AUT - Annette Dickinson

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Dr Annette Dickinson

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extension 7337


Physical Address:
Room: AA248, Akoranga Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote

Links to relevant web pages:
Paediatric Society of New Zealand
College of Nurses Aotearoa


  • 2004 PhD
  • 1998 Master of Nursing (Distinction)
  • 1986 Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Maternal Child Health)
  • 1976 Graduate Registered General Obstetric Nurse

Memberships and Affiliations:

Paediatric Society of New Zealand

College of Nurses Aotearoa

Neonatal Nurses College Aotearo NZNO

Associate Editior Neonatal,Paediatric and Child Health Nursing Journal


Annette comes from a strong clinical background of paediatric nursing.  Prior to taking up a position at AUT University in 2000 she held a number of leadership positions at Starship Children’s Hospital including, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Nurse Consultant (Quality/Research) and Nurse Advisor.   Annette completed her PHd at AUT in 2004 the focus of her doctoral research was a Heidegerrian Phenomenological Study which explored the relationship between the family and the practitioner in the context of chronic illness.


Annette 's research and clinical interests relate to chronic illness and disability in childhood, children's health literacy and illness experience, health service delivery to children and families and the development of a professional workforce for child health services.   Annette has held a number of key leadership roles within the paediatric sector and is currently associate editor for neonatal, paediatric and child health nursing journal and nursing research fellow Starship children's health.

Teaching Areas:

Management of Children with Acute Illness (post graduate)

Chronic Illness and Disability in childhood (post graduate)

Clinical assessment and diagnostic reasoning (post graduate)

Working with children and families (post graduate)

Life course approaches to the well child (post graduate)

Supervision of practice projects/theses in the topic are of child health and qualitative methodologies.


Research areas:

Child/family experience of illness/disability, nurse led initiatives, medication safety, health promotion within secondary/tertiary health care services, practitioner/family relationships, management of children with respiratory illness, childhood obesity.

Research Summary:

The focus of Annette’s doctoral research was a Heidegerrian phenomenological study which explored the relationship between the family and the practitioner in the context of chronic illness. Her research programme is a continuation of this work focusing particularly on the management of children and families within the health care services, childhood illness/disability, and health promotion within secondary/tertiary health care services. Annette is on the international editorial board of the Journal of Child Health Care and a member of the scientific committee of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.

Current Research Projects:

  • Laura-Clare Whelan, Elaine McCall, Annette Dickinson: A pilot study investigating the use of heated humidification of low flow oxygen in children. (collaborative project with Starship Hospital)
  • Stephen Neville Annette Huntington, Deb Spence, Annette Dickinson, Heather Baker, Jean Gilmour, Catherine Turner, Graduate e-cohort study – Associate investigator.  Collaborative study between AUT, Massey, University of Auckland and University of Queensland.


Dickinson, A. R., Smythe, E., & Spence, D. (2006). Within the web: the family-practitioner relationship in the context of chronic childhood illness. Journal of Child Health Care, 10(4), 309-325. Retrieved from


Dickinson, A., Peacock, K., Fair, N., Thomas, M., Nicol, R., Mikkelsen, J., . . . Johnstone, L. (2009). The implementation and evaluation of an oral healthcare best practice guideline in a paediatric hospital. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 7(1), 34-43. Retrieved from


Dickinson, A., MCall, E., Twomey, B., & James, N. (2010). Pediatric Nurses Understanding of the process and   procedure of Double Checking medications. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19(5-6), 728-735.


McNamara, D. G., Dickinson, A. R., & Byrnes, C. A. (2009). The perceptions and preferences of parents of children with tracheostomies in a study of humidification therapy. Journal of Child Health Care, 13(3), 179-197.


Collins, E., Fair, N., Dickinson, A., & Peacock, K. (2009). Collaboration between primary and secondary/tertiary services in oral health. Primary Health Care, 19(1), 35-39.


Dickinson, A., & Carter, B. (2010, December). A day at the beach or .... Journal of Child Health Care, 14(4), 307-309. doi:10.1177/1367493510386415


Dickinson, A. R. (2004). "We are just kids:  Children within health care relationships." Contemporary Nurse 18(1-2): 1-2.


Dickinson, A. R. and D. Dignam (2002). "Managing it: A mother's perspective of managing their pre-school child's acute asthma episode." Journal of Child Health Care 5(1): 7-18.


2001 Irihapeti Murchi Scholarship (College of Nurses Aotearoa)
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