The Midland Eating Disorders network is made up of liaison staff from across the five Midland DHBs.

Unfortunately, we still don’t fully understand what causes eating disorders and as a region Midland counterparts are brought together for robust conversations to look at options and solutions to best serve our region.

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Meet the Members

Amber Fletcher - Clinical Psychologist / Eating Disorders Liaison Coordinator, Bay of Plenty DHB

Amber FletcherCredentials:

  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology


I completed my Clinical Psychology internship at CAFS, MidCentral DHB in 2013. I then worked a further two years there before moving to MICAMHS, BOPDHB, 3 years ago. Throughout my clinical career I have worked with clients presenting with eating disorder difficulties and throughout my training I have had a focused interest on eating disorders. My interest in working with clients with personality traits further involves working with disordered eating and comorbid eating disorders.

Currently I am a clinical psychologist on the MICAMHS Adolescent team as well as the Eating Disorder Liaison Coordinator and member of the MICAMHS DBT Consult.

I am passionate about working with rangatahi and their whãnau in supporting them in developing skills to be as happy and confident as they deserve to be. I find my work with young people with eating disorders to be both challenging and rewarding which maintains my interest in this work. I further work with a great team including those who share an interest in eating disorders. I am committed to improving pathways and provision of evidence-based treatment to this client group, and supporting the upskilling of those who are a part of the lives of those who experience eating disorders.

Skills that I bring to the forum:

  • I am a clinical psychologist with additional training in and experience in implementing FBT, CBT-E, DBT, and AFT alongside of current development of skills in CBT-AR.
  • Investment in developing the provision of evidence-based treatment.
  • A good balance of practical needs from a service perspective as well as balancing the needs of consumers
  • Passion for this area.
Emma Thomas-Redward - Registered Nurse / Clinical Lead / Eating Disorder Liaison Coordinator- Bay of Plenty DHB 

E ThomasCredentials:

  • Bachelor of Nursing.
  • Post Graduate Certificate


I have worked for 15 years as a nurse in the Bay of Plenty.

I started my career in the acute mental health unit and then went on to community nursing.

I have worked in a number of areas within the hospital including consultation liaison, triage , community nurse and now in my role as clinical lead and EDLC.

I love working with clients (the highlight of my job).   Every day is different and I get to work with such lovely clients and co-workers.

I am passionate about eating disorders and love always learning new things and how technology can also assist us in our work.

Skills that I bring to the forum:

I am a registered comprehensive trained New Zealand Nurse – this gives me some medical knowledge as well as having trained in CBT E as well as SSCM.

I am quite a practical person and enjoy bringing that to the ‘table.

I genuinely  love my job and hope this comes through to the forum.

Helen McPetrie-Tarei - Community Mental Health Nurse, Lakes DHB 


  • Batchelor of Nursing


I have worked extensively in the Rotorua area as public health nurse since 2007 and for the last four years in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for Lakes District Health Board.  I have strong community connections and I am an active member of the Care and Protection Resource Panel for Oranga Tamariki here in Rotorua.

During my time here at iCAMHS I have participated as a co-clinician with my colleague working with clients who have a diagnosed eating disorder.  I have attended several training days for FBT, the most recent training in March 2018.

I have attended several Midland Eating Disorder Forum days also.

Skills that you bring:

  • Expertise in engaging young people
  • Sound  knowledge of FBT, experience of case-management of clients with EDs
Kaylene Buckley - Registered Nurse / Eating Disorders Liaison, Lakes DHB

Credentials: Comprehensive Registered Nurse


I have worked as a registered nurse for 30 years predominantly in mental heath. I started my career in the acute mental health unit units in NZ and the UK and transitioned to ICAMHS 12 years ago, where I still work one day a week. I am also working in primary mental health for youth.

I am passionate about eating disorders, particularly early presentation and FBT. However I enjoy the liaison/education role throughout the DHB and community.

Skills that I bring:

  • I am a registered comprehensive trained New Zealand Nurse – this gives me some medical knowledge as well
  • I am trained in FBT and AFT and have strong CBT skills.
  • I enjoy being involved in future planning and advocating for this vulnerable client group
Julia McLean - RCpN, MA, Eating Disorders Liaison Clinician, Taranaki DHB


  • Registered Comprehensive Nurse
  • Masters in Nursing

Profile:  I live in the beautiful province of Taranaki where I was born and bred. I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1995 from Taranaki Polytechnic; I initially worked as a General Nurse in General Hospital settings. In 1998 I embarked on an OE and had the wonderful experience of working in England in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Services. Both at the Highfield Unit in Oxford and then at the Mildred Creek Unit in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. It was here that I gained training and invaluable experience of working as a nurse in Mental Health. On returning to New Zealand in 2002 I was employed as the Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Rangatahi Unit; a Bicultural Unit for adolescents experiencing acute mental health problems.  After two years in Porirua I moved to Nelson to the CAMHS Team where I facilitated a Day Programme for Adolescents’.  In 2006 I returned to Taranaki to work in the Child and Adolescents Mental Health Team. In 2011 I combined my CAMHS role with the Eating Disorders Liaison 0.4FTE and have remained in the Liaison role since this time (apart from two maternity leave absences to have my two children). I now work solely in the Eating Disorders Liaison role for Taranaki District Health Board on a part time basis. 

I also have a small private practice where I provide Group Supervision to support workers at Tui Ora Mental Health Services and I provide Youth Health Assessments for young people involved with Youth Justice at Oranga Tamariki. 

Skills that I bring:  I have always been passionate about Mental Health Nursing and in particular working with people and their families who are suffering from eating disorders. I obtained my Masters Degree through Victoria University in 2007 and am committed to continuing my education throughout my career. I have completed training in various modes of therapy including Family Based Treatment (FBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). As well as various other short courses and workshops. My passion and enthusiasm for working with people is what I feel is my most valuable asset.  I am committed to providing high quality care to those I am working with.

Other Members

  • Alesta Stephan - Waikato DHB
  • Amber Fletcher - Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Barbara Thomas - Hauora Tairawhiti
  • Jo Miller - Taranaki DHB
  • Karin Hagenaars - Waikato DHB
  • Lynne Blake - Waikato DHB
  • Maree Sievwright - Waikato DHB


Meeting Schedule for 2019

Meeting Dates Venues
06 March Aaron Court Hamilton
05 June Aaron Court, Hamilton


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Meeting Schedule for 2018

2018 ED

Meeting Dates Venues
21 February Hamilton Airport Conference Centre
02 May Aaron Court, Hamilton
22 August Aaron Court, Hamilton
07 November Aaron Court, Hamilton