Dr Natalie Gauld
The Motor Neurone Disease NZ Regional Support Advisors provide free, individualised community-based support and advocacy for almost every person with motor neurone disease in New Zealand.
They work together with people living with MND, their whanau/families and carers, to enable them to have the best quality of life possible.
If you are not sure which support advisor to contact, or have a general MND support question, please contact Jo Kelly (Support Service Manager).
I am a keen trail runner and multi-sporter, having completed the Captain Cooks Challenge on the Queen Charlotte Track. I am married with three adult children and a daughter-in-law. My husband and I live in Carterton and I commute daily to Wellington.
My history with MND is that my father passed away as a result of MND in 1999. I’m keen to give something back to my community and I feel MND is a good fit.
I have been privileged to care for people with motor neurone disease throughout my career. I have always admired the brave and positive manner in which the majority of people manage to face the condition, however I am also aware of the intense support that they need to help them do this.
Organisations such as MND New Zealand play an extremely important role in providing, coordinating, and advocating for this support at a practical and legislative level.
I have always been aware and ensured I have practised in a voluntary and work environment that any group I’m managing or representing are involved in the discussions or decisions. My working career is extensive and varied - I started my career as a nurse and continued on a part time basis while raising 3 children. Then started my own business in the wool industry. After 10 years I sold the business and moved into the non-for-profit sector as a Development Manager at St Peters College, until moving to the Maritime Museum as the Commercial Manager. Since then, I have been NZ Manager for a variety of international brands like Swarovski, Guess, Monte Blanc and currently Calendar Club.
Since stepping out of clinical work in the late '80s, I've worked in a range of health management roles including senior management in home and community services, GM of Christchurch Hospital, international health service development in China and more recently overseeing the programme work of the South Island District Health Boards.
I have an abiding interest in the improvement of health services at all levels, covering acute and planned care, as well as supporting those with chronic and debilitating health issues. In other words, the system can always do better and the strongest voice should be always be from those in need.
I have some peripheral, but nonetheless impactful experience with a friend diagnosed with MND, albeit some time ago. My career has therefore exposed me to services at individual, local and sector wide levels, and my approach is always about the consideration of the person in the middle, the whole of system approach, and how to ensure that an equity focus underpins it all.