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+64 21 372 328
Senior Research Fellow, Rural Health and Professional Practice Fellow IPE
Department of General Practice and Rural Health (Dunedin)
Research summary
My research interests span all aspects of rural health & interprofessional education
  • Collaboration for Ageing Research Excellence
  • Centre for Men's Health executive
  • Multimorbidity
  • Intersection of clinical and social complexity


Fiona conducts research focused on the health and wellbeing of rural populations, as well as research exploring the delivery and outcomes of interprofessional education. Fiona uses a range of qualitative and mixed methods methodologies. She is interested in:

  • The impact of animal disease epidemics on farmers and rural communities
  • The impact of climate change on rural communities
  • The role of lay health navigators in the delivery of rural health services to those with complex health and social conditions
  • The support needs of rural nurses
  • How very rural communities meet their health and social needs

Current and previous funded research projects as Principal Investigator include:

  • Can understanding the psychosocial impact of Mycoplasma bovis in the Southern region of New Zealand, inform future exotic disease management policy? Funding Body: Lottery Health Research
  • Rural nursing: engaging with the benefits and challenges of the rural setting for sustainable workforce development; Funding body: Lottery Health Research
  • Living Rurally with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. Funding body: Southland Medical Foundation

Additional details

I am the programme lead for the West Coast rural interprofessional education programme. This programme hosts health science students from Otago and other tertiary institutions for five blocks, five times a year. The focus of the programme is rural health, Hauora Māori, non-communicable diseases and interprofessionalism.


Jaye, C., Noller, G., Bryan, M., & Doolan-Noble, F. (2024). “In-betweeners”: The brokering work of frontline workers during the New Zealand mycoplasma bovis outbreak. Journal of Rural Studies, 108, 103297. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2024.103297 Journal - Research Article

Xiao, H., Wibowo, E., Baxter, G. D., Liu, L., & Doolan-Noble, F. (2023). Exploring supportive care needs in men with prostate cancer in New Zealand: A cross-sequential explanatory mixed-methods study. Journal of Men's Health, 19(12), (pp. 129). doi: 10.22514/jomh.2023.139 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Penno, E., Atmore, C., Maclennan, B., Richard, L., Wyeth, E., Richards, R., Doolan-Noble, F., Gray, A. R., Sullivan, T., Gauld, R., & Stokes, T. (2023). How did New Zealand's regional district health board groupings work to improve service integration and health outcomes: A realist evaluation. BMJ Open, 13, e079268. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-079268 Journal - Research Article

Xiao, H., Doolan-Noble, F., White, A., Lu, W., Liu, L., & Baxter, D. (2023). Intersectional perspective on factors influencing healthy ageing amongst older New Zealand men: An exploratory mixed methods study. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/15586898231213131 Journal - Research Article

Jaye, C., McHugh, J., Doolan-Noble, F., & Wood, L. C. (2023). Rurality and latent precarity: Growing older in a small rural New Zealand town. Journal of Rural Studies, 99, 144-152. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2023.03.008 Journal - Research Article

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