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DSM staff profile

Dr Garry Nixon

PositionDirector, Rural Postgraduate Programme (DSM); Senior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of General Practice and Rural Health (Dunedin)
QualificationsMB ChB FRNZCGP(Dist) FDRHMNZ PGCertCPU PGDipRPHP
Research summaryRural vs urban health disparities and improving access to diagnosis services in rural areas
Teaching
  • Convenor, GENA 728 Cardiorespiratory Medicine in Rural Hospitals
  • Co-convenor, Postgraduate Certificate Clinician Performed Ultrasound
Memberships
  • Chair, Division of Health Sciences Future of Rural Health Working Party
  • Member, Southern Rural Health Alliance Team
  • Member, RNZCGP Education Advisory Group
  • Member, South Island Cardiac Workstream
Clinical
  • Rural Hospital Generalist, Dunstan Hospital, Central Otago
  • Interests include rural cardiology, rural hospital medicine, and minor procedures

Research

  • Improving access to healthcare services for rural communities.
  • The role of rural generalist doctors and in particular the interface with base hospital specialists.

Publications

Blattner, K., Beazley, C. J., Nixon, G., Herd, G., Wigglesworth, J., & Rogers-Koroheke, M. G. (2019). The impact of the introduction of a point-of-care haematology analyser in a New Zealand rural hospital with no onsite laboratory. Rural & Remote Health, 19(2), 4934. doi: 10.22605/rrh4934

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Muirhead, J., Kiuru, S., & Kerse, N. (2019). Point-of-care ultrasound for FAST and AAA in rural New Zealand: Quality and impact on patient care. Rural & Remote Health, 19(3), 5027. doi: 10.22605/RRH5027

Ellis, C. J., Gamble, G. D., Williams, M. J. A., Matsis, P., Elliott, J. M., Devlin, G., Mann, S., … for the Regional Cardiac Society NZ ACS Audit Group, including Richards, M., & Nixon, G. (2019). All-cause mortality following an acute coronary syndrome: 12-year follow-up of the comprehensive 2002 New Zealand Acute Coronary Syndrome Audit. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 28(2), 245-256. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.10.015

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Finnie, W., Lawrenson, R., & Kerse, N. (2019). Use of point-of-care ultrasound for the assessment of intravascular volume in five rural New Zealand hospitals. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 24(4), 109-114. doi: 10.4103/CJRM.CJRM_26_18

Miller, R., Stokes, T., & Nixon, G. (2019). Point-of-care troponin use in New Zealand rural hospital: A national survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 25-37. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Blattner, K., Beazley, C. J., Nixon, G., Herd, G., Wigglesworth, J., & Rogers-Koroheke, M. G. (2019). The impact of the introduction of a point-of-care haematology analyser in a New Zealand rural hospital with no onsite laboratory. Rural & Remote Health, 19(2), 4934. doi: 10.22605/rrh4934

Miller, R., Stokes, T., & Nixon, G. (2019). Point-of-care troponin use in New Zealand rural hospital: A national survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 25-37. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Finnie, W., Lawrenson, R., & Kerse, N. (2019). Use of point-of-care ultrasound for the assessment of intravascular volume in five rural New Zealand hospitals. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 24(4), 109-114. doi: 10.4103/CJRM.CJRM_26_18

Ellis, C. J., Gamble, G. D., Williams, M. J. A., Matsis, P., Elliott, J. M., Devlin, G., Mann, S., … for the Regional Cardiac Society NZ ACS Audit Group, including Richards, M., & Nixon, G. (2019). All-cause mortality following an acute coronary syndrome: 12-year follow-up of the comprehensive 2002 New Zealand Acute Coronary Syndrome Audit. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 28(2), 245-256. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2017.10.015

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Muirhead, J., Kiuru, S., & Kerse, N. (2019). Point-of-care ultrasound for FAST and AAA in rural New Zealand: Quality and impact on patient care. Rural & Remote Health, 19(3), 5027. doi: 10.22605/RRH5027

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Muirhead, J., & Kerse, N. (2018). Rural point-of-care ultrasound of the kidney and bladder: Quality and effect on patient management. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(4), 324-330. doi: 10.1071/HC18034

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Koroheke-Rogers, M., Muirhead, J., Finnie, W. L., Lawrenson, R., & Kerse, N. (2018). Point-of-care ultrasound in rural New Zealand: Safety, quality and impact on patient management. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 26(5), 342-349. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12472

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Muirhead, J., Finnie, W., Lawrenson, R., & Kerse, N. (2018). Scope of point-of-care ultrasound practice in rural New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC18031

Keys, J., Venter, L., & Nixon, G. (2017). The use of CT in the management of minor head injuries in Queenstown. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(2), 162-166. doi: 10.1071/HC16029

Blattner, K., Nixon, G., Gutenstein, M., & Davey, E. (2017). A targeted rural postgraduate education programme: Linking rural doctors across New Zealand and into the Pacific. Education for Primary Care, 28(6), 346-350. doi: 10.1080/14739879.2017.1319253

Wong, D. L., & Nixon, G. (2016). The rural medical generalist workforce: The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners’ 2014 workforce survey results. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(3), 196-203. doi: 10.1071/HC15055

Fearnley, D., Kerse, N., & Nixon, G. (2016). The price of ‘free’: Quantifying the costs incurred by rural residents attending publically funded outpatient clinics in rural and base hospitals. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(3), 204-209. doi: 10.1071/HC16014

Lawrenson, R., Reid, J., Nixon, G., & Laurenson, A. (2016). The New Zealand Rural Hospital Doctors Workforce Survey 2015. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1434), 9-16. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Nixon, G., Samaranayaka, A., de Graaf, B., McKechnie, R., Rodwell, P., & Blattner, K. (2015). The impact of a rural scanner in overcoming urban versus rural disparities in the utilisation of computed tomography. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23, 150-154. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12125

Blattner, K., Nixon, G., Horgan, C., Coutts, J., Rogers, M., Wong, B., … Wilkins, G. (2014). Evaluation of a rural primary-referred cardiac exercise tolerance test service. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1406). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Nixon, G., Samaranayaka, A., de Graaf, B., McKechnie, R., Blattner, K., & Dovey, S. (2014). Geographic disparities in the utilisation of computed tomography scanning services in southern New Zealand. Health Policy, 118(2), 222-228. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2014.05.002

Sherpa, T. W., Sherpa, K. T., Nixon, G., Heydon, J., Heydon, E., & Dovey, S. (2012). The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in Sherpa residents of the Upper Khumbu, an isolated community in eastern Nepal. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1365). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Lloyd, T., Blattner, K., & Nixon, G. (2011). Transfers from rural hospitals in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1328). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1328/4509/content.pdf

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Dawson, J., Dovey, S., Black, M. A., Wilkins, G., Dunn, A. C., & McLellan, A. D. (2011). Streptokinase antibodies in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome in three rural New Zealand populations. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 64, 426-429. doi: 10.1136/jcp.2010.085837

Lawrenson, R. A., Nixon, G., & Steed, R. H. (2011). The rural hospital doctors workforce in New Zealand. Rural & Remote Health, 11(2), 1588.

Blattner, K., Nixon, G., Dovey, S., Jaye, C., & Wigglesworth, J. (2010). Changes in clinical practice and patient disposition following the introduction of point-of-care testing in a rural hospital. Health Policy, 96, 7-12. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2009.12.002

Blattner, K., Nixon, G., Jaye, C., & Dovey, S. (2010). Introducing point-of-care testing into a rural hospital setting: Thematic analysis of interviews with providers. Journal of Primary Health Care, 2(1), 54-60.

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Journal - Research Other

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Miller, R., Bolden, F., Jelley, G., & Keys, J. (2019). Few New Zealand medical students intend to work in rural areas. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1498), 105-106. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Nixon, G., & Burmeister, O. K. (2018). Special issue: Trans-Tasman issue. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 26(5), 306-307. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12478

Nixon, G. H., Kerse, N. M., Bagg, W., Skinner, M. A., Larmer, P. J., & Crampton, P. (2018). Proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1485), 67-75. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Miller, R., & Nixon, G. (2018). The assessment of acute chest pain in New Zealand rural hospitals utilising point-of-care troponin. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(1), 90-92. doi: 10.1071/HC18007

Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Williamson, M., McHugh, P., & Reid, J. (2017). Training generalist doctors for rural practice in New Zealand. Rural & Remote Health, 17(1), 4047. Retrieved from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=4047

Fearnley, D., Lawrenson, R., & Nixon, G. (2016). ‘Poorly defined’: Unknown unknowns in New Zealand rural health. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1439), 77-81. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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