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The New Zealand Institute of Community Health Care

The New Zealand Institute of Community Health Care provides a centre of excellence for the management of research and development projects that contribute directly to tangible improvements in health care for the community. We contribute to service innovation, best practice and improved patient outcomes by engaging clinicians in all of its activities. 
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Research (Specific Projects)

The Institute team has experience in a variety of research activities. These have included systematic investigations of services, processes, products and devices that support clients maintain their health in the community. Clinical safety, symptom management, self-care enablers and support to achieve health goals have been the main focus.


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Consultancy (Specific Projects)

The Institute provides consultancy services to health service providers, funders and health planners. We also work in collaboration with other health consultants and apply an evidence based approach to all of our consultancy activities. We also provide services to organisations responding to RFPs, EOIs and ROIs. We welcome new enquiries.

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Collaboration with Clinician Researchers and Consultants (Institute Team)

The Institute has established a collaboration of clinician researchers who are available to work on specific projects by applying their specialist knowledge as both clinicians and researchers. We provide mentorship for clinician researchers and consultants within our supportive environment. 

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Institute marks a new era
Sheree East, Nurse Maude's Director of Nursing, oversees the work of the New Zealand Institute of Healthcare from July following the retirement from the role of its former director, Chris Hendry to concentrate on her consultancy and university work.  Sheree, who  was instrumental in the initial concept and development of the Institute in 2007,  will continue to build on the comprehensive body of research and evaluation work of the last nine years.
The Institute will continue to provide research and evaluation services to Nurse Maude, co-ordinated by the Research Officer, Gill Coe.  Gill can be contacted on or 375-4635.


Applications are open for the 2016 Campbell Ballantyne Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an opportunity for those working for (or associated with) Nurse Maude to undertake research and development projects which are of application and benefit to Nurse Maude, its consumers and community-based health care. The Fellowship projects add to the body of knowledge available within New Zealand, particularly with regard to innovative and progressive methods or models of health service within the community that contribute to best practice and improved patient outcomes.  Examples of previous projects include:

  • Exploring the respite needs/options of families with children with high and complex health needs, and
  • Evaluating the role, service and client outcomes of the Community Older Adult Nurse Practitioner role
  • A usability trial involving the use of volunteers to provide respite for carers of NM clients with complex needs
Funding up to NZ $30,000 is available annually
The Fellowship will provide the successful candidate with funding for research activities or projects, airfares, accommodation (including living expenses) and such other direct costs which are verifiable up to a limit of NZ$30,000 (plus GST if applicable) in any one year.

Information about the Fellowship is available here and the application form is here.

Applications close on 31 July 2016 but we suggest that you have a discussion with your manager and/or phone the Institute on 375- 4635 as early as possible to help you to explore the feasibility of your idea/project.



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Phone: (03) 375 4635

Postal: PO Box 36126, Merivale, Christchurch 8146