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Founded in 1979 as a non-profit organisation, Kidney Health New Zealand relies on public contributions for support.

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Our Staff

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Carmel Gregan-Ford 

National Education Manager, RGON, BHSc

Carmel has a wealth of knowledge in the area of Kidney nursing as well as education and health promotion. From Renal Nursing in London in 1988, and Charge Nurse in the Kidney Transplant Unit, London in 1992, Carmel moved on to a position as Public Health Nurse in Timaru. Her experience in Renal Education extends from Clinical Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Consultant for Auckland Healthcare and Baxter Healthcare respectively, to Consultant for the Strategic Renal Services Review and Pre Dialysis Educator with Auckland DHB. Carmel's most recent previous position as Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Coordinator with the Auckland DHB leaves her well equipped to take on the challenge as acting CEO for Kidney Health NZ.
In her other role as National Education Manager, Carmel has the responsibility of overseeing the 0800-KIDNEY Information Line, assisting the set up of new patient support groups across New Zealand, providing education to various groups as they may require, and ensuring Kidney Health New Zealand's resources are kept up-to-date.
Carmel lives in Christchurch with her husband and three children, and is enjoying working with the Kidney Health team.

John Collins

Medical Advisor KHNZ

 John Collins is a nephrologist in Auckland. He graduated from Otago University with an  MBChB in 1974, and subsequently trained in Wellington, commencing Renal Training in 1979. He undertook a three year renal research fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1981-1984. He returned to New Zealand to take up an appointment at Auckland Hospital where he continues to practice. He is an Honorary Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He also provides private nephrology consultations at Mercy Specialist Group in Epsom, Auckland.

He has had a very long-standing interest in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis and has published many papers in these areas. He has a strong commitment to early diagnosis of kidney disease and implementation of strategies to control disease as much as possible at an early stage. He is a keen supporter of kidney education and screening of at risk populations to identify silent kidney disease. He would like to see improved outcomes for Maori and Pacific people who are the highest risk groups with kidney disease.    

Deanne Hock

Office Administrator Kidney Health New Zealand

Deanne joined Kidney Health NZ in October 2006 as part time Office Administrator, working 3 mornings a week.
Previously Deanne worked for Perpetual Trust. Returning to work after being home with her young family. Deanne is enjoying the variety of work with Kidney Health and is an asset to the team.
She lives with her husband and two boys in Christchurch.



Jacqui Jeffrey

Fundraising Coordinator

Jacqui joined KHNZ in March 2018 as part time fundraising coordinator.

Prior to joining Kidney Health New Zealand, Jacqui worked for Youthline Central South Island as their funding coordinator.  Jacqui also runs events, and co orindates a small farmer’s market in the town she lives in. Jacqui has run both large and small community events and continues to do a couple of family events throughout the year. "I was looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to work for a National organisation that has the potential to positively impact the lives of so many people really appealed to me.  This organisation has achieved so much, and I hope that I can help us to achieve even more."

Jacqui lives in a town on the outskirts of Christchurch with her husband and three children. We are excited to welcome Jacqui to the KHNZ team.

Board Members

  • Michael Papesch - Chairperson
  • Associate Professor Richard Robson
  • Nick Polaschek
  • David Shearer
  • Traci Stanbury
  • Natalie Brown
  • John Kearns