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Health Sciences profile

Dr Susan Jack

PositionHonorary Senior Lecturer
QualificationsMB ChB DipPaeds MPHTM PhD
Research summaryAnaemia and micronutrient deficiencies; child under-nutrition; effectiveness of maternal and child health interventions

Research

Susan is a medical graduate of the University of Otago with a Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatrics (University of Auckland), Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (James Cook University, Australia), and a PhD in Epidemiology (University of Otago).

From 1994–2010 Susan lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she was part of setting up a non-government organisation undertaking community health and development work among urban poor communities. Susan also did consultancy work for the World Health Organization, USAID, and Tearfund UK in Cambodia and other countries in Asia. She then worked for four years at the WHO Cambodia office as medical officer for Child Survival and later as acting team leader for the Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition team. Susan returned to New Zealand in late 2010 to complete her PhD and undertake Public Health Physician training. She has continued to do consultancy work for WHO in the Solomon Islands in the area of maternal and child health.

Susan's interests include effective translation of evidence into policy, strategy, implementation, and evaluation of public health programmes in under-resourced settings. Her research interests include anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies, child under-nutrition, and effectiveness of maternal and child health interventions.

Publications

McGregor, R., Craigie, A., Jack, S., Upton, A., Moreland, N. J., & Ussher, J. E. (2022). The persistence of neutralising antibodies up to 11 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection in the southern region of New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1550), 162-166. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/

Harfoot, R., Lawley, B., Hernández, L. C., Kuang, J., Grant, J., Treece, J. M., LeQueux, S., Day, R., Jack, S., Stanton, J.-A. L., Bostina, M., Ussher, J. E., & Quiñones‑Mateu, M. E. (2022). Characterization of the first SARS-CoV-2 isolates from Aotearoa New Zealand as part of a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Viruses, 14, 366. doi: 10.3390/v14020366

Oliver, J., Bennett, J., Thomas, S., Zhang, J., Pierse, N., Moreland, N. J., Williamson, D. A., Jack, S., & Baker, M. (2021). Preceding group A streptococcus skin and throat infections are individually associated with acute rheumatic fever: Evidence from New Zealand. BMJ Global Health, 6, e007038. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-007038

Bennett, J., Moreland, N. J., Williamson, D. A., Carapetis, J., Crane, J., Whitcombe, A. L., Jack, S., … Baker, M. G. (2021). Comparison of group A streptococcal titres in healthy children and those with pharyngitis and skin infections. Journal of Infection. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2021.10.014

Bothara, R. K., Tafuna'i, M., Wilkinson, T. J., Desrosiers, J., Jack, S., Pattemore, P. K., Walls, T., Sopoaga, F., Murdoch, D. R., & Miller, A. P. (2021). Global health classroom: Mixed methods evaluation of an interinstitutional model for reciprocal global health learning among Samoan and New Zealand medical students. Globalization & Health, 17, 99. doi: 10.1186/s12992-021-00755-8

Harfoot, R., Lawley, B., Hernández, L. C., Kuang, J., Grant, J., Treece, J. M., LeQueux, S., Day, R., Jack, S., Stanton, J.-A. L., Bostina, M., Ussher, J. E., & Quiñones‑Mateu, M. E. (2022). Characterization of the first SARS-CoV-2 isolates from Aotearoa New Zealand as part of a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Viruses, 14, 366. doi: 10.3390/v14020366

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Bennett, J., Moreland, N. J., Williamson, D. A., Carapetis, J., Crane, J., Whitcombe, A. L., Jack, S., … Baker, M. G. (2021). Comparison of group A streptococcal titres in healthy children and those with pharyngitis and skin infections. Journal of Infection. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2021.10.014

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Bennett, J., Zhang, J., Leung, W., Jack, S., Oliver, J., Webb, R., … Sika-Paotonu, D., Harwood, M., & Baker, M. G. (2021). Rising ethnic inequalities in acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, New Zealand, 2000-2018. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 27(1), 36-46. doi: 10.3201/eid2701.191791

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Bothara, R. K., Tafuna'i, M., Wilkinson, T. J., Desrosiers, J., Jack, S., Pattemore, P. K., Walls, T., Sopoaga, F., Murdoch, D. R., & Miller, A. P. (2021). Global health classroom: Mixed methods evaluation of an interinstitutional model for reciprocal global health learning among Samoan and New Zealand medical students. Globalization & Health, 17, 99. doi: 10.1186/s12992-021-00755-8

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Cannon, J., Zhang, J., Bennett, J., Moreland, N. J., Baker, M. G., Geelhoed, E., … Jack, S. (2021). The economic and health burden of disease caused by Group A Streptococcus in New Zealand. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 103, 176-181. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2020.11.193

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Craigie, A., McGregor, R., Whitcombe, A. L., Carlton, L., Harte, D., Sutherland, M., Parry, M., … Ussher, J., … Jack, S., & Upton, A. (2021). SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the southern region of New Zealand, 2020. Pathology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.pathol.2021.04.001

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Oliver, J., Bennett, J., Thomas, S., Zhang, J., Pierse, N., Moreland, N. J., Williamson, D. A., Jack, S., & Baker, M. (2021). Preceding group A streptococcus skin and throat infections are individually associated with acute rheumatic fever: Evidence from New Zealand. BMJ Global Health, 6, e007038. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-007038

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Oliver, J., Robertson, O., Zhang, J., Marsters, B. L., Sika-Paotonu, D., Jack, S., Bennett, J., Williamson, D. A., … Pierse, N., & Baker, M. G. (2021). Early release-ethnically disparate disease progression and outcomes among acute rheumatic fever patients in New Zealand, 1989–2015. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 27(7), 1893-1901. doi: 10.3201/eid2707.203045

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Taiaroa, G., Matalavea, B., Tafuna'i, M., Lacey, J. A., Price, D. J., Isaia, L., Leaupepe, H., … Williamson, D. A., & Jack, S. (2021). Scabies and impetigo in Samoa: A school-based clinical and molecular epidemiological study. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 6, 100081. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2020.100081

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Thomas, S., Bennett, J., Jack, S., Oliver, J., Purdie, G., Upton, A., & Baker, M. G. (2021). Descriptive analysis of group A Streptococcus in skin swabs and acute rheumatic fever, Auckland, New Zealand, 2010–2016. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 8, 100101. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100101

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Whitcombe, A. L., McGregor, R., Craigie, A., James, A., Charlewood, R., Lorenz, N., … Jack, S., Upton, A., Ussher, J. E., & Moreland, N. J. (2021). Comprehensive analysis of SARS-CoV-2 antibody dynamics in New Zealand. Clinical & Translational Immunology, 10(3), e1261. doi: 10.1002/cti2.1261

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Anderson, L., Sopo'aga, F., & Jack, S. (2020). Aedes mosquito control and surveillance in the Pacific. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(5), 226-232. doi: 10.26635/phd.2020.623

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Morrison, A. L., Lewthwaite, H., Houghton, L. A., Nasak, D. S. J., Sharples, K. J., Brown, P., Crump, J. A., & Jack, S. J. (2020). Child undernutrition in households with microbiologically safer drinking water and ‘improved water’ in Tanna, Vanuatu. Journal of Water & Health, 18(3), 416-429. doi: 10.2166/wh.2020.262

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Oliver, J., Upton, A., Jack, S. J., Pierse, N., Williamson, D. A., & Baker, M. G. (2020). Distribution of streptococcal pharyngitis and acute rheumatic fever, Auckland, New Zealand, 2010-2016. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(6), 1113-1121. doi: 10.3201/eid2606.181462

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Whitcombe, A. L., Hanson-Manful, P., Jack, S., Upton, A., Atatoa Carr, P., Williamson, D. A., Baker, M. G., … Moreland, N. J. (2020). Development and evaluation of a new triplex immunoassay that detects Group A Streptococcus antibodies for the diagnosis of rheumatic fever. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 58(9), e00300-20. doi: 10.1128/jcm.00300-20

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Jack, S., Moreland, N. J., Meagher, J., Fittock, M., Galloway, Y., & Ralph, A. P. (2019). Streptococcal serology in acute rheumatic fever patients: Findings from 2 high-income, high burden settings. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 38(1), e1-e6. doi: 10.1097/inf.0000000000002190

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Cannon, J. W., Jack, S., Wu, Y., Zhang, J., Baker, M. G., Geelhoed, E., … Carapetis, J. R. (2018). An economic case for a vaccine to prevent group A streptococcus skin infections. Vaccine, 36(46), 6968-6978. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.10.001

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Jack, S. J., Williamson, D. A., Galloway, Y., Pierse, N., Zhang, J., Oliver, J., … Baker, M. G. (2018). Primary prevention of rheumatic fever in the 21st century: Evaluation of a national programme. International Journal of Epidemiology, 47(5), 1585-1593. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy150

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Prasad, N., Jenkins, A. P., Naucukidi, L., Rosa, V., Sahu-Khan, A., Kama, M., … Jack, S. J., Saha, D., … Crump, J. A. (2018). Epidemiology and risk factors for typhoid fever in Central Division, Fiji, 2014-2017: A case-control study. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(6), e0006571. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006571

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Wilson, E., Grant, B., Tobin-Stickings, R., Lewthwaite, H., Franklin, G., Oh, S., Guan, S., Borowsky, T., Thwaites, K., Leaper, T., Lee, J., Jack, S., & Sopoaga, F. (2018). Traditional medicine use in the Pacific community in Dunedin New Zealand. Pacific Health Dialog, 21(1), 17-26. doi: 10.26635/phd.2018.903

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Cohen, R. L., Murray, J., Jack, S., Arscott-Mills, S., & Verardi, V. (2017). Impact of multisectoral health determinants on child mortality 1980-2010: An analysis by country baseline mortality. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0188762. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188762

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Ahmed, S. M., Rawal, L. B., Chowdhury, S. A., Murray, J., Arscott-Mills, S., Jack, S., … Kuruvilla, S. (2016). Cross-country analysis of strategies for achieving progress towards global goals for women's and children's health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 94(5), 351-361. doi: 10.2471/blt.15.168450

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Kuruvilla, S., Schweitzer, J., Bishai, D., Chowdhury, S., Caramani, D., Frost, L., … Jack, S., … for the Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health study groups. (2014). Success factors for reducing maternal and child mortality. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 92(7), 465-544.

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Jack, S., Bell, D., & Hewitt, J. (2013). Norovirus contamination of a drinking water supply at a hotel resort. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1387), 98-107. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Jack, S. J., Ou, K., Chea, M., Chhin, L., Devenish, R., Dunbar, M., … Leon de la Barra, S., Hill, P. C., Herbison, P., & Gibson, R. S. (2012). Effect of micronutrient sprinkles on reducing anemia: A cluster-randomized effectiveness trial. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 166(9), 842-850. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1003

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Harris, S., & Jack, S. (2011). Home-based treatment of acute malnutrition in Cambodian urban poor communities. Food & Nutrition Bulletin, 32(4), 333-339.

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Anderson, V. P., Jack, S., Monchy, D., Hem, N., Hok, P., Bailey, K. B., & Gibson, R. S. (2008). Co-existing micronutrient deficiencies among stunted Cambodian infants and toddlers. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 17(1), 72-79.

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McGregor, R., Craigie, A., Jack, S., Upton, A., Moreland, N. J., & Ussher, J. E. (2022). The persistence of neutralising antibodies up to 11 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection in the southern region of New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1550), 162-166. Retrieved from https://journal.nzma.org.nz/

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Murdoch, D., Addidle, M., Andersson, H.-S., Arnold, B., Balm, M., Benschop, J., … Birch, M., … Brunton, C., … Chambers, S., … Dalton, S., … Everts, R., … Freeman, J., French, N., … Hudson, B., … Ikram, R., Jack, S., Kelly, M., Lamont, I., Maze, M. J., … Metcalf, S., … Murton, S., … Pink, R., Pithie, A., … Priest, P., Raymond, N., … Taylor, J., … Upton, A., Ussher, J., Werno, A., & Wiles, S. (2020). Politicians: Please work together to minimise the spread of COVID-19. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1511), 7-8. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Frost, L., Hinton, R., Pratt, B. A., Murray, J., Arscott-Mills, S., Jack, S., … Kuruvilla, S. (2016). Using multistakeholder dialogues to assess policies, programmes and progress for women's, children's and adolescents' health [Perspective]. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 94(5), 393-395. doi: 10.2471/blt.16.171710

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Williamson, D. A., Moreland, N. J., & Jack, S. (2016). Invasive group A streptococcal infections in indigenous New Zealanders with type 2 diabetes. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 63(9), 1268-1269. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw420

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