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Dr Suzanne Pitama

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

BA MA Hons PG DipEd Psych PhD(Otago)

Email suzanne.pitama@otago.ac.nz

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

Background

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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Teaching

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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Publications

Pitama, S., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Tikao-Mason, K., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Gillies, T., … Troughton, R., Sheerin, I., Richards, M., Cameron, V. A. (2011). A Kaupapa Māori approach to a community cohort study of heart disease in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(3), 249-255. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00702.x

Faatoese, A. F., Pitama, S. G., Gillies, T. W., Robertson, P. J., Huria, T. M., Tikao-Mason, K. N., … Richards, A. M., Troughton, R. W., Sheerin, I. G., Wells, J. E., Cameron, V. A. (2011). Community screening for cardiovascular risk factors and levels of treatment in a rural Māori cohort. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(6), 517-523. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00777.x

Pitama, S., Robertson, P., Cram, F., Gillies, M., Huria, T., & Dallas-Katoa, W. (2007). Meihana model: A clinical assessment framework. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 36(3), 118-125.

Jones, R., Pitama, S., Huria, T., Poole, P., McKimm, J., Pinnock, R., & Reid, P. (2010). Medical education to improve Māori health. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1316). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1316/4166/content.pdf

Cave, T., Robertson, P., Pitama, S., & Huriwai, T. (2009). He tete kura: Maori addiction treatment: 1980-2008. Wellington, New Zealand: Matua Raki, 203p.

Authored Book - Research

Cave, T., Robertson, P., Pitama, S., & Huriwai, T. (2009). He tete kura: Maori addiction treatment: 1980-2008. Wellington, New Zealand: Matua Raki, 203p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Crengle, S., Pink, R., & Pitama, S. (2007). Respiratory disease. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 169-179). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

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Journal - Research Article

Pitama, S., Ahuriri-Driscoll, A., Huria, T., Lacey, C., & Robertson, P. (2011). The value of te reo in primary care. Journal of Primary Health Care, 3(2), 123-127.

Pitama, S., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Tikao-Mason, K., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Gillies, T., … Troughton, R., Sheerin, I., Richards, M., Cameron, V. A. (2011). A Kaupapa Māori approach to a community cohort study of heart disease in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(3), 249-255. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00702.x

Faatoese, A. F., Pitama, S. G., Gillies, T. W., Robertson, P. J., Huria, T. M., Tikao-Mason, K. N., … Richards, A. M., Troughton, R. W., Sheerin, I. G., Wells, J. E., Cameron, V. A. (2011). Community screening for cardiovascular risk factors and levels of treatment in a rural Māori cohort. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(6), 517-523. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00777.x

Jones, R., Pitama, S., Huria, T., Poole, P., McKimm, J., Pinnock, R., & Reid, P. (2010). Medical education to improve Māori health. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1316). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1316/4166/content.pdf

Haitana, T., Pitama, S., & Rucklidge, J. J. (2010). Cultural biases in the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III: Testing tamariki in a New Zealand sample. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 39(3), 24-34.

Pitama, S., Robertson, P., Cram, F., Gillies, M., Huria, T., & Dallas-Katoa, W. (2007). Meihana model: A clinical assessment framework. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 36(3), 118-125.

Robertson, P. J., Haitana, T. N., Pitama, S. G., & Huriwai, T. T. (2006). A review of work-force development literature for the Māori addiction treatment field in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Drug & Alcohol Review, 25, 233-239.

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Journal - Research Other

Pitama, S., Huria, T., Beckert, L., & Lacey, C. (2011). Assessing the assessment: Cultural competence and understandings of pain [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1328). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1328/4499/content.pdf

Pitama, S., Cameron, V., Huria, T., Tikao-Mason, K., Faatoese, A., & Whalley, G. (2011). Adjusting protocols in clinical research: Finding the point of cultural/clinical fusion. Journal of Primary Health Care, 3(1), 72-73.

Lacey, C., Huria, T., Beckert, L., Gillies, M., & Pitama, S. (2011). The Hui Process: A framework to enhance the doctor–patient relationship with Māori [Viewpoint]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1347). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1347/5003/content.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Pitama, S., Cameron, V., Huria, T., Gillies, M., Whalley, G., Doughty, R., Richards, M., Faatoese, A., Tikao-Mason, K., Robertson, P. (2010). Hauora Manawa/Heart Health: The Community Heart Study. In R. Taonui (Ed.), Proceedings of Ngā Kete a Rēhua Inaugural Māori Research Symposium Te Waipounamu, (pp. 156-163). Christchurch, New Zealand: Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Cameron, V., Faatoese, A., Gillies, M., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Doughty, R., … Richards, M., Troughton, R., Tikao-Mason, K., Sheerin, I., Wells, E., Pitama, S. (2011). How to successfully undertake genetics research in partnership with indigenous Maori communities. Internal Medicine Journal., 41(Suppl. 2), (pp. 4). doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02486.x

Faatoese, A., Pitama, S., Gillies, M., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Doughty, R., … Richards, M., Troughton, R., Wells, E., Sheerin, I., Cameron, V. (2010). A comparison of metabolic risk profiles among rural and urban maori in New Zealand. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 19(Suppl. 2), (pp. S254). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.06.622

Pitama, S. (2009). Hauora Manawa: The community heart study. Proceedings of the Hui Whakapiripiri: Kanohi ki te Kanohi: Knowledge connections through traditional and contemporary means., (pp. 22). Health Research Council of New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hui.hrc.govt.nz/index.php/programme

Faatoese, A., Wells, E., Pitama, S., Gillies, M., Doughty, R., Troughton, R., Richards, M., Cameron, V. (2009). Screening for cardiovascular disease in Maori communities: The Community Heart Study. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 18(Suppl. 3), (pp. S198). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2009.05.448

Cameron, V., Faatoese, A., Robertson, P., Gillies, M., Wells, E., Whalley, G., … Sheerin, I., Richards, M., Troughton, R., Pitama, S. (2009). Cardiovascular risk factors and achievement of treatment targets in a rural Maori community. Proceedings of the ComBio2009 Conference. [CD-ROM]

Huria, T., Lacey, C., Robertson, P., & Pitama, S. (2009). Up the Hauora river with a Māori patient and a medicial student: Lessons learnt in the development of a Māori patient Short Case Assessment. Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection III Conference: Advancing Indigenous Health: Workforce Innovations., (pp. 38-39). LIME. Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au/content/conference-program-and-report

Lacey, C., Huria, T., Robertson, P., & Pitama, S. (2009). Development of a Hauora Māori pocket reference guide for medical students. Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection III Conference: Advancing Indigenous Health: Workforce Innovations., (pp. 47). LIME. Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au/content/conference-program-and-report

Ewen, S., Kamaka, M., Pitama, S., Robertson, K., & Sloman, D. (2009). Indigenous simulated patients: A master class. Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection III Conference: Advancing Indigenous Health: Workforce Innovations., (pp. 57). LIME. Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au/content/conference-program-and-report

Pitama, S. (2007). Supporting the whanau and the cousins as well: A tale of cultural safety within the indigenous medical curriculum. Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection II Conference: Cultures across the Indigenous Health Spectrum: Achieving better outcomes. LIME. Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au/content/presentation-abstracts

Robertson, P., Pitama, S., & Huria, T. (2007). Conversion through immersion? Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection II Conference: Cultures across the Indigenous Health Spectrum: Achieving better outcomes. LIME. Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au/content/presentation-abstracts

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Hore, C., Cameron, V., Irvine, J., & Pitama, S. (2008, June). Comparison of electrocardiography and echocardiography to detect the presence of left ventricular hypertrophy in a Maori community. Poster session presented at the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Pitama, S. (2009, April). How does research support whanau knowledge in action? Verbal presentation at the Aotearoa Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (ANIHKD) 2nd National Hui, Napier, New Zealand.

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