Meet the Team
Dr Jill McIlraith
Dr Jill McIlraith has been in general practice for 20 years, having studied medicine after a career in journalism in South Africa. She was a founding partner of Aurora Health Centre and she is a director in the new Aurora Health Centre. Jill continues to enjoy the variety of general practice and working alongside a group of dedicated colleagues. She also works at Dunedin Sexual Health Clinic and likes the vibrancy and challenges of working with adolescents. Outside of medicine, she enjoys her animals – including horses, goats, sheep and dogs – gardening, reading, writing, travelling and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Dr Janice Jensen
Dr Janice Jensen worked at Dunedin Hospital for three years before beginning her training as a GP. She has been happily working at Aurora Health Centre since 2005. Janice has two adult children. She attained her final qualifications as a GP in 2009 when she became a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs. In the small amount of leisure time she has, Janice enjoys movies, reading and travelling. Janice is a director of the Aurora Health Centre and looks forward to many future years of involvement with the practice.
Dr Sandy (A J F) Ross
Born and bred in Dunedin
Attended Otago University and Medical School
Post graduate spent 4 years in Christchurch Hospital specialising in medicine passing the part one FRACP. Then spent one year at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland in a general medicine and lymphoma unit before deciding that general practice was where I wanted to spend my life.
Returned to Dunedin to do a Diploma in Obstetrics before entering General Practice in South Dunedin at the end of 1980.
Since then I have been in General practice in South Dunedin around the Cargill’s Corner area initially with an interest in Obstetric but lately have become part of the Salvation Army's Bridge Programme for addictions.
South City Medical Centre amalgamated with The Aurora Health Centre and moved to its present site on Macandrew Road in February 2013. I am one of the 5 directors of the new Aurora Health Centre.
Sandy is married with 5 grown children.
Dr Susan Johns
Dr Susan Johns has been working in General Practice since 2006, where she enjoys the ability to work part-time and spend time with her three young children. In between caring for patients and her children, she also has a husband, a big dog, a vege garden and spends any free time hanging out with university students and young adults at Dunedin City Baptist Church. Susan is also a director of Aurora Health Centre.
Dr Tree Cocks
Dr Tree Cocks qualified in London, but New Zealand has been her home for 30 years. Her father was in the RAF, so they moved around quite a bit as a family. Maybe related to this, she has worked in other parts of the world – Kenya, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Australia. She has a grown up family and amongst her interests are textiles, the outdoors and music. She feels that laughter is some of the best medicine. Tree was one of the original GPs that founded Aurora Health Centre in 1991.
Dr Aimee Rondel
Dr Aimee Rondel grew up in Dunedin and graduated from Otago Medical School in 2006. She spent several years at Dunedin hospital before joining the Aurora team in 2011. She loves the challenge and variety of general practice as well as the flexibility it gives her to further her interests in teaching and allowing time with her children. She is currently training to become a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs.
In her spare time she enjoys swimming, reading, knitting and chasing the chickens out of her garden.
Dr Ingrid Crawford
Dr Ingrid Crawford is a Dunedin local, graduating from the University of Otago School of Medicine in 2009 after completing her clinical years in Christchurch Hospital. She worked in both Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals, and spent time travelling and volunteering in medical clinics in Guatemala and Panama before embarking on a career in General Practice, and is excited to be part of the fantastic team at Aurora.
Outside of work, she keeps busy dancing salsa competitively, reading, travelling, and rescuing her adventurous kitten from tall trees.
Dr Liz Williams
Dr Liz Williams grew up in Wanganui and moved to Dunedin in 2003 to train at the Otago Medical School. She graduated in 2009 and spent some time in Dunedin Hospital before joining the Aurora Health Centre. Liz also works at the Sexual Health Clinic and has an interest in Women’s and Child Health.
Outside of medicine, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband and dog as well as playing music and spending time outdoors.
Dr Reza Mofrad
Dr Reza Mofrad graduated from medical school in 1996.
He worked as a general practitioner before moving to Australia. He started his career in emergency medicine, for which he has 14 years of experience. In 2010 his journey in New Zealand began and he has found his home to be right here in Dunedin. He joined the friendly team in Aurora Health centre, last year.
He loves the community here and the Dunedin weather allows him to follow his passion in gardening. He is an avid reader and loves history. The most important aspect of Reza’s life is his family. Reza is happily married to his wife of 23 years. He has a son who is studying at Otago University.
Dr Lisa Kaan
A true-blue Dunedinite, Lisa was born and educated in the city and has retained her close links with her network of family and friends here. She graduated from the University of Otago School of Medicine in 2011. An elective in Germany and the UK, did not entice her away and she returned to Dunedin to work at the emergency department at the hospital for several years before seeing the light and training to be a GP. Outside of medicine, gardening, reading and travel are keen interests.
RN Karyn Grellett
Born and raised in Dunedin, Karyn continues to enjoy all Dunedin has to offer. Trained initially as a pharmacy technician, it was the contact with the medical profession both in this role and in her personal life that led to a career in nursing. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from Otago Polytech and has been at Aurora Health Centre since 2011. She enjoys wound care management and infection control along with the other varied nursing duties, including a focus on health promotion and being a staunch advocate for immunisation.
Outside of work she keeps busy with her partner and their 5 children. She enjoys gardening and caring for her numerous animals on their life-style block.
RN Sue Hewitt
Born in Southland and trained in Invercargill, Sue retains her southern roots. She has been a practice nurse for several years, having working with Drs Sandy Ross and John Mills at South City Medical Centre before their amalgamation with Aurora Health Centre. Health education is a particular focus for Sue, who says she loves the variety of practice nursing and the large diversity of patients in South Dunedin.
She is a self-confessed foodie, mother of 2 with 7 grandchildren who all like to cook.
RN Mary McLean
Mary is a UK transplant who has been at Aurora for five years. She has 47 years of nursing and midwifery to her credit. Since coming to NZ in 1977, she has worked in Christchurch, the West Coast and Dunedin with stints in Australia and back in the UK. She has a long standing interest in diabetes and diabetic education and has been alongside many patients as they start insulin. She enjoys the variety of practice nursing.
Outside of work she likes travelling (both her children are in the UK), folk music, weaving and gardening.
RN Dianje Strang.
Brought up in rural Canterbury, Di decided she wanted to be nurse sitting on a beach in Portugal with her mother. She trained in Christchurch and has now been a nurse for 15 years, having transitioned to practice nursing in 2017. She enjoys the messy side of nursing – would care, minor surgery and lancing boils. She also has an avid interest in health with a strong focus on good nutrition.
Outside of work, she is an obsessive house renovator and gardener who holds a wasp-eradication certificate and is starting bee keeping with leaf-cutter bees – the super pollinating, non-stinging bees which she hopes will add to the beauty of her garden. She has three children with her husband of 15 years and has lived in Dunedin since 2015 after relocating from the rural West Coast.