Debra Gerrard

Debra Gerrard 2016 photo

Lecturer - Nursing

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext. 7404


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


Doctoral Candidate
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

Te Kaunihera O Ngā Neehi Māori O Aotearoa (National Council of Māori Nurses)

New Zealand Nurses Organization

Tertiary Education Union 


Ko Te Rārawa, Ko Te Apouri nga iwi no Pawarenga ki Taitokerau au. I am a registered comprehensive nurse with over 35 years of practical experience both in Australia and New Zealand. Professionally I began my practice in infectious diseases and acute medical for both adult and children which lead to specialising in paediatric cardiology. As my children grew older I worked in the community nursing as a public health nurse and a whānau ora nurse. In the past 12 years I specialised in psychiatric nursing both acute and community taking on the role of a key worker, police liaison, crisis intervention and primary care liaison working with General Practitioners. Today I want to share my experiences and knowledge with our future nursing students and also peruse a research pathway.

Teaching Areas:

  • Integrated Mental Health Science
  • Primary and Community Health

Research Areas:

Māori youth and whānau
Mental health service delivery
Alcohol and drugs
Kaupapa Māori Research Methodology
Service Delivery in Colorectal Cancer (WDHB)
Masters in Health Science looking at “the role of the Māori clinical nurse educator and Māori clinical nurse specialist within a District Health Board”. (UA)

Current Research Projects:

The experience of taiohe and their whānau when taiohe enter acute mental health services under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol


I’ll be attending the 30th Anniversary of Hui a Tau O Ngā Tauira Neehi Māori (National Māori Student Annual Hui). May 3-6 2016, Ratana Pa. Hosted by Te Kaunihera O Ngā Neehi Māori O Aotearoa (National Council of Māori Nurses)


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


Ministry of Health Service Delivery Award 2006
Various scholarships over 35 years of practice as a registered comprehensive nurse.

Last updated: 07-Feb-2017 4.00pm

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