• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


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Research interests

Kia ora, I am 6th generation Tau iwi. My family are of North Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand. The Waimakariri river reassures me and eases my worries. My research interests and experience are wide ranging but they tend to distil into the following categories: health profession education, professionalism, qualitative and arts-engaged research methodologies, chronic illness, First Nations-responsive research, and patient experience.


I am currently working on these research projects:

  • Patients’ perception and understanding of postoperative neurological complications, New Zealand
  • Patient and family expectations of paediatric surgery, international study from Philadelphia (with Elsa Taylor).
  • Patient experiences of spinal stimulators for pain management, New Zealand (with Sashikala Ramakrishna, Alan Merry, Matthew Moore).
  • An arts-engaged approach to exporing why people donate their brains to science, New Zealand (with Penny Lin and Toni Bruce).
  • Patient experience of surgery in New Zealand operating theatres. Research concerning cultural safety and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist (with Alan Merry, Derryn Gargiulo, Arul Baradi, Jithendra, Kaylene Henderson, Kim Ward, Matthew Moore, Paget Milsom, Penny Neave, and Simon Mitchell).
  • H5P software for interactive learning – faculty development and evaluation (with Rachelle Singleton, Megan Clune, Amanda Charlton, Monica Kam and Daniela Ruiz Cosignani).

Statement for HDR students

Are you interested in learning and applying qualitative and/or arts-engaged research methods to understand an aspect of health professions education? If so, I’d love to support your journey. I am experienced in higher degree education and supervision.

Methods I am especially interested and experienced in include: photo elicitation, documentary film making, ethnography, autoethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, art/o/graphy, social media methods, visual methods, narrative analysis, and thematic analysis.

Subjects  I am especially interested and experienced in include: professionalism, professional identity of healthcare professionals, online learning, interactive learning, simulation, film in/for education, student/clinician wellbeing, and student preparedness for clinical practice.


Feel free to email me if you’d like to workshop your ideas for doctoral or MD research.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health & Medical Anthropology , PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 10 Jul 2014

External positions

Medical Education - Senior Lecturer , The University of Auckland

Jan 2015Oct 2022

Senior Research Officer, Australian National University

Aug 2006Jan 2015


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