealand (PONZ) board as an executive member but also serves on the Ngā Pou Mana (NPM) (Māori Allied Health Professionals) executive board.


Warrick Sue

Role: Youth support co-ordinator, CanTeen

Location: Wellington

Lewin Dickson

Role: Supportive care co-ordinator, Cancer Society

Location: Palmerston North

Lewin has been working is Supportive Care at the Cancer Society since February 2016. His work history is in healthcare, primarily mental health & addiction. He is currently the secretary of the Manawatū Supportive Care Advisory Group, and the student representative on the New Zealand Psychological Society Executive Committee.
He is currently working towards a postgraduate degree in psychology at Massey University, and is interested in community and health psychology.

Leena St Martin

Role: Clinical psychologist

Location: Auckland

Leena is a clinical psychologist and also the professional leader for psychologists working in physical health settings at Auckland District Health Board (currently 36 psychologists).  She has 22 years experience as a clinical psychologist, with 16 years in women’s health which includes gynaecological-oncology.  Leena has personal experience with a range of cancer services due to supporting her late husband on his cancer journey over nearly 4 years.  Leena is also familiar with fertility services for cancer survivors due to working at Fertility Associates Auckland for three years.  She has been in private practice since 2001, covering employment-related concerns as well as health and relationship issues.


Marie Wales

Role: manager supportive care services, Cancer Society

Location: Queenstown