Debra Gerrard

Lecturer - Nursing

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext. 7404


Physical Address:
Room AA246
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
North Shore City


Doctorate in Health Science (still to complete)
Principals of Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing
Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
Masters in Health Science
Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health
Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
Bachelor of Health Science
Diploma in Nursing

Memberships and Affiliations:

Nursing Council of New Zealand
National Council of Māori Nurses
New Zealand Nurses Organization
Tertiary Education Union

Teaching Areas:

Integrated Mental Health Science specifically focused on safe practice embracing legal (Mental Health Act & The Criminal Act), ethical and cultural safety. Also, application of theoretical knowledge including mental disorders, concepts of neuroscience, psychopathology, psychopharmacology and an antipsychiatry perspective.  Philosophies and models of care taught comprise of recovery, strength based model, patient centred care, tidal model, whare tapa wha and fonofale. Teaching also involves working with students in their clinical placement.

In previous years I have taught in general medicine and surgical and also worked with students in clinical placements.

Māori student nurse support which involves pastoral care, academic support and improving the experience of Māori student nurses in the Bachelor of Health Science with an aim to ensure retention, progression and graduation. Currently working through a collaborative process with Waitemata District Health Board to involve Māori nurse specialists in supporting pastoral care, retention and recruitment.

Research Areas:

Service Delivery for Colorectal Cancer (WDHB)
Masters in Health Science looked at the role of the Māori Clinical Nurse Educator and Māori clinical nurse within a District Health Board (UA)

Current Research Projects:

Doctorate in Health Science
Aim: To understand the clinical experience of taiohe and their whānau when entering acute mental health services under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
This study will embrace a kaupapa  Māori methodology and data collection techniques involve an aesthetic approach i.e. photo voice  and planning alternative tomorrows with hope (PATH)


Gerrard, D. (2012). Did you see? Diversity and Equality in Health Care, 9.


Several scholarships over the years
Ministry of Health Service Delivery Award

Last updated: 30-Sep-2015 12.01pm

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