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)


I am a member of the Health Systems Section in the School of Population Health. My background is in psychology and specifically, industrial and organisational psychology. Earlier in my career I worked as a registered occupational therapist in hospital and community-based health care settings in New Zealand. Post-PhD (completed 2010) I returned to the health sector; in 2011-2012 I was employed at the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGTUDRH) in Australia, a collaboration between Flinders University, Deakin University and the Victorian Department of Health where I implemented a continuing professional development programme for allied health practitioners in regional and rural areas of Victoria and other States online. In 2012 I became a lecturer in psychology at Deakin University in Melbourne where I taught and later was director of the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Coaching and Counselling. I returned to New Zealand and my current role at the University of Auckland in January 2016. 

I have a strong interest in health workplace behavior, specifically in leadership, team and organisational cultures and leader and leadership development within health systems. In addition I am interested in initiatives that aim to support greater involvement of patients in managing and designing their health care. I am interested in hearing from Masters and Doctoral level students who seek supervision in related areas.

Research | Current

  • Health leadership and the development of leadership capacity in health systems.
  • Leadership, team and organisational cultures that effectively support practitioner collaboration and greater patient involvement in self-management.
  • Team and organisational cultures that develop and sustain a well and resilient health workforce.

Teaching | Current

Programme Director:  Master of Health Leadership (MHL)

Course Director for:

  • POPLHLTH 301: Strengthening Health Systems  (BHSc)
  • HLTHMGT 754: Health Leadership (MHL, MHSc and MPH)

Postgraduate supervision

University of Auckland

Doctor of Philosophy

Reuben Ayeleke (2016-2018): Identifying core competencies and professional development needs for the effective management and leadership of New Zealand Primary Health Organisations: A mixed methods study.

Andrew Lynch (2016-  ): Collaborative and reflective practice in Primary Health Care in New Zealand.

Master of Public Health

Daniel Tang (2018-2019) Practice facilitation and team climate in Primary Health Care.

Master of Health Leadership Project

Louise Wilkinson (2018) Addressing Senior Medical Officer Burnout

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational)

Madeleine Ross (2014-2015): Preceptorship as reverse mentoring.

Erin Fogg (2013-2014): Understanding the relationship between motivations to mentor, willingness to mentor and perceived time left in the workforce.

Fabian Trigili (2013-2014): Social and psychological capital as potential moderators of the relationships between leader-member-exchange (LMX) and perceived organisational support (POS), and turnover intentions in new graduates.

Psychology Honours:

Sarah Grant (2013): Socioemotional selectivity and mentoring motivations and costs.  



  • 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., Knewstubb, B., ... Kensington-Miller, B. (2019). Teaching for transformation: The 4E’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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48778
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sean Sturm, Susan Geertshuis, Gavin Brown, Jennifer Curtin, 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: 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: 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: 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

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3088
New Zealand

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