Dr Grace Wong

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Associate Director, Centre for Migrant and Refugee Health, Director, Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa/New Zealand

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext 7501

Email: grace.wong@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room: AB 218
AUT North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote Auckland 0627

Postal Address:
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Links to relevant web pages:
Centre for Migrant and Refugee Research, AUT University
Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa/New Zealand


  • 2014 PhD Auckland University of Technology
  • 1998 MPH (Hons) University of Auckland
  • 1977 RCpN Christchurch Polytechnic
  • 1976 BA University of Canterbury

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Public Health Association of New Zealand – Council member; Chair, Asian Caucus
  • Alcohol Healthwatch – Executive Board member
  • SUPERU – Ethnic Advisory Board – member
  • College of Nurses Aotearoa - Fellow


Dr Grace Wong is 4th generation NZ born Chinese. She acknowledges the Treaty of Waitangi, her colleagues, and the many people who have given her opportunities to serve.

Grace lectured in health research at AUT for seven years. She is currently working to advance migrant and refugee health and to foster understanding and innovation among students of primary health care.

After gaining a BA in sociology in 1977, Dr Grace Wong trained as a registered nurse and worked in paediatrics and as a public health nurse. Grace pursued post-graduate study in public health and developed an interest in tobacco control. She was on the Board of Action on Smoking and Health for many years and also worked there as a researcher and policy analyst.

This led to setting up Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa/NZ, a Ministry of Health funded advocacy group promoting smoking cessation interventions by nurses. What Smokers Really Want was a key outcome of this work.

Teaching Areas:

  • Doctoral and Masters research supervision
  • Primary health care
  • Asian and refugee health

Research Areas:

  • Asian and refugee health, family, culture and migration
  • Tobacco control and alcohol harm reduction
  • Nurses and smoking cessation
  • Evaluation

Research Summary:

Grace partners with researchers at AUT, Massey and the University of Auckland to deliver mixed methods research studies in public health, health promotion and nursing. She has conducted policy analyses, evaluations, secondary analyses of large data sets, surveys, a quasi-experimental study, and descriptive qualitative studies.

Current Research Projects:

  • 2017-18 Youth and adult Asian drinking cultures in New Zealand.
    Funder - Health Promotion Agency.
  • 2016 Stopping smoking with Cow Pat Bingo.
    Funders - Health Research Council of New Zealand/Ministry of Health.
  • 2016 Smoking among health professionals.
    Funder - AUT.


  • NZ Health Symposium, Wellington. Feb 21-22. MoH.
  • Refugee Torture and Trauma Conference, Sydney. Mar 30 – 31. STARTTS.
  • TANI Annual Forum, Auckland. Apr 19. TANI.
  • National Refugee Resettlement Forum, Wellington. May 24-25. MBIE.
  • Public Health Association Conference, Christchurch. Oct 2-4. PHANZ.


Wong, G. (2014). Expanding practice and extinguishing risk factors: Nurses and smoking cessation. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand.

Wong, G.(2014). Research Questions. In Evidence-Based Health Practice. (pp 121-131). V. A. Wright-St Clair, D. Reid, S. Shaw, and J. Ramsbotham. Oxford University Press: Australia & New Zealand

Wong, G. & Stokes, G.  (2011) Preparing Undergraduate Nurses to Provide Smoking Cessation Advice and Help.  Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 3, 21-30.

Scragg, R., Glover, M., Wong, G., Paynter, J., & McCool (2010). Association of parent and best friend smoking with stage of adolescent tobacco smoking. New Zealand Medical Journal. 123 No 1326

Wong, G., Youdan, B., & Wong, R. (2010). The misuse of the official information act by the tobacco industry in New Zealand. Tobacco Control. Published Online First: 7th July doi:10.1136/tc.2009.034637

Wong, G., Whittaker, R., Chen, J., Cowling, L., Lim, S., & Van Mil, J. (2010). Asian Smokefree Communities: Evaluation of a community focused smoking cessation and smokefree environments intervention in New Zealand. Journal of Smoking Cessation. 5(1), 22- 28

Scragg, R., Reeder, A. I., Wong, G., Glover, M., & Nosa, V. (2008) Attachment to parents, parental tobacco smoking and smoking among Year 10 students in the 2005 New Zealand national survey, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32, 348-353, 4

Wong, G., Ameratunga, S., Garrett, N., Robinson, E. & Watson, P. (2008). Family influences, acculturation and the prevalence of tobacco smoking among Asian youth in New Zealand: findings from a national survey. Journal of Adolescent Health. 43(4) 412-416

Wong, G., Glover, M., Nosa, V., Paynter, J., Freeman, B. & Scragg. R., & (2007).    Young people, money and access to tobacco. New Zealand Medical Journal. 120:1267

Glover, M., Paynter, J.,Wong, G., Scragg. R., Nosa, V. & Freeman, B. (2006). Parental attitudes towards the uptake of smoking by children. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 17:2: 128-13

Marcinkowski, K., Wong, G., and Dignam, D. (2005). Getting Back to the Future: A Grounded Theory Study of the Patient Perspective of Total Knee Joint Arthroplasty. Orthopaedic Nursing. 24: 202 – 209

Wong, G. & Strauss, P. (2004). Promoting EAL nursing students’ mastery of informal language. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 20:1: 45-52


  • TEC - STAR doctoral scholarship
  • AUT - Health Faculty doctoral scholarship
  • MoH - PHC Nurse post-graduate scholarship
  • College of Nurses Aotearoa - Trailblazer Travel Award
  • College of Nurses Aotearoa - Fellow