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Stephen Jacobs

Stephen Jacobs

Senior Lecturer
University of Auckland
New Zealand


Stephen Jacobs (PhD, Dip Tchg, BA) is a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing, the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland. He lectures on Health Services for Older People and Leadership and Management for Quality Healthcare. Stephen is also co-director of the Institute of Healthy Ageing which is based in Hamilton. He is co-ordinator of the five research streams: workforce, mental health, best practice, community, and rehabilitation. His own research is focused on two areas: 1) dementia services, in particular a current programme for the co-design of community services involving five regional Alzheimer’s organisations; and 2) The adaptive leadership and empowerment of nurses. Stephen was convenor of the 2013 NZ Association of Gerontology Conference and the 2016 8th Annual Elder Law for the Health Sector conference. His previous history includes 6 years from 2000 till November 2006 at the Ministry of Health as a Senior Advisor in the Health of Older People Team in the Sector Policy Directorate, and then as Team Leader, Primary Health Care Implementation and Delivery in the Clinical Services Directorate. Prior to working at the Ministry of Health, he was for five years Manager, Services for Older People, Wesley Wellington Mission, managing a community service, a home care service, two rest homes, and two continuing care hospitals.

Research Interest

Older people, Home care service, Mental Health