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Senior LecturerChris E Hendry 2020 Image 1x

BA (Canterbury) DMid (UTS) MPH (Otago) RM RN


Chris has worked in a range of roles including a self-employed Nurse and Midwife Consultant for more than 20 years, working on projects for the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards and NGOs.

Chris has also held health national governance roles including:

  • Board member on the NZ National Health IT Board 2007 – 2016
  • Board member on the National InterRAI Governance Board 2015 – 2017

More recently Chris was Director of the New Zealand Institute of Community Health Care, managing a number of research and development projects focusing particularly on community-based health services and their interface with hospital services.


With an interest in the application of complexity science to health system development, that arose out of her Doctoral studies, Chris is now paper convenor for the Nursing Leadership and Management papers offered by the Centre.

Chris also teaches in the Graduate Nursing Programme and a number of other Primary care and Public Health focused papers. She has also been involved in supporting the development of Health Informatics papers.

Research Interests

Chris has research interests in:

  • Community health service access, particularly maternity services
  • The strategic development of the health workforce, particularly nursing and midwifery
  • Health service development and change management
  • The strategic potential of Health IT


Bagg, W., Curtis, E., Eggleton, K. S., Nixon, G., Bristowe, Z., Brunton, P., Hendry, C., … Scarf, D., … Williman, J., … Crampton, P. (2023). Socio-demographic profile of medical students in Aotearoa, New Zealand (2016–2020): A nationwide cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 13, 073996. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-073996

Crampton, P., Bagg, W., Bristowe, Z., Brunton, P., Curtis, E., Hendry, C., … Scarf, D., … Williman, J., & Wilson, D. (2023). National cross-sectional study of the sociodemographic characteristics of Aotearoa New Zealand's regulated health workforce pre-registration students: A mirror on society? BMJ Open, 13, e065380. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-065380

Hendry, C., & Prileszky, G. (2017). A usability study: An e-medication dispenser as part of a home-based medication management programme. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 78(1), 23-30.

Hendry, C., & Ogden, E. (2016). Hydration in aged residential care: A practical audit process. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 7(1), 41-45.

Hendry, C., & Ogden, E. (2016). Consumers at the heart of care: Developing a nurse-led community-based infusion service. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 7(1), 27-31.

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