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CF field workers

As people live longer and better lives with cystic fibrosis, there are many life transitions, milestones and challenges to manage along the way. We believe it’s important to address all aspects of your health and wellbeing and will support you and your family throughout your changing journey.

  • Gretchen Kitching Northern Fieldworker


    • Northern Region Field Worker
    • Email gretchen@cfnz.org.nz
    • Phone 029 773 1398
    • Hours: Mon-Wed 8am-4pm, Thurs 8am-2pm

    Hours: Mon-Wed 8am-4pm, Thurs 8am-2pm

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    • Central Region Field Worker
    • Email jude@cfnz.org.nz
    • Phone 021 192 6234

  • SueLovelock


    • Southern Region Field Worker
    • Email sue@cfnz.org.nz
    • Phone 021 0222 1203

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    • Upper Central Field Worker
    • Email chani@cfnz.org.nz
    • Phone 021 196 8050

What do cystic fibrosis field workers do?

Our four field workers offer support to families following a new diagnosis and help during the transition from children’s to adult services and throughout adult life. They provide practical help and/or emotional support to individuals, families and carers, offer advice on resources and help with access to essential services.

The field worker team work throughout New Zealand and attend outpatient and inpatient clinics and home visits to people with CF and their families in the community. They have vast experience in the health arena and are aware of the challenges and the impact living with cystic fibrosis has on individuals, children and families.

Our field workers are registered social workers and any information shared with them is confidential and not shared without your permission.

Areas covered and hours

Together, our four field workers provide support to individuals and families affected by cystic fibrosis across the country. Please note that these hours are a guide only and are subject to change.

Gretchen  Northern Region

Regions covered: Auckland and Northland.
Based in: Auckland.
Hours: Monday–Wednesday, 8am–4pm, Thursday 8am–2pm.

Chani  Upper Central Region

Regions covered: Waikato and Bay of Plenty.
Based in: Hamilton
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 9am–3pm, Friday 9am–11am.

Jude  Central Region

Regions covered: Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Central Districts and Taranaki.
Based in: Wellington.
Hours: Monday–Wednesday, 9am–5.30pm, Thursday 9am–10am.

Sue – Southern Region

Regions covered: All of the South Island. 
Based in: Christchurch.
Hours: MondayFriday, 9.30am4.30pm.

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What can a field worker help with?

Our field worker team offers support and advice to help with practical issues including:

  • identifying and addressing any needs and concerns

  • providing information and support for individuals, parents, families and new diagnoses

  • navigating health and disability support networks and social services

  • referrals to other agencies and external assistance such as counselling

  • applications to WINZ, Ministry of Health Carer Support and National Travel Assistance

  • looking at future options regarding health care and fertility

  • discussing plans for childcare and schooling, identifying both parents and children’s needs and providing assistance with schools

  • exploring options for study and employment

  • providing support to people prior to and post lung transplant

  • maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following treatment plans

  • educating, supporting and advocating for patient rights and ensure individual cultural and spiritual needs are met

  • identifying opportunities to access grants and assistance provided by CFNZ or other agencies.

Financial assistance

We provide grants to support people living with cystic fibrosis, or their parents, guardians, partners, children, family or carers to meet some of the costs of CF. 

Our field workers know what options are available to you in your area, and will help you receive any help you're entitled to and can act as your advocate when you're dealing with government and community services.

Explore financial assistance

We're here for you

Most families who receive a cystic fibrosis diagnosis will be offered the support of one of our field workers. If you haven't received this and would like support, please get in touch with us or make direct contact with your closest field worker.


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