Dr Aileen Collier

Bsc (Hons) Nursing RGN (Abertay University, Dundee) Post Graduate Diploma Palliative Care (Dundee University) PhD (University Technology Sydney)


Aileen has worked as a specialist palliative care nurse in a diverse range of settings and in several countries. She is a member of Te Arai: Palliative Care and End of Life Care Research Group. Aileen's research program is focused on human agency, patient safety and quality of palliative care and sits at the interface of social science and clinical disciplines. Her research interests and teaching philosophy undergirds a commitment to her practical work, with moral and pragmatic questions always being anchored to clinical 'realities'. She is interdisciplinary in inclination and is an advocate of research that brings together diverse disciplines in response to 'wicked' problems. Aileen is passionate about equipping nurses and other health care workers to provide high quality palliative care. 

Research | Current

2016-2018 Promoting safe and quality care to advance dementia friendly hospitals: A case study using video reflexive ethnography (VRE)

2015-2017 Brilliance in Evidence-based Community Palliative Care

Teaching | Current

Aileen teaches into the undergraduate and post graduate teaching programs

Postgraduate supervision

Aileen supervises masters and PhD students and welcomes inquiries in her area of expertise


2013 Atlas ti International Institute of Qualitative Methods PhD award

Areas of expertise

Aileen has a particular interest and expertise in practice-based research to improve safety and quality of palliative care. She is especially interested in participatory and innovative methods that position patients' and families' voices centrally in the research process.

  • Palliative care
  • Health communication
  • Health services research
  • Participatory research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Safety and quality of end-of-life care
  • Video reflexive ethnography

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Aitken, C., Boyd, M., Nielsen, L., & Collier, A. (2020). Medication use in aged care residents in the last year of life: A scoping review. Palliative Medicine10.1177/0269216320911596
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michal Boyd
  • Chung, A., Collier, A., & Gott, M. (2019). Community-led and/or focused initiatives to support family carers within a palliative care context: An integrative review. Palliative medicine, 33 (2), 250-256. 10.1177/0269216318813813
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Gott
  • Iedema, R., Carroll, K., Collier, A., Hor, S.-Y., Mesman, J., & Wyer, M. (2019). Video-Reflexive Ethnography in Health Research and Healthcare Improvement Theory and Application. CRC Press. Pages: 233.
  • Breaden, K., Collier, A., Litster, C., Allcroft, P., Currow, D. C., & Phillips, J. L. (2019). Stigma and the in(visible) perspectives and expectations of home oxygen therapy among people with chronic breathlessness syndrome: A qualitative study. Palliative medicine, 33 (1), 82-90. 10.1177/0269216318805621
  • Dadich, A., Collier, A., Hodgins, M., & Crawford, G. (2018). Using Positive Organizational Scholarship in Healthcare and Video Reflexive Ethnography to Examine Positive Deviance to New Public Management in Healthcare. Qualitative health research, 28 (8), 1203-1216. 10.1177/1049732318759492
  • Collier, A., Breaden, K., Phillips, J. L., Agar, M., Litster, C., & Currow, D. C. (2017). Caregivers' perspectives on the use of long-term oxygen therapy for the treatment of refractory breathlessness: A qualitative study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 53 (1), 33-39. 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.06.007
  • Collier, A. (2016). Practice development using video-reflexive ethnography: promoting safe space(s) towards the end of life in hospital. International Practice Development Journal, 6 (1), 1-16. 10.19043/ipdj.61.003
  • Collier, A., Morgan, D. D., Swetenham, K., To, T. H., Currow, D. C., & Tieman, J. J. (2016). Implementation of a pilot telehealth programme in community palliative care: A qualitative study of clinicians' perspectives. Palliative Medicine, 30 (4), 409-417. 10.1177/0269216315600113


Contact details

Primary office location

89 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 534
Level G, Room G02
New Zealand

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