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Dr Suzanne Pitama

BA MA Hons PG DipEd Psych PhD(Otago)

Senior Lecturer
Associate Dean Māori, MIHI (Māori/Indigenous Health Institute)


MIHI (Māori/Indigenous Health Institute)
School of Medicine and Health Sciences,
University of Otago, Christchurch.
PO Box 4345,


Suzanne Pitama (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Whare) is the Associate Dean Maori and Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Suzanne is a child psychologist and has been involved in Māori health research for over 18 years.

She is a keen advocate for Kaupapa Māori based methodologies and has interests in child mental health, medical curriculum development and Māori health community based projects.

Suzanne is also the Director of the Maori/Indigenous Health Institute.

Suzanne is currently leading an HRC funded project that is focusing on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in Māori communities and is a co-investigator on an international collaboration project (New Zealand, Australia and Canada) looking at the role of medical education in addressing health disparities (Educating for Equity).

Suzanne is also involved in a number of other research projects based within the University of Otago, Christchurch and sits on a number of boards including the Health Research Council Maori Health Committee.

Suzanne completed her PhD(Otago) in medical education which examined the design, implementation and impact of indigenous health curricula within medical schools.

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  • Undergraduate Medical Curriculum UOC (Years 4-6)

Contributes to:

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Research Interests

  • Hauora Māori – Māori Health
  • Effects of Adoption Practices on Mental Health
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Severe Behaviour in childhood and adolescence
  • MoDCONZ - Modelling disease and cancer outcomes in New Zealand

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Professional Activities

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Suzanne Pitama is the Haura Māori representative on the Faculty of Medicine Curriculum Committee


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