Leg Ulcer Advisory Group

Leg Ulcer Advisory Group

 Mandy Pagan

Name:  Mandy Pagan

Job title:  Wound Clinical Nurse Specialist

Employer:  Te Whatu Ora (Southland Hospital Invercargill)

Professional Qualifications:  Clinical Masters, PGDip Wound Care

Contact details:  Southland Hospital, Kew Road, PO Box 828, Invercargill, Southland, NZ, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bio:  Kia ora, as a Wound CNS I review all wound aetiologies working across community, primary and secondary healthcare sectors. I lead nurse-led lower leg ulcer clinics and are passionate about education to improve learning and outcomes for patients and residents. I have been an active member of the NZWCS since 2005 and contributed towards the course content and provide a tutor role for the Certificate in Wound Debridement Course. I have been involved with venous leg ulcer international guideline development and it is a privilege to lead the LUAG working with specialised nurses. My work ethos is summarised by the quote from Benjamin Franklin "Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I may remember, Involve me and I learn."

Name:  Maria SchollumMaria Schollum no BG left

Job title:  Nurse Practitioner

Employer:  Te Whatu Ora Waikato

Professional Qualifications:  Master Nursing(Hons)

Contact details:  Waikato Hospital, Private Bag 3200, Hamilton 3240, NZ

Bio:  I am a Nurse Practitioner in long term conditions across the lifespan with an interest in skin integrity, incorporating advanced assessment, diagnosis and management of complex and chronic wounds across primary, secondary and tertiary health settings. I work within a very dedicated team in wound care which includes 4 CNS’s and 1 RN to deliver care that is supported by best evidence based practice within the Waikato region.
I am passionate about wound care, education and aged care and have utilised and developed these skills within the NZWCS in various roles such as executive committee member, previous co-ordinator for the Waikato region, education advisory group and now the Leg ulcer guidelines group. 

Name:  Rebecca AburnRebecca Aburn

Job title:  Nurse Practitioner - Vascular

Employer:  Southern District Health Board

Professional Qualifications:  Masters of Nursing

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Rebecca has a 25 year history of clinical experience in neurosciences, intensive care, vascular, diabetic foot, wound care, clinical education and district nursing. She completed her Masters of Nursing in 2006 and has a great passion for nursing practice development. Rebecca is involved at a national and international level in practice and guideline developments.

In 2010 Rebecca completed an advanced post graduate certificate in clinical nursing. In 2017 she completed her Nurse Practitioner training and works as the Nurse Practitioner for vascular. Rebecca has presented at both national and international conferences. Her areas of professional interest are innovation to improve a patient's journey, lymphoedema, pyoderma gangrenosum, surgical site infection prevention and care of the complex vascular patient.


Name:   Alice CowieAlice Cowie 2023 Edited

Job Title:   District Nurse – Wound Service

Employer:   Te Whatu Ora (Hutt Valley Hospital, Wellington)

Professional Qualifications:   Masters of Nursing

Contact Details:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bio: Kia ora, Ko Alice toku ingoa. My name is Alice and I am a District Nurse who works within the Specialist Wound Care team at Hutt Valley Hospital in Wellington. My role involves complex wound assessment, management and education for patients in primary and secondary care settings. I am one of the area coordinator’s for the NZWCS for Wellington. I am passionate about promoting best practice for wound care amongst clinicians, and providing equitable and quality care to our patients. I completed a Masters of Nursing in 2015, with a focus on wound care and long term conditions.


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Name: Becky Dawson

Job title: Wound Clinical Nurse Specialist

Employer: Te Whatu Ora Taranaki

Professional Qualifications: PGDip Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing

Contact details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bio: Kia Ora. The wound CNS role is vast and dynamic that involves working across community, primary and secondary healthcare sectors throughout the Taranaki region. I also lead a nurse led complex wound clinic alongside the Vascular team and am involved in, and support, the Diabetic Foot Ulcer MDT team. I have been an active member of the NZWCS over the past few years.

I enjoy the challenges that wound care brings and am passionate about ongoing nursing education and improving the patient experience, empowerment and autonomy with their own health.