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Health Sciences profile

Dr Sara Filoche

PositionSenior Lecturer, Associate Dean (Research) for UOW, Acting Head of Department for Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health
DepartmentDepartment of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health (Wellington)
QualificationsBSc(Hons) MSc PhD PGDip Gen Med (Distn)
Research summaryHealth services research

Research

Sara is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago Wellington. She has a background in biomedical science and is a health services researcher whose work is centered around improving access to healthcare and reducing health inequities. Her work takes an interdisciplinary approach and projects include exploring clinical care pathways and people's experiences of accessing healthcare.

In addition, Sara has a specialist interest in public health genetics and genomics, and in ensuring equitable access to genetic and genomic medicine as these modalities become routine. Sara also co-runs a programme of science learning experiences with local kura kaupapa Māori.

Publications

Dore, M., Filoche, S., Danielson, K., & Henry, C. (2021). Characterisation of levonorgestrel-resistant endometrial cancer cells. Cancer Management & Research, 13, 7871-7884. doi: 10.2147/CMAR.S327381

Filoche, S., Stubbe, M. H., Grainger, R., Robson, B., Paringatai, K., Wilcox, P., Jefferies, R., & Dowell, A. (2021). How is family health history discussed in routine primary healthcare? A qualitative study of archived family doctor consultations. BMJ Open, 11(10), e049058. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049058

Edmonds, L. K., Sibanda, N., Geller, S., Cram, F., Robson, B., Filoche, S., Storey, F., … Lawton, B. (2021). He Tamariki Kokoti Tau: Tackling preterm incidence and outcomes of preterm births by ethnicity in Aotearoa New Zealand 2010-2014. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13855

Lawton, B., MacDonald, E. J., Filoche, S., Stanley, J., Meeks, M., Stone, P., … Geller, S. E. (2021). Examining the potential preventability of adverse fetal/neonatal outcomes associated with severe maternal morbidity. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13404

Henry, C., Ekeroma, A., Dowell, A., & Filoche, S. (2021). 'The horror stories put me off!': Exploring women's acceptability of the Levonorgestrel IntraUterine System (LNG-IUS) for endometrial protection. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(1), 55-62. doi: 10.1071/HC20105

Jass, J., Roberts, S. K., & Lappin-Scott, H. M. (2001). Microbes and enzymes in biofilms. In R. G. Burns & M. Dekker (Eds.), Enzymes in the environment, activity, ecology and application.

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Dore, M., Filoche, S., Danielson, K., & Henry, C. (2021). Characterisation of levonorgestrel-resistant endometrial cancer cells. Cancer Management & Research, 13, 7871-7884. doi: 10.2147/CMAR.S327381

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Dore, M., Filoche, S., Danielson, K., & Henry, C. (2021). Efficacy of the LNG-IUS for treatment of endometrial hyperplasia and early stage endometrial cancer: Can biomarkers predict response? Gynecologic Oncology Reports. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.gore.2021.100732

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Edmonds, L. K., Sibanda, N., Geller, S., Cram, F., Robson, B., Filoche, S., Storey, F., … Lawton, B. (2021). He Tamariki Kokoti Tau: Tackling preterm incidence and outcomes of preterm births by ethnicity in Aotearoa New Zealand 2010-2014. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13855

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Filoche, S., Stubbe, M. H., Grainger, R., Robson, B., Paringatai, K., Wilcox, P., Jefferies, R., & Dowell, A. (2021). How is family health history discussed in routine primary healthcare? A qualitative study of archived family doctor consultations. BMJ Open, 11(10), e049058. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049058

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Henry, C., Ekeroma, A., Dowell, A., & Filoche, S. (2021). 'The horror stories put me off!': Exploring women's acceptability of the Levonorgestrel IntraUterine System (LNG-IUS) for endometrial protection. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(1), 55-62. doi: 10.1071/HC20105

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Lawton, B., MacDonald, E. J., Filoche, S., Stanley, J., Meeks, M., Stone, P., … Geller, S. E. (2021). Examining the potential preventability of adverse fetal/neonatal outcomes associated with severe maternal morbidity. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13404

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Filoche, S., Stone, P., Cram, F., Bacharach, S., Dowell, A., Sika-Paotonu, D., … Ormandy, J., … Thunders, M., & Dew, K. (2020). Uncovering social structures and informational prejudices to reduce inequity in delivery and uptake of new molecular technologies. Journal of Medical Ethics, 46, 763-767. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105734

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Henry, C., Ekeroma, A., & Filoche, S. (2020). Barriers to seeking consultation for abnormal uterine bleeding: Systematic review of qualitative research. BMC Women's Health, 20, 123. doi: 10.1186/s12905-020-00986-8

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Henry, C., Jefferies, R., Ekeroma, A., & Filoche, S. (2020). Beyond the numbers-understanding women's experiences of accessing care for abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB): A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 10, e041853. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041853

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Lawton, B., Filoche, S., MacDonald, E. J., Stanley, J., Meeks, M., Stone, P., Storey, F., & Geller, S. E. (2020). Examining adverse fetal/neonatal outcomes associated with severe maternal morbidity. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 60, 865-870. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13163

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Stevenson, K., Cram, F., Filoche, S., & Lawton, B. (2020). Impact on whānau wellbeing of transfer to secondary or tertiary hospitals after a disruption to the birthing journey. MAI Journal, 9(2), 121-132. doi: 10.20507/MAIJournal.2020.9.2.3

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Stevenson, K., Filoche, S., Cram, F., & Lawton, B. (2020). Te Hā o Whānau: A culturally responsive framework of maternity care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1517), 66-72. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Crabbe, R. E. S., Stone, P., & Filoche, S. K. (2019). What are women saying about non-invasive prenatal testing? An analysis of online pregnancy discussion forums. Prenatal Diagnosis, 39(10), 890-895. doi: 10.1002/pd.5500

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Furniss, M., Conroy, M., Filoche, S., MacDonald, E. J., Geller, S. E., & Lawton, B. (2018). Information, support, and follow-up offered to women who experienced severe maternal morbidity. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 141(3), 384-388. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.12454

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Filoche, S. K., Lawton, B., Beard, A., & Stone, P. (2017). Views of the obstetric profession on non-invasive prenatal testing in Aotearoa New Zealand: A national survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 57(6), 617-623. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12656

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Filoche, S. K., Snook, S., & Lawton, B. A. (2017). Exploring access to vasectomy services: A case study of funding in counties Manukau. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(1), 85-89. doi: 10.1071/HC16033

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Filoche, S. K., Lawton, B., & Stanley, J. (2016). Access to secondary mental health services in a cohort of New Zealand mothers. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(8), 964-971. doi: 10.1007/s10597-016-0042-2

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Lawton, B., Filoche, S., Geller, S. E., Garrett, S., & Stanley, J. (2016). A retrospective cohort study of the association between midwifery experience and perinatal mortality. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 132(1), 94-99. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.07.003

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Lawton, B., Stanley, J., Filoche, S., Garrett, S., Rose, S. B., Robson, B., & Elley, C. R. (2016). Exploring the maternal and infant continuum: Ethnic disparities in infant hospital admissions for respiratory disease. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(5), 430-435. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12505

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Stevenson, K., Filoche, S., Cram, F., & Lawton, B. (2016). Lived realities: Birthing experiences of Māori women under 20 years of age. AlterNative, 12(2), 124-137. doi: 10.20507/AlterNative.2016.12.2.2

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Lawton, B., Filoche, S. K., Rose, S. B., Stanley, J., Garrett, S., Robson, B., Brown, S., & Sykes, P. (2014). Uterine cancer: Exploring access to services in the public health system. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 54(5), 457-461. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12237

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Lawton, B. A., Rose, S. B., Pullon, S., Stanley, J., Garrett, S., Sykes, P., Cormack, D., Robson, B., Langdana, F., Cooper, A., & Filoche, S. K. (2012). The impact of outpatient booking systems on waiting times for investigation of suspected cancer: The case of post-menopausal bleeding. Clinical Ovarian & Other Gynecologic Cancer, 5(2), 87-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cogc.2013.06.001

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Filoche, S. K., Cornford, E., Gaude, W., Wong, M., Heasman, P., & Thomson, W. M. (2010). Smoking, chronic periodontitis and smoking cessation support: Reviewing the role of dental professionals. New Zealand Dental Journal, 106(2), 74-77.

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Filoche, S., Wong, L., & Sissons, C. H. (2010). Oral biofilms: Emerging concepts in microbial ecology. Journal of Dental Research, 89(1), 8-18. doi: 10.1177/0022034509351812

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Jatrana, S., Crampton, P., & Filoche, S. (2009). The case for integrating oral health into primary health care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1301). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1301/3751/content.pdf

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Filoche, S. K., Soma, D., van Bekkum, M., & Sissons, C. H. (2008). Plaques from different individuals yield different microbiota responses to oral-antiseptic treatment. FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, 54(1), 27-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-695X.2008.00443.x

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Filoche, S. K., Coleman, M. J., Angker, L., & Sissons, C. H. (2007). A fluorescence assay to determine the viable biomass of microcosm dental plaque biofilms. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 69(3), 489-496.

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Filoche, S. K., Soma, K. J., & Sissons, C. H. (2007). Caries-related plaque microcosm biofilms developed in microplates. Oral Microbiology & Immunology, 22(2), 73-79.

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Sladek, R. E. J., Filoche, S. K., Sissons, C. H., & Stoffels, E. (2007). Treatment of Streptococcus mumtans biofilms with a nonthermal atmospheric plasma. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 45, 318-323.

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Filoche, S. K., Soma, K., & Sissons, C. H. (2005). Antimicrobial effects of essential oils in combination with chlorhexidine digluconate. Oral Microbiology & Immunology, 20, 221-225.

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Filoche, S. K., Anderson, S. A., & Sissons, C. H. (2004). Biofilm growth of Lactobacillus species is promoted by Actinomyces species and Streptococcus mutans. Oral Microbiology & Immunology, 19(5), 322-326.

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Filoche, S. K., Zhu, M., & Wu, C. D. (2004). In situ biofilm formation by multispecies oral bacteria under flowing and anaerobic conditions. Journal of Dental Research, 83(10), 802-806.

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Hwang, B. Y., Roberts, S. K., Chadwick, L. R., Wu, C. D., & Kinghorn, A. D. (2003). Antimicrobial constituents from goldenseal (the Rhizomes of Hydrastis canadensis) against selected oral pathogens. Planta Medica, 69(7), 623-627.

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Roberts, S. K., Wei, G. X., & Wu, C. D. (2002). Evaluating biofilm growth of two oral pathogens. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 35, 552-556.

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Filoche, S., & Cornwall, J. (2021). DNA information: Access, use and implications for healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1528), 107-110. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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van der Woude, H., Krebs, J., Filoche, S., & Gasser, O. (2020). Innate-like T cells in the context of metabolic disease and novel therapeutic targets. Immunometabolism, 4(3), e200031. doi: 10.20900/immunometab20200031

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Henry, C., Filoche, S., Thunders, M., Kenwright, D., & Ekeroma, A. (2019). Reflection on the current status of endometrial cancer in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 59, 874-876. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13057

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Filoche, S., Cram, F., Beard, A., Sim, D., Geller, S., Edmonds, L., Robson, B., & Lawton, B. (2018). He Tamariki Kokoti Tau-Tackling preterm: A data-linkage methodology to explore the clinical care pathway in preterm deliveries. BMC Health Services Research, 18, 374. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3179-6

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Filoche, S., Dew, K., & Dowell, A. (2018). Gnome medicine: What does genomic medicine mean to our patients and us? New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1473), 92-93. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Filoche, S., Cram, F., Lawton, B., Beard, A., & Stone, P. (2017). Implementing non-invasive prenatal testing into publicly funded antenatal screening services for Down syndrome and other conditions in Aotearoa New Zealand. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 17, 344. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1535-x

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Filoche, S., Lawton, B., Beard, A., Dowell, A., & Stone, P. (2017). New screen on the block: Non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9(4), 248-253. doi: 10.1071/HC16055

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Lawton, B., Filoche, S., Geller, S. E., & Stanley, J. (2016). The association between midwifery experience and perinatal mortality: Authors’ reply. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 133, 252-253. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2016.02.008

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Filoche, S., Garrett, S., Stanley, J., Rose, S., Robson, B., Elley, C. R., & Lawton, B. (2013). Wāhine hauora: Linking local hospital and national health information datasets to explore maternal risk factors and obstetric outcomes of New Zealand Māori and non-Māori women in relation to infant respiratory admissions and timely immunisations. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 13, 145. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-145

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