Kate Kersey

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Phone: 09 921 9999 Ext7053

Email: kate.kersey@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University (Room AR 336)
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:
AUT University
North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


1999    Master of Public Health (Harvard University)
1994    Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of Auckland)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Trustee, Alzheimers Auckland Charitable Trust
Member, New Zealand Association of Gerontology Inc
Member, Australian Association of Gerontology 


Kate has a background in public health, health policy and regulation, and health law.  She has worked in the public and private sectors in the United States, Australia and New Zealand and has expertise in health policy and regulatory affairs.   In her role as Senior Manager, Policy for Australia’s then largest privately owned health insurance company, Kate was responsible for liaising with the Federal Health Department as well as coordinating submissions on health policy to the Federal Parliament.  Currently, Kate’s research includes a focus on appropriate health policy responses for our ageing population, particularly the vulnerable elderly.

Teaching Areas:

Health Law and Policy
Public Health Policy and Systems

Research Areas:

Health law, Elder Law, Capacity to make healthcare decisions, End of life decision-making, Aid in Dying

Current Research Projects:

Critical analysis of healthcare decision making for older people with dementia
Analysis of HPDT decisions: 2004 - 2014.


  • Kersey, K., Diesfeld, K., Surgenor, L., Ip, M. (2017) Professional discipline of the New Zealand nursing residential care workforce: A mixed method analysis of HPDT decisions 2004-2014. Journal of Law and Medicine, 24(4), 803-20
  • Jonas, M., Malpas, P., Kersey, K., Merry, A., & Bagg, W. (2017). Applying ethical and legal principles to new technology: the University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences' policy 'Taking and Sharing Images of Patients.'. N Z Med J, 130 (1449), 30-38.
  • Surgenor, L., Diesfeld, K., Kersey, K., Ip, M. (2016) Practitioner health issues featuring before New Zealand’s Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal: An analysis of cases 2004-2014.
  • Diesfeld, K., Surgenor, L. J., Ip, M., & Kersey, K. (2016). Name Suppression Practices of New Zealand’s Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal 2004-2014. Journal of Law and Medicine, 24(2), 490-500.
  • Surgenor, L. J., Diesfeld, K., Ip, M., & Kersey, K. (2016). New Zealand's Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal: An Analysis of Decisions 2004-2014. Journal of Law and Medicine, 24(1), 239-251.
  • Kersey, K. (2015). Legal Issues in Advance Care Planning. NZLJ 60
  • Kersey, K. (2015, July 8). Lecretia Seales case: no green light for medical aid in dying.  NZ Doctor, 21.


  • Kersey, K. Advanced Care Planning for people with Dementia.  Alzheimers Auckland’s 3rd Annual Symposium, Auckland, 30 August 2015.


Harvard University: awarded Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to undertake study at the Harvard School of Public Health

Rotary Foundation: awarded 1998-9 Ambassadorial Scholarship to undertake overseas post-graduate study

Legal Research Foundation Unpublished Paper Award: second in New Zealand for dissertation entitled "A Doctor's Duty to Warn"

University of Auckland: Senior Prize in Law

University of Auckland: Senior Prize in Economics

Last updated: 06-Dec-2018 10.08am

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