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Population Health Summer Studentships

Each year the University of Otago, Christchurch hosts a Summer Studentship programme that is made up of a number of research projects.


Kitty Dunkley

Topic: Healthcare provider perceptions, knowledge and comfort with sexual and gender diversity
Supervisor: Mrs Jen Desrosiers

Roshit Bothara

Topic: “Virtual” socialisation and case-discussion between linked medical student groups in Nepal-NZ and Samoa-NZ during collaborative global health learning – Why and How?
Supervisors: Dr Andrew Miller, Dr Susan Jack, Dr Malama Tafunai, Dr Tony Walls, Mrs Jen Desrosiers, Professor David Murdoch, Associate Professor Tai Sopoaga, Dr Ashis Shrestha, Professor Tim Wilkinson

Madeline Weston

Topic: Burwood assessment, screening and education for chronic pain – An evaluation
Supervisor(s) Dr. Lee Thompson, Dr. John Alchin, Bronny Trewin and Jonathan Williman
Sponsors: Graduate Women Canterbury Trust

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Anna Brinsdon

Topic: ‘I am HIV but I am not a patient’: Managing marginalised identities in health interactions.
Supervisors: Gillian Abel, Jen Desrosiers

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Annabel Ludeke

Topic: Health literacy in general practice: describing practice nurses' understanding of health literacy.
Supervisors: Gillian Abel, Lynley Cook, Philip Schluter, Ramai Lord, Maria Pasene
Sponsor: Pegasus Health

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Neela Bhana

Topic: Managing patient expectations about chronic pain.
Supervisors: Lee Thompson, John Alchin, Bronwyn Thompson
Sponsor: University of Otago, Divisional Scholarship

Kara Seers

Topic: The use of interpreter services in general practice in Canterbury.
Supervisors: Philip Schluter, Gillian Abel, Lynley Cook
Sponsor: Partnership Health Canterbury

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Ronald Puni

Topic: Pacific people and non-financial factors influencing access to mainstream general practice services.
Supervisor: Lynley Cook, Gillian Abel
Sponsors: Partnership Health Canterbury

Rachael Stevenson

Topic: The Canterbury Methadone Maintenance Model of Care
Supervisors: Ian Sheerin, Les Toop, David Kerr
Sponsors: Pegasus Health

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Dru Norriss

Topic: The effectiveness of hypertension in diabetes screening and detection.
Supervisors: Phil Hider & Maggie Wilson
Sponsor: Pegasus Health

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Courtney Hore

Topic: Comparison of electrocardiography and echocardiography to detect the presence of left ventricular hypertrophy in a Maori community
Awarded Best Speaker in the "Community" Category
Supervisor(s): Suzanne Pitama, Vicky Cameron, John Irvine
Sponsor: Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust

Te Kiriwera Wicksteed

Topic: An exploration of the preliminary echo findings in the Hauoroa Manawa/Community Heart Study
Supervisors: Suzanne Pitama, Vicky Cameron
Sponsor: HRC

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Amy Chisholm

Topic: Psychoeducation and support for people affected by bipolar disorder: developing a community service evaluation questionnaire.
Supervisors: Carolyn Doughty, Jane Elmslie, Richard Porter [Depts Public Health & General Practice and Psychological Medicine]
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Alasdair Duncan

Topic: Identification of evidence-based health promotion programmes for Healthy Christchurch.
Supervisors: Ann Richardson, Lisa Fitzgerald [Dept Public Health & General Practice]
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Gemma Griffin

Topic: Assessing the information-seeking behaviour, skills and needs of different clinical health professional groups at the CDHB.
Supervisors: Phil Hider, Edward Coughlan, Marg Walker [Dept Public Health & General Practice and Library]
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Nicholas Pascoe

Topic: A critical media analysis of print media reporting on the implementation of the Prostitution Reform Act, 2003-2006.
Supervisors: Lisa Fitzgerald, Gillian Abel, Cheryl Brunton [Dept Public Health & General Practice]
Sponsor: Health Research Council of NZ

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Tamlin Clulow & Brenda Cournane

Topic: Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among people enrolled in general practice in Rangiora
Supervisors: Ian Sheerin, Alistair Humphrey, Greg Hamilton
Sponsors: Canterbury Rural Primary Health Organisation, Heart Foundation.

Duncan Edwards

Topic: Evaluation of a pilot Pacific project
Supervisor: Ann Richardson
Sponsor: National Heart Foundation

Courtney Hore

Topic: Profile of experiences and needs of Mâori clients on the Christchurch methadone programme.
Supervisor: Paul Robertson
Sponsor: University of Otago

Kasey Tawhara

Topic: Attitudes of Maori towards genetic research
Supervisor: Suzanne Pitama
Sponsor: Cardioendocrine Theme Bursaries

Tim Weir

Topic: Post-reform reflections on prostitution legislation: analysis of Phase I context-setting focus groups.
Co-Supervisors: Gillian Abel, Lisa Fitzgerald
Sponsor: Public Health Theme

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Jonathan Barnes

Topic: Pacific health community needs assessment: assessing both models and practice.
Supervisor: Karen Nero [MacMillan Brown Centre, Canterbury University], Co-supervisors: Pauline Barnett [Public Health CSMHS], Api Api Talimaitoga [Pacific Trust]

Yu-Hsing Cindy Chang

Topic: Audit of diabetes testing within selected general practices and estimates of type II diabetes among the Pacific population in Christchurch.
Supervisor: Pauline Barnett, Co-supervisors: Alistair Humphrey [Community Public Health/Pacific Trust]. Maggie Wilson [Pegasus Health]

Whitney Gillies

Topic: Impact of elective waiting times on acute demand for surgery.
Co-supervisors: Suzanne Pitama, Kay Poulsen [Chch Hospital].

Courtney Hore

Topic: Impact of patient flow project on successful discharge outcomes and patient perceptions of care.
Co-supervisors: Suzanne Pitama, Kay Poulsen [Chch Hospital]

Katie MacKay

Topic: National Needle Exchange Blood-borne Virus Seroprevalence Survey.
Supervisor: Cheryl Brunton, Co-supervisor: Charles Henderson [Needle Exchange NZ]

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Tracy Haitana

Topic: From hospital waiting list to GP managed care.
Supervisor: Suzanne Pitama
Sponsored by Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust

Kate McBride

Topic: Evaluating the impact of the Health Sponsorship Council's SunSmart contract with Canterbury Tennis.
Supervisor: Pauline Barnett
Sponsored by the Health Sponsorship Council (SunSmart Programme)

Monique Scott

Topic: From hospital waiting list to active review.
Supervisor: Suzanne Pitama [co-supervisor, with Kay Poulsen]
Sponsored by the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Non-departmental students

Paul Sweetsur

Topic: National Primary Medical Care Electronic Collection Feasibility Analysis
Supervisor: Peter Davis
Sponsored by the Public Health Research Theme (U of Otago)

Martin von Randow

Topic: National Primary Medical Care Survey Emergency Departments Analysis (NEDA)
Supervisor: Peter Davis
Sponsored by the Public Health Research Theme (U of Otago)

Alison White

Topic: Analysis of submissions on 'Towards a pesticides risk reduction policy for New Zealand'
Supervisor: Kevin Dewe
Sponsored by the Public Health Research Theme (U of Otago)

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Christian Galbraith

Topic: New Zealand Socio-Economic index, 'A Users Guide'
Supervisor: Prof Peter Davis
Sponsor: Social Science Research Centre (SSRC), University of Canterbury

Matilda Hamilton

Topic: Why do some parents choose not to immunise their children?
Supervisors: Dr Paul Corwin and Dr Suzanne Gower
Sponsor: Child Health Research Foundation

Heath Lash

Topic: National Influenza and Pneumococcal Immunisation Attitudes Study

Dougal Thorburn

Topic: The National Primary Care Survey: an analysis of Maori patterns
Supervisor: Prof Peter Davis
Sponsor: Public Health Research Theme

Josie Toop

Topic: Analysis of assumptions about risk behaviours in health promotion/health education pamphlets used in primary care and public health.
Supervisor: Dr E W Plumridge
Department: Public Health and General Practice

Kathryn Whitehead

Topic: The Survey of New Zealand Hospital Nurses: analysis of open comments.
Supervisor: Dr Suzanne Gower
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

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