Paper Co-ordinator: Disability & Health Health Systems Analysis Researcher: Centre for Midwifery & Women's Health Research Cluster leader: Disability, Diversity & Gender – Person Centered Research Centre
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7112
Room AA 251
Akoranga North Campus
Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences
Private Bag 92006
- 2003 - PhD Nursing, Massey University
- 1988 - 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:
- NZ Nurses Organisation.
- NZ Nurses Organisation’s Nursing Research Section.
- New Zealand Nurses Organisation’s Women’s Health Section.
- Auckland Women’s Health Council - Executive member
My experience includes:
- Past Director/co Director - Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health Research
- Current co-leader of the Disability, Diversity & Gender Cluster
- Teaching in the undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes.
- Extensive experience in Master’s and Doctoral thesis supervision
- Disability related research.
Recent research projects have explored issues in relation to women and disability: motherhood and disability; disabled women’s perspectives on breast and cervical screening; sexuality and disability)
- Other research has explored women and their partners’ experiences and assisted reproductive technologies (‘short cycle’ IVF, embryo donation).
- Past member (2012 – 2017) of the Ethics Committee for Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
Post Graduate Diploma/MHSc
HEAL 801 Disability & Health
MHSc thesis supervision
Doctor of Health Sciences
HEAL 903 Health Systems Analysis
PhD thesis supervision
- Critical Discourse analysis
- Women’s health
- Disability & Health
- Fertility, infertility & Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Deborah is a researcher in the Centre for Midwifery & Women’s Health Research and is a co-leader of the Disability, Diversity and Gender cluster in the AUT Person Centered Research Centre. She has a longstanding interest in women’s health issues and is committed to being involved in research that works towards improving the health and wellbeing of women, and their families. Her recent research projects have explored the accessibility of health care services for people living with an impairment with the aim of increasing disability awareness and improving the accessibility of health care services. She is keen to work in collaboration with disability advocacy groups and other researchers working in the area.
Deborah is an experienced Masters and Doctoral supervisor, supervising postgraduate students researching the above areas and/or using Foucauldian influenced methodologies.
Current Research Projects:
Women with disabilities' barriers and enablers to cervical and breast cancer screening.
A study funded by AUT's FHES. Co-researchers: Karen Yoshida, Huhana Hickey & Lynette Pivac, Sarah Derrett, Kath McPherson and Nick Garrett.
Exploring the issues of cervical and breast screening for women with Intellectual Disability in New Zealand.
A study in collaboration with Dr Brigit Mirfin Veitch of the Donald Beasley Institute. Funded by the Public Trust Frozen Funds.
A Foucauldian analysis of health literature on sexuality and women with Learning or Intellectual disability.
Co-researchers: Helen Allan, Brigit Mirfin Veitch, Jenny Conder & Deborah Balmer
I’ll be attending the Disability Matters conference: Kia whai tikanga te Kawenata
Making the Convention Real
Dunedin | 26–29 November 2017