Dr Barbara Mabel Daly

PhD, MHSc, BSc, RN


Barbara Daly is a Registered Nurse with clinical and educational experience. Barbara completed a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in physiology and biochemistry) at the University of Auckland (UoA) in 1990. Barbara completed a Master of Health Science degree, in 2001, completing several papers across the Faculty of Medicine (UoA) in genetics and maternal health, cardiovascular disease, epidemiology, evidenced-based medicine and statistics. Her Master’s thesis is titled ' Low Birth Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adolescents in Auckland’. Barbara completed her PhD in 2012 (UoA) and this thesis is titled 'Diabetes Management by Primary Health Care Nurses In Auckland - A Cross Sectional Study'.

She is the director of the postgraduate papers Nursing 742 "Biological Science for Practice" and Nursing 730 "Diabetes Specialty" and teaches in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in papers related to the biological sciences.

She is actively involved in quantitative research related to the primary health care management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Research | Current

Funded research grants

  • 2006-2008: Scragg R, Daly B,   Improving the Community mangement of Diabetes by Nurses in Primary Health Care, funded by Novo Nordisk NZ$9,200
  • 2006-2008: Daly, B  Name of study, Improving the Community managment of Diabetes by Nurses in Primary Health Care,  funded by Ministry of Health NZ$6,000
  • 2006-2008: Arroll B,  Daly, B   Improving the Community Management of Diabetes Nurses in General Practice, funded by Charitable Trust of the Auckland Faculty of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners,  NZ$5,000

Research interests

  • Fetal/childhood health and cardiovascular disease
  • Management of diabetes in the community by primary health care nurses

Teaching | Current

Postgraduate teaching

1. 742 Biological Science for Practice – Course co-ordinator. This course is designed for registered health professionals. It is an on-line course that is offered every semester and includes one optional (but recommended) study day, in Auckland, to support the on-line content.  The course focuses on the pathology and evidenced-based management of common chronic pathological conditions.

2. 730 Specialty Diabetes – Course co-ordinator). This course is designed for experienced registered nurses wishing to pursue further education in diabetes. Students are required to have at least two years clinical experience. The course is offered in the second semester of each year and students are required to attend six teaching days over a three month period and one examination day at the end of the semester.

Undergraduate teaching

3. 104 Applied Science for Nurses – lecturer. The course is part of the School of Nursing undergraduate degree programme. Conduct a series of lectures on: digestion, absorbtion, metabolism and acid base balance.

Postgraduate supervision

Current Master's students:

Miranda McDonald-Brown - Thesis titled 'The detection and management of steroid-induced hyperglycaemia, and barriers to its effective management'.

Denise Hislop - Thesis titled 'Evaluation of electronic shared care plans for patients with spinal cord injury'.



  • Master's and PhD supervision
  • Course director Nursing 742 Biological Science for Practice
  • Course director Nursing 730 Diabetes Specialty

Areas of expertise

Management of diabetes (including gestational diabetes) and cardiovascular disease by primary health care nurses in the community. Expertise in conducting cross-sectional study designs. Expertise in reviewing smoking cessation interventions and effective community-based models of care. Expertise in quantitative data analyses.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes

Member of the Post-graduate curriculum committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 243
New Zealand