Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Past Events

Top Scholars event

Date: 28 July 2016

Time: 4.30 pm

Professor Wendy Larder, Provost of Victoria University of Wellington held an event to celebrate our recent award winners and scholarship recipients at Victoria.

GSNMH PhD students Ellaine Ete-Rasch and Tosin Popoola were in attendance for acknowledgement of their recent scholarships. Congratulations to you both!

GSNMH staff and students Top scholars event birdseye

PhD oral presentation by Rebecca Bear

Date: 6 April 2016

Time: 10.00 am

Kangaroo mother care in one neonatal intensive care unit: Quality improvement through participatory action research

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The Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health invites you to attend a presentation given by Rebecca Bear, PhD candidate.

This presentation will include a collegial discussion of Rebecca's research proposal as summarised below. This presentation is a University requirement and will allow Rebecca to move from provisional to full PhD candidacy.

Please join us in supporting Rebecca's move from provisional to full PhD candidacy.

Date: Wednesday 6 April

Time: 10 - 11am

Location: Seminar Room CS801, Level 8, Clinical Services Building, Wellington Hospital


Care of premature babies within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is extremely important for the health and wellbeing of infants, parents and the wider community.   Appropriate developmental care acknowledges the unique needs of the baby, as well as the importance of the parents as primary caregivers for positive short and long-term outcomes. Developmental biology highlights the neurophysiological needs of the infant and mother to bond through the processes of attachment.  Hospitalization within the NICU may be a barrier to attachment.  Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) provides skin-to-skin contact between baby and caregiver and is known to be a safe method of care.  KMC is important for mother-infant attachment and central to all developmental care programmes.  KMC is strongly recommended by the World Health Organization in all practice settings, yet remains variably and inconsistently applied.  The purpose of this project is to improve developmental care practice in one NICU through increased awareness, knowledge and practice of KMC. The aim of this project is to engage key stakeholders and ‘champions’ of KMC in a collaborative quality improvement project examining and improving KMC and developmental care practices.  The proposed approach is with the use of Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology.

If interested please RSVP to Postgraduate Administrator, Caleb Aveling at to give us an idea in numbers attending.

Māori students event

Date: 23 March 2016

Time: 12.00 pm

Venue: Student Union Memorial Theatre Foyer (SU229), Kelburn Campus

Maori event poster with image of Marae gateway in backgroundThe Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences & Education warmly invite our Māori students to the Māori Students' Event on Wednesday, 23 March, 12:00-2:00 pm in the Student Union Memorial Theatre Foyer (SU229).

Join us to:

  • be inspired
  • get set for 2016
  • have a pizza together, and
  • take part in games and win prizes.

Please RSVP by Monday, 21 March to

Download the Māori Students' Event poster (PDF, 402 KB).

Pasifika evening

Date: 14 March 2016

Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Alan MacDiarmid 102 (AM102), Kelburn Campus

Pasifika evening poster with tapa cloth backgroundThe Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences & Education warmly invite our Pasifika students and their families to the Pasifika Evening on Monday, 14 March, from 6:00-8:00 pm in Alan MacDiarmid 102 (AM102).

Join us to:

  • be inspired
  • find out about exciting opportunities, and
  • have a welcome feast together.

Please RSVP by Friday, 11 March to

Download the Pasifika Evening poster (PDF, 4MB).

GSNMH March Research Seminar

Date: 3 March 2016

Time: 12.30 pm

Venue: Seminar room CS801, Level 8, Clinical Services Block, Wellington Hospital

Marketing and the most trusted profession

Free lunchtime seminar presented by Dr Quinn Grundy

Internationally, the issue of industry payments to physicians and the potential for conflicts of interest has come under public scrutiny. Since the passage of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act in the United States, many countries, including New Zealand, are contemplating similar legislation. While various views have been expressed on the utility of public disclosures, an important gap remains: all other clinicians are omitted from industry payment disclosures. I will present recent work that explored industry activities targeted at registered nurses (RNs). I suggest that RNs are increasingly important targets for industry marketing, particularly by the medical device industry, and that the absence of oversight of such activity may have implications for patient care and safety similar to those raised by physician payments.

Healthcare leaders do not understand the extent and importance of interactions between RNs and industry, which largely remain invisible to policymakers. Three tacit – and erroneous – assumptions voiced by administrators in this study underlie this invisibility: 1) Nurses do not interact with industry; 2) Nurses’ interactions with industry are not “marketing”; 3) Marketing to nurses is of no consequence. I will analyse each of these assumptions, drawing on ethnographic data to demonstrate that nurse-industry interactions are ubiquitous and influential, that they constitute marketing, that industry highly values these interactions, and that their invisibility is potentially consequential for care. In order to minimize the influence of conflicts of interest on healthcare decision making and recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of today’s health care, policies addressing COI must include disclosure and management of nurse-industry interactions.

To RSVP please email the School Administrator

Bariatric Management Innovation Launch

Date: 22 February 2016

Time: 4.00 pm

Bariatric Management Innovation logo

Bariatric Management Innovation (BMI), is a collaborative initiative developed by New Zealand obesity researchers from Victoria University, Otago University and the health care industry to engage in research, innovation and education that supports the development and management of safe, appropriate and equitable care for our largest patients.

The Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health are hosting BMIs official launch on Monday 22 February 2016. The opening address will be given by Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health.

We hope that you'll be able to join the BMI team for the launch!

GSNMH Pasifika students and alumni fono

Date: 15 December 2015

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Seminar room CS801, level 8, Clinical Services Building, Wellington Regional Hospital, Newtown

The Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health warmly invites our Māori and Pasifika students and alumni to:

  • discuss experiences of postgraduate study
  • develop networks
  • identify pathways to success.

With special guest Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika), Victoria University of Wellington.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 9 December 2015 to

GSNMH November Research Seminar

Date: 4 November 2015

Time: 12.00 pm

The Compassionate Hospital: worthy endeavour or clinical imperative?

Free lunchtime seminar presented by Professor Philip Larkin

The expectation that compassion underpins healthcare service delivery is absolute. It would be hard to argue against the ideals of compassion as an approach to person-centered user and carer engagement in healthcare, especially at times of key life transitions, notably between living and dying.

However internationally, examples of end-of-life care that are less than compassionate have been identified and led to changes in national policy. There is a call that healthcare professionals and nurses in particular have lost compassion in their caregiving, and that a reinstitution of compassion as the basis of their professional identity is needed for better quality care.

Drawing on examples from the UK and Ireland, this seminar will ask what has been learnt from professional discourse, academic literature and media reporting in this area and how this has informed the development of more responsive and compassion-orientated hospital services. Using palliative and end-of-life care exemplars across a number of hospital settings (emergency room, maternity, older person care), together with experiences from two initiatives (Hospice-Friendly-Hospitals [HfH] and The Compassionate Communities projects), the case for compassion as a clinical imperative will be made.

Venue: Seminar Room CS803, Level 8, Clinical Services Block, Wellington Hospital

To RSVP please email the School Administrator or feel free to drop by on the day

GSNMH July Research Seminar

Date: 22 July 2015

Time: 12.00 pm

Sierra Leone in a time of plague; Nursing in an Ebola Treatment Centre

Free lunchtime seminar presented by Dr Ryan McLane, Senior Advisor of the Communicable Diseases Team of the Ministry of Health 

Since December 2013 the largest known outbreak of Ebola has infected more than 26,000 in West Africa, killing at least 11,000 people. While not the greatest disease killer of the region, Ebola's dramatic presentation, horrific course, and perceived infectiousness vaulted it from a place on the long list of 'African diseases' generally ignored in wealthier areas into a highly prioritised global threat. The nature of the disease, and its penchant for infecting health care workers, required the development of extreme infection control measures. Yet the most effective care available in the African setting was time-intensive hands-on nursing interventions. 

Dr Ryan McLane will offer a brief summary of what is known about Ebola and its care in the African setting, and share images and experiences from his time as a nurse at the Hastings 2 Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone.

Venue: CS801, Level 8, Clinical Services Block, Wellington Hospital

To RSVP: Email the School Administrator, at  

GSNMH May Research Seminar

Date: 26 May 2015

Time: 12.00 pm

Discourse, power, knowledge: the formation of a 'natural' caesarean
Presented by Dr Jeanie Douchie

As an embodied practice childbirth occupies a space in which a plurality of (shifting) meanings are inscribed upon the birthing body. Meanings to emerge from professional and popular discourse have the potential to shape the experience of corporeal (im)perfection with the potential for ratifying the body as an objet d’art upon which idealised identities and embodied  performances may be enacted. The material effect is the allure of surgery in the absence of clinical indications. 

This presentation is adapted from Jeanie’s doctoral research that explored the discourses constructing women’s choice for caesarean section in the absence of clinical indications, revisits key tenets post-structuralism as informed by the theoretical ideas of French philosopher Michel Foucault to trace the conditions of possibility for caesarean to emerge in the current moment. The democratisation of choice has exposed how caesarean, as an optional extra, is brought into being by tactical means. Knowledge of the various ways in different discourses converge to constitute choice, opens up a range of possibilities for contemplating the discursive positioning of women through the competing discourses of childbirth. 

Venue: CS801, Level 8, Clinical Services Building, Wellington Hospital

To RSVP: Email the School Administrator,at  



GSNMH April Research Seminar

Date: 1 April 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Those with the gold make the evidence: the pharmaceutical industry and clinical trials

Presented by Professor Joel Lexchin

Pharmaceutical companies fund the bulk of clinical research that is carried out on medications. Poor outcomes from these studies can have negative effects on sales of medicines. Research has shown that company funded research is much more likely to yield positive outcomes than research with any other sponsorship. 

The aim of this talk is to investigate the possible ways in which bias can be introduced into research outcomes by drawing on concrete examples from the published literature. Biases are introduced through a variety of measures including the choice of research topics and comparator agents, hiding data from regulators, publication biases, ghost writing, researchers’ conflict of interest, stopping trials for commercial reasons and the use of “seeding trials”. Economic theory predicts that firms will try to bias the evidence base wherever its benefits exceed its costs. The examples given here confirm what theory predicts. What will be needed to curb and ultimately stop the bias that we have seen is a paradigm change in the way that we treat the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and the conduct and reporting of clinical trials.

Date: Wednesday 1 April 2015

Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm

Where: Seminar room CS801, Level 8 Clinical Services Building, Wellington Hospital

To RSVP: Please contact Laura Burnet, School Administrator by Monday 30 March

GSNMH March Research Seminar

Date: 19 March 2015

Time: 12.30 pm

Research methods to foster adolescents' critical reflection of gender, health and advertising: A Canadian case study

Presented by: Dr Elizabeth Banister

We used a case study approach to explore how adolescents (ages 12-14) critically analyse, evaluate and create gendered health messages conveyed through the commercial media, how they develop these critical media health literacy skills, and how a youth developed video production project works as an innovative health promotion tool.
Students were taught how to use iMovie and Green Screen technology on iPads for creating 2 minute advertisements to market healthy extracurricular participation among peers.
Data was obtained through individual and focus group interviews and participant observation. Interview questions helped to generate participants’ critical thinking, and focus group discussions facilitated participants to make transparent implicit contradictions in their thinking about the media, gender and health.
Our findings suggest that participants recognised the relevance of gender and health in their own lives at the cognitive and affective levels, and that both girls and boys showed some understanding of how the opposite gender is stereotyped.

Dr Elizabeth Banister is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research interests include adolescent health and media literacy, health education, knowledge translation and qualitative research design.
She served as Advisory Board member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) for 6 years and as a Professorial Research Fellow at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Victoria University. She is currently an Honorary Research Associate at Victoria University.

Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm

Date: Thursday 19 March 2015

Where: Seminar Room CS801, Level 8, Clinical Services Block, Wellington Regional Hospital

To RSVP: Please contact Laura Burnet, School Administrator

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NZ College of Primary Health Care Nurses NZNO Conference 2015

Date: 31 July – 2 August 2015

Time: 11.00 am

Venue: Te Papa, Wellington

The Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health is a Bronze Sponsor for the upcoming NZ College of Primary Health Care Nurses NZNO Conference to be held at Te Papa on Friday 31 July to 2 August 2015. For further details and to register check out the conference website.

Dr Kathy Nelson, (acting) Head of School and Rebecca Zonneveld, Nurse Practitioner/ Clinical Practice Advisor to the GSNMH will be attending so be sure to say hello. Course information and 2016 dates will be made available, keep an eye out for them.

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Information Events

FHSS Postgraduate Information Evening

Date: 7 April 2016

Time: 5.30 pm

Venue: Alan MacDiarmid 101 (AM101), Kelburn Campus

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Student and Academic Services Office warmly invites our postgraduate students to the annual Postgraduate Information Evening.

This is a chance for students to mix and mingle with fellow postgraduate students and FHSS staff. It is also an opportunity to find out what services the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office offers postgraduate students and key information regarding postgraduate study.

Get informed and set yourself up for success in your postgraduate studies.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to with 'Postgrad Eve' in the subject line.

Download the Postgraduate Information Evening flyer (PDF, 332KB).

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