Professor Eleanor Holroyd

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Professor of Research

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 5298


Physical Address:

90 Akoranga Drive
New Zealand

Postal Address:

School of Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
AUT University, Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


PhD Medical Anthropology, Hong Kong University
Master Nursing  Curtin, Australia
Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery Curtin, Australia
Bachelor Applied Science Nursing Curtin, Australia
Diploma of Nursing, NZ ATI

Memberships and Affiliations:

2011-ongoing    Visiting Professor
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies
National University of Singapore
2010    Adjunct Professor
Department of Anthropology
Chinese University of Hong Kong
2008-2010    Visiting Professor
Department of Anthropology
London School of Oriental and African Studies
2006-ongoing    Adjunct
School of Public Health
Chinese University of Hong Kong
2010-2012     Visiting scholar
WHO Collaborating Centre, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand,
2009-ongoing    Honorary Professoriate Fellow
Key Centre for Study of Gender, Women and Society, Faculty of Population Health, The University of Melbourne
2008-ongoing    Visiting Scholar
Department of Anthropology
Sun Yat Sein University, Guangzhou, China

Teaching Areas:

Qualitative Health Research

Global Health

Public Health

Research Areas:

*    Womens health.
*    Migrant and vulnerable populations
*    Sexual and reproductive health
*    Ethnography, grounded theory, mixed method

Current Research Projects:

Exploring factors influencing career choice among students pursuing courses at aged care post education institutions in Singapore. Education Department Government Tender. S$257,000.

Internet based mental illness prevention programme for African refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Health care and promotion.

Fiji( FNU) and African( Uganda)  based research Sexual Health projects

ASEAN PHD support prince of Songtha  University, Thailand



Holroyd, E. Ethnography unpacked. 2nd Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquim, 7-8th August, Melbourne, Victoria.

Holroyd, E. Place for compassion and emotionalism in Ethnographic research with vulnerable populations. 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, 14-20th October, Newcastle, Australia.

Holroyd, E. Writing for publication  International Academy of Nurse Editors Dialogue and Directions for Nurse Scholarship and Publication, 11-13th August, Queensland, Australia,

Holroyd, E. Gender and health: Healthy people for a Healthy World. East Asian Forum. WHO Centre, Mahidol University, 24–28th June Bangkok, Thailand.


Past Five Years Only

  1. Msoka, A. C., Pallangyo, E. S., Brownie, S., & Holroyd, E. (2019). My husband will love me more if I give birth to more children: Rural women’s perceptions and beliefs on family planning services utilization in a low resource setting.  International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences. DOI:
  2. Mathias, V. A., Holroyd, E., & Edwards, G. (2018). Tanzanian Mothers' Cultural Beliefs and Misinformation Regarding the Reasons for Their Cesarean Sections.  International Journal of Childbirth,  8(3), 189-197. DOI: 10.1891/2156-5287.8.3.189
  3. Wong, W. C. W., Yuen, W. W. Y., Tang, C. S. K., Holroyd, E., & Fong, D. Y. T. (2019). Evaluation and mechanism analysis of HIV prevention programme using resilience framework among female sex workers: A randomised controlled trial.  Preventive medicine reports,13, 229-237. DOI:
  4. Li, W., Kung, K., Li, Z., Hui, C., Holroyd, E., & Wong, W. C. (2019). Quitting Smoking in Mainland China: A New Role for Hospital-Based Nurses.  Holistic nursing practice,  33(1), 45-51. DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000303
  5. Montayre, J., Neville, S., Wright‐St Clair, V., Holroyd, E., & Adams, J. (2019). Late‐life living and care arrangements of older Filipino New Zealanders.  Journal of clinical nursing,  28(3-4),
  6. Montayre, J., De‐Arth, J., Shrestha‐Ranjit, J., Neville, S., & Holroyd, E. (2019). Challenges and adjustments in maintaining health and well‐being of older Asian immigrants in New Zealand: An integrative review.  Australasian journal on ageing. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12616
  7. Kampblijambi, J. K., Montayre, J., Saravanakumar, P., & Holroyd, E. (2018). Losing blood and saving lives: Recognising the problems and impacts.  Midwifery,  67, 18-25, DOI: 10.1016/ j.midw.2018.08.012.
  8. Seow, L. L., Jiao, N., Wang, W., Holroyd, E., Teng, G. G., & He, H. G. (2018). A Qualitative Study Exploring Perceptions of Patients With Gout.  Clinical nursing research, DOI: 10.1177/1054773818769219.
  9. Tan, C. C. L., Cheng, K. K. F., Hwang, S. W., Zhang, N., Holroyd, E., & Wang, W. (2018). Effect of a Diabetes Self-Efficacy Enhancing Program on Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Clinical nursing research, DOI: 10.1177/1054773818792480.
  10. Cheng, R. T. S., Klainin-Yobas, P., Holyroyd, E., & Lopez, V. (2018). A “journey to regain life” after joint replacement surgery: A qualitative descriptive study.  Applied Nursing Research,  41, 5-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.apnr.2018.03.002
  11. Montayre, J., Neville, S., Wright‐St Clair, V., Holroyd, E., & Adams, J. (2018). Late‐life living and care arrangements of older Filipino New Zealanders.  Journal of clinical nursing. https://
  12. Msoka, A. C., & Holroyd, E. (2018). Childrens perspectives of their psychosocial well-being in Tanzanian orphanages.  International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery,  10(5), 41-46.  DOI: 10.5897/IJNM2017.0292
  13. Wu, L. T., Wang, W., Holroyd, E., Lopez, V., & Liaw, S. Y. (2018). Factors deterring dentistry, medical, pharmacy, and social science undergraduates from pursuing nursing as a healthcare career: a cross-sectional study in an Asian university.  BMC medical education,  18(1), 23. DOI: 10.1186/s12909-018-1118-1
  14. Kanengoni, B., Andajani-Sutjahjo, S., & Holroyd, E. (2018). Setting the stage: reviewing current knowledge on the health of New Zealand immigrants—an integrative review.  PeerJ,  6, e5184. DOI: doi: 10.7717/peerj.5184
  15. Winnington, R., Holroyd, E., & Zambas, S. (2018). The Socio-Political Debate of Dying Today in the United Kingdom and New Zealand:‘Letting Go’of the Biomedical Model of Care in Order to Develop a Contemporary Ars Moriendi.  Societies,  8(3), 65. DOI: 10.3390/soc8030065
  16. Liaw S.Y., Wu, L.T., Lopez, V., Chow, Y.L., Lim, S., Holroyd, E., Tan, K.K., & Wang, W. (2017). Development and psychometric testing of an instrument to compare career choice influences and perceptions of nursing among healthcare students, BMC Medical Education, 17(1), 72.
  17. David, A., Holroyd, E., Jackson, M., & Cleary, S. (2017). 'Being in the know': Nurses' perspectives on the role of 'end-of-shift' verbal handover. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare. doi: 10.1097/XEB.0000000000000102.
  18. Li, H., Wei, C., Tucker, J., Kang, D., Liao, M., Holroyd, E., Zheng, J., Qi, Q., & Ma, W. (2017). Barriers and facilitators of linkage to HIV care among HIV-infected young Chinese men who have sex with men: A qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1), 214.
  19. Kamblijambi, J.K., & Holroyd, E. (2017). Papua New Guinea midwives perspectives of the effect of a targeted village birth attendant education program. Midwifery Journal. Reference YMIDW2029.
  20. Yang, Y.Y., He, H.G., Lee, S.Y., Holroyd, E., Shorey, S., & Koh, S.S.L. (2017). Perceptions of parents with preterm infants hospitalized in Singaporean neonatal intensive care unit. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000239.
  21. Wong, W.C.W., Cheung, S., Miu, H.Y.H., Chen, J., Loper, K.A., & Holroyd, E. (2017). Mental health of African asylum-seekers and refugees in Hong Kong: using the social determinants of health framework. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 153.
  22. Assaf, G.N., Holroyd, E., & Lopez, V. (2017). Isolation and prayer as means of solace for Arab women with breast cancer: An in‐depth interview study. Psycho‐Oncology, 1-6, DOI: 10.1002/pon.4402.
  23. Li, H., Tucker, J., Holroyd, E., Zhang, J., & Jiang, B. (2017). Suicidal ideation, resilience, and healthcare implications for newly diagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men in china: A qualitative study, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-10.
  24. Liaw, S.Y., Wu, L.T., Holroyd, E., Wang, W., Lopez, V., Lim, S. & Chow, Y.L. (2016). Why not nursing? Factors influencing healthcare career choice among Singaporean students. International Nursing Review 63 (4), 530-538.
  25. Wong, C.W.W., Cheng, S., Holroyd, E. & Miu, H. (2016). A Lost Tribe in the City. International Journal for Health Equity, 15(1), 158.
  26. Yuen, W.W.Y., Tran, L., Wong, C.K.H., Holroyd, E., Tang, C.S.K., & Wong, W.C.W. (2016). Psychological health and HIV transmission among female sex workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. AIDS Care, 28(7), 816-824.
  27. Yuen, W., Wong, W., Tang, C., Holroyd, E., Tiwari, A., & Fong, D. (2016). Resilience intervention for women in sex work: The mediating role of self-esteem in reducing psychological distress, International Journal of Psychology, 51, 282-283.
  28. Li, H.H., Lau, J.T., Holroyd, E., & Li, X. (2016). Mental health problems and associated socio-ecological factors among HIV-positive young migrant men who have sex with men in China. In Children and Young People Living with HIV/AIDS, 223-239. Springer International Publishing.
  29. Li, H., Li, X., Tso, L. S., Qiao, S., Holroyd, E., Zhou, Y., & Shen, Z. (2016). HIV-negative children’s experiences and opinions towards parental HIV disclosure: A qualitative study in China. Vulnerable Children & Youth Studies, 11(2), 173-179.
  30. Turner, P.W., & Holroyd, E. (In press 2016). Holism in Osteopathy–bridging the gap between concept and practice: A grounded theory study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 22, 40-51.
  31. Khong, P.C.B., Hoi, S.Y., Holroyd, E., & Wang, W. (2015). Nurses’ clinical decision making on adopting a wound clinical decision support system. Computers Informatics Nursing, 33(7), 295-305.
  32. Li, H. Holroyd, E. Lau, J. and Li, X. 2015, 'Stigma, subsistence, intimacy, face, filial piety, and mental health problems among newly HIV-diagnosed men who have sex with men in China', in Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Elsevier, United States, pp. 1-28 ISSN: 1055-3290
  33. Li, H. Holroyd, E. and Lau, J. 2015, Exploring Unprotected anal intercourse among newly diagnosed HIV positive men who have sex with men in China: an ethnographic study', in PL o S One, Public Library of Science, United States, pp. 1-11 ISSN: 1932-6203
  34. Li, H. Lau, J. and Holroyd, E. 2015, 'Unmet health service needs of newly diagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men in China: results from an ethnography', in Journal of AIDS Clinical Research and STDs, Herald Scholarly Open Access (HSOA), Herndon, Virginia, United States, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-6 ISSN: 2155-6113
  35. Li, H., Holroyd, E., Li, X., & Lau, J. (2014). A qualitative analysis of barriers to accessing HIV/AIDS-related services among newly diagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men in China. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 26(1), 13-19.
  36. Stewart, O., Yamarat, K., Neeser, K., Lertmaharit, S., & Holroyd, E. (2014). Buddhist religious practices and blood pressure among elderly in rural Uttaradit Province, northern Thailand. Nursing and Health Sciences, 16(1), 119-125.
  37. Yuen, W., Wong, W., Holroyd, E., & Tang, C. (2014). Resilience in work-related stress among female sex workers in Hong Kong. Qualitative Health Research, 24(9), 1232-1241.
  38. Wong, W., Ho, P., Liang, J., Holroyd, E.A., Lam, C., & Pau, A. (2014). Road to better health and integration: a Delphi study on health service models for Hong Kong migrants. Journal for Equity in Health, 13(1), 112-127.
  39. Fong, T., Holroyd, E., & Wong, W. (2013). Dangerous women of Hong Kong? Media construction of stigma in female sex workers. Journal of Behavioral Health, 2(1), 59-65.
  40. Ong, J., Wong, W., Lee, A., Holroyd, E., & Huang, S. (2013). Sexual activity and adolescent health risk behaviors amongst high school students in three ethnic Chinese urban populations. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22 (23-24), 3270-3279.
  41. Yu, C., Holroyd, E., Cheng, Y., & Lau, J. (2013). Institutional incentives for altruism: gifting blood in China. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-8.
  42. Yuen, W., Wong, W., Tang, C., Holroyd, E., Tiwari, A., Fong, D., & Chin, W. (2013). Evaluating the effectiveness of personal resilience and enrichment programme (PREP) for HIV prevention among female sex workers: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-9.
  43. Kerrison, J., Jones, L., & Holroyd, E. (2013). The art and science of caring for pregnant teenagers in southern Tasmania. Women and Birth, 26, Supplement 1.
  44. Chen, S., Holroyd, E., & Jones, L. (2012). To have or not have a child in contemporary Taiwan? Motherhood decision making. The Australian Nursing Journal, 19(11), 41-41.
  45. Lau, J., Gu, J., Tsui, H., Chen, H., Holroyd, E., Wang, R., & HU, X. (2012). Prevalence and associated factors of condom use during commercial sex by female sex workers who were or were not injecting drug users in China. Sexual Health, 9(4), 368-376.
  46. Ngai, F., Wai-Chi Chan, S., & Holroyd, E. (2012). Maternal coping during early motherhood among first-time Chinese mothers. Journal of Health Psychology, 17(2), 189-196.
  47. Suen, L., Lau, Y., Ma, H., Lai, K., & Holroyd, E. (2012). Predictive value of auricular diagnosis on coronary heart disease. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 1-9.
  48. Thwala, S., Jones, L., & Holroyd, E. (2012). An ethnographic account of the beliefs, values and experiences of rural Swazi women during childbirth. Evidence Based Midwifery, 10(3), 101-106.


2013  - Vice Chancellors Teaching Award In Indigenous Education 28th November, 2013, RMIT l