Dr Fiona Moir



Fiona Moir trained in the UK at Sheffield University, and went on to work as a GP in Britain and New Zealand. She is a Senior Lecturer in The Department of General Practice and in the Medical Programme Directorate at The University of Auckland, teaching both postgraduate and undergraduate students, where she specializes in student and practitioner wellbeing, workplace wellness, mental health and communication skills. She is also Co-Director of Medical Student Affairs for the medical programme and lead for The Health and Wellbeing curriculum at the medical school in Auckland. As a partner in Connect Communications, a business teaching self-care, supervision skills and communication skills to health professionals, she is involved in teaching doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals around the country, working with organisations such as The Medical Council of New Zealand and The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand.  


In 2008, she was one of the co-authors of the CALM website, a resource for stress management and happiness, which was originally made available to students and then later released to the public. Her interests are: the health of health professionals; early interventions for stress, anxiety and depression; self-care, and communication skills. Her PhD topic was about medical student wellbeing, and she has several publications in peer-reviewed journals in the area of student wellbeing, mental health and communication skills. 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Mental health
  • Health and wellbeing of students and practitioners 
  • Workplace wellness 
  • Communication skills
  • Self-care and early intervention 
  • Resilience



2015: University of Auckland School of Medicine: Excellence deserving recognition for their efforts and influence on the teaching of medical students  

2013: Staff-Student Award: Most Entertaining Lecturer MBChB II

2012 Staff-Student Award: Best Lecture MBChB II

2012 Staff-Student Award: Best Guest Lecture MBChB II

2011 Staff-Student Award: Best Lecture 2011, MBCHB II, University of Auckland

2011 Staff-Student Award: Best Guest Lecturer 2011, MBCHB II, University of Auckland

2010 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (March 2010 to March 2013)

2010 Best Poster Award, European Association for Physician Health, Barcelona, 2010

2010 Poster Award: Best Emerging Researcher; Research Showcase, School of Population Health 2010

2010 Staff-Student Award: Most Entertaining Lecture 2010, MBCHB II, University of Auckland

2009 Staff-Student Award for Best Lecture (Stress and Self-Care) MBChB II

2009 The Les Toop Award: Best Presentation (Emerging Researcher), Conference of GP Academics

2009 Winner of the ASB Visiting Professorship to host Professor Richard Gunderman


Director of Medical Student Affairs

Lead for The Health and Wellbeing curriculum, SAFE-DRS, at the medical school in Auckland

Pastoral Care Co-ordinator and Chair of Pastoral Care Subcommittee

Research into wellbeing and burnout prevention 

CALM website oversight (in conjunction with Dr Tony Fernando)


Areas of expertise

The mental health of health professionals 

Healthy workplaces

Early intervention in mental health e.g. burnout prevention

Peer support

Communication skills

Personal and professional skills

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2017 - current: Academic appointment to the Faculty of Medical & Health Science Health Safety & Wellbeing Committee

2014 - current: Member of the Board of Studies, Board of Examiners, Phase Curriculum Committees, Fitness to Practice Committee, Scholarship Committees - all University of Auckland

2011 - current: Chair of the subcommittee for Pastoral Care of Medical Students

2010 - current: Member of The European Association of Physician Health  

2010 Director of Health and Wellbeing Scoping Group for the Undergraduate Curriculum

2010 Health of The Health Professional Programme Committee Member

2010 Working Group for Advanced Competencies in Mental Health Training Module (RNZCGP and RANZCP)

2008-2009 Founding Chair of The Mental Health and Addictions Board of Governance, University of Auckland 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Office hours

University hours: Monday and Wednesday morning, all day Tuesday and Thursday 

Primary office location

93 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 532
New Zealand