Christine McDonald

Christine McDonald

​Academic Staff Member
Centre for Health and Social Practice


+64 7 834 8800 extension 3169


Physical Address:

D Block, Level 2, City Campus, Tristram St, Hamilton 3240


  • Doctoral Candidate, Doctor of Health Science, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Master of Science in Nursing and Health Administration, University of Phoenix, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Phoenix, 2005.
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing, Auckland Institute of Technology, 1992.
  • Diploma in Nursing, Waikato Technical Institute, 1986.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

  • 30+ years of experience in nursing in New Zealand and internationally, including:
    • 3 years teaching undergraduate nursing students
    • 8 years’ hospice and palliative care nursing
    • 2 ½ years in education and quality for a community health organisation
    • 7 years paediatric oncology nursing
    • 6 years in research and clinical trials specific to paediatric oncology
    • 3 ½ years in general adult and paediatric medical/surgical nursing
  • Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing.
  • Member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) International Nurse Practitioner/Advance Practice Nurse Network (INP/APNN).

Areas of Expertise and Research

  • Palliative care nursing

Research Activity

Part of a team researching the transition to flipped learning in undergraduate nursing education.

Collaborative practice in palliative care is being undertaken as part of a doctoral thesis.

‘Revisiting where it began: Researching collaborative practice in palliative care’. Presented at the Auckland University of Technology Research Symposium, May 2014.

‘Collaboration and communication – what’s one without the other?’ Presented at the Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference, November 2012.

‘Collaborative practice in palliative care: What’s the problem?’ Presented at the Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference, November 2010.

Select Publications

McDonald, C. (2016). Choosing the doctoral path in New Zealand: A reflection on one nurse’s postgraduate education journey. Dynamics of Human Health, 3(2).

McDonald, C., & McCallin, A. (2010). Interprofessional collaboration in palliative care nursing: What is the patient-family role? International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 16(6), 289.