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Dr Deborah Payne

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Senior Lecturer / Co-Director - Centre for Midwifery & Women's Health

Phone: 921 7112


Physical Address:
Room AE116G/H
North Shore Akoranga Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
North Shore

Postal Address:
Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142


2003 PhD Nursing, Massey University

1998 MA (Hons) Social Anthropology, University of Auckland

1984 BA Social Anthropology, University of Auckland University of Technology

1979 Auckland Hospital Postgrad course in Surgical Nursing

1977 Auckland Hospital Postgrad course in Operating Room Nursing

1975 New Zealand Registered General & Obstetric Nurse

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Member New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO)
  • Treasurer 2005 - 2009 NZNO Nursing Research Section and member of NZNO’s Women’s Health section
  • Executive member of Auckland Women’s Health Council

Teaching Areas:

  • Discourse analysis
  • Postmodernism and poststructuralism
  • Qualitative research
  • Women’s health
  • MHSc Thesis supervisor and examiner
  • PhD Thesis supervisor and examiner

Research areas:

  • Deborah Payne, Kathryn McPherson. Sexuality & physical disability – a pilot study.
  • Deborah Payne, Sonja Goedeke & Serena Walker. Assisted Reproductive Technologies and work.

Research Summary:

Deborah has a longstanding interest in women’s health issues.  Her PhD thesis was a foucauldian discourse analysis of ‘elderly primigravida’, that is women who are pregnant for the first time at the age of 35 years or over. Recent research projects have explored issues in relation to women and disability, e.g. motherhood and disability; breastfeeding and work; and assisted reproductive technologies.


Deborah has also recently worked closely with Associate Professor Liz Smythe in carrying out an appreciative inquiry of the Warkworth Birthing Centre. She is committed to be involved in research that works towards improving the health and wellbeing of women, and their families. 

Current Research Projects:

  • Deborah Payne, Kathryn McPherson. Sexuality & physical disability – a pilot study.
  • Deborah Payne, Sonja Goedeke & Serena Walker. Assisted Reproductive Technologies and work.


  • Payne, D., Goedke, S., Balfour, S. & Gudex, G. (2011) Perspectives of mild cycle IVF: A qualitative study. Human Reproduction. ; doi: 10.1093/humrep/der361
  • Goedeke, S. & Payne, D. (2010). Not just for today but for tomorrow, not just for us but for the families: A qualitative study of New Zealand fertility counsellors’ views and practices regarding embryo donation. Human Reproduction. 25(11):2821-2828.
  • Payne, D. & McPherson, K. (2010). Motherhood and multiple sclerosis. Journal of Disability & Rehabilitation, 32 (8), 626 – 638.
  • Payne, D. & Nicholls, D. (2010). Breastfeeding and work. A secondary analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 66 (8), 1810 – 1818.
  • Walters, S., Payne, D., Schluter, P. Thompson, R. (2010) It’s all about winning, isn’t it? Competing discourses in children’s sport in New Zealand.European Journal of Sports Science, 7(2), 1-12.
  • appreciative inquiry. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal.
  • Allan H T, De Lacey S, Payne D (2009) The socio-cultural context of assisted reproductive technologies: the shaping of ‘routine practices. Nursing Inquiry, 16, 241-250.
  • Smythe, E., Payne, D., Wilson, S. & Wynyard, S. (2009). Warkworth Birthing Centre an Goedeke, S. & Payne, D. (2009). Embryo donation in New Zealand. A pilot study. Human Reproduction (in press).
  • Smythe, L. & Payne, D. (2008). Warkworth Birthing Centre: An appreciative inquiry.  Report.
  • Payne, D. & James, L..  (2008). Making breastfeeding and work work. Mothers’ experiences of returning to work and breastfeeding: A New Zealand study. Breastfeeding Review, 16 (2), 21 – 25.
  • Payne, D. & Goedeke, S. (2007). Holding together: Caring for clients undergoing assisted reproductive technology. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60(6), 645-653.
  • Payne, D. (2007). The roles of nurses working in Assisted Reproductive Technology. Australian Nursing Journal.  15(3), 38.
  • Payne, D., McPherson, K & Crerar, S. (2007). Managing Multiple Sclerosis & Motherhood. Families Commission. Wellington.
  • Payne, D., Berman, S, Sturmfels, B., James, L, Leatham, B., Siakumi, M & Van Der Pol, V. (2006). Women’s experiences of infant feeding and returning to work: An overview of the findings. Breastfeeding Communique, 3, 23–26.
  • Payne, D. (2006). “Elderly primigravidas”: Mothers’ experiences. New Zealand Childbirth Education Association Journal, 2, 7– 10.
  • Arthur, D. & Payne, D. (2005). Maternal Request for an elective caesarean section. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 33, October, 17 - 20.
  • Payne, D. (2004). Recognising complexity and contradiction: Prenatal genetic diagnosis. Nursing Praxis, 20 (3), 13 – 20.

Last updated: 29 Nov 2011 3:00pm

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