Ruth De Souza

Ruth has extensive experience in governance, and as a nurse, therapist, public speaker, academic and researcher.

Ruth De Souza

Educator, Researcher, Writer, Facilitatator

About Me

I am a nurse, writer, speaker and researcher with a passionate interest in culture and health. I have combined my academic career with governance and community involvement. I talk and write in popular and scholarly venues about mental health, maternal mental health, race, ethnicity, biculturalism, multiculturalism, settlement, refugee resettlement, and cultural safety.

I serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, The Women’s Studies Journal (The Women’s Studies Association, NZ) and The Australian College of Nursing (ACN)’s Hive publication.

I contribute to other migration and health related activities through being a steering committee member of The Centre for Global Migrations Research Theme at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand; an associate of the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research
Te Pae Rangahau Tauhōkai Ahurea and a member of the Migration Research Network, hosted by eSocSci Hui Rangahau Tahi. I am also a member of: the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Government of Victoria) and on the Scientific Committee of the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health – Diversity and Health, 17-19 May 2018 – Edinburgh, Scotland. I am also a member of the sub-working group on refugee women’s health within The Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Initiative (a joint project by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Migration Council Australia) and a reference group member of the Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Education and Service Development Consultancy at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.

I am currently developing a program of research exploring the potential of consumer health technologies such as fitness trackers and “wearables” to enhance health literacy in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.


2011- PhD (Nursing),AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
2002- Master of Arts (Nursing), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
1996- Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice (Counselling) Auckland Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
1986- Diploma of Nursing, Auckland Technical Institute, Auckland, New Zealand

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