Professor Matthew Parsons

BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD


I hold the position of Professor in Gerontology across Waikato DHB and the University of Auckland.  I have a strong working relationship with multiple health boards having reviewed or supported implementation of services across many.  I have been heavily involved in service development around older person health, disability and rehabilitation for over 20 years and have been central to a number of key national initiatives including development of supported discharge, implementation of interRAI, development of the Health of Older Person Strategy and Specialist Health Services for older people guidelines.

I have had had significant involvement in the development of restorative home support and the accompanying case-mix funding model across New Zealand and a number of other countries and have a keen interest in technology; having led a large telemedicine trial and countless user trials of telemonitoring and assistive technology. 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Gerontology
  • Health services 
  • Big data analytics

Matthew has won in excess of $20 million in external research funds and has over 100 publications relating to older people, disability and technology.

Teaching | Current

Postgraduate teaching in ageing and health services 

Postgraduate supervision

Research thesis supervision:

Honours, Masters and Doctoral



Elected board member – research rep

interRAI New Zealand governance


DHB representative

National ACC Technical Advisory Group on falls


Research representative

Oranga Mahi board member, inter-governmental strategy for social investment.



Finalist in research innovation


Keith Wilson Orator

Australasian Association of Gerontology


Johanna Briggs

Invited International appointment to Expert Advisory Group in Community Care


Department of Health, Australia

Invited international expert informing the development of community services for older people


Strategy to Advance Nursing

Invited national appointment to joint Ministry of Health / Ministry of Education committee to oversee capacity building in nursing and allied health research, representing rehabilitation


Ministry of Social Development

Invited committee member to select committee overseeing capacity building in gerontology education and research


Campbell Ballentyne

Award for excellence in research ($30,000)


The University of Auckland

Dean’s Research Development Award in recognition of excellence in research ($50,000)


Ministry of Social Development

Invitation to join eminent members group, focussing on capacity building in gerontology research


Ministry of Health

Invitation to join ministerial select committee overseeing the national development of older person specialist services


Board Member, interRAI New Zealand

Board Member, Institute of Healthy Ageing

Areas of expertise


Health services


Committees/Professional groups/Services

Elected member, Education Committee, University of Auckland, 2018

Board member – research representative, interRAI New Zealand, 2018

Board member, Institute of Healthy Ageing, Waikato District Health Board

Member, National ACC Technical Advisory Board

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Loke, S. C., MacDonald, B. A., Parsons, M., & Wünsche BC (2020). Testing dataset for head segmentation accuracy for the algorithms in the ‘BGSLibrary’ v3.0.0 developed by Andrews Sobral. Data in Brief, 33.10.1016/j.dib.2020.106385
  • Glazener, C., Breeman, S., Elders, A., Hemming, C., Cooper, K. G., Freeman, R. M., ... Kilonzo, M. (2020). Mesh inlay, mesh kit or native tissue repair for women having repeat anterior or posterior prolapse surgery: randomised controlled trial (PROSPECT). BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 127 (8), 1002-1013. 10.1111/1471-0528.16197
  • 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, John Parsons, Paul Rouse, Timothy Kenealy
  • Moloney, W., Gorman, D., Parsons, M., & Cheung, G. (2018). How to keep registered nurses working in New Zealand even as economic conditions improve. Human resources for health, 16 (1)10.1186/s12960-018-0312-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Willoughby Moloney, Des Gorman, Wai Hung Gordon Cheung
  • Mathieson, S., Parsons, J., Kaplan, M., & Parsons, M. (2018). Combining functional electrical stimulation and mirror therapy for upper limb motor recovery following stroke: a randomised trial. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 1-6. 10.1080/21679169.2018.1472635
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Parsons
  • 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: John Parsons, Paul Rouse, Laszlo Sajtos, Julie Harrison
  • 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 and Social Care in the Community, 26 (3), 345-355. 10.1111/hsc.12525
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Laszlo Sajtos
  • 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: John Parsons, Stephen Jacobs, Paul Rouse


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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