Dr Annette Dunham

BA Psychology (Canty); MSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Canty); PhD Psychology (Canty); Dip OT (CIT); Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Teaching & Learning (Deakin)


Dr Annette Dunham is a member of the Health Systems Section in the School of Population Health. Annette brings her knowledge and skills in industrial and organisational psychology and her background as an allied health practitioner to the team. She has a BA (Psychology), MSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology (industrial and organisational) and PhD (Psychology) from the University of Canterbury. Prior to this, Annette worked for several years as a New Zealand registered occupational therapist in a number of hospital and community based settings. Annette Dunham’s PhD thesis “Knowledge Management in the Context of an Ageing Workforce: Organisational Memory and Mentoring,” supported by a New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, addressed assumptions made about the ability and willingness of mature workers to act as mentors. The research, involving participants from twenty work and community organisations was awarded an Emerald Publishing and European Foundation for Management Development Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in 2012.

In 2011-2012 Annette worked at the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health in Victoria, Australia. Her role involved conducting continuing professional development workshops for allied health practitioners in rural and regional Victoria. In this work she developed a strong interest in the role of coaching to support self-management models of health. In 2012 she joined the teaching team for a new Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Coaching and Counselling in the School of Psychology, Deakin University in Melbourne and in 2013 took up the role of Director of the program. Annette joined the Health Systems Section in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland in January 2016.

Research | Current

  • Health leadership competencies
  • Issues related to an ageing workforce
  • Clinical microsystems
  • Mentoring to transfer tacit knowledge; Workplace mentoring attitudes and behavior.

Teaching | Current

Course Coordinator for:

  • POPLHLTH 302, Community Health Internship (BHSc programme)
  • HLTHMGT 754 Health Leadership (MPH and MHSc programmes)


  • 2012  Winner, Emerald Publishing and the European Foundation for Management Development Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (Knowledge Management category)
  • 2006  New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship.
  • 2006  University of Canterbury: Canterbury Scholarship (Doctoral).
  • 2004  University of Canterbury New Zealand Federation of University Women (Canterbury Branch) Masters Scholarship.
  • 2002  University of Canterbury Senior Scholarship.
  • 2002  University of Canterbury Alumni Scholarship (Faculty of Arts). 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Brown, G., Cooper-Thomas, H., Curtin, J., Dunham, A., Geertshuis, S., Kensington-Miller, B., ... Wass, R. (2019). Teaching for transformation: The four E’s of teaching future-ready graduates. Paper presented at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. 2 July - 5 July 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sean Sturm, Susan Geertshuis, Gavin Brown, Barbara Kensington-Miller
  • Dunham, A., Mellor, D., Rand, E., McCabe, M., & Lewis, M. (2019). Impact of disclosure of a dementia diagnosis on uptake of support services: A pilot study exploring a post-traumatic stress approach. Dementia (London, England)10.1177/1471301219844659
  • Sheridan, N. F., Kenealy, T. W., Fitzgerald, A. C., Kuluski, K., Dunham, A., McKillop, A. M., ... Gill, A. (2019). How does it feel to be a problem? Patients' experiences of self-management support in New Zealand and Canada. Health Expectations : An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy, 22 (1), 34-45. 10.1111/hex.12823
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45782
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Timothy Kenealy, Ann McKillop
  • Ayeleke, R. O., North, N., Wallis, K. A., & Dunham, A. (2019). Implications of New Zealand’s Primary Health Care Policies for Management and Leadership. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 14 (2), 40-48. 10.24083/apjhm.v14i2.255
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Reuben Ayeleke, Katharine Wallis
  • Ayeleke, R. O., North, N. H., Dunham, A., & Wallis, K. A. (2019). Impact of training and professional development on health management and leadership competence: A mixed methods systematic review. Journal of Health Organization and Management, online first.10.1108/JHOM-11-2018-0338
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Reuben Ayeleke, Nicola North, Katharine Wallis
  • Shaw, J., Gray, C. S., Baker, G. R., Denis, J.-L., Breton, M., Gutberg, J., ... McKillop, A. (2018). Mechanisms, contexts and points of contention: operationalizing realist-informed research for complex health interventions. BMC medical research methodology, 18 (1)10.1186/s12874-018-0641-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Carswell, Timothy Kenealy
  • Ayeleke, R. O., Dunham, A., North, N., & Wallis, K. (2018). The Concept of Leadership in the Health Care Sector. In S. D. Goker (Ed.) Leadership (pp. 83-95). Intechopen. 10.5772/intechopen.76133
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45350
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Reuben Ayeleke, Nicola North, Katharine Wallis
  • Dunham, A. H., Dunbar, J. A., Johnson, J. K., Fuller, J., Morgan, M., & Ford, D. (2018). What attributions do Australian high-performing general practices make for their success? Applying the clinical microsystems framework: a qualitative study. BMJ open, 8 (4)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020552

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 4, Room 457
New Zealand

Social links