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Knowledge, attitudes and practice of HIV and AIDS in nurses in Aotearoa New Zealand

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Health Sciences
Host campus
AIDS Epidemiology Group, Preventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin)
Dr Sue McAllister


One of the key goals of the recently launched New Zealand HIV Action Plan is for all people living with HIV to have healthy lives free from stigma and discrimination.

In a recent survey of stigma and discrimination in people living with HIV, stigma within the healthcare setting was reported. To effectively counteract this stigma we need to understand the views of healthcare workers themselves.

In the first instance we would therefore like to undertake a knowledge, attitudes and practice survey amongst nurses working in New Zealand. This would entail:

  • A literature review to guide the study
  • Developing an online questionnaire (based on the literature review)
  • Recruiting nurses to participate
  • Analysing and reporting the data

Ideally the applicant for this Masters thesis would be a nurse who has an understanding of the health system and context in New Zealand.


Sue McAllister
Tel   +64 3 479 7108