Dr Barbara McKenzie-Green


Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext. 7352

Email: bmckenzie@aut.ac.nz

Physical address:
Room AB211
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote 0627
North Shore City

Postal address:
Private Bag 92006 Auckland 1142, New Zealand


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Masters in Health Science (Hons)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
Registered Nurse


Teaching Areas

  • Gerontology
  • Long term conditions
  • Supervision PhD, DHSc, Masters, Dissertation students

Research Areas

  • Older Adults
  • Aged Residential Care
  • Health Workforce
  • Community Care
  • Grounded Theory

Research Summary

My MHSc study focused on how Registered Nurses in Aged Residential Care managed their work and this study led to my interest in how Residents managed their lives in Aged Residential Care which was the focus of my PhD.  Prior to my PhD I had completed studies in Aged Residential Care which examined staff management of pain for people living with dementia and resident and staff relocation to a purpose built facility. Staff in Aged Residential Care work in a challenging environment where they provide both clinical and social care.

I am interested in aged residential care because it is a complex environment and those who live there do so because they have complex situations. I have immense respect for older peoples’ strength and resilience in these settings and my respect extends to those older people living in the community where I have also conducted studies relating to perceptions of oral health and those who age with a lifelong disability.  As a result of this expanding interest, I have recently joined a research team conducting a study into the valuing of formal and informal caregivers of people living with dementia.

Current Research Projects

Currently I am working with a research team on valuing formal and informal caregivers  of people with cognitive impairment.


Calvert, S., Smythe, E., & McKenzie-Green, B. (2017). “Working towards being ready”: A grounded theory study of how practising midwives maintain their ongoing competence to practise their profession. Midwifery, 50, 9-15. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2017.03.006
Kirby, A., McKenzie-Green, B., McAra-Couper, J., & Nayar, S. (2017). Same-Sex Marriage: A Dilemma for Parish Clergy. Sexuality & Culture, 1-18. doi:10.1007/s12119-017-9414-1
Shannon, K., & McKenzie-Green, B. (2016). Current role challenges in New Zealand aged residential care: The potential consequences for health care assistant role expansion. Contemporary Nurse 10.1080/10376178.2016.1221322 (in press)
Kim, H., Hocking, C., McKenzie-Green, B. & Nayar, S. (2016). Occupational Experiences of Korean Immigrants Settling in New Zealand. Journal of Occupational Science 23(2). 1810195 Doi: 10.1080/14427591.2015.1126168
Boyd, M., Armstrong,D, Parker,J., Pilcher, C., Zhou,L., McKenzie-Green, B., Connolly, M.J (2014). Does Gerontology Nurse Specialist outreach impact hospitalization of long term care residents?  Randomised trial of the Residential Aged Care Integration Program. Journal of Geriatrics (resubmitted 2014 after corrections).
McKenzie-Green, B., Nayar, S., & Payne, D. (2014). Beginning the research process. In V. A. Wright-St Clair, D. Reid & S., Shaw. (Eds). Evidence based health practice.  Oxford University Press. Published March,
McGilton, K. S., Heath, H., Chu, C. H., Boström, A.-M., Mueller, C., M. Boscart, V., McKenzie-Green, B., Moghabghab, R., Bowers,B. (2012). Moving the agenda forward: A person-centred framework in long-term care. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 7(4), 303-309. doi:10.1111/opn.12010
McGilton, K. S., Bowers, B., McKenzie-Green, B., Boscart, V., & Brown, M. (2009). How Do Charge Nurses View Their Roles in Long-Term Care? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28(6), 723-742. doi:10.1177/0733464809336088
McKenzie-Green, B., Giddings, L. S., Buttle, L., & Tahana, K. (2009). Older peoples' perceptions of oral health: 'It's just not that simple'. [Research]. International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 7, 31-38
Giddings, L., McKenzie-Green, B., Buttle, L., & Dawson, K. (2008). Oral healthcare for older people: ‘I can’t afford not to go to the dentist, but can I afford it?’. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1281), 72-79.
Bigby, C., Webber, R., Bowers, B., & McKenzie-Green, B. (2008). A survey of people with intellectual disabilities living in residential aged care facilities in Victoria. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52(5), 404-414.
McKenzie-Green, B., Bowers, B., Krause, M. & Yeboah, C. (2006) . The impact of relocation on residents and staff in an aged care facility. Final Report December, 2006. Melbourne: Australian Catholic University.
Bowers, B., & McKenzie-Green, B. (2005). Improving pain management for older adults with dementia: Final Report June 2005. Melbourne: Australian Catholic University.

Edited book chapters
McKenzie-Green, B., Nayar, S. & Payne, D. (2014) Beginning the research process in In V. A.Wright-St Clair, D. Reid & S., Shaw. (Eds). Evidence based health practice.  Oxford University Press.
Bowers, B., & McKenzie-Green, B. (2008). Front line caregivers for older adults: Who are the CNAs? ABT Associates Inc., Improving Nurse Aide Training: Contract 500-950062/#3. For Feuerberg, M., & Joslin, S., Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and social Services, US Government, Washington DC. (Report chapter).


2011 Vice-Chancellor Completion Scholarship, AUT