Health Matters


Charlene Pretorius - Director


MSc (Hons) MBS (Dist) BSc  PGDip HSM Cert (Treaty of Waitangi Studies) PGDip Psych Prac PGDip CBT (Dist) AFCHSE FSMLT MNZPsS NZ Registered Psychologist

T-Trainer (Stanford CDSMP, Pain, Diabetes, PSMP) Accredited Licensed Trainer (Flinders Program)


Charlene is director of Healthmatters NZ Ltd, holds master degrees in Health Psychology and Health Management. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. Charlene is a New Zealand registered psychologist with a special interest in mental health, long-term condition self-management, health promotion, and workplace health. As the first person trained in the Flinders Program in New Zealand Charlene has trained doctors, nurses and allied health professionals across New Zealand. She has significant experience delivering the SMRC (Stanford University) Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) to groups of people with health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, Crohn's  disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, depression, anxiety, complex long-term conditions, stress, and lifestyle issues. In 2010 Charlene attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, San Francisco to complete her T-Training in the CDSMP and Chronic Pain self-management programs. Subsequently she attended the Stanford University Diabetes Self-Management Programme and Positive Self-Management Programme for HIV (PSMP).  Charlene has a particular interest in workplace health and well-being. She co-authored the chapter Workplace health and safety: Issues for the home-based worker. In  J. Sayers, & N. Monin (Eds.) The Global Garage: Home-Based Business in New Zealand. (pp. 109 - 128). Southbank, VIC: Thomson Dunmore Press. In 2010 she was recipient of a Flinders University Award “Trainer of Excellence” in 2010. Charlene divides her time between clinical practice, training and consulting, providing coaching and mentoring, health management and professional development to health providers. Charlene was appointed as a SMRC certifying T-Trainer in 2020.