Midland Eating Disorders Liaison Network

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

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

Other Members

  • Alesta Stephan - Waikato DHB
  • Amber Fletcher - Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Barbara Thomas - Hauora Tairawhiti
  • Jo Miller - Taranaki DHB
  • Julia McLean - 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