Clutha Health Incorporated

Clutha Health Incorporated (CHI) is an incorporated charitable trust and is the sole shareholder of Clutha Community Health Company Ltd (Clutha Health First).  We are a link between the Clutha District community and Clutha Community Health Company Ltd (Clutha Health First) who provide health care services in the Clutha District. We are a strong advocate for the provision of quality health services for all residents of the Clutha District.

The Board of Trustees is composed of five (5) elected members from the community; One (1) member is appointed by the Clutha District Council and one (1) member is appointed by the local Iwi.  In addition, three members are staff members of Clutha Community Health Company Ltd who are appointed through a separate nomination and election process within the Clutha Health First; one staff member must be a General Practitioner.

Our Role:

The role of Clutha Health Incorporated is:

  • To appoint directors to Clutha Community Health Company Ltd.
  • Represent and advocate for the provision of quality health services for the community.
  • Maintain and develop the facilities and land located in Charlotte and Clyde Streets in Balclutha which are occupied by Clutha Health First and Southern District Health Board for the provision of health services.

Our Trustees


Hamish Anderson
Chair; Elected Member to CHI

Hamish was initially involved with Clutha Health Incorporated as a Clutha District Council representative, and then became an elected community representative to CHI.  Hamish believes that health delivery for our community is critical, and a good health system is essential for our people and the long-term viability of our district. The staff and management of Clutha Health First are to be congratulated on the highly regarded health services we receive today.


Paul Hanlon
Elected Member to CHI

Paul recently moved to the Clutha District and was appointed to the CHI board at the last election in 2019.

Paul brings skills in technology and production management to the board table. Paul is impressed by the performance of Clutha Health First from both the financial and health delivery points of view and believes his key involvement in CHI is to help deliver a health system where the patient is most the important consideration.


Kate Anderson
Elected Member to CHI

Kate lives locally in the Clinton area with her family running a dairy farming operation as well as being a relief teacher in local primary schools for over 20 years.  Kate brings a wealth of experience and skill to the board of CHI from her various involvements in other local governance groups. Kate believes growing a facility with services that meet the needs of the people of South Otago and having the right people driving the direction of CHF through robust governance structures is one of the most important achievements of our local health services.


Helen Keen
Staff Representative from CHF to CHI

Helen is a Registered Nurse and Team Leader for District Nursing at Clutha Health First and has an extensive nursing career spanning many years in our district. Helen lives locally and is in her fourth term as CHF staff representative to CHI. Helen believes an important achievement over this time is having been able to be creative to increase health services which meet the needs of the community, whilst ensuring financial viability within a changing health system. The priority for the Clutha District is to support and deliver quality and equitable health services to our community ensuring access for all.  


Jenny O’Connell
Iwi Representative to CHI

Jenny lives locally in the Clutha District and has been a member of CHI for over 10 years representing our local iwi. Jenny has extensive background involvement in elderly care. Jenny believes we have a modern up to date facility which Clutha Health First uses to provide health services with an amazing team of professional health providers for the residents of the Clutha District. A key area Jenny sees focus on is to strive to achieve better/quicker waiting times in General Practice for our people to be seen.


Jolene Ollerenshaw
Staff Representative from CHF to CHI

Born and bred in Balclutha, Jolene a long term local and previous Occupational Therapist. Jolene has been a staff representative on CHI since 2017, enjoying the opportunity to represent her fellow colleagues. Jolene is the current Quality and Risk Co-ordinator at Clutha Health First ensuring our facility undertakes and complies with all required external compliance certification. It is a unique and inspiring opportunity that the Clutha District owns its own health service, and we should all be proud of this accomplishment and of the past trustees who created CHI in the first instance as an asset for our community.


Phil Atkinson
Elected Member to CHI

Phil lives locally in the district and brings robust management skills to the board including business management and previous involvement in school boards of trustees including being chairman. Phil and his wife are very active members of service organisations in Balclutha and is a strong community advocate. CHF is a high-quality community health provider which focuses on getting the best outcomes possible within the constraints of the health system. The fact that the facility is community owned and has been astutely operated makes me proud to have some input towards ongoing development as part of CHI. Phil believes it is very important, we stay ahead of changes and developments in the delivery of health services to our community.


Dr David Mason
General Practitioner and Staff Representative from CHF to CHI

David is a local General Practitioner in Balclutha, where he now lives with his family after returning from the Canterbury Region. David has been a General Practitioner for many years and specialises in fracture management alongside general family health medicine. David is in his second term as a CHF staff representative on the CHI board and has valuable insight into our health system for both General Practice and Hospital services which aids the clinical discussions and visions of CHI.  


Jo-Anne Thomson
Clutha District Council Representative to CHI

Jo-Anne, previously an Enrolled Nurse for 27 years, completed her hospital-based training at the former Balclutha Hospital site. Jo-Anne then transitioned to Clutha Health First upon closure of Balclutha Hospital and is now a local Clinton business owner. Jo-Anne is the representative of the Clutha District Council on the board, where she is the representative for the Clinton Ward. Jo-Anne sees achievement in providing accessible health services for the needs of the people of the Clutha District and a priority needs to be continuing to meet the needs of the people in this never-ending changing health system, not only now but in the future. Jo-Anne believes the need to ensure this is possible by securing funding, maintaining appropriate staffing, and a building fit for purpose whilst having the ability to deliver the service in a professional manner is vital to our community.

Contact Us

Clutha Health Incorporated can be contacted via the Secretary, via email:

Cant find what you are looking for?

About Us Our Services Visiting a Patient?