Nursing department

AUT is one of the leading nursing educators in New Zealand, and our Nursing department is part of health sciences at AUT.

All our nursing courses are dynamic and evolve with the latest research and needs of the healthcare sector. Our strong links to district health boards, hospitals and private practices ensure that our students gain extensive clinical experience, while our research programmes focus on advancing knowledge to improve patient outcomes and recovery.

Research in health sciences

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across health sciences.

More about our research

Get hands-on experience in our health clinics

Students work with close supervision at our North Campus clinic, AUT Integrated Health. Open to the public, it offers health and rehab services, including nursing.

AUT Integrated Health

Aleisha Patard
Ashleigh Bennett
Toni Parker
Marisa Letoa Chu Ling
Tara Tui

Contact us

Debra Spinetto
Programme Information Advisor
Phone: +64 9 921 9735

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Key academic contacts

Rachel Macdiarmid
Head of Nursing 
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7687

Jan Dewar
Head of Nursing 
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 5450

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Margaret Sandham
Eleanor Holroyd
Lead author of the study Dr Margaret Sandham.
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Meet our staff: Sandra Thaggard
01 Aug, 2022
A senior lecturer in nursing, Dr Sandra Thaggard is interested in the management of diabetes, violence & abuse, and mental health issues in Pacific people.
Margaret Sandham
Assisted dying and nursing care
22 Jul, 2022
AUT-led research highlights the need to support nurses, procedurally and psychologically, as they increasingly encounter assisted dying.
Eleanor Holroyd
The legacy of lockdown
04 May, 2022
A new study, which examines the impact of COVID-19 on community healthcare workers in Aotearoa, shows that the negative effects were long-lasting.
Lead author of the study Dr Margaret Sandham.
Predicting changes in clinical status
21 Feb, 2022
New research in palliative care shows that machine learning can predict changes in patients’ clinical status, enabling early medical interventions.
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Good design can normalise disability
17 Nov, 2021
Harnessing the lived experience of disabled people is key to changing the face of disability and design at both a societal and personal level.
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