Our General Practice team is made up of skilled professionals bringing quality care to you and your family. Pictured above are members of our nursing team.
Doctors & Practice Manager
Dr Alistair Hayworth
Born in Scotland and a Graduate of Aberdeen University, Alistair trained in a wide variety of hospital posts as a junior doctor. After working as a GP in a semi-rural part of Scotland he emigrated with his wife and 3 children to New Zealand and worked in Matamata, then Hamilton moving to Newtown Medical Centre in 2012. Alistair is a keen runner (2 marathons in last 4 years- no more!) and also plays proper football (soccer) in the Wellington Masters league. Alistair enjoys paediatrics and also works a regular gynaecology outpatient hospital clinic.
Dr Jill Shepherd
Jill was born in Taranaki, where she knew a number of nice cows, then migrated as far south as possible to university in Dunedin. Equipped with a degree in Zoology and a cello, and no prospect of a job she embarked on a medical degree. Jill travelled north again to The Best Little Capital in the World for her clinical years and then trained in General Practice. After a year out in Melbourne and Europe, a locum job at Newtown Medical Centre turned into a life’s sentence work. Jill has delivered a few thousand babies and now helps make them at Fertility Associates. She also helps women in the throes of menopause and in the course of the twenty years the Wellington Menopause Clinic has been running, has joined them herself. Jill’s passions are her four “puddy tats”, the International Arts Festival (three weeks holiday in March every second year) and, oh yes, cows.
Dr I-Pen Hsu
I-pen Hsu is originally from Taiwan and has been working as a GP at Newtown Medical Centre since January 2013. I-pen was trained at Otago University, graduating in 2003, and completing her diploma in Paediatrics in 2006. She is passionate about providing good quality care in primary care.
I-pen has special interests in Paediatrics, Women’s Health, Youth and Sexual Health, and strives to continue her learning journey throughout her medical career, especially in areas of mental health, allergies and chronic conditions.
I-pen is fluent in Mandarin, and hopes to support members of the public who are from minority ethnic groups.
Dr James Parsons
James was born Dunedin and grew up in Christchurch. He graduated from Otago University in 2010. Gaining experience in a wide variety of hospital specialties, he has worked his way around the country and has finally settled in Wellington at the Newtown Medical Centre.
James has a strong passion for general practice and enjoys working with families to make healthy living a focus in their lives.
Apart from general practice James has a particular interest in sports medicine, mainly built around his own experience as a marathon runner at national elite level and the associated injuries that entails!
Dr Simon Morley
Simon Morley was born in Germany and is of Irish descent. He started his medical career at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany in 2008. He spent his junior doctor years working in various hospitals in Germany, Ireland and UK. He lived in London for a while before he trained as a GP in Birmingham UK and was awarded with his membership of the Royal College of GPs. After working in Birmingham for some time he decided to pack his bags to escape the looming Brexit madness and moved to beautiful Wellington in 2017.
Since then he has developed a keen interest in the outdoors, mountain biking and trail running.
Dr Lauren Richardson
Lauren grew up in Scotland and completed her medical training in the sunny South West of England in 2007. She has worked in a variety of hospital and General Practice jobs. Having spent part of her elective in Tauranga Hospital in 2006, Lauren and husband made the permanent move to Wellington in 2018 to reunite with family already in New Zealand. Lauren has a particular interest in holistic and preventative medicine and Women’s Health. Outside of medicine, Lauren loves to travel, having worked in rural Tibet and helping establish women’s farms, nutritional training and infant weaning projects in rural Sierra Leone. She has also trained in therapeutic massage and is currently undertaking training in acupuncture.