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Virginia MaskillSenior Lecturer

MHealthSc (Otago), PG DipHealSc (Addictions and Co-existing Disorders)(Dist)(Otago), PG DipHealSc(Interpersonal Psychotherapy)(Dist)(Otago), BN (NMIT), Cert. Adult Teaching (NMIT), RN

Tel +64 3 364 3861

Virginia Maskill joined the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Otago, Christchurch in 2009. Virginia also held a position in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch from 2006 -2016.

Research Interests

  • Rural Nursing workforce
  • Long-term condition management
  • Mental health and Substance use disorders
  • Sociological approaches to illness and self management practices

Virginia is currently completing a PhD exploring how Type II diabetes mellitus and other comorbidity impacts self-identity and in turn self-management practices.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NURS413 Primary Health Care Nursing Rural/Urban
  • NURS427 Long-term Conditions – Pathophysiology & Management
  • NURS431 Rural Nursing

Supervision Responsibilities

  • Masters students
  • Virginia is currently supervising three Dissertation students, and has previously supervised four Masters theses students, and 26 Dissertation students to successful completion
  • Enquiries are welcome from students looking to undertake a Masters or Dissertation in the following topics:
    • Long term condition management and self-management
    • Rural nursing
    • Mental health and, or substance use nursing practice

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member of the Rural Health Plan Working Group for the future development of rural health, Division of Health Sciences, University of Otago, 2014 - current
  • Executive Committee Representative Member (Educators/Academics with Rural interest), Rural Nurses New Zealand, 2017 – current
  • Reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing (ISSN: 1365-2648) 2017 – current
  • Reviewer for the Contemporary Nursing Journal (ISSN: 1037-6178) 2017 – current
  • Reviewer for Current Psychiatry Reviews Journal (ISSN: 2666-0822) 2018 – current
  • Australian Journal of Rural Health (ISSN:1440-1584) 2018 – current
  • International Journal of Nursing Studies (ISSN: 0020-7489) 2018 – current
  • Member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors 2001 – current
  • Registration Assessor, New Zealand Association of Counsellors, New Zealand 2019 - current
  • Member of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners of Aoteoroa New Zealand. 2002 - current


Maskill, V. R. (2021). Type II diabetes mellitus and other chronic conditions impact on self-identity and diabetes self-management practices (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from

Derbyshire, S., Maskill, V., & Snell, D. L. (2021). Do concussion clinicians use clinical practice guidelines? Brain Injury, 35(12-13), 1521-1528. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2021.1972451

Teunissen, C., Burrell, B., & Maskill, V. (2020). Effective surgical teams: An integrative literature review. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 42(1), 61-75. doi: 10.1177/0193945919834896

Trip, H., Tabakakis, K., Maskill, V., Richardson, S., Dolan, B., Josland, H., … Houston, G. (2018). Psychological health and resilience: The impact of significant earthquake events on tertiary level professional students: A cross-sectional study. Contemporary Nurse, 54(3), 319-332. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2018.1503549

Whitehead, L. C., Crowe, M. T., Carter, J. D., Maskill, V. R., Carlyle, D., Bugge, C., & Frampton, C. M. A. (2017). A nurse-led education and cognitive behaviour therapy-based intervention among adults with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 23(4), 821-829. doi: 10.1111/jep.12725

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