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Cameron LaceySenior Lecturer, Māori Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological Medicine



About Cameron Lacey

Dr Cameron Lacey (Te Atiawa), is a Senior lecturer at MIHI (UOC), psychiatrist working in old age psychiatry and medical director for Westcoast DHB. 

He has clinical and research experience working with Māori and whānau.  His research includes Hauora Māori, psychological medicine, cardiovascular disease, neurology and medical education. 

He is principle investigator on HRC funded project investigating Māori and Bipolar Disorder and is NI on three HRC funded projects nearing completion and principle investigator of an HRC-CMRF funded project. 

His PhD examined the psychiatric comorbidity of depression in epilepsy, investigating both psychiatric and genetric risk factors. 

He is part of the Hauora Manawa Community Heart Study Team investigating heart disease amongst Māori.


Primary teaching responsibilities

  • Trainee Intern Course Convenor - Hauora Māori
  • Trainee Intern Course Convenor - Psychological Medicine
  • Fifth Year Written SAQ Convenor
  • Hauora Māori Block Course

Other teaching contributions

  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Māori Mental Health

Research interests

  • Hauora Māori
  • Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Psychosomatic Medicine

Professional activities

  • Rural Psychiatry - West Coast
  • Neuropsychiatry

Summary of past work history

Cameron began psychiatry training in Christchurch and after being awarded a Ministry of Health Henry Rongomau Bennett Scholarship worked with Te Korowai Atawhai.  He completed advanced training in neuropsychiatry in Melbourne as the Lundbeck Neuropsychiatry Fellow. He completed a PhD on the psychiatric comorbidity in patients with epilepsy. He returned to Christchurch in 2008 to work with MIHI and West Coast DHB.  His Hauora Māori research includes the Hauora Manawa Community Heart Study and the determinants of wellbeing and healthy ageing for Māori in a longitudinal cohort study.