PIAG Members


Name: Wendy Mildon

Job title: Clinical Nurse Specialist – WoundWendy Mildon

Employer: Hawke's Bay District Health Board.

Professional qualifications: RN,BN, Post Gd Dip Nursing, Designated Provider ACC 

Bio:  Employed as Clinical Nurse Specialist Wound for HBDHB working across primary and secondary care sector providing clinical advice, leadership and professional support for complex wound management within a range of clinical settings

The Prevention of Pressure Injuries and advocating for the best treatment options for individuals has become a key interest and passion. With the assistance of a group of wound resource nurses in HB championed a focus on education, treatment and prevention of pressure injuries for clinicians implementing updated combined risk assessment tool and SSKIN Bundles of care, data collection in conjunction with keeping abreast of the updated clinical guidelines. Wendy has accepted a secondment to the lead clinical role within the HBDHB project and partnering agreement with ACC to reduce and prevent pressure injuries across the region of HB.

Previous nursing experience as an Enrolled Nurse, general surgical retrained to registered nurse medical, renal, 14 years District Nursing.

Member of the NZWCS committee since 2013 area coordinator

Represented NZWCS - Pharmac woundcare advisory group


Name: Emil Schmidt emil

Job title: Wound Care Specialist

Employer: Southern DHB

Professional qualifications: WCNS, MNZCA, BN Hon, PG cert. wound care

Bio:  Emil Schmidt has been working as the Wound Care Specialist for the Southern DHB for the last ten years. He is running nurse-led clinics in the city and rural hospitals throughout the Otago region. He loves teaching either at the bedside, in clinics or in more formal settings. He was the lead investigator for several national and international research projects in wound care. He has published several articles in nursing and medical journals and has presented at national and international conferences. Emil is a longstanding committee member of the NZWCS where he held the Treasurer portfolio from 2008 – 2013 and was elected as president of the Society in 2013.


Name:  Sharryn CookSharryn Cook

Job title: Clinical nurse coordinator/ Pressure injury practitioner

Employer: Nelson Marlborough District Health Board 

Professional qualifications: RN. PGCert. in Health Science. PGDip in Health Science

Bio:  I am the National Committee member for the Nelson Marlborough region and have been a member of the Pressure Injury Advisory Group for a couple of years. I'm passionate about education to prevent and manage pressure injuries. I feel privileged to be part of the PIAG team with the experience and knowledge that is shared as part of the New Zealand wound care society.


Name:  Jan JohnstoneJan Johnstone

Job title:  Community District Nurse 

Employer:  Southern DHB

Professional qualificationsRN Grad cert Wound Management

Bio:  I am an active member of the NZWCS, I currently hold the position of Area Coordinator for the Otago region and have recently joined the Pressure Injury Advisory Group. Pressure injuries are of a strong interest to me, especially in the community setting and in imparting knowledge to colleagues and clinicians in patient care. Implementing appropriate evidence-based interventions is essential to reduce the incidence of pressure injuries to improve patient outcomes. 

I am employed as an RN with the Southern District Health Board as a community district nurse.


Name:  Paula McKinnelPaula McKinnel

Job title: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Wound Care for CCDHB

Employer: Capital & Coast DHB

Professional qualifications: Diploma in Nursing,  BSc Hons Tissue Viability,  Masters in Nursing

Bio:  Paula has been working with people who have a pressure injury or are at risk of, it for most of her career. She has a passion for sharing and implementing evidence-based practice across all health professional disciplines and healthcare settings. She is a member of the NZWCS, currently a member of the PIAG.


Name: Dr Althea Page-CarruthAlthea Carruth

Job title: Podiatrist

Professional qualifications: PhD, MBA, BSc (Hons), DPod M

Bio: I am currently working in Central Otago and have a podiatry practice in Cromwell and Alexandra.

I have a background in education and ran the podiatry course in Wellington many years ago when I first arrived from London, where I was teaching. My time in Wellington was focused on developing the podiatry degree course and the end on degree course for those podiatrists who had previously gained a diploma in Podiatry and needed to upgrade.

My specialised interests were in diabetic foot care and therefore pressure injuries – their treatment and prevention. I also ran the biomechanics and orthotics lab at the University of Westminster where my interests lay in the treatment and prevention of foot pathologies in those with neurological conditions, autoimmune disorders and also children.

My area of research more recently was in Diabetes and the experiences of people with diabetes, particularly in rural areas. This combined a passion of mine which is the delivery of equitable health care across all environments and the reduction of barriers to that care either from institutional biases or from personal barriers to care.

I have been a member of the New Zealand Wound Care Society (NZWCS) since 2019. I am currently a member of the Education Advisory Group, the Pressure Injury Advisory Group and the Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. I shall be representing the NZWCS on the Guideline Development Group for the 4th Edition of the International Guidelines following the footsteps of Pam Mitchel.


Name: Anj Dickson

Anj 2022

Job Title: Wound care Clinical Nurse Specialist for Pressure injury prevention and management

Employer: Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand – Counties Manukau

Professional qualifications: BN; PGCert, PG Dip, Masters in Nursing

Contact details: Counties Manukau, | Private Bag 93311, Auckland 1640

Bio: Anj has been working at Counties for 15 years and has been part of the wound care team for five, specialising in pressure injury prevention and management. This role sees her providing wound care support and recommendations within the inpatient setting, as well as providing virtual support to patient in ARRC facilities with pressure injuries. Anj is passionate about sharing her knowledge and contributes to webinars, educations sessions and she is also part of the International learning collaborative.
Anj has recently completed her Master’s on the impact of skin tone on the development of pressure injuries and is looking forward to carrying this research on to a PhD.
Anj has been a member of the PIAG since 2019