Handover | Issue 40 - September 2017

By Team of nurses at Te Pou 

The first nurse to be employed by Te Pou was Anna Schofield in 2006. Eleven years on we now employ four nurses who take leadership roles in delivering and contributing to many of our initiatives, drawing on their extensive nursing experience.


Jo van Leeuwen, programme lead. Her projects include: Equally Well, talking therapies, working with families and whānau, primary mental health and Let’s get real. Jo provides leadership for a range of workforce development initiatives to assist district health board (DHB) and non-government organisation (NGO) services bring about service and workforce change, through planning and enhancing practice. Jo is a registered nurse with a career that has spanned the specialist adult and NGO Kaupapa Māori mental health sectors; workforce education; and clinical and service management within DHB mental health and addiction services. Jo is a member of Te Ao Māramatanga, New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses (NZCMHNurses).

Lois Boyd, contracted co-leader of the least restrictive practice initiative alongside Caro Swanson. Lois has worked in a wide variety of mental health settings including acute inpatient care; community mental health; early intervention; supported housing; nursing research; and was the nurse consultant for Nelson/Marlborough DHB. Lois is a member of Te Ao Māramatanga, NZCMHNurses.

Dr Mark Smith, principal advisor, providing strategic clinical leadership and advice about research and evaluation. Mark leads work on mental health outcomes measurement, mental health information use and the early intervention in psychosis project. He is a registered psychiatric nurse and qualified as a registered nurse practitioner in 2002. He has an interest in academic philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind and ethics, in which he holds a PhD. Mark has worked in a range of clinical roles and as a lecturer at the University of Auckland. He is a Fellow of Te Ao Māramatanga, NZCMHNurses.

Suzette Poole, clinical lead. Suzette’s projects include supervision; trauma informed care; women in secure care; co-existing problems; and she is coeditor of Handover alongside Caro Swanson. Suzette qualified as a psychiatricnurse in 1985 and has worked in a range of clinical and leadership roles, including clinical nurse educator, clinical nurse director and nurse advisor – health (Nursing Council of NZ). Suzette specialised in forensic mental health.Her Masters of Nursing thesis was about workplace empowerment among New Zealand mental health and addiction nurses. Suzette is an honorary lecturer at the University of Auckland, a Fellow of Te Ao Māramatanga, NZCMHNurses and a member of New Zealand Nurses Organisation.