Associate Professor John Parsons

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MHSc (Hons) PhD

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Associate Professor


My current role as the Associate Head of School (Postgraduate Research) has allowed a highly significant service contribution at a school, faculty and University level. I provide oversight for all postgraduate research undertaken within the School of Nursing  at Honours, Masters and Doctoral level. I am an active member of a number of strategic Committees within the University. These include chairing the School of Nursing (SoN) Postgraduate Committee (2012-2019) and Postgraduate Exam Board and Board of Studies (2016-2019). I am a member of the SoN Undergraduate Exam Board and Board of Studies (2012-present), Faculty Postgraduate Committee (2012-present), Postgraduate Health Sciences Governance Committee (2015-present), Academic Programmes Sub-Committee (2017-2020), Faculty Education Committee (2014-present), University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (2016-2020) and Auckland Health Research Ethics Committee (2020-present). I have been a panel member on the FRDF (2014-2016) and Faculty Vice Chancellor Doctoral Award (2014-present). I am an active Independent Chair for Doctoral Oral Examinations within the University.

Research | Current

I am recognised for my expertise in providing rehabilitation and physiotherapy input into the design and implementation of interdisciplinary research focusing on older people or those with long term conditions. I have in excess of $13 million in research and consultancy contracts and have over 80 peer-reviewed articles,  book chapters, commissioned reports and creative works (electronic media for training). I have contributed to service development models across New Zealand, UK and Australia. I have been a principal investigator or a named investigator on grants valued at $11.5 million and have presented symposia and papers at peer-reviewed international conferences across Australia and Asia. I have active research links with UK, Northern Europe, US and Canada and have been successful in obtaining funding for research across these groups. I am committed to the translation of research into clinical practice and have been successful in obtaining over NZ$1.3M in externally funded contracts to develop and deliver education interventions to improve the quality of community services for older people. 

From 2016 to 2021 I was the inaugural Bupa Fellow in Allied Health Research, that involved initiating leading edge research programmes that support the advancement of care delivery for both Bupa Care Services NZ and the Waikato DHB.

Teaching | Current

I have been extensively involved in the development and delivery of School of Nursing courses at both an undergraduate (Bachelor of Nursing) and postgraduate level. I have designed and delivered an interdisciplinary adult rehabilitation postgraduate course since 2010. In addition I have delivered sessions on rehabilitation, exercise and physical activity on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised over 70 Honours, masters and PhDs students over the past 15 years. I have been independent chair of more than 10 PhD oral examinations since 2018 and have been the examiner for over 20 masters and 8 PhD theses from across New Zealand and Australia.


Associate Head of School (Postgraduate Research), School of Nursing

Areas of expertise

Goal facilitation


Health services for older people


Exercise and physical activity for older people

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Regional Editor for Australasia, Health and Social Care in the Community (2019-present)

FMHS Post Graduate Health Sciences Governance Committee (2015-present) 

FMHS Academic Programmes Sub-Committee (2017-present)

FMHS Faculty Education Committee (2014-present)

University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (2016-present)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Parsons, M., Parsons, J., Pillai, A., Rouse, P., Mathieson, S., Bregmen, R., ... Kenealy, T. (2020). Post-Acute Care for Older People Following Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 21 (3), 404-409.e1. 10.1016/j.jamda.2019.08.015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avinesh Pillai, Matthew Parsons, Paul Rouse, Timothy Kenealy
  • Taylor, L., Parsons, J., Taylor, D., Binns, E., Lord, S., Edlin, R., ... Buckley, C. (2020). Evaluating the effects of an exercise program (Staying UpRight) for older adults in long-term care on rates of falls: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 21 (1)10.1186/s13063-019-3949-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes, Ngaire Kerse, Richard Edlin, Alana Cavadino, Lynne Taylor
  • Kuluski, K., Peckham, A., Gill, A., Gagnon, D., Wong-Cornall, C., McKillop, A., ... Sheridan, N. (2019). What is Important to Older People with Multimorbidity and Their Caregivers? Identifying Attributes of Person Centered Care from the User Perspective. International journal of integrated care, 19 (3)10.5334/ijic.4655
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ann McKillop
  • Kuluski, K., Peckham, A., Gill, A., Arneja, J., Morton-Chang, F., Parsons, J., ... Sheridan, N. (2018). "You've got to look after yourself, to be able to look after them" a qualitative study of the unmet needs of caregivers of community based primary health care patients. BMC geriatrics, 18 (1)10.1186/s12877-018-0962-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ann McKillop
  • Jull, A., Slark, J., & Parsons, J. (2018). Prescribed Exercise With Compression vs Compression Alone in Treating Patients With Venous Leg Ulcers: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA dermatology, 154 (11), 1304-1311. 10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.3281
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Jull, Julia Slark
  • Parsons, M., Rouse, P., Sajtos, L., Harrison, J., Parsons, J., & Gestro, L. (2018). Developing and utilising a new funding model for home-care services in New Zealand. Health & social care in the community, 26 (3), 345-355. 10.1111/hsc.12525
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Parsons, Paul Rouse, Laszlo Sajtos, Julie Harrison
  • Jacobs, S. P., Parsons, M., Rouse, P., Parsons, J., & Gunderson-Reid, M. (2018). Using benchmarking to assist the improvement of service quality in home support services for older people-IN TOUCH (Integrated Networks Towards Optimising Understanding of Community Health). Evaluation and Program Planning, 67, 113-121. 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2017.12.008
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stephen Jacobs, Matthew Parsons, Paul Rouse
  • Steele Gray, C., Wodchis, W. P., Baker, G. R., Carswell, P., Kenealy, T., McKillop, A., ... Sheridan, N. (2018). Mapping for Conceptual Clarity: Exploring Implementation of Integrated Community-Based Primary Health Care from a Whole Systems Perspective. International journal of integrated care, 18 (1)10.5334/ijic.3082
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Carswell, Timothy Kenealy, Ann McKillop


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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 231A
New Zealand

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