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Clinical Senior Lecturer


About Courtney Thomas (Ngai Tahu, Te Arawa)

Dr Courtney Thomas is a Senior Lecturer at MIHI and a Specialist Anaesthetist working at Christchurch Public Hospital.

Courtney is a medical graduate of the University of Otago and a former student of the undergraduate Hauora Maori curriculum delivered by the MIHI team.

She is the lead investigator on a research project, funded by the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, that aims to investigate the experience of Maori patients' experiences of their anaesthetic care in the perioperative environment.


Undergraduate medical curriculum

Postgraduate short courses

  • MIHI 501 Health Professionals


Gurney, J. K., McLeod, M., Thomas, C., Campbell, D., Dennett, E., Jackson, S., Ongley, D., … Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., & Koea, J. (2022). Understanding disparities in post-operative mortality for indigenous patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1565), 104-112. Retrieved from

Thomas, C., Weller, J., Rahiri, J.-L., Harwood, M., & Pitama, S. (2022). Māori experiences of hospital care: A qualitative systematic review. AlterNative. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/11771801221114385

Gurney, J., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., Campbell, D., Davies, C., Dennett, E., … Ongley, D., Robson, B., Rumball-Smith, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Thomas, C., & Koea, J. (2021). Disparities in post-operative mortality between Māori and non-indigenous ethnic groups in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1542), 15-28. Retrieved from

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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