Dr Kate Prebble
BA, DipNurs, MHSc, PhD
Kate has had a lengthy career in mental health nursing as a clinician, teacher, and professional leader. Her primary research interest is the social history of mental health services and nursing. Her PhD thesis is entitled, 'Ordinary Men and Uncommon Women: A History of Psychiatric Nursing in New Zealand Public Hospitals, 1939-1972'. Her recent historical research has focused on mental health nursing in the Waikato, post-war women’s immigration, and the district inspector role under New Zealand mental health legislation. Kate's other research interests include current issues in mental health and intellectual disability.
Research | Current
- History of nursing, history of psychiatric services and psychiatric/mental health nursing
- Mental health nursing - professional, clinical and workforce issues
Funded Research Grants
- 2014-2015, Kate Prebble, Insitgators of Change, Oral histories of forensic psychiatric services in the Auckland region, Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation, $18, 625.
- 2011-2013, Linda Bryder, Debbie Dunsford, Kate Prebble, Margaret Horsburgh, 'Nurses’ Oral History Project', Education and Research Foundation (NERF), $180,000.
- 2011-2012, Gary Bellamy, Merryn Gott, Michal Boayd, Kate Prebble, Rosemary Frey, ‘Developing advance care planning for people with intellectual disabilities: An action research project to inform the work of IDEA services,’ IDEA Services: $40,000.
- 2009-2010, Kate Prebble, Brian McKenna, Michelle Honey, Kate Diesfeld, Daniel Sutton Russell Vickery, ‘Legislating for care: An exploration of the role of care managers under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003’, Strategy to Advance Research Fund, $65,300.
- 2008- 2009, Brian McKenna, Marie Crowe, Kate Prebble, Jacquie Kidd, Daryle Deering, David Caryle, Tony O'Brien, 'Nurse-led healthy living programmes people in forensic mental health units', Strategy to Advance Research Fund, $45,000
- 2008, Kate Prebble, 'Mental health nursing in the Waikato', Waikato Hospital Memorabilia Trust, $7,000
- 2007-8, Kate Prebble, 'Forensic mental health services oral history project', Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation, $15,000
Teaching | Current
- Mental health nursing
- History of nursing
- History of mental health
- Master's supervision
- PhD supervision
- Secretary, Oakley Mental Health research Foundation, 2007-
- Fellow of Te Ao Maramatanga, the New Zealand College of Mental health Nurses.
- Invited keynote speaker at the annual conference of Te Ao Maramatanga, Hamilton, July 2007.
- Invited keynote speaker, annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses, Rotorua, September 2003.
- Inaugural chairperson, National Directors of Mental Health Nursing, 1998-2001.
- New Zealand Councillor, Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses, 1997-2000.