East Otago Health provides 24 hours 7 days per week medical care to the East Otago Community. Our main clinic is located in Palmerston but we also have a satellite clinic in Waikouaiti located 14km to the south of Palmerston. We have a dedicated team of general practitioners, P.R.I.M.E/after hour’s nurses, admin staff and practice nurses. East Otago Health is a rural General Practice and also holds the PRIME contract for the region.

We moved into our new Palmerston premises in November 2017 which provides state of the art facilities to care for our community and space for our medical team, consisting of three doctors, 6 nurses, 4 admin and a practice manager. District nurses and a variety of services also work from our premises.

Our People


Practice Manager
Jane Roberts - Acting Practice Manager

Admin Team
Jane, Jocelyn, Kate, Lorna

Nurse Team
Clare (team leader), Michelle, Hilary, Liz, Jane, Briar

PRIME Nurse Team
Jane (team leader), Liz, Michelle, Clare


Dr Gareth Keat

I have arrived at East Otago Health from the dizzying heights of Dunedin Hospital where I have worked since graduating from Otago Medical School in 2011.

Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland a long time ago, the last 4 years has been spent working in the various medical specialties of the hospital as Registrar, essentially covering everything … and in the process gaining good knowledge across the board.

Although I had once planned on specialising in Cardiology, I can sincerely say that the short time spent thus far at East Otago Health has opened my eyes to the joy of General Practice. More than anything I want to help you achieve wellness by ensuring that what I know you know too, in an interaction that's as much friend as it is physician.

Outside of medicine I'm a complicated chap with many interests; descending rapidly down hills on two wheels, defying death sliding down snow covered mountains and near drowning in the washing machine of Otago's surf. I live in a tree house located in some bush on Dunedin's peninsula with a wonderful partner, a mental cat, a plethora of native birds and some amazing friends. I have 4 children aged from 3 to 10, both girls and boys so believe me, I know how you feel!!!

I look forward to seeing you, even though you'd probably rather not need to!

Dr Helen Reid

I am originally from the North of England and studied medicine in Wales before coming to NZ in 1990 where I trained to be a GP. Following some years working in general practice in the UK and in Auckland, I have finally settled in the South Island which I love.

I enjoy the variety and challenges of rural practice after city life. My hobbies are tramping, music, cooking and cinema. Most of my spare time however is spent walking and playing with my Border collie, Jess.

Dr Struan Clark

I came to East Otago Health after practising for 21 years in Golden Bay and combine my GP practise with a role as medical advisor at South Link Health Services in Dunedin, and a teaching post with the University of Otago Department of General Practice and Rural Health. I can’t say I have special interests in general practice – part of the challenge and satisfaction of this broad speciality is to try to help each patient who comes to you, whatever their needs and concerns. Beyond practise, my interests are in teaching, the interactions between health professionals and patients, and the sustainable delivery of extended health services in the community.

Born and brought up in Dundee, Scotland, I completed my medical training at the University of Aberdeen and in the North East of Scotland. I came to New Zealand in 1991 and met my wife, Margie, in Auckland. She brought me to the Mainland where we have been since and have brought up our two children, Hamish and Frances. I love to ski, tramp, kayak, sail, read and garden, and watch all wildlife, from spiders to whales!