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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 service providers and other researchers have resulted in research projects focusing on improving access to health care in the home and communities.

Within this theme, we have quite a few 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

  • Ashburton Nursing and Healthcare Assistant Workforce Project.
  • Role of the Generalist specialist nurse in a rural hospital.
  • Strategies employed by health services to retain nurses: an integrative review.
  • Recruitment and retention of rural nurses.
  • Clinical supervision for rural nurses.
  • Telehealth in rural localities.
  • Challenges and opportunities for nurses in rural localities.

Names of supervisors

  • Dr Chris Hendry
  • Dr Virginia Maskill
  • Deb Gillon
  • Dr Henrietta Trip


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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