New Bupa NZ Research Fellow at Waikato DHB

Waikato District Health Board and Bupa New Zealand have announced the appointment of Dr John Parsons to the role of Bupa NZ Research Fellow (Allied Health) at Waikato DHB.

The Fellow is a three year appointment based within the DHB’s Older Persons & Rehabilitation services. Dr Parsons will be responsible for initiating leading edge research programmes that support the advancement of care delivery for both Bupa NZ and the Waikato DHB services for older people and rehabilitation. 

This position will strengthen the collaboration between Bupa NZ and Waikato DHB in developing ‘state of the art’ services for adults who need assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, helping them in the right place, at the right time and with the right people. 

“It is a very exciting and interesting time for allied health and rehabilitation in New Zealand. The opportunity to undertake research that impacts directly on improving and enhancing services for older people and those with disabilities is considerable and to be able to further develop close links between BUPA, Waikato DHB, the University of Auckland and the Institute of Healthy Ageing is unique.” says Dr Parsons. 

“I am delighted with the appointment of Dr Parsons to the role of Bupa NZ Research Fellow. His experience and expertise makes him a perfect fit for the position and he will no doubt make a significant contribution in the areas of rehabilitation and allied health during the next three years,” says Bupa NZ Managing Director, Jan Adams. 

Dr Parsons is a physiotherapist and an experienced researcher who has been at the cutting edge of academic, professional and clinical excellence relating to rehabilitation for a number of years. 

He has been the Clinical Lead (Rehabilitation) within the Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA) since 2011 and a senior lecturer at the School of Nursing, the University of Auckland since 2009. In addition he has been Director of Post Graduate Studies within the School of Nursing since 2012. Before starting his PhD in 2006 Dr Parsons was Allied Health Team Leader at Waitamata DHB. 

His work at the University of Auckland has focused on developing a broader theoretical focus in gerontology and rehabilitation. He has active research links with UK, US, Canada, Japan, Korea and India and is committed to the translation of research into clinical practice. 

A particular area of his research and clinical expertise relates to person-centred goal facilitation as a core component of effective rehabilitation for older people and those with complex conditions in the community and within inpatient care. Dr Parsons is committed to supporting research in rehabilitation and allied health within Waikato DHB and Bupa NZ and in facilitating post graduate study and other educational opportunities for clinicians. 

Dr Parsons will start in his new role on 28 November 2016, but will maintain his commitments to the University of Auckland part time.

For more information please contact: 

Lisa Chambers, Head of Communications 

Tel: (09) 985 9704 Ext 59704 Mob: 027 271 7719 Email: 


About Bupa 

Bupa’s purpose is longer, healthier, happier lives. 

As a leading global health and care company, we offer health insurance, medical subscription and other health and care funding products; we run care homes, retirement villages, primary care, diagnostic and wellness centres, hospitals and dental clinics. We also provide workplace health services, home healthcare, health assessments and long-term condition management services. 

We have 32m customers in 190 countries. We employ 84,000 people, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Chile, as well as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India, Thailand and the USA.

Related downloads

Back to top