Senior Lecturer, Public Health & Emergency and Disaster Management
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 6796
AUT University (Room MB216)
640 Great South Road
Manukau, Auckland, 2025
Discipline of Public Health
Mail Code M-2
Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
Private Bag 92006
2014 Doctor of Philosophy (University of Waterloo)
2011 Masters of Environmental Studies (University of Waterloo)
2009 Bachelor of Science Honours (Queen’s University)
2008 Respiratory Therapy Diploma (Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences)
Memberships and Affiliations:
- Pacific Health
- Rural and Remote Health
- New Zealand Medical Journal
- Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
- Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
- The International Journal of Preventative Medicine
Nadia is passionate about preventing infectious diseases among marginalized populations. Her background is in health sciences and she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2014. Nadia’s previous research efforts primarily focused on improving local influenza pandemic preparedness with remote and isolated Canadian First Nations communities using community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches. She moved to Auckland, New Zealand and joined AUT University in early 2015 where she is involved in a range of teaching, research and service activities.
Nadia has research expertise in the areas of public health and infectious disease prevention and control. She specialises in qualitative research and participatory action research with a focus on community participation and knowledge translation. Her research programme is primarily directed towards reducing health inequities related to infectious diseases faced by marginalised populations, such as migrants and refugees.
Public health, Health promotion, Global health, Participatory action research, Qualitative research
Nadia is the Paper Leader & Coordinator for the following paper:
Nadia also guest lectures on the following undergraduate and postgraduate papers:
- Risk Management (EMGT601)
- Emergency Risk Communication (EMGT806)
- Integrative Research (HEAL811)
- Qualitative Research II (HEAL810)
Public health, infectious disease prevention and control, immunisations, vaccine-preventable diseases, public health emergency preparedness, influenza pandemic planning, health inequities, migrant and refugee health, community participation.
Current Research Projects:
- “Ethnic differences in the uptake of healthcare services: A microanalysis” (Named Investigator, funded by the Health Research Council [HRC])
- “Exploring immunisation inequities among refugee children in New Zealand” (Principal Investigator, funded by the Health Research Council [HRC])
- “Exploring inequities for immunization and vaccine preventable diseases among immigrant children” (Key Researcher, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment [MBIE])
- “Improving the health of immigrant and refugee women of reproductive age through immunization” (Co-Applicant, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR])
- “Engaging South Asians and Chinese migrants in disaster risk reduction in New Zealand” (Principal Investigator, funded by the Earthquake Commission [EQC])
Nadia is currently offering supervision for eligible Masters and PhD students with relevant backgrounds and research interests, please contact her directly if you are interested.
- “Disaster Risk Reduction in a Multi-cultural society – Engaging New Zealand’s South Asian Migrants” by Vineeta Rao, PhD student. Primary supervisor (2017-present).
- “Health literacy: exploring the context of refugee young people” by Paul Ripley, DHSc Student. Secondary supervisor (2017-present).
- “Creating a space for indigenous Sahariya youth to improve access to safe water in rural Rajasthan, India” by Renu Sisodia, PhD Candidate. Secondary supervisor (2015-present).
- “Exploring immunisation inequities among refugee children in New Zealand: a qualitative study” by Larisa (Lara) Cavit, Masters of Public Health. Primary supervisor (2019-present).
- “Enhancing readiness: an exploration of a New Zealand Firefighter Training Programme” by Todd Miller, Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor (2018-2019).
- “Vulnerability and capacities of international students in the face of disasters in Auckland, New Zealand: a qualitative descriptive study” by Christian Thorup-Binger, Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor (2018).
- “The experiences of accessing healthcare for families of children with bronchiectasis in the Counties Manukau District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand: a qualitative study” by Nicola Jepsen, Master of Public Health. Primary supervisor (2018).
- “The collective experiences of middle management when implementing a business continuity management system within their public sector organisation teams” by Deborah FitzPatrick, Master of Emergency Management. Primary supervisor (2018).