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’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 is co-director of the Centre for Child Health Research and program leader for the Post Graduate child health programs at AUT.

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:

Research and clinical interests:
  • chronic illness and disability in childhood
  • children's health literacy and illness experience
  • health service delivery to children and families
  • development and education 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.


Published Journal Articles:

Carter, B., Ford, K., Bray, L., Water, T., Arnott, J., Tichanow, C., & Dickinson, A. (2017). “It's not who I am”: Children's experiences of growing up with a long-term condition in England, Australia, and New Zealand. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 22(4), e12197-n/a. doi:10.1111/jspn.12197

Ford, K., Bray, L., Water, T., Dickinson, A., Arnott, J., & Carter, B. (2017). Auto-driven Photo Elicitation Interviews in Research with Children: Ethical and Practical Considerations. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 1-15. doi:10.1080/24694193.2016.1273977

Naea, N., Dobson, A., Leversha, A., Williams, S., Knott, K., Clayton-Bray, L., & Dickinson, A. (2016). Awareness and understanding of Rheumatic fever among Pacific people in Auckland. Neonatal, Paediatric & Child Health Nursing, 19(1), 7-12.

Watanabe, K., & Dickinson, A. R. (2015). Comparative Study of Children's Current Health Conditions and Health Education in New Zealand and Japan. Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 8(2).

Dickinson, A., Water, T., & Wrapson, W. (2014). Children’s voices in public hospital health care delivery –intention as opposed to practice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1405), 24-31.

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

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

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., McCall, 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., 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), 34-42.

Henty, C., & Dickinson, A. (2007). Practice nurses' experiences of the Care Plus programme: A qualitative descriptive study. NZFP, 34(5), 335-338.

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.

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

Dickinson, A. R., & Dignam, D. (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.

McArthur, J., & Dickinson, A. R. (1999). Decisionmaking the explicit evidence based way: Comparing benefits, harms and costs. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 13(3), 33-42.

Mathews, B., Dickinson, A. R., & Cram, F. (1998). Establishment and evaluation of a preschool asthma programme: A pilot study. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 13(3), 25-34.

Dickinson, A. R., & Lowe, M. (1996). Shooting for the stars. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 11(3), 4-8.

Dickinson, A. R. (1992). Asthma Management: The Nurses role. New Zealand Practice Nurse Journal.


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


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


2001 Irihapeti Murchi Scholarship (College of Nurses Aotearoa)

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