Dr Annette Dickinson

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extension 7337

Email: annette.dickinson@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room: MB215, AUT South Campus

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 (postgraduate)

Chronic Illness and Disability in childhood (postgraduate)

Clinical assessment and diagnostic reasoning (postgraduate)

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


Research Areas:

Child/family experience of illness/disability, delivery of health care services to children and families, children’s voice in health and health service delivery, and child centred nursing.

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 health care services, childhood illness/disability, and giving children and their families’ voice in matters which affect their health and healthcare. Annette is Associate Editor for the Journal of Neonatal, Child Health Paediatric Nursing and on the international editorial board of the Journal of Child Health Care.

Current Research Projects:

International Illness and Symptom Study:  PI Professor Bernie Carter (UK) Annette Dickinson, Tineke Water, Karyn Sanson.(New Zealand) Professor Bernie Carter & Lucy Bray (UK) Karen Sanson (Australia). The aims of this study are to examine the feasibility of engaging with children across cultural setting and the testing of photovoice to elicit:  Children’s perception, recognition and response to their illness and its associated management (medication and/or medical interventions) their perceptions of how their lives are shaped (or not) by their illness and its associated management and their involvement in health care decisions.


Giving children a voice in health service delivery:  PI Annette Dickinson, Tineke Water, Gemma Pickering.  This study is an examination of art based research tool as a way of enabling to express their ideas and opinions about health.




Carter, B., Bray, L., Dickinson, A. R., Edwards, M., & Ford, K.  (2014)  Child-centred nursing. London: Sage


Journal articles:

Dickinson, A. R., & Blamires, J. (2013). Moving on: the experience of young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis transferring from paediatric to adult services. Neonatal, Paediatric & Child Health Nursing, 16(2), 2-7.


Hinckson, E. A., Dickinson, A., Water, T., Sands, M., & Penman, L. (2013). Physical activity, dietary habits and overall health in overweight and obese children and youth with intellectual disability or autism. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(4), 1170-1178. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2012.12.006." Research in Developmental Disabilities 34(4): 1170-1178.


Scott, S., Huntington, A., Baker, H., & Dickinson, A. (2011). The graduate nursing workforce: Does an international perspective have relevance for New Zealand? Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 27(3), 4-12.


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.


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


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., 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 http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/ehost/detail?sid=da7180b8-161f-40a4-bb36-17a31a29a401%40sessionmgr13&vid=1&hid=15&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=rzh&AN=2010212893


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 http://chc.sagepub.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/content/10/4/309.full.pdf+html


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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