Professor of Nursing
School of Clinical Sciences
With a global career spanning East and West, Professor Eleanor Holroyd’s return to AUT is both a personal and professional homecoming. As one of AIT’s original nursing graduates, Professor Holroyd completed her Diploma of Nursing under nursing education pioneer, and first Dean of the Faculty of Health, Yvonne Shadbolt.
Today, as Professor of Nursing at AUT, she supports a whole new generation of researchers, passing on her passion for making a real difference in health outcomes.
Following 20 years working in South East and East Asia, Professor Holroyd appreciates AUT’s high levels of humanism and respect - and is enjoying the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
A respected educator and researcher, she continues to balance her own research interests in ethnography, sexual and reproductive health (in particular HIV research), migrant research, female sex-worker health anthropology and women’s health – with her passion for teaching and mentoring postgraduate and PhD students. She considers supporting up-and-coming researchers an important part of her work.
With a strong global outlook, Professor Holroyd maintains active connections with a network of international colleagues, students and institutions. In addition to her work at AUT on a 0.8 basis, she supports PhD and development projects in Uganda for WHO’s Collaborating Centre (Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery), and delivers twice yearly teaching workshops in Hong Kong, CUHK (on qualitative methods and research support).
On top of all this, Professor Holroyd is a registered nurse, and holds Honorary Professoriates at the Global Centre for Population Health at the University of Melbourne and at the National University of Singapore.
When asked about her most rewarding work to date, Professor Holroyd cites her work in, and with students from, resource-poor countries. She is particularly happy to have supported successful PhD students from Papua New Guinea (researching women’s and children’s health) Fiiji, China and Nigeria (researching HIV).
Other achievements include receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award in Melbourne for a new course in indigenous health; publishing over 90 high-impact papers with international cross-disciplinary teams in China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore; and completing her PhD in Medical Anthropology at the prestigious University of Hong Kong. She has also recently been appointed as a lead researcher at AUT.
Outside her work at AUT, Professor Holroyd is reaffirming her love of the water by setting aside time for paddle boarding and brushing up on her sailing skills. She is also thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to reconnect with the land her family have been part of for generations.