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Sarah Williams

Senior Lecturer (Nursing), School of Clinical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology

Dr Sarah Williams, DHSc, MPhil. RN, RSCN
Sarah is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland, New Zealand.

Sarah has extensive experience in paediatric community nursing as a clinician, senior nurse, educator, supervisor and qualitative researcher. Sarah also has experience implementing change and improvement initiatives relating to nursing service delivery and developing educational resources that support the change process.

Sarah's research interest is in the relationship between education and health, particularly school nurses' role in supporting school attendance and learning. Sarah's doctoral research focused on the relationship between teachers and health services and the influences on this relationship. The study findings provide criteria for legislative advocacy supporting a requirement for the education and health sectors to work together in New Zealand to optimise education and health outcomes for all children and young people.

Born in the United Kingdom, Sarah completed her Registered Nurse training at St Thomas Hospital in London and her postgraduate paediatric nursing training at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, London. Sarah completed a Master of Philosophy (Nursing) in 2014 at Massey University and a Doctor of Health Science at Auckland University of Technology in 2022. Sarah is an alumnus of the International Council of Nurses Global Nursing Leadership programme 2018.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer (Nursing), Auckland University of Technology


  • 2023 
    Auckland University of Technology, Doctor of Health Science