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Postgraduate Research

Current PhD research

  • Factors influencing ageing well amongst older New Zealand men: A study of urban and rural areas of Otago and Southland Regions
    Hui Xiao
    Supervised by Professor David Baxter (Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy), Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble (Department of General Practice and Rural Health), and Dr Lizhou Liu (Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy)
  • Investigating barriers to equitable access to maternity care in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Pauline Dawson
    Supervised by Associate Professor Jean Hay-Smith (Department of Women’s and Children’s Health) and Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • Improving patient safety in New Zealand general practice
    Dr Sharon Leitch PhD (Health Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship)
    Supervised by Professor Tim Stokes (Department of General Practice and Rural Health) and Dr Alesha Smith (School of Pharmacy)
  • Exploring and improving hospital care quality for New Zealand rural communities
    Dr Carol Atmore (DSM Clinical Research PhD Scholarship)
    Supervised by Professor Tim Stokes (Department of General Practice and Rural Health), Professor Robin Gauld (Otago Business School), Mr Andrew Gray (Department of Preventive and Social Medicine), and Professor Sue Dovey (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • Investigation of clinical pharmacy activities in a primary care general practice
    Yadav Sivamanoj
    Supervised by Associate Professor Rhiannon Braund (School of Pharmacy / Department of Preventive and Social Medicine) and Professor Tim Stokes (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • An investigation into coeliac disease and management in primary health care
    Kristin Kenrick
    Supervised by Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye (Department of General Practice and Rural Health), Associate Professor Michael Shultz (Department of Medicine), and Professor Andrew Day (Department of Women's and Children's Health)
  • An exploratory study of companion pet owner perceptions of euthanasia
    Paula Whitelock
    Supervised by Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye (Department of General Practice and Rural Health) and Professor Ruth Fitzgerald (Department of Anthropology)
  • Who will care for the next aging generation? The memory of intergenerational relationship and the moral dilemma of obligation
    Dr Claudia Ammann
    Supervised by Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye (Department of General Practice and Rural Health) and Associate Professor Charles Pigden (Department of Philosophy)
  • Pathways to end of life care
    Jessica Young
    Supervised by Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye (Department of General Practice and Rural Health), Dr Richard Egan (Department of Preventive and Social Medicine), Mr Tony Egan (Department of General Practice and Rural Health), and Dr Janine Winters (Bioethics Centre)

Current Master's research

  • A formative evaluation study of the implementation of the New Zealand Early Warning Score (NZEWS) in a rural hospital.
    Lisa Campbell
    Supervised by Ms Virginia Maskill, Centre for Post-Graduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago, Christchurch and Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble, Department of General Practice and Rural Health, University of Otago, Dunedin.
  • Anticipating Future Hospital Demand in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Regions.
    Rhonda Johnson
    Supervised by Dr Lincoln Wood, Department of Management, Otago Business School, University of Otago and Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble, Department of General Practice and Rural Health, University of Otago, Dunedin.
  • The role of the "personal doctor" in Healthcare Home—The general practitioners’ view
    Olivia Currie
    Supervised by Professor Les Toop (Department of General Practice, University of Otago Christchurch) and Professor Tim Stokes (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • The impact on the Hokianga Health service of the Rural Hospital Medicine vocational scope
    Dr Kati Blattner, MHealSc
    Supervised by Professor Susan Dovey and Professor Tim Stokes (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)

Current BMedSc(Hons) research

  • Knowing me, knowing you: The ethics of doctors' self-disclosing about personal illness to patients
    Laura Bolger
    Supervised by Dr Katherine Hall and Dr Martyn Williamson (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • Person-centred health care: Spiritual dimension of health
    Mary Cane Demecillo
    Supervised by Dr Richard Egan (Department of Preventive and Social Medicine) and Associate Professor Hamish Wilson (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • What are key success factors in the development of Whānau Ora primary health care services?
    Albert Laurence
    Supervised by Professor Tim Stokes (Department of General Practice and Rural Health), Associate Professor Jo Baxter (Associate Dean Māori and Associate Professor of Māori Health), and Professor Peter Crampton (Division of Health Sciences)

Recently completed postgraduate research

Summer studentship projects

2017 - 2018

  • Do adults with intellectual disabilities receive less preventative care compared to those who do not have intellectual disabilities in primary care?
    Rees Guise
    Supervised by Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • Discourse analysis of the public debate on the End of Life Choice Bill (2017)
    Isabelle Lomax-Sawyers
    Supervised by Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • Challenges presented by "high needs" patients to primary heath care: What are the statistics?
    Sharmaine Sreedhar
    Supervised by Professor Tim Stokes (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)

2016 - 2017

  • A study report on ten years of experience with the Rural Medical Immersion Programme of University of Otago to determine the effectiveness of the programme in encouraging the recruitment and retention of medical service providers in rural and provincial health services
    Melody Curle
    Supervised by Dr Branko Sijnja (Department of General Practice and Rural Health)
  • An exploration of the Communities of Clinical Practice of long-stay inpatients on acute medical wards in Dunedin Hospital
    Fardowsa Mohamed
    Supervised by Dr Martyn WilliamsonJessica Young, and Tony Egan
  • General Practitioners' ethical decision-making: Does being a patient themselves make a difference?
    Jess Michael
    Supervised by Dr Katherine Hall, Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye, and Jessica Young

2015 - 2016

  • Multimorbidity, polypharmacy, and ethnicity in a New Zealand General Practice (Health Research Council Pacific Health Research Summer Studentship)
    Mayur Azam
    Supervised by Professor Tim Stokes and Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble

2014 - 2015

2013 - 2014

  • Issues regarding the quality of aged care and possible solutions as perceived by representatives of the workforce and the residents themselves
    Blake Henley
    Supervised by Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye
  • A study of the timing of outbreaks of chicken pox in children and shingles in adults
    Ibrahim Al-Busaidi
    Supervised by Dr Branko Sijnja
  • Defining what type of rural background leads to increased intention of rural practice
    Stacey Goodson
    Supervised by Dr Martyn Williamson and Dr Alison Belton

2012 - 2013

2011 - 2012

  • The outcomes of the fifth year Rural Medical Immersion Programme
    Kate Margetts
    Supervised by Dr Branko Sijnja
  • COMHEART: Community Oriented Mental Health—Engagement, Action, and Training
    Shinayd van Rooy
    Supervised by Dr Jim Ross
  • Reducing harm to patients: An evaluation of a web-based tool's potential to reduce medication errors in a residential care facility
    Rachel Greenwood
    Supervised by Dr Jim Ross
  • Media review of general practice fees 2000–2020
    Louis Han
    Supervised by Professor Susan Dovey
  • Healthcare in rural Otago and Southland: A pilot study
    Aakash Chhibber
    Supervised by Professor Susan Dovey
  • Prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Otago / Southland
    Jee-Eun Oh
    Supervised by Professor Rob Walker and Professor Murray Tilyard