Meet our experienced medical educators who are ready to assist you through your GPEP programme.

GPEP 1 Medical Educators

Liza Lack

Liza is a fellow of the College She's also a member of the British College of General Practitioners and holds a Master of Medical Science as well a Diploma of Paediatrics. She also holds Diplomas in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Strategic Leadership and a post graduate qualification in family planning. In her spare time, she is a passionate mum, wife, foodie and gardener.

Lynne Harvey


Lynne has been involved in GPEP Medical Education in Northland for the past 10 years. Her predominant role has been in facilitating weekly seminar sessions in Whangarei as well as visits to registrars from GPEP 1-3. She has worked in general practice for over 30 years, working in both single and group practices in Waiouru, Palmerston North and subsequently Whangarei. As well as general practices, she has been involved in DSAC, ACC assessments and Medical Council roles. When not in the office, she enjoys walking, reading, travel and naturally sharing wine and great food with friends. She says "this is a beautiful part of the world but in contrast to this, here the significant inequities in health and lifestyle are so obvious so it's an opportunity to contribute to the health of our local communities."

Chris Wright

I am a Medical Educator in the Wellington Region. I've taught GPEP1 registrars for the last 20 years in my practice and have had 13 years working in the seminar teaching role as ME. After my registrar year in Wellington in 1986, I moved to the Wainuiomata Health Centre and worked as a partner there for 13 years, after which I was asked by Kara Puketapu to help set up a new iwi-based, community medical centre at Waiwhetu in 2000. I worked for the Te Atiawa runanga for 7 years before being drawn back to private practice at Naenae, where I have been ever since. Teaching has remained one of the great pleasures of my career!

Francesco Lentini

Auckland NW

Francesco graduated from university in Italy in 1995, then moved to London in the UK where he first qualified as a surgeon, and then in 2013 he become a GP. Francesco has lived and worked in Mairangi Bay in Auckland since 2009, after moving to New Zealand in 2005 and working in Wellsford for 4 years as a rural GP. He has been a GPEP1 medical educator for the College since 2008 and also a GPEP2/3 medical educator since 2010. Outside his College roles, he works as an Education Supervisor for the NZMC and is a Director of ProCare Health Ltd. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in General Practice and Post Graduate certificates in Aviation Medicine, Travel Medicine and Teaching and Learning.

Deb Mitchell

Auckland NW

Deb is a Medical Educator for the Auckland NW GPEP1 group. She works part time in general practice and owns a practice in a 'job-share' type arrangement in Green Bay, West Auckland. She has been a GP for about 15 years after completing GPEP1 in 2002. She has been involved in GPEP1 education for 2 years and thoroughly enjoys working with the registrars and other teachers. She lives in Mt Eden in Auckland with her husband and two children, 12 and 14 years old.

Susan Hawken


Susan Hawken is a medical educator and general practitioner at Browns Bay Medical Centre, on the North Shore in Auckland. She has spent 24 years working in general practice, with experience in both rural and urban practices. Previously a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Healthcare at the University of Auckland. she has a strong teaching and academic background. She has a passion for engaging learners in developing a patient centred approach. She has published widely and contributed to books on medical education. Her research interests include quality of life issues for clinicians, the clinical learning environment and professional and communication skills development.


Primla Khar

Auckland Central and South

Growing up in India to an engineer father and homemaker mother, Primla always found herself immersed in the value systems of honesty, sincerity, compassion and service to fellow human beings. Respect for other cultures and religions is at the core of Primla's approach to medicine and she enjoys understanding and working with Māori needs in the health sector. Primla has opted to work as a medical educator in a pastoral role as she recognises the need for young doctors to be able to debrief and de-stress in a safe, confidential, friendly, supportive professional environment.

Sally Carter


Sally Carter is the GPEP 1 Medical Educator for the Waikato region. She works two days a week at Health Te Aroha and as a GP liason for EBPHA, a PHO based in the Eastern Bay of Plenty where up until recently she worked full time. Sally has always had a passion for general practice and was never in danger of specialising in anything else. She enjoys the rewarding challenge of supporting GP registrars. She is also a busy mum with two daughters and recently moved to beautiful farmland in Walton, in the Waikato with her family.

Helen Pike


Helen was born and raised in the North West of England and studies medicine at Manchester University and was hooked on general practice at her first exposure as a student. She became a general practitioner in 2002 and has worked full time as a general practitioner ever since, initially in the Scottish Highlands, before emigrating to Blenheim, NZ in 2011. She has loved teaching registrars and young doctors in her practice both in Scotland and here in NZ and she very much looks forward to meeting her GPEP1 group.

Neil Whittaker


Neil has been a General Practitioner in Nelson for more than 20 years and a Medical Educator for more than 10 years. His driving force in his work is working collaboratively and the "Quadruple Aim" (improving population health, increasing patient satisfaction, reducing per-capita health care spending and clinician and staff satisfaction). Neil is married to Rosie and has 4 adult children. Given any opportunity Neil likes to run, paddle and peddle with whanau, friends or a podcast. He loves food, reading and music but has limited creative talent in any of these areas (his words). His whanau say he is addicted to Twitter and he says that there may be some truth to this.

Lauren McGifford


Lauren is the lead medical educator for GPEP 1 in Canterbury since 2011. She is also a general practitioner at Avonhead Surgey in Christchurch. Beyond medicine, family is the biggest focus in Lauren's life, as she's the mother of 5 children all in their teens or young adulthood, plus one small fluffy dog. She is actively involved in the local community through her church and her children's activities. In a quiet moment, you may find her lost in a good book or planning the next family holiday.

Lucy O'Hagan


Lucy worked as a GP in Wanaka for 20 years and loved putting plasters on, being part of the stories and in a small town, she was also being part of those stories! Now she teaches a marvelous new generation of GPs, she runs a free clinic at the Dunedin needle exchange service and works in the new low cost Mataora health centre.

She's recently completed a certificate programme with the Centre for Narrative Practice in Boston and she's planning to do a Masters in General Practice looking at the doctor's narrative. Outside of the practice, she is also involved in theatre and has performed at college conferences in role plays.

Aisha Paulose


Aisha was born and raised in London and graduated from UCL
Medical School in 2004. She qualified as a GP with MRCGP in 2009.
Aisha had an active role in education with the UK RCGP from 2010
and attained a PGCE.

In 2015 she emigrated to New Zealand with her husband. Aisha now works as a GP in Winton, and has continued her love and passion for education leading the Otago/Southland GPEP programme and taking on lots of different roles for the College.

When not working, Aisha enjoys rural living in her house on a hill, mountain tramping, oil painting, crystals and aromatherapy.

Craig Pelvin


Craig  is a GP in Dunedin having Graduated from Otago Medical school and worked in Taranaki and Wanaka before settling back in Dunedin. He has been a Medical educator in the Southern Region since 2009. He is a partner at Dunedin North Medical Centre and recently cultivated an interest in Travel Medicine. When not working or spending time with his family he loves the outdoors. He is an orienteer, tramper, runner, mountain-biker and an impatient gardener. For a new challenge he has decided to try some adventure racing.

Sean Hanna


Sean has been a General Practitioner in Porirua for more than 15 years and a Medical Educator in Wellington for the last 8 years. He is passionate about improving Maori health outcomes through high quality primary care, and is very interested in cross-cultural communication, clinical education, clinical pharmacology and youth health. He is bilingual in English and te reo Maori and can consult in either (and frequently both) languages.