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Dr Allamanda Faatoese

Allamanda FaatoeseResearch Fellow

Email allamanda.faatoese@otago.ac.nz

Research interests

Dr Faatoese's research explores cardiovascular risk among indigenous and ethnic minority communities.

Background

Dr Faatoese joined the Christchurch Heart Institute as a research assistant for the Hauora Manawa / Community Heart Study and then undertook her doctoral studies that focussed on cardiovascular risk profiles of Māori and non-Māori communities. This research continues explore the potential of novel biomarkers to stratify cardiovascular risk among Maori who bear a greater burden of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Recently, Dr Faatoese was awarded the 2014 HRC Pacific Postdoctoral Fellowship which will support her current interests in novel lipoprotein biomarkers and their associations with cardiovascular risk among Māori and non-Māori communities. This award enables the recruitment of a Pacific Island cohort from the Christchurch community in collaboration with Pacific Trust Canterbury, a whānau-ora based Pacific Health provider.

Dr Faatoese is also the Christchurch representative for the University of Otago Division of Health Sciences Pacific Strategic Group whose primary aim is to provide support for enhancing Pacific achievement in Health Sciences.

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Publications

Sika-Paotonu, D., Azevedo, P., Faatoese, A., Wihongi, H., Nuku, H., Hudson, M., … Merriman, T., & Lennon, D. (2017). Culturally appropriate advisory and governance oversight for the study of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in New Zealand. Journal of Immunology, 198(1, Suppl.), 125.30. [Abstract]

Sika-Paotonu, D., Azevedo, P. M., Faatoese, A., Wihongi, H., Nuku, H., Hudson, M., … Merriman, T., & Lennon, D. (2017, March). Culturally appropriate advisory and governance for the study of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the 10th Health Disparities Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Faatoese, A., Sikaleti, S., Priest, P., & Chambers, S. (2016). Knowledge and attitudes to leprosy of pacific people living in New Zealand. Leprosy Review, 87(3), 368-377.

Whalley, G. A., Pitama, S., Troughton, R. W., Doughty, R. N., Gamble, G. D., Gillies, T., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Huria, T., Richards, M., & Cameron, V. A. (2015). Higher prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy in two Māori cohorts: Findings from the Hauora Manawa/Community Heart Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(1), 26-31. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12300

Faatoese, A. F., Pitama, S. G., Wells, J. E., & Cameron, V. A. (2013). Understanding cardiovascular disparities between Māori and non-Māori in New Zealand: Is there a way to reduce these disparities? In O. T. Jackson & K. A. Evans (Eds.), Health disparities: Epidemiology, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic risk factors and strategies for elimination. (pp. 77-102). New Yourk, NY: Nova.

Chapter in Book - Research

Faatoese, A. F., Pitama, S. G., Wells, J. E., & Cameron, V. A. (2013). Understanding cardiovascular disparities between Māori and non-Māori in New Zealand: Is there a way to reduce these disparities? In O. T. Jackson & K. A. Evans (Eds.), Health disparities: Epidemiology, racial/ethnic and socioeconomic risk factors and strategies for elimination. (pp. 77-102). New Yourk, NY: Nova.

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Journal - Research Article

Faatoese, A., Sikaleti, S., Priest, P., & Chambers, S. (2016). Knowledge and attitudes to leprosy of pacific people living in New Zealand. Leprosy Review, 87(3), 368-377.

Whalley, G. A., Pitama, S., Troughton, R. W., Doughty, R. N., Gamble, G. D., Gillies, T., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Huria, T., Richards, M., & Cameron, V. A. (2015). Higher prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy in two Māori cohorts: Findings from the Hauora Manawa/Community Heart Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(1), 26-31. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12300

Stamp, L. K., Wells, J. E., Pitama, S., Faatoese, A., Doughty, R. N., Whalley, G., Richards, A. M., & Cameron, V. A. (2013). Hyperuricaemia and gout in New Zealand rural and urban Māori and non-Māori communities. Internal Medicine Journal, 43(6), 678-684. doi: 10.1111/imj.12062

Cameron, V. A., Faatoese, A. F., Gillies, M. W., Robertson, P. J., Huria, T. M., Doughty, R. N., Whalley, G. A., … Richards, M. A., Troughton, R. W., Tikao-Mason, K. N., Wells, E. J., Sheerin, I. G., & Pitama, S. G. (2012). A cohort study comparing cardiovascular risk factors in rural Māori, urban Māori and non-Māori communities in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 2(3), e000799. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000799

Pitama, S., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Tikao-Mason, K., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Gillies, T., … Whalley, G., 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., … Whalley, G. A., 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

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Journal - Research Other

Sheerin, I., Pitama, S., Wells, J. E., Faatoese, A., Richards, M., Troughton, R., Tikao-Mason, K., Huria, T., Robertson, P., Gillies, M., … Whalley, G., & Cameron, V. (2012). Loose tobacco, ethnicity, income and rurality. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36(3), 291-292. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2012.00873.x

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.

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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. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Sika-Paotonu, D., Azevedo, P., Faatoese, A., Wihongi, H., Nuku, H., Hudson, M., … Merriman, T., & Lennon, D. (2017). Culturally appropriate advisory and governance oversight for the study of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in New Zealand. Journal of Immunology, 198(1, Suppl.), 125.30. [Abstract]

Faatoese, A. F. (2013). Screening for cardiovascular disease: A comparison of Māori and non-Māori risk profiles. In C. Matthewson, M. Taumoepeau, G. Burnett & I. Iati (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices X. (pp. 21). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Martin, A., Doughty, R. N., Chieng, N., Faatoese, A., Gamble, G. D., Poppe, K., Richards, A. M., Tikao-Mason, K., Troughton, R., Wells, E., Whalley, G. A., Cameron, V., & Pitama, S. (2013). Twelve lead electrocardiographic findings among Māori and non-Māori at risk of cardiovascular disease in NZ. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 22(7), (pp. 569). doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2013.04.052

Faatoese, A., Pitama, S., Wells, J. E., Tikao-Mason, K., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Gillies, T., … Troughton, R., Sheerin, I., Richards, M., & Cameron, V. A. (2012). A Māori approach to a community-based study of heart health among Māori and non-Māori communities: Baseline findings in the Hauora Manawa/Community Heart Study. In C. Matthewson, M. Taumoepeau, G. Burnett & I. Iati (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices IX. (pp. 17). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Cameron, V., Faatoese, A., Gillies, M., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Doughty, R., Whalley, G., 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., Whalley, G., 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

Faatoese, A. (2010). A comparison of metabolic risk profiles among rural and urban Māori in New Zealand. In M. Taumoepeau, C. Matthewson, G. Burnett & P. Vakaoti (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices VII. (pp. 21). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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] [Abstract]

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

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Sika-Paotonu, D., Azevedo, P. M., Faatoese, A., Wihongi, H., Nuku, H., Hudson, M., … Merriman, T., & Lennon, D. (2017, March). Culturally appropriate advisory and governance for the study of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the 10th Health Disparities Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Faatoese, A., Pitama, S., Wells, J. E., Tikao-Mason, K., Robertson, P., Huria, T., Gillies, T., … Troughton, R., Sheerin, I., Richards, A. M., & Cameron, V. A. (2011, September). Genomewide association studies (GWAS) variants were not associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) and type 2 diabetes (DM2) in Maori and non-Maori community cohorts: The Hauora Manawa Project. Poster session presented at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meetings, Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Faatoese, A. F., Pitama, S. G., Wells, E. J., Huria, T., & Cameron, V. A. (2013, August). Lipoprotein(a) levels and cardiovascular risk in Maori and non-Maori community samples. Verbal presentation at the Queenstown Molecular Biology (QMB) Meetings, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Faatoese, A. (2012, April). Aligning research protocols to cultural values in a study of heart health amongst Māori and non-Māori communities: The Haoira Manawa/ Community Heart Study. Verbal presentation at the HRC Pacific Health Research Fono: Pacific Edge: Transforming Knowledge Into Innovative Practice, Auckland, New Zealand.

Faatoese, A., Gillies, M., Robertson, P., Doughty, R., Whalley, G., Richards, M., Troughton, R., Wells, E., Sheerin, I., Pitama, S., & Cameron, V. (2010, November-December). Comparison of rates of diagnosed and undiagnosed cardiovascular disease and its risk factors among Māori and non-Māori communities in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Medical Sciences Congress: A New Decade of Discovery (MedSciNZ), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Pitama, S., Cameron, V., Huria, T., Gillies, M., Whalley, G., Doughty, R., Richards, M., Faatoese, A., Tikao-Mason, K., & Robertson, P. (2008, September). Hauora Manawa/heart health: The Community Heart Study. Verbal presentation at the Ngā Kete a Rēhua Inaugural Māori Research Symposium Te Waipounamu, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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