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The Department of Nursing –Te Tari Taphui is involved in a broad range of research activities with health service providers, and University of Otago, national, and international researchers in community and hospital-based healthcare settings. Our areas of interest reflect the realities of clinical practice and service delivery, and include:

  • Healthcare research with and by communities. This includes:
    • Hauora Māori
    • Biophysiological research
    • Sociology of wellbeing and illness
    • Rural and primary healthcare research
    • Innovative research in the area of learning (intellectual), developmental and trans disability, and long-term conditions (e.g., mental health, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis)
  • Health workforce planning and development; and
  • Health professional education research

The Department of Nursing – Te Tari Tapuhi is a member of the:

  • Australasian Nursing Midwifery Clinical Trials Network ( ANMCTN )
  • Waitaha Nursing Research Alliance

And a research partner with:

  • Nurse Maude Foundation
  • Graduate Entry Nursing International Network ( GEN-INT )
  • Graduate Entry Nursing Network – Australasia
  • Brackenridge Services Ltd – Mana Enhancing Support
  • Donald Beasley Institute
  • Global Intellectual Disability Nursing Research Collaboratory ( GIDNRC )
  • International Family Nursing Practice Committee
  • Nursing Department, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong and University of NSW , Sydney, Australia
  • Rural Health Academic Centre Ashburton ( RHAC Ashburton)
  • Department of General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Department of Cardiology, Te Whatu Ora, Waitaha
  • Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Mātai Hāora – Centre for Redox Biology and Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago. Taunakitanga Takitini: Reframing self-management support for all in Aotearoa. HRC funded research programme (2023–2028)
  • Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern, South Canterbury and Te Tai o Poutini West Coast

Through our research networks, the Department of Nursing – Te Tari Tapuhi works to enhance healthcare, improve equity and health outcomes for Māori and Pacific Island Peoples, and translate research evidence into practice.

Contact details

For more information on research conducted at the Department of Nursing, please contact:

Dr Mandy Wilkinson

Otago is ranked New Zealand's most research-intensive university and is the top-ranked university for research quality.

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