About Southern Women’s Health
The caring and dedicated doctors at Southern Women’s Health are proud to provide a wide range of gynaecological services. Our mission is to provide the most up to date, evidence-based medical and surgical care to our patients in a family-oriented atmosphere; a place where patient comfort and convenience are a top priority.
We are committed to providing outstanding health care and looking after your individual needs.
We strive to create a clinic where advanced medicine meets professional service for women in and around Canterbury. We value women and understand that providing good care involves creating an environment that allows you to be comfortable and able to put your trust in us.
Every patient is important and we are grateful for the opportunity to guide you through your health journey.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr Janet Whineray
Janet graduated from Otago Medical school and completed her specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in hospitals around New Zealand. She has also worked in Canada and the UK. Janet initially set up in private practice in Auckland and moved to Christchurch after 3 years.
Janet first started Southern Women’s Health in 2005 and has maintained a high level of care ever since. During that time, she has also worked at Christchurch Women’s hospital, most recently as Clinical Director for two years.
She is now back focusing on private practice and her family, including two teenage boys and two young dogs. Janet is an active woman and enjoys tennis, cycling, skiing and is now mastering kite surfing. Janet is an experienced and skilled gynaecologist who is able to advise on and manage all aspects of women’s health.
Janet is a fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
Janet holds memberships of
The Australia & NZ Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS).
Janet also takes part in the RANZCOG continuing professional development programme and most recently attended the AGES/World Endometriosis Society Focus Meeting in Melbourne.
Dr Joanna Knight
Jo emigrated from the UK to NZ in 2006 and having married a Cantabrian, chose to settle in Christchurch in 2012. Jo graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2001 and began training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the Mersey Region.
After moving to Auckland and spending 7 years there, she completed her later specialist training years at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. She has many years’ experience working in large secondary and tertiary units in the UK and NZ, as well as smaller centres in New Plymouth and Blenheim.
Jo strives to provide a compassionate woman-centred model of care, putting you first and collaborating with other health professionals such as your GP, midwife, physiotherapist and osteopath. Jo is passionate about women’s health and gender equity.
Jo utilises conservative, medical and surgical therapies to treat a wide range of women’s health issues. She operates predominantly at Southern Cross Hospital Bealey Ave but also at St George’s Hospital. Jo is particularly interested in minimal access surgery, including hysteroscopic and laparoscopic operative procedures.
She readily consults with colleagues for more complex situations to provide the best care for her patients.
Jo is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Jo holds memberships of
The British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE),
Jo participates in the RANZCOG continuing professional development programme and, as well as local events, has recently attended international conferences in Singapore and Wales to remain up to date with the latest evidence-based practice.
Jo has two young children and spends most of her time outside of being a doctor with her family who continue to try to get her head out of imaginary adventures in a book in order to take on real-life adventures!
Dr Keryn Harlow
Keryn graduated from the University of Otago and completed her specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology training in New Zealand and Australia. She recently returned to Christchurch with her husband and 3 young boys after completing a 2 year fellowship in Melbourne, at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital for Women, in advanced laparoscopic surgery and endometriosis.
Keryn works at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and is the lead consultant for advanced endometriosis, receiving referrals from throughout the South Island. She has recently established a shared service with the Colorectal Surgery team to provide care for people with severe endometriosis with bowel disease. She is proud to be the only AGES accredited gynaecologist in the South Island. Keryn predominantly operates at Southern Cross Hospital Bealey Ave but also at St George’s Hospital. She also provides fertility care at Fertility Associates Christchurch. She has extensive training in minimal access surgery including surgery for large fibroids and hysterectomy.
Keryn is passionate about endometriosis care and is an investigator with a leading research group- endometiosis.org.au in Melbourne. She is also completing a PhD with the University of Melbourne investigating endometriosis-related ovarian cysts and their impact on fertility. She has published several papers in peer reviewed journals.
Keryn is a fellow of RANZCOG and AGES and participates in the continuing professional development programme. She is also a member of the organizing committee for the upcoming AGES Focus Meeting in Queenstown.
Dr Susie Mourton
Joining us in September 2022.
Susie graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 1997 and worked as a junior doctor in New Zealand before moving to the United States of America in 2001. Having completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in California, Susie moved to New York city to complete a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a Masters in Science at Cornell University. She then returned to California and completed a three year fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at University of California Davis in Sacramento. Susie then worked in California and Washington States as a Gynecologic Oncologist for 12 years, returning to New Zealand in early 2021.
Susie operates at Southern Cross Bealey Ave and also St Georges Hospital. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Gynecologic Oncology with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). She treats patients with all gynaecologic malignancies including ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers guiding patients through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Susie has a particular interest in using minimally invasive surgical options when possible and has vast experience in robotic surgery using the DaVinci Surgical Robot.
Susie is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) and participates in the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) professional development program as well as the continuing medical educational program with ABOG.
When not working Susie is a keen alpine skier and loves mountain biking and tramping with her husband and two teenage girls.
Meet The Team
Kelly and Wendy enjoy working together at Southern Women’s Health and know how to look after you right from your first contact with us.