Dr Gael Mearns

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7108

Email: gael.mearns@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AA 238, Akoranga Campus, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote

Postal Address:
Faculty of  Health & Environmental Sciences
School of Clinical Sciences
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142

Links to relevant web pages:
New Zealand Nurses Organization 


2012 Doctor of Philosophy

2005 Master of Health Science with Honours
2002 Postgraduate Diploma Applied Science with Distinction
1997 Certificate in Health Economics
1992 Bachelor of Nursing
1988 Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Teaching
1982 Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing
1980 Certificate in Cardiac Nursing
1978 Registered General and Obstetric Nurse

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member of New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Teaching Areas:

  • Pharmacology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Pathophysiology
  • Long term conditions
  • Nutrition
  • Dissertation, Masters and Doctoral research supervision of students

Research Areas:

Research Experience:

  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative descriptive
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Grounded theory
Research Projects:

  • 2009 - 2014 Doctoral Research. Vitamin B12 deficiency in South Asian Women (Auckland University of Technology)
  • 2002 - 2004 Masters Research. A grounded theory study of registered nurses advancing their nursing practice (Auckland University of Technology)
  • 1992 Retrospective study exploring the relationships between weather patterns and hospital admissions for acute exacerbation of asthma (Victoria University, Wellington)

Research Summary:

Dr Gael Mearns has a background in Intensive Care and Cardiac Nursing. Her teaching expertise includes biological sciences, pharmacology and advanced nursing practice. Gael’s research interests are nutrition,life-course approaches for reducing the risk of non-communicable disease, rationale use of medicines, and factors that influence adherence with the management of prescribed health regimes. Gael’s PhD study researched vitamin-B12 deficiency in South- Asian women. Her current research project involves working with health professionals to translate nutrition advice into improvements in maternal nutrition. Gael is a reviewer for Biological Trace Element Research.  She is on the Frontiers in Nutrition Editorial Board.

Current Research Projects:

2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral research: Translating nutrition advice into improvements in maternal nutrition


Mearns, G. J., Koziol-McLain, J., Obolonkin, V., & Rush, E. C. (2014). Preventing vitamin B12 deficiency in South Asian women of childbearing age: a randomised controlled trial comparing an oral vitamin-B12 supplement with B12 dietary advice. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2014.56


Mearns, G. J., Rush, E. C., & Koziol-Mclain, J. (2012. Vitamin- B12 deficiency and body anthropometry in South Asian women of child bearing age. Paper presented at the 2012 Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland. Retrieved from http://www.anzos2012.com/programme/


Mearns, G. J., Rush, E. C., & Koziol-Mclain, J. (2011). Can oral supplementation with vitamin B12 reduce B12 deficiency in South-Asian women of child bearing age? In S. McNaughton (Chair), Australasian Medical Journal, 4(12) 789-823. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Thirty-fifth Joint Annual Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand and the Nutrition Society of Australia, Queenstown, New Zealand.


Mearns, G. J., Rush, E. C., Rowan, J., & Koziol-Mclain, J. (2011). Time for a rethink of vitamin B12 injections? New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1332), 105-107.


Doggrell, S., & Mearns, G.J. (2005). Adherence to medicines in older adults. New Zealand Pharmacy, 25(11), 29-32.


2013 - 2014 STAR Project Postdoctoral Research Scholarship

2009 - 2012 STAR Project PhD Scholarship

2009 Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences Contestable Grant Award