Christine Mercer

Christine is a researcher and part-time Academic Staff Member in the Centre for Health and Social Practice; working for Wintec two days per week.  In her spare time, Christine has been researching the impact of Parkinson’s disease (PD), on not only the person with Parkinson’s, but also their support partner.  This is a subject dear to her heart, as her husband has had PD for over 16 years.

She had an article about support partners’ experiences of chronic sorrow published in the Journal of Primary Health Care in November 2015. 

Since April 2016 Christine has been working with the Bay of Plenty Parkinson’s Society as the lead researcher on a Wintec Research Voucher. The research seeks to explore the burden of care indices scales, and how the scales can be used by the Community Educator to assess the need for intervention.  As a result of this research Christine, in conjunction with the Bay of Plenty Community Educator, has developed an article, currently under review, and a chapter on the support partners’ perspectives for an international book.  This current work has also resulted in Christine being the recipient of Trust Waikato funding to work with Waikato Parkinson’s Society Community Educators in identifying the issues for the support partners in this area.