Nicola Jepsen

Clinical Educator

Phone: 921 9999 x 7951


Physical Address:

Office AA 244
Physiotherapy Department
Akoranga Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Auckland 0627


Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)


Nicola graduated from AUT in 2010 and has worked as a cardio-respiratory physiotherapist at Counties Manukau Health since 2011, working across a range of acute and outpatient environments. She has worked as a lecturer in the cardio-respiratory physiotherapy teaching team at AUT since 2015 and is now working as a Clinical Educator at AUT. She has a particular interest in population health and is currently working towards a Master of Public Health, looking at the experiences of accessing health care in Counties Manukau for parents of children with bronchiectasis.

Teaching Areas:

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy

Public health priorities in physiotherapy

Research Areas:

  • Public Health
  • Access to health care
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

Research Summary:

Nicola has been involved in research projects investigating management of chronic respiratory disease, including the use of technology for patients with COPD. She works and does research in pulmonary rehabilitation at Counties Manukau Health, focussing on improving engagement in pulmonary rehabilitation to reduce inequity in the population.


Current Research Projects:

Nicola is currently working towards a Master of Public Health, for which she is investigating the experiences of accessing health care for parents of children with bronchiectasis. She also continues to research in pulmonary rehabilitation, looking at rates and patterns of completion of the programme, and ways to improve engagement in the programme.


  • Eastwood B, Jepsen N, Coulter K, Wong C, Zeng I (2016) Challenges of undertaking a clinical trial using bubble-PEP in an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A feasibility study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy 44(1): 8-16. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/NZJP/44.1.02
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