Meet the doctors at Southern Women's Health Private Health Clinic
Meet the team

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 from Southern Women's Health Christchurch

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. 

She operates at Southern Cross Bealey Avenue but is also able to attend St George’s Hospital and Forte Health, where she is also a board member.

 Janet is a fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG

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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 from Southern Women's Health Christchurch

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

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!

Meet the team

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.

Diane McKenzie is a Personal assistant to Dr Janet Whineray from Southern Women's Health in Christchurch

Kelly McManus

Kelly McManus is PA to Janet Whineray.

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Wendy Hill is a Personal assistant to Dr Joanna Knight from Southern Women's Health in Christchurch

Wendy Hill

Wendy is PA to Jo Knight.

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