Dr Caz Hales

Honorary Research Fellow

PhD in Nursing, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ; PGDip in Clinical Nursing, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ; BNurs (Hons) Nursing Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. RN.

Member of the Editorial Board: Nursing Praxis in New Zealand

Professional Registration: Nursing Council of New Zealand; Nursing Midwifery Council, UK.

Dr Caz Hales, is a lecturer at the Graduate School of Nursing Midwifery and Health, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand. Caz has a research background in health care practices and service provision for obese patients, health-related social stigma, and attitudes and perceptions of health care professionals towards obesity. Caz is the co-founder and researcher for the Bariatric Management Innovation (BMI) initiative which supports the development and delivery of safe, appropriate, equitable care and service provision for very large patients.  In 2016, Caz was awarded the Excellence in Research Award, from Capital and Coast District Health Board (New Zealand) -Celebrating our Success Awards for her contribution to research in the field of obesity management and service provision. 

Caz joined the LSTM team as an Honorary Research Fellow in June 2016 having taken 2 years leave from her university position to work as part of the clinical team for the EHPC studies. Her role in the EHPC team was to co-ordinate specific governance and clinical aspects of the commercial and publicly funded pneumonia vaccine related studies.

Currently, teach postgraduate nursing and health students on the Master of Nursing Science programmes at Victoria University Wellington.


Connor, V., German, E., Pojar, S., Mitsi, E., Hales, C., Nikolaou, E., …Ferreira, D. (In press). Hands are Vehicles for

Transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae in Novel Controlled Human Infection Study. European Respiratory Journal.

Hales, C., Gray, L., Russell, L., & MacDonald, C. (2018). A Qualitative Study to Explore the Impact of Simulating Extreme

 Obesity on Health Care Professionals’ Attitudes and Perceptions. Ostomy Wound Management, 64, (1), 18-26. 

Hales, C., Curran, N., & de Vries, K. (2018). Morbidly obese patients’ experiences of mobility during hospitalisation and

 rehabilitation: A qualitative descriptive study. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand.

Walton, J., Lindsay, N., Hales, C., & Rook, H. (2018). Glimpses into the transition world: New graduate nurses' written

                reflections. Nurse Education Today, 60, 62-66. doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.09.022

Hales C., Coombs, M., & de Vries, K. (2017). The challenges in caring for morbidly obese patients in Intensive Care: A

                focused ethnographic study. Australian Critical Care, doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2017.02.070

Hales, C., de Vries, K., & Coombs, C. (2016). Managing social awkwardness when caring for morbidly obese patients in

 intensive care: A focused ethnography. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 58, 82-89.

Hales, C. (2015). Misfits: An ethnographic study of extremely fat patients in intensive care. Doctoral thesis. Victoria

 University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.


Peer-reviewed Conferences

Jochems, J., Nikolaou, E, Negera, S., Pojar, S., Lowe, C…Hales, C. … Ferreira, D. (2018). Defining the very early dynamics of carriage acquisition or clearance following experimental human pneumococcal challenge. 11th International Symposium on pneumococci and pneumococcal diseases. 15th-19th April, Melbourne, Australia.

Connor V, German E, Robinson R, Hales C, Lowe C, Zaidi S… Ferreira, D. (2017). Picking up a bug by picking your nose. Hand to nose transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae in healthy participants – pilot study. British Thoracic Society

Winter Meeting, QEII Centre Broad Sanctuary Westminster London.  6th-8th Dec 2017. Winter Meeting. Thorax, United Kingdom. 72 (Suppl 3): A147.2-A148.

Nikolaou, E., Jochems, S., Lowe, C., Mitsi, E., Solorzano-Gonzalez, C, Hales, C…. Ferreira, D. (2017). The kinetics of pneumococcus clearance following controlled human nasal inoculation. 13th European Meeting on Molecular Biology of the Pneumococcus (EUROPNUEMO 2017). 27th-30th June, 2017, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Adler, H., German, E., Mitsi, E., Connor, V., Hales, C., Hill, H., …Rylance, J. (2017). Experimental human pneumococcal colonisation in older people is feasible and safe. British Infection Association,20th Annual Scientific Meeting, London, 24th-25th May.

Walton, J., Lindsay, N., Hales, C., & Rook, H. (2017). Reflecting on transition to practice: What new graduates write.

Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators 2017 Conference (ANZAHPE), Adelaide, South Australia

Hales, C. (2017).Challenging bariatric care practices and fat stigma in the ICU Obesity Epidemic: Discussing The Global Health Crisis, Virtual Conference, 18th April 2017, 08.30-09.00hrs GMT

Hales, C. (2015). Facing the future: Challenging bariatric practices and fat stigma. Oral presentation, Renal Society of Australasia Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, November.

Hales, C. (2015). Weighty issues: Challenging bariatric practices and fat stigma in ICU. Oral presentation, Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society Scientific Conference. Auckland convention centre, Auckland, New Zealand, October.