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Principal Investigator

  • Pauline Barnett


One of the significant changes following the announcement of the health reforms in 1991 was provider initiated restructuring of the primary care sector. This project examines a major component of that restructuring, the formation and development of independent practitioner associations. This research uses interviews with IPA leaders and other key informants and a national survey of GP members of IPAs to understand the process of organisational change and the impact of this on GP autonomy.


  • Barnett P. General practitioners in primary health organisations: Policy victims or policy leaders? New Zealand Family Physician 32 (5): 313-6, 2005.
  • Barnett JR and Barnett P. Primary health care in New Zealand: problems and policy approaches. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 21: 49-66, 2004.
  • Barnett P. Into the unknown: the anticipation and experience of membership of independent practitioner associations. New Zealand Medical Journal, 116 (1171) 2003.
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