Professor Matthew Parsons

BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD

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Professor-Gerontology Nursing


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)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Parsons, M., Parsons, J., Rouse, P., Pillai, A., Mathieson, S., Parsons, R., ... Kenealy, T. (2018). Supported Discharge Teams for older people in hospital acute care: A randomised controlled trial. Age and Ageing, 47 (2), 288-294. 10.1093/ageing/afx179
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Parsons, Timothy Kenealy, Paul Rouse, Avinesh Pillai
  • Metzelthin, S. F., Zijlstra, G. A., van Rossum, E., de Man-van Ginkel, J. M., Resnick, B., Lewin, G., ... Kempen, G. I. J. M. (2017). 'Doing with …' rather than 'doing for …' older adults: rationale and content of the 'Stay Active at Home' programme. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31 (11), 1419-1430. 10.1177/0269215517698733
  • Parsons, M., Senior, H., Kerse, N., Chen, M.-H., Jacobs, S., & Anderson, C. (2017). Randomised trial of restorative home care for frail older people in New Zealand. Nursing Older People, 29 (7), 27-33. 10.7748/nop.2017.e897
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ngaire Kerse, Stephen Jacobs
  • Moloney, W., Boxall, P., Parsons, M., & Cheung, G. (2017). Factors predicting Registered Nurses' intentions to leave their organization and profession: A job demands-resources framework. JAN: Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74 (4), 864-875. 10.1111/jan.13497
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Willoughby Moloney, Peter Boxall, Gordon Cheung


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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