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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Academic background
Health Sciences
Host campus
Master's, PhD


The Department of Nursing are involved in a broad range of research activities focusing on rural and primary health care.

Collaborations with health services and other researchers have resulted in projects focusing on recruitment and retention as well as nursing role development.

Within this research theme we have projects available for postgraduate students and research collaborators. We can also accommodate keen students with their own area of interest within this theme.

The research team have ongoing research projects and experience in a variety of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Potential research topics

  • Fostering resilience and adaptability in nurses post COVID
  • School nursing in New Zealand
  • Key factors that impact retention of nurses in the workforce
  • Why Nurses work beyond their retirement age
  • Health professional perspectives of translation of cultural safety principles into practice
  • The role of Nurse Specialists in rural hospitals
  • Scoping rural nursing workforce needs to match the community they service
  • Nurse Practitioner and Enrolled Nurse establishment in mental health and addictions settings
  • Vaccine hesitancy among health service staff
  • Understanding the impact of cultural responsibilities on students whilst studying for a health degree
  • Understanding the impact of cultural responsibilities on health professionals whilst working

Names of supervisors

  • Professor Philippa Seaton
  • Dr Kelly Tikao
  • Dr Chris Hendry
  • Dr Virginia Maskill
  • Dr Chris Moir


Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD or MHealSc programme at the University of Otago.

Funding notes

Whether you are a domestic or an international student, the University of Otago has a range of Doctoral Scholarships available to you.

If you are a straight A student (GPA of 8 - 'A' grade) or higher, who has completed an honours or master's degree with an appropriate research component from a New Zealand university then you are likely to be guaranteed a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

For more information, please contact us with a copy of your transcript and CV.


Contact name
Fran Cox, Co-ordinator student experience
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