ABOUT US: Executive Committee


Heather Laxon:
BHSc (Nursing)
PG Dip HSc (Youth Health)
I am in my tenth year working at the Health Clinic at Mangere College.  I come from a  background in emergency and public health nursing.

I enjoy working with young people and love the vitality and energy they bring with them, I am constantly amazed by the resilience many of them have despite having very challenging life situations.  

I am also passionate about supporting school nurses and recognize that many of us work in isolated and difficult situations.  I have a Post Grad Certificate in Professional Supervision and am able to offer supervision to school nurses.  I am also a member of the SHARP (School Health Awareness Raising Project) which aims to support and raise the profile of school nurses through producing documents such as the "Guide to Employing a Registered Nurse within a Secondary School Setting 2016"

I look forward to further supporting school nurses through my role as co-president of the ASNG.

Kerrie Salwey:
RN, PG Dip Youth
I am in my 6th year of school nursing at Aorere College and have worked in 2 other South Auckland schools prior to this position. I am challenged by but also enjoying a recent move into the lead role.  My background nursing is mainly emergency care where I have worked concurrently for many years.

I am passionate about youth health and love making the differences on a daily basis to enable better health outcomes, independence, and improved opportunities for learning and the future of our students.

Jackie Venter:
RN, PG Cert Youth
Representing Manukau

I am one of three nurses at Papatoetoe High School and am now in my fourth year here. Beforehand I was a school nurse at Macleans College. I have completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science Youth Health. I love the challenge of supporting young people with complex needs achieve their full potential at school and in life, and working with them to improve their health and access to services.

I am also the Treasurer for the Auckland School Nurses Group and enjoy the diversity of this role and getting to know and support the nurses in our group.


Briar Walker:
RN, PG Dip Chronic Care Management
General Secretary
Representing Eastern

I am currently working at Howick College as a school nurse and am in my 6th year here and thoroughly enjoying it. Prior to this I worked in primary care as a practice nurse for 6 years which I loved and before that I worked in secondary care in a variety of settings including Intensive Care, PACU and clinical nurse advisor.

I enjoy the challenges that my job as a school nurse brings and aim to improve the services provided to the young people to help them with their health needs and wellbeing. Building relationship and facilitating care with the students and their families is important to me.

I am pleased to offer my time to the Auckland School Nurses Group as it is great to be surrounded by passionate people.


Tracey Stanners:
Secretary - gMail
Representing Southern

I have been working as a Youth Health nurse at Manurewa High School in South Auckland for 12 year and thoroughly enjoy the experience of working with youth.  I provide leadership and support to three other nurses, while gaining knowledge and support from experienced nurses whom I work alongside.

Before working in Youth Health my back ground history was Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation which has helped in my current clinic setting.

I enjoy supporting youth in building confidence, self-esteem and self-management to achieve better health outcomes.


Suzie King:
RN, PG Dip Youth
Representing Franklin

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future" Franklin D. Roosevelt.

I have worked at Papatoetoe High School and have been in my role for nine years. I enjoy supporting young people and working in partnership with them to build resiliency and achieve better health outcomes. I've completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science - Advance Nursing and am currently undertaking the Registered Nurse Designated Prescriber Community Health - Trial and Evaluation course. I represent the Franklin cluster group of the ASNG and am the ASNG member on the executive committee for the Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand (SYHPANZ). I am also a member of the School Health Raising Awareness Project (SHARP).


Catherine Lambe:
RN, Masters in Nursing
Representing Hauraki

I am the Nurse Educator for the ADHB funded Enhanced School Based Health Services and sit on the Auckland School Nurses Group Executive Committee as the cluster representative for ESBHS (Hauraki cluster). I have worked in child and youth health for virtually all of my career, including a previous role as a school nurse.

I provide supervision, support and leadership to a team of approximately twenty nurses who work within our team, as well as having input into youth service development. I love to see the nurses in our team working at the top of their scope and feeling they make a huge difference for the young people in the schools, and value the role the ASNG play in keeping nurses who work in secondary schools connected and aware of opportunities to develop professionally.


Michelle Crustowski:
Representing Western

I am currently the Lead school nurse at Waitakere College and have been working with youth over the last 15 years in schools, community and marae settings.
I feel our youth deserve high quality primary health care and health literacy to support them to achieve at school and in life.
I want to value, share knowledge and support the nurses working in the West Auckland Colleges.


Anita Wicks:
RN, BHSc (Midwifery)
Northern representative

Anita is an experienced RN who has been working at Kingsway for the past seven years. She has over 33 years of clinical and leadership experience working as a nurse and midwife in hospital and independent practice. She is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives and health of young people and is currently undertaking post graduate study in youth health


Sarah Hardy:
Representing Central

profile pending


Catherine Moorhead:
Representing Central

profile pending


Committee Meeting Schedule for 2017/18 (Greenlane Clinical Centre)

9 August 2017
13 September 2017
8 November 2017


Reviewed March 2012
Updated August 2017

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