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Article: Dr Catherine Forshaw

Dr Catherine Forshaw

MBBS (London), BSc (Psychiatry), MRCGP, DFSRH


Catherine is a British-trained GP, who now resides in Christchurch and works as a General Practitioner. She obtained her BSc in Psychiatry from University College London in 2004 and earned her Medical Degree in 2008 (MBBS) also from UCL. Catherine completed her GP training and became a Member of the Royal College of GPs (MRCGP) in 2015 after spending several years in NHS.

She also completed a postgraduate diploma in Sexual Health and Reproductive Health (DFSRH) in 2018 to deepen her knowledge in Women's Health. Before immigrating to New Zealand, Catherine was a General Practice owner and director of local services in the UK.

"I practise in a truly holistic way and am a big supporter of lifestyle medicine. I believe that it is not just about using medications but looking at our lives and the way we live in order to manage our health. I have long been an ambassador for Moving Medicine - looking at the evidence of physical activity on illnesses and training health practitioners to deliver this education as an integrated part of the consultation. I am currently undertaking a certificate in medical nutrition to support this.

I am a keen runner, currently training for my 7th marathon, and enjoy being active in the gym or outside in nature's playground!I also understand what it is like to manage a busy work life whilst raising children.

As I have entered the perimenopausal age bracket, I am very motivated to help women navigate through what can be a tough phase of life!"