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Anna King

Pathway to postgraduate studies

Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland in 2004 and commenced her Doctor of Philosophy studies in the School of Nursing the following year.

Completed work

'Creating sustainable home care services for older people'

Anna undertook a randomized controlled trial evaluation of a new and innovative way of delivering home care to older people, the first trial of its type undertaken in the world. Traditional models of home care have been demonstrated to be linked with poor client satisfaction, high staff turnover and low quality. The restorative home care intervention represented a new approach that supported older people to achieve their goals and aspirations and focused on maximizing independence whilst building geographically defined teams of support workers and health professional coordinators. The trial investigated the impact of the new restorative home care intervention in comparison to usual home care. Anna identified that older people receiving the intervention had a higher health related quality of life, support workers reported higher satisfaction, staff turnover reduced from forty-three percent to eighteen percent, and more older people were appropriately identified for reduced support or discharge. She also identified that the threshold for entry to home care services in New Zealand was far lower than in other countries.

Current work

Anna is currently employed as a lecturer at the School of Nursing, the University of Auckland. In addition, in collaboration with Harbour Health PHO and Waitemata DHB she is the named evaluator of a pilot study, funded by Health Workforce New Zealand, evaluating a Gerontology Nurse Specialist role within primary health care.

Anna King


Pathway to postgraduate studies

Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland in 2004 and commenced her Doctor of Philosophy studies in the School of Nursing the following year.

Completed work

'Creating sustainable home care services for older people'

Anna undertook a randomized controlled trial evaluation of a new and innovative way of delivering home care to older people, the first trial of its type undertaken in the world. Traditional models of home care have been demonstrated to be linked with poor client satisfaction, high staff turnover and low quality. The restorative home care intervention represented a new approach that supported older people to achieve their goals and aspirations and focused on maximizing independence whilst building geographically defined teams of support workers and health professional coordinators. The trial investigated the impact of the new restorative home care intervention in comparison to usual home care. Anna identified that older people receiving the intervention had a higher health related quality of life, support workers reported higher satisfaction, staff turnover reduced from forty-three percent to eighteen percent, and more older people were appropriately identified for reduced support or discharge. She also identified that the threshold for entry to home care services in New Zealand was far lower than in other countries.

Current work

Anna is currently employed as a lecturer at the School of Nursing, the University of Auckland. In addition, in collaboration with Harbour Health PHO and Waitemata DHB she is the named evaluator of a pilot study, funded by Health Workforce New Zealand, evaluating a Gerontology Nurse Specialist role within primary health care.