Grassroots – A Club like No Udder

Grassroots is the University of Auckland Rural Health Club.

If you’re a Nursing, Medicine, Optometry or Pharmacy student at UoA, you can join us!

We are all about promoting rural health and rural health careers. We put on awesome educational, sporting and social events which showcase what rural life has to offer those in the health field.

Our events are geared not just towards rural students – everyone is encouraged to get a taste of what rural healthcare entails.  So get involved and go hard. Rural Health. Hard.

Make sure to like us on Facebook – Grassroots Rural Health Club


Meet the team:

Don Laing



Vanamali Joseph


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Victoria Murphy

Communications Officer

Hi, I’m Victoria, your Grassroots Comms Officer for 2019!  I’m a 3rd year MBChB student born and raised in the city of Auckland – but I’m also super passionate about rural health.  My vision for Grassroots is to challenge the stereotypes of rural practice, and welcome more students who are from both rural and urban backgrounds to experience the joys of the rural life!


Liam Quinlan & Emilie Agnew

Social Reps

Kia Ora I’m Emilie and I’m proud to be one of your Grassroots Social Reps for 2019. I’m a small town girl, born and raised down in South Island’s Timaru and currently in my third year of medicine. I am part of the grassroots exec as I am passionate about raising awareness about disparities in rural health, as well as wanting to organise some wild activities to shine a bit of ruralness into ya!

Sarah Cowan

TI Rep

Jasmine Feng & Amy Yip

Pharmacy Reps

Hey guys. My name is Jasmine and I am the grassroots optometry rep and am currently in part 4 optometry. Being part of grassroots, I hope I can bring more awareness/experience of rural health into health professional programs, particularly optometry, whilst also helping out the rural communities.

Grace McLeod & Meg Leuty

Nursing Reps


Hannah Pitman-Bell

Pukawakawa Rep

Kia ora! My name is Hannah Pitman-Bell, 5th year Medical student and I’m the 2019 Pukawakawa Site Representative for Grassroots. Pukawakawa is the rural-regional 5th year program that is based at Whangarei Hospital but encompasses satellite Northland sites. It’s Auckland University’s longest running rural-regional program with a huge community, rural and Maori/Pacific focus. Being a part of both Pukawakawa and Grassroots is a huge privilege and we’re doing our best to encourage culturally competent practice that reaches our high-needs rural communities in Northland. Your support is much appreciated. Kia kaha.


Rural Schools Visit

Phoebe Anderson


Kia ora! Ko Phoebe tôku ingoa. I am a fourth-year medical student from an urban background, and I am Grassroots Rural Health Club’s 2019 Vice President. I’ve been sporting Grassroots singlets for two years now, and this year’ll be no different. Through Grassroots, I discovered my passion for Rural Medicine: with the exciting medical challenges and unique relationship with the community that Rural Medicine presents, I can see myself loving work as a rural doctor. As part of the 2019 Exec, I hope to help ensure that Grassroots continues to provide awesome opportunities for you: the future of Rural Medicine!


Claudia Muller



Rebekah Doherty


Isaac Teng & Francis Bradley

Education Reps

Josh Speight & Blair Lowry



Optometry Rep


Connor McRae & Braedon Epps

Welfare and Sports Reps

Connor: Kia Ora everyone, I amcurrently in my 3rd year of studying the MBChB. This year my colleague Brae and I are the Sports and Welfare Representatives for Grassroots Rural Health Club, if you ever spot us around campus don’t be afraid to say hi!! I grew up on a lifestyle block in Rotorua and I absolutely loved it. I jumped at the opportunity to become a Grassroots rep as I would be able to help bring some rural culture to the Faculty of Medical and Health Science’s. Hope you are all as excited for this year as me, see you all around!!


Siska Falconer

Bay of Plenty Rep

Kia Ora! I am stoked to be the BOP representative for Grassroots this year! Currently I am in my fifth year of medicine and have been very lucky to be placed in the beautiful Tauranga/ Whakatane cohort. Growing up in the rural Waikato has meant I have a passion for rural health and overcoming inequities, so I am very excited to be a part of Grassroots this year. As rep I am keen to encourage more connectedness between the year groups and also help establish a closer relationship between the students and the community.

Lauren Moorby

Taranaki Rep