Associate Professor Deborah Payne

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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


Physical Address:
Room AA 251
Akoranga North Campus
Akoranga Drive
North Shore
Postal Address:
Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142


  • 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.

Teaching Areas:

Post Graduate Diploma/MHSc
HEAL 801 Disability & Health

MHSc thesis supervision

Doctor of Health Sciences
HEAL 903 Health Systems Analysis

PhD thesis supervision

Research Areas:

  • Critical Discourse analysis
  • Women’s health
  • Disability & Health
  • Fertility, infertility & Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Research Summary:

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


  1. Ali, N., Payne, D. & Hinckson, E. (2015). Being Muslim and Doing Islam: Narratives that Influence Physical Activity of Muslim Women in New Zealand. SITES, 12 (2), 106-132.
  2. 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.
  3. Allot, L. Payne, D. & Dann, L. (2013).  Midwifery and assisted reproductive technologies. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 47, December, 10 – 13.
  4. Arthur, D. & Payne, D. (2005). Maternal Request for an elective caesarean section. NZ College of Midwives Journal, 33, October, 17 - 20.
  5. Dann, l., Payne, D. & Smythe, L.(2016). Silence as a strategy for women who have had recurrent in vitro fertilisation treatment. Practising Midwife, 19 (8), 18 – 22.
  6. Fadyl, J. & Payne, D. (2016). Socially constructed ‘value’ and vocational experiences following neurological injury,. Disability & Rehabilitation DOI:10.3109/09638288.2015.1116620
  7. 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.
  8. Goedeke, S. & Payne, D. (2009). Embryo donation in New Zealand. A pilot study. Human Reproduction, 1 (1), 1-7.
  9. Guerin, B., Payne, D., Roy, D. & McPherson, K. (2016). ‘It’s just so bloody hard’. Recommendations for improving health interventions and maternity support services for disabled women. Disability & Rehabilitation, DOI:10.1080/09638288.2016.1226971.
  10. Mirfin Veitch, B., Payne, D., Conder, J. & Cull A. (2016).  Know who I am. Women with learning disability and their understanding and experiences of women’s health screening in New Zealand. Report for Frozen Funds.  Donald Beasley Institute: Dunedin.
  11. Payne, D. (2004). Recognising complexity and contradiction: Prenatal genetic diagnosis. Nursing Praxis, 20 (3), 13 – 20.
  12. 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.
  13. Payne, D. & Goedeke, S. (2007). Holding together: Caring for clients undergoing assisted reproductive technology. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60(6), 645-653.
  14. Payne, D., Goedeke, S., Balfour, S. & Gudex, G. (2011) Perspectives of mild cycle IVF: A qualitative study. Human Reproduction. ; doi: 10.1093/humrep/der361.
  15. Payne, D., Hickey, H., Nelson, A., Rees, K., Bollinger, H. & Hartley, S. (2016). Physically disabled women and sexual identity: A PhotoVoice study. Disability & Society.31 (8), 1030 – 1049. DOI:10.1080/09687599.2016.123044.
  16. Payne, D., Guerin, B, Roy,  D.,  Giddings, L. Farquhar, C.,  & Mc Pherson, K. (2014). Taking it into account. Caring for disabled mother during pregnancy and birth. International Journal of Childbirth 4 (4), 228 – 239.
  17. Payne, D. & McPherson, K. (2010). Motherhood and multiple sclerosis. Journal of Disability & Rehabilitation, 32 (8), 626 – 638.
  18. Payne, D. & Nicholls, D. (2010). Breastfeeding and work. A secondary analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 66 (8), 1810 – 1818.
  19. Robinson, R., Hocking, C. & Payne, D. (2016). Toilet Training Practices and Subjectivities in 1980s Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Sociology, 31 (1), 49-71.
  20. Robinson, R., Hocking, C. & Payne, D. (2016). Toilet Training discourses in 1950s Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Sociology, 31 (7), 94-114.
  21. Shrethsa Ranjit, J., Patterson, E. Manias, E., Payne, D. & Koziol McLain, J. (2017). Effectiveness of Primary Health Care Services in Addressing Mental Health Needs of Minority Refugee Population in New Zealand. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.’
  22. Silcock, M., Payne, D. & Hocking, C. (2015). Governmentality within children’s technological play: Findings from a critical discourse analysis. Children & Society. 30 (2), 85-95. DOI: 10.1111/chso.12123
  23. Silcock, M., Hocking, C. & Payne, D. (2013).  Childhood constructions of contemporary technology: Using discourse analysis to understand the creation of occupational possibilities. Journal of Occupational Science,
  24. Smythe, L., Hunter, M., Gunn, J., Crowther, S., McAra Couper, J., Wilson, S. & Payne, D. (2016) Midwifing the notion of a ‘good’ birth. A philosophical analysis. Midwifery,
  25. Smythe, L., Payne, D., Paddy, A. & Heard, K. (2014). Revealing tact within postnatal care. Qualitative Health Research, 24 (2), 163 – 171.
  26. Smythe, L., Payne, D., Wilson, S. & Wynyard. (2012). The dwelling place of postnatal care. Women & Birth. Http://
  27. Smythe EA, Payne D, Spence D. (2011). Teaching-as-learning-as-assessment: Maintaining a face online. Herdsa Journal
  28. Smythe, E., Payne, D, Wilson, S. & Wynyard, S. (2009). Warkworth Birthing Centre an appreciative inquiry. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal.
  29. Smythe, L., Payne, D., Wilson, S. & Wynyard. (2012). The dwelling place of postnatal care. Women & Birth. Http://
  30. Walters, S., Payne, D., Schluter, P. & Thompson. R. (2012). “It Just Makes you Feel invincible”: A Foucauldian Analysis of Children’s Experiences of Organised Team Sports. Sport, Education and Society. 13(2), 208-215. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.11.008
  31. 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.
  32. Walters, S., Schluter, P., Oldham, T., Thomson, R. & Payne, D. (2012). The sideline behaviour of coaches at children’s team sports games. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 13; 208 – 215.


  • 2016 Vice Chancellors Excellence Award for Team Teaching Award for the Doctor In Health Science.