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Health Sciences profile

Associate Professor Joanne Baxter

PositionAssociate Professor and Associate Dean (Māori)
QualificationsBHB MB ChB(Auck) MPH(Otago) FAFPHM
Research summaryMāori health

Research

Joanne Baxter has a range of research interests including Māori mental health, Māori medical workforce development, hazardous drinking among tertiary students and health inequalities.

Joanne has current research collaborations with the Injury Prevention Research Unit (Hazardous drinking project) and the New Zealand Mental Health Epidemiology Survey team.

She is also the Theme Leader for Māori Health in the Dunedin longitudinal study, a multidisciplinary, longitudinal study of 1,037 babies born in Dunedin during 1972–3. The Study members have been followed up since birth, at age three, then every two years to age 15, at ages 18, 21 and 26, and most recently at age 32. Her involvement with the Study began at the age 32 assessments when she led the New Zealand Society, Identity and Health aspects of the study (DMHDRU).

Additional details

Joanne is the Associate Dean for Māori Health, and Director of Kōhatu – Centre for Hauora Māori.

Publications

Egan, R., MacLeod, R., Jaye, C., McGee, R., Baxter, J., Herbison, P., & Wood, S. (2017). Spiritual beliefs, practices, and needs at the end of life: Results from a New Zealand national hospice study. Palliative & Supportive Care, 15(2), 223-230. doi: 10.1017/s147895151600064x

Sligo, J. L., McAnally, H. M., Tansley, J. E., Baxter, J. M., Bolton, A. E., Skillander, K. M., & Hancox, R. J. (2017). The dynamic, complex and diverse living and care arrangements of young New Zealanders: Implications for policy. Kōtuitui, 12(1), 41-55. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2016.1196715

Craig, E., Baker, N., Baxter, J., & Jackson, C. (2016). Creating a child and youth health monitoring framework to inform health sector prioritisation and planning: Reflections on ten years experience in New Zealand. Child Indicators Research, 9(4), 1139-1159. doi: 10.1007/s12187-015-9357-8

McCallum, J., Craig, L., Whittaker, I., & Baxter, J. (2015). Ethnic differences in acute hospitalisations for otitis media and elective hospitalisations for ventilation tubes in New Zealand children aged 0-14 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1416). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Egan, R., MacLeod, R., Jaye, C., McGee, R., Baxter, J., & Herbison, P. (2014). The spiritual environment in New Zealand hospice care: Identifying organisational commitment to spiritual care. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 4, 299-302. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000632

Edited Book - Research

Wells, J. E., Baxter, J., & Schaaf, D. (Eds.). (2006). Substance use disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Wellington, New Zealand: Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand, 138p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Baxter, J., & Wyeth, E. (2011). Viewpoint: The health of Māori children and young people with chronic conditions and disabilities. In E. Craig, G. McDonald, J. Adams, A. Reddington, G. Oben & A. Wicken (Eds.), The health of Māori children and young people with chronic conditions and disabilities in New Zealand. (pp. 15-19). Dunedin, New Zealand: New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service.

Hancox, B., Baxter, J., & Poulton, R. (2010). Research strategies for studying development. In J. Low & P. Jose (Eds.), Lifespan development: New Zealand perspectives. (2nd ed.) (pp. 2-11). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson.

Baxter, J. (2007). Mental health: Psychiatric disorder and suicide. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 121-139). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Hancox, B., Baxter, J., & Poulton, R. (2006). Research strategies for studying development. In J. Low & P. Jose (Eds.), Lifespan development: New Zealand perspectives. (pp. 9-18). Auckland, New Zealand: Pearson Education New Zealand.

Baxter, J. M. (1998). Culture and Women's Mental Health: International Perspectives and Issues for Aotearoa/New Zealand. In S. E. Romans (Ed.), Folding Back the Shadows. A perspective on women's mental health. (pp. 63-86). Dunedin: University of Otago Press.

Romans, S., Walsh, A. E. S., & Baxter, J. M. (1997). Women. In P. M. Ellis & C. D. Collings (Eds.), Mental Health in New Zealand from a Public Health Perspective. (pp. 184-201). Wellington: Ministry of Health.

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Journal - Research Article

Egan, R., MacLeod, R., Jaye, C., McGee, R., Baxter, J., Herbison, P., & Wood, S. (2017). Spiritual beliefs, practices, and needs at the end of life: Results from a New Zealand national hospice study. Palliative & Supportive Care, 15(2), 223-230. doi: 10.1017/s147895151600064x

Sligo, J. L., McAnally, H. M., Tansley, J. E., Baxter, J. M., Bolton, A. E., Skillander, K. M., & Hancox, R. J. (2017). The dynamic, complex and diverse living and care arrangements of young New Zealanders: Implications for policy. Kōtuitui, 12(1), 41-55. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2016.1196715

Craig, E., Baker, N., Baxter, J., & Jackson, C. (2016). Creating a child and youth health monitoring framework to inform health sector prioritisation and planning: Reflections on ten years experience in New Zealand. Child Indicators Research, 9(4), 1139-1159. doi: 10.1007/s12187-015-9357-8

McCallum, J., Craig, L., Whittaker, I., & Baxter, J. (2015). Ethnic differences in acute hospitalisations for otitis media and elective hospitalisations for ventilation tubes in New Zealand children aged 0-14 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1416). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Egan, R., MacLeod, R., Jaye, C., McGee, R., Baxter, J., & Herbison, P. (2014). The spiritual environment in New Zealand hospice care: Identifying organisational commitment to spiritual care. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 4, 299-302. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000632

Egan, R., MacLeod, R., Jaye, C., McGee, R., Baxter, J., & Herbison, P. (2011). What is spirituality? Evidence from a New Zealand hospice study. Mortality, 16(4), 307-324. doi: 10.1080/13576275.2011.613267

Scott, K. M., Kokaua, J., & Baxter, J. (2011). Does having a chronic physical condition affect the likelihood of treatment seeking for a mental health problem and does this vary by ethnicity. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 42(4), 421-436.

Kypri, K., Paschall, M. J., Langley, J. D., Baxter, J., & Bourdeau, B. (2010). The role of drinking locations in university student drinking: Findings from a national web-based survey. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 111, 38-43. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.03.018

Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Agnew, F., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2009). Onset and lifetime use of drugs in New Zealand: Results from Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey 2003-2004. Drug & Alcohol Review, 28(2), 166-174. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2008.00043.x

Kypri, K., Paschall, M. J., Langley, J., Baxter, J., Cashell-Smith, M., & Bourdeau, B. (2009). Drinking and alcohol-related harm among New Zealand university students: Findings from a national web-based survey. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33(2), 307-314. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2008.00834.x

Scott, K., McGee, M. A., Schaaf, D., & Baxter, J. (2008). Mental-physical comorbidity in an ethnically diverse population. Social Science & Medicine, 66, 1165-1173. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.11.022

Kypri, K., Bell, M. L., Hay, G. C., & Baxter, J. (2008). Alcohol outlet density and university student drinking: A national study. Addiction, 103(7), 1131-1138.

Poulton, R., Hancox, R., Milne, B., Baxter, J., Scott, K., & Wilson, N. (2006). The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study: Are its findings consistent with the overall New Zealand population? New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1235). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1235/2002/content.pdf

Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M. A., Scott, K. M., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey: Overview of methods and findings. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 835-844.

Wells, J. E., Oakley Browne, M. A., Scott, K. M., McGee, M. A., Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Prevalence, interference with life and severity of 12 month DSM-IV disorders in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 845-854.

Baxter, J., Kokaua, J., Wells, J. E., McGee, M. A., Oakley Browne, M. A., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Ethnic comparisons of the 12 month prevalence of mental disorders and treatment contact in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 905-913.

Baxter, J., Kingi, T., Tapsell, R., Durie, M., McGee, M. A., for the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Research Team. (2006). Prevalence of mental disorders among Māori in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 914-923.

Kypri, K., & Baxter, J. (2004). Smoking in a New Zealand university student sample. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1190). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1190/794/content.pdf

Sargent, M., Begg, D., Broughton, J., Stephenson, S., Wright, C., & Baxter, J. (2004). Motor vehicle traffic crashes involving Maori. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1188). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1188/746/content.pdf

Keefe-Ormsby, V., Reid, P., Ormsby, C., Robson, B. H., Purdie, G. L., Baxter, J. M., & Ngati Kahungunu Iwi. (2002). Serious health events following involuntary job loss in New Zealand meat processing workers. International Journal of Epidemiology, 31, 1155-1161.

Westbrooke, I., Baxter, J. M., & Hogan, J. (2001). Are Māori under-served for cardiac interventions? New Zealand Medical Journal, 114, 484-487.

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Journal - Research Other

Hancox, R., & Baxter, J. (2006). Lung function: Normal for New Zealand? [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1244). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1244/2286/content.pdf

Hancox, R. J., Whyte, K., & Baxter, J. M. (2000). Home ventilation: the Greenlane hospital experience. New Zealand Medical Journal, 113(1122), 500-503.

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