Dr Charles Mpofu

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext 7893

Email: charles.mpofu@aut.ac.nz


Doctor of Medical Education (James Cook University, Australia)
MHSc(Hons) (AUT University)
PGDHsc in Occupational Science


Charles Mpofu joined AUT University in 2004 as a lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences. He completed his Doctorate in Medical Education in James Cook School of Medicine, Australia. His thesis focused workforce dynamics of medical doctors in Australia and New Zealand. At AUT he  has taught a variety of health science papers, including health promotion, health and lifestyle, sociology of health, health issues in New Zealand, cultural safety, psychology and lifespan and therapeutic communication for healthcare professionals.

Teaching Areas:

  • Lifespan Development and communication (Developmental Psychology and therapeutic communication for health professionals)
  • Health & Environment
  • Special Topic in Health
  • Masters and doctoral supervision in Public Health
  • Post-graduate masters and doctoral supervision in Social Sciences and Education

Research Areas:

Public Health/ Health Promotion, International Health, Medical Education, Biomedical Ethics and social/global ethics, e-health, Migrant and minorities health, learning and teaching

Research Summary:

  • Evaluation of regional accords for cross-border competency standards and recognition of medical qualifications.
  • A Key stakeholder  Consultation  Symposium  held at AUT University in 2007 which hosted representatives  from District  Health  Boards, Medical  Schools, Colleges  of  General  Practitioners,  the Ministries  of  Health, and  Labour  as well as  international speakers from  Australia  and  the  UK.
  • Health  workforce  development and Global standards in  medical education

Current Research Projects:

  • Developing and validating a multi-determined (360-degree) and multi-settings (primary care and specialist settings) psychometric tool for measuring qualities of good doctors
  • Current debates about the role of doctors in physician-assisted dying in the future in NZ
  • Utilisation of health services by minority groups in New Zealand.


  • Badu, E., Mpofu, C. & Farvid, P (2018) Towards TB Elimination in Aotearoa, New Zealand: Understanding What Influences TB among African migrants.Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases. 3, 44 https://doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed3020044
  • Badu, E & Mpofu, C (2018). Is the Immigration New Zealand Policy a Barrier to TB Elimination? Letters to the editor. New Zealand Medical Journal 131, 1477 p.120-122
  • Mpofu, C., Morodi, T. J., & Hattingh, J. P. (2018). A case study of stakeholder perceptions of history, management and decision-making approaches around of acid mine drainage in South Africa. Environmental Justice.
  • Mpofu, C., Morodi, T. J., & Hattingh, J. P. (2017). Governance and socio-political issues in management of acid mine drainage in South Africa. Water Policy.
  • Mpofu, C., & Morodi, T. J. (2017). Environmental decision making on acid mine drainage issues in South Africa: an argument for the precautionary principle. Science and Engineering Ethics. doi:10.1007/s11948-017-9933-z
  • Mpofu, C., Hays, R., Sen Gupta, T. (2016). The ethics of medical practitioner migration from low resourced countries to the developed world: A call for action by health systems and individual doctors. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
  • Mpofu, C. (2016). The New Zealand Outbound International Medical Experiences: An Economic and Medical Workforce Strategy. In D. Velliaris (Ed.), Handbook of research on study abroad programs and outbound mobility. IGI Global.
  • Mpofu, C. (2016). Psychology and Medicine Professional Doctorates in New Zealand and Australia: Context of Development and Characteristics. In International Perspectives on Designing Professional Practice Doctorates: Applying the Critical Friends Approach to the EdD and Beyond. Palgrave MacMillan. Retrieved from http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/international-perspectives-on-designing-professional-practice-doctorates-valerie-a-storey/?isb=9781137527059
  • Mpofu, C. (2016). STEM fields and Ethnic Women in New Zealand: Issues of sexism and racism. In U. Thomas, & J. Drake (Eds.), Critical Research on Sexism and Racism in STEM Fields. IGI Global
  • Mpofu, C. (2013). “Not Made Here”: Occupational Deprivation of Non-English Speaking Background Health Professionals in New Zealand. Journal of Occupational Science, 20(2)
  • Mpofu, C., & Haxell, A. J. (2012). Early adulthood. In S. Shaw, A. Haxell, & T. Weblemoe (Eds.), Communication across the Lifespan (pp. 72-79). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
  • Nicholls, D., Mpofu, C., & Shaw, S. (2010). Introduction to Critical Thinking. In S. Shaw, & B. Deed (Eds.), Health and Environment in the Context of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Oxford University Press.

Invited Book Reviews

  • Mpofu, C. (2011b). [Invited Book Review] - Law, Mind and Brain by Michael Freeman and Oliver R. Goodenough (Editors). Metapsychology online reviews, 15(27).
  • Mpofu, C. (2010). Just care: Restorative Justice Approaches to Working With Children in Public Care [Invited Book review]. Metapsychology online reviews, 14(43).

Papers presented at International Conferences

  • Mpofu, C. (2018) International Medical Experiences as a Strategy of Teaching Social Medicine, The 22nd WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors, Seoul, Korea, October 17 to 21, 2018
  • Mpofu, C. (2018) What Standards Will Guide New Zealand Family Doctors in the Prospect of a Physician-Assisted Suicide Legal Environment? The 22nd WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors, Seoul, Korea, October 17 to 21, 2018
  • Mpofu, C. (2018) Strategies of increasing response in surveying doctors, The 22nd WONCA World Conference of Family Doctors, Seoul, Korea, October 17 to 21, 2018
  • Mpofu, C. (2017). An Evaluation of Incidents Raising Ethical Issues in the 2014 Ebola Epidemic Response: A Reflection - for - Action Approach. In UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 12th World Conference Bioethics, Medical Ethics & Health Law. Limassol, Cyprus.
  • Mpofu, C. (2014) The global dynamics of the medical workforce: A case study of flows from New Zealand to Australia. 10th Annual Association of American Medical Colleges Health Workforce Research Conference, Washington, D.C., USA, 1-2 May 2014
  • Mpofu, C. (2015) Refugee research ethics: Cultural safety as framework for research with refugees. Refugee Research Symposium AUT 2015: Refugees and Research for Healthy Outcomes Auckland University of Technology, North Shore Campus Auckland, 3rd December 2015.
  • Frielick, S., Allen, D., Mpofu, C. M., Morgan, J., & Milne, R. (2010, 6-9 July). Reshaping large-class teaching: Enactive coherence and enquiry-based blended learning. presented at the meeting of the HERDSA 2010 International Conference, Reshaping Higher Education Melbourne, Australia.
  • Frielick, S., Horne, W., Mpofu, C., Allen, D., & Shaw, S. (2009, May 21-23). Utilizing Technology to Support Interprofessional Education in New Zealand presented at the meeting of the Health professions education conference: global best practices in simulation, Toronto, Canada.
  • Mpofu, C. (2008) Critical questions about global standards in medical education and international recognition of medical. The Scientific Committee of the Medical Education for the 21st Century – Teaching for Health Equity conference, Havana, Cuba, November 30 - December 3, 2008.
  • Mpofu, C. (2007). Developing reflective skills in first year education studies using journals as teaching and assessment tools: Evidence from literature and experience of a first year educator. Proceedings of the Solstice 2007 and Centre for Learning and Teaching Research Conference, Ormskirk, United Kingdom.