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Health Sciences profile

June Atkinson

PositionSenior Analyst
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (UOW)

Research

June has played an important role in many Health Inequalities Research Programme (HIRP) projects. She is heavily involved in the data linkage and analyses of the New Zealand Census Mortality Study (NZCMS) and CancerTrends. She is involved in the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge through the Virtual Health Information Network (VHIN) project which will build on the ‘big data’ approach to healthcare. June has also contributed to aspects of Neighbourhoods and Health and a small amount for SoFIE-Health.

As a member of the NZDep team for the Social Indicators study, June was involved with the production of NZDep2006. She also occasionally serves as a SAS advisor to people within the department and externally.

June's research interests include statistical programming and graphics, especially using SAS, as well as data management and generalising programs and systems.

Publications

Teng, A., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing smoking-mortality association over time and across social groups: National census-mortality cohort studies from 1981 to 2011. Scientific Reports, 7, 11465 . doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11785-x

Disney, G., Teng, A., Atkinson, J., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing ethnic inequalities in mortality in New Zealand over 30 years: Linked cohort studies with 68.9 million person-years of follow-up. Population Health Metrics, 15, 15. doi: 10.1186/s12963-017-0132-6

Teng, A. M., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing socioeconomic inequalities in cancer incidence and mortality: Cohort study with 54 million person-years follow-up 1981-2011. International Journal of Cancer, 140(6), 1306-1316. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30555

Blakely, T., Disney, G., Atkinson, J., Teng, A., & Mackenbach, J. P. (2017). A typology for charting socioeconomic mortality gradients: "Go south-west". Epidemiology, 28(4), 594-603. doi: 10.1097/ede.0000000000000671

Pega, F., Kvizhinadze, G., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Wilson, N. (2016). Home safety assessment and modification to reduce injurious falls in community-dwelling older adults: Cost-utility and equity analysis. Injury Prevention, 22(6), 420-426. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-041999

Authored Book - Research

White, P., Gunston, J., Salmond, C., Atkinson, J., & Crampton, P. (2008). Atlas of socioeconomic deprivation in New Zealand NZDep2006 [Public Health Intelligence Occasional Bulletin No. 50]. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health, 204p.

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Journal - Research Article

Teng, A., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing smoking-mortality association over time and across social groups: National census-mortality cohort studies from 1981 to 2011. Scientific Reports, 7, 11465 . doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11785-x

Blakely, T., Disney, G., Atkinson, J., Teng, A., & Mackenbach, J. P. (2017). A typology for charting socioeconomic mortality gradients: "Go south-west". Epidemiology, 28(4), 594-603. doi: 10.1097/ede.0000000000000671

Teng, A. M., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing socioeconomic inequalities in cancer incidence and mortality: Cohort study with 54 million person-years follow-up 1981-2011. International Journal of Cancer, 140(6), 1306-1316. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30555

Disney, G., Teng, A., Atkinson, J., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Changing ethnic inequalities in mortality in New Zealand over 30 years: Linked cohort studies with 68.9 million person-years of follow-up. Population Health Metrics, 15, 15. doi: 10.1186/s12963-017-0132-6

Pega, F., Kvizhinadze, G., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Wilson, N. (2016). Home safety assessment and modification to reduce injurious falls in community-dwelling older adults: Cost-utility and equity analysis. Injury Prevention, 22(6), 420-426. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2016-041999

Boyd, M., Atkinson, J., & Blakely, T. (2016). Ethnic counts on mortality, New Zealand Cancer Registry and census data: 2006-2011. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1429), 22-39. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Teng, A. M., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., Sarfati, D., McLeod, M., & Blakely, T. (2016). Ethnic inequalities in cancer incidence and mortality: Census-linked cohort studies with 87 million years of person-time follow-up. BMC Cancer, 16, 755. doi: 10.1186/s12885-016-2781-4

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Kvizhinadze, G., Wilson, N., Davies, A., & Clarke, P. (2015). Patterns of cancer care costs in a country with detailed individual data. Medical Care, 53(4), 302-309. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000330

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Kvizhinadze, G., Nghiem, N., McLeod, H., Davies, A., & Wilson, N. (2015). Updated New Zealand health system cost estimates from health events by sex, age and proximity to death: Further improvements in the age of 'big data'. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1422). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Kvizhinadze, G., Nghiem, N., McLeod, H., & Wilson, N. (2014). Health system costs by sex, age and proximity to death, and implications for estimation of future expenditure. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1393). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Meredith, I., Sarfati, D., Atkinson, J., & Blakely, T. (2014). Thyroid cancer in Pacific women in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1395). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Blakely, T., Barendregt, J. J., Foster, R. H., Hill, S., Atkinson, J., Sarfati, D., & Edwards, R. (2013). The association of active smoking with multiple cancers: National census-cancer registry cohorts with quantitative bias analysis. Cancer Causes & Control, 24(6), 1243-1255. doi: 10.1007/s10552-013-0204-2

Blakely, T., Soeberg, M., Carter, K., Costilla, R., Atkinson, J., & Sarfati, D. (2012). Bias in relative survival methods when using incorrect life-tables: Lung and bladder cancer by smoking status and ethnicity in New Zealand. International Journal of Cancer, 131(6), E974-E982. doi: 10.1002/ijc.27531

Shah, A. B., Sarfati, D., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Dennett, E. R. (2012). Trends in colorectal cancer incidence rates in New Zealand, 1981-2004. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 82(4), 258-264. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2011.05995.x

Meredith, I., Sarfati, D., Ikeda, T., Atkinson, J., & Blakely, T. (2012). High rates of endometrial cancer among Pacific women in New Zealand: The role of diabetes, physical inactivity, and obesity. Cancer Causes & Control, 23(6), 875-885. doi: 10.1007/s10552-012-9956-3

Edwards, R., Peace, J., Stanley, J., Atkinson, J., Wilson, N., & Thomson, G. (2012). Setting a good example? Changes in smoking prevalence among key occupational groups in New Zealand: Evidence from the 1981 and 2006 censuses. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 14(3), 329-337. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr218

Salmond, C., Crampton, P., Atkinson, J., & Edwards, R. (2012). A decade of tobacco control efforts in New Zealand (1996–2006): Impacts on inequalities in census-derived smoking prevalence. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 14(6), 664-673. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr264

Sarfati, D., Shaw, C., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Stanley, J. (2011). Ethnic and socioeconomic trends in testicular cancer incidence in New Zealand. International Journal of Cancer, 128(7), 1683-1691. doi: 10.1002/ijc.25486

Blakely, T., Shaw, C., Atkinson, J., Cunningham, R., & Sarfati, D. (2011). Social inequalities or inequities in cancer incidence? Repeated census-cancer cohort studies, New Zealand 1981-1986 to 2001-2004. Cancer Causes & Control, 22(9), 1307-1318. doi: 10.1007/s10552-011-9804-x

Tan, L., Blakely, T., & Atkinson, J. (2010). Ethnic counts on mortality and census data 2001-06: New Zealand census-mortality study update. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1320). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1320/4269/content.pdf

Cunningham, R., Shaw, C., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Sarfati, D. (2010). Ethnic and socioeconomic trends in breast cancer incidence in New Zealand. BMC Cancer, 10, 674. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-10-674

Collings, S., Ivory, V., Blakely, T., & Atkinson, J. (2009). Are neighbourhood social fragmentation and suicide associated in New Zealand? A national multilevel cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63(12), 1035-1042. doi: 10.1136/jech.2009.090985

Tobias, M., Blakely, T., Matheson, D., Rasanathan, K., & Atkinson, J. (2009). Changing trends in indigenous inequalities in mortality: Lessons from New Zealand. International Journal of Epidemiology, 38(6), 1711-1722. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyp156

Shaw, C., Atkinson, J., & Blakely, T. (2009). (Mis)classification of ethnicity on the New Zealand Cancer Registry: 1981-2004. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1294). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1294/3578/content.pdf

Blakely, T., Richardson, K., Young, J., Graham, P., Tobias, M., Callister, P., … Atkinson, J. (2009). Does mortality vary between Pacific groups? Estimating Samoan, Cook Island Mäori, Tongan and Niuean mortality rates using hierarchical Bayesian modelling. Official Statistics Research Series, 5. Retrieved from http://www.statisphere.govt.nz/official-statistics-research.aspx

Edwards, R., Bowler, T., Atkinson, J., & Wilson, N. (2008). Low and declining cigarette smoking rates among doctors and nurses: 2006 New Zealand Census data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1284). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1284/3310/content.pdf

Blakely, T., Tobias, M., & Atkinson, J. (2008). Inequalities in mortality during and after restructuring of the New Zealand economy: Repeated cohort studies. BMJ, 336(7640), 371-375. doi: 10.1136/bmj.39455.596181.25

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Fawcett, J. (2008). Ethnic counts on mortality and census data (mostly) agree for 2001-2004: New Zealand Census-Mortality Study update. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1281). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1281/3242/content.pdf

Wamala, S., Blakely, T., & Atkinson, J. (2006). Trends in absolute socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in Sweden and New Zealand: A 20-year gender perspective. BMC Public Health, 6, 164. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-6-164

Sarfati, D., Blakely, T., Shaw, C., Cormack, D., & Atkinson, J. (2006). Patterns of disparity: Ethnic and socio-economic trends in breast cancer mortality in New Zealand. Cancer Causes & Control, 17, 671-678.

Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., Ivory, V., Collings, S., Wilton, J., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2006). No association of neighbourhood volunteerism with mortality in New Zealand: A national multilevel cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, 981-989.

Shaw, C., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Crampton, P. (2005). Do social and economic reforms change socioeconomic inequalities in child mortality? A case study: New Zealand 1981-1999. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 59, 638-644. Retrieved from http://jech.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/59/8/638

Shaw, C., Blakely, T., Crampton, P., & Atkinson, J. (2005). The contribution of causes of death to socioeconomic inequalities in child mortality: New Zealand 1981-1999. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1227). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/118-1227/1779/content.pdf

Blakely, T., Kawachi, I., Atkinson, J., & Fawcett, J. (2004). Income and mortality: The shape of the association and confounding New Zealand Census-Mortality Study, 1981-1999. International Journal of Epidemiology, 33, 1-10.

Blakely, T. A., Collings, S. C. D., & Atkinson, J. (2003). Unemployment and suicide. Evidence for a casual association? Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 57(8), 594-600. doi: 10.1136/jech.56.10.722

Blakely, T. A., Atkinson, J., & O'Dea, D. J. (2003). No association of income inequality with adult mortality within New Zealand: A multi-level study of 1.4 million 25-64 year olds. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 57, 279-284.

Blakely, T. A., Atkinson, J., Kiro, C., Blaiklock, A., & D'Souza, A. (2003). Child mortality, socioeconomic position, and one-parent families: Independent associations and variation by age and cause of death. International Journal of Epidemiology, 32, 410-418.

Ajwani, S., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Atkinson, J., & Kiro, C. (2003). Unlocking the numerator-denominator bias III: Adjustment ratios by ethnicity for 1981-1999 mortality data. The New Zealand Census-Mortality Study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 116(1175). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/116-1175/456/content.pdf

Blakely, T. A., Robson, B. H., Atkinson, J., Sporle, A., & Kiro, C. (2002). Unlocking the numerator-denominator bias. I:Adjustment ratios by ethnicity for 1991-1994 mortality data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115, 39-43.

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