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Health Sciences profile

Dr Esther Willing

PositionSenior Lecturer
QualificationsBHSc PGDipPH MPH PhD
Research summaryMāori Health, Health Policy and Health Services Research
TeachingConvenor for the Hauora Māori vertical module within the Early Learning in Medicine curriculum
Memberships
  • Health Services Research and Policy Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • International Public Policy Association

Research

Dr Esther Willing is a Senior Lecturer in Hauora Māori and her research focuses on the way in which health policy and the health system can improve Māori health outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

She is currently undertaking research into the way in which Māori health is framed within Aotearoa New Zealand and the impact that this framing has on Māori health outcomes.

Additional details

Whakapapa to Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Koata, Ngā Ruahine.

Publications

Dowell, A., Turner, N., Watson, D., Wharemate, R., Willing, E., & Nowlan, M. (2022). He Pou Whirinaki (pillars of support): Elder indigenous New Zealand Māori narratives about influenza immunisation and the use of telehealth during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2022.2082988

Cave, T. L., Derraik, J. G. B., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2022). Caregiver survey of preschool children with obesity referred to Whānau Pakari: A multidisciplinary healthy lifestyle intervention programme. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1553), 27-34. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Pointon, L., Howe, A. S., Hobbs, M., Paynter, J., Gauld, N., Turner, N., & Willing, E. (2022). Evidence of suboptimal maternal vaccination coverage in pregnant New Zealand women and increasing inequity over time: A nationwide retrospective cohort study. Vaccine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.02.079

Wild, C. E. K., Egli, V., Rawiri, N. T., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2022). "It's more personal if you can have that contact with a person": Qualitative study of health information preferences of parents and caregivers of children with obesity in New Zealand. Health & Social Care in the Community. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13756

Lacey, J. K., Thomson, W. M., Crampton, P., & Willing, E. (2021). Working towards Māori oral health equity: Why te Tiriti o Waitangi needs to underpin the oral health system, using evidence from the New Zealand Oral Health Survey. New Zealand Dental Journal, 117(3), 105-110.

Willing, E. (2017). Hitting the target without missing the point: New Zealand’s immunisation health target for two year olds. In P. Henman & A. Gable (Eds.), Performing the state: Critical encounters with performance measurement in social and public policy. (pp. 37-52). Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Cave, T. L., Derraik, J. G. B., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2022). Caregiver survey of preschool children with obesity referred to Whānau Pakari: A multidisciplinary healthy lifestyle intervention programme. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1553), 27-34. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Dowell, A., Turner, N., Watson, D., Wharemate, R., Willing, E., & Nowlan, M. (2022). He Pou Whirinaki (pillars of support): Elder indigenous New Zealand Māori narratives about influenza immunisation and the use of telehealth during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2022.2082988

Journal - Research Article

Pointon, L., Howe, A. S., Hobbs, M., Paynter, J., Gauld, N., Turner, N., & Willing, E. (2022). Evidence of suboptimal maternal vaccination coverage in pregnant New Zealand women and increasing inequity over time: A nationwide retrospective cohort study. Vaccine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.02.079

Journal - Research Article

Wild, C. E. K., Egli, V., Rawiri, N. T., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2022). "It's more personal if you can have that contact with a person": Qualitative study of health information preferences of parents and caregivers of children with obesity in New Zealand. Health & Social Care in the Community. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13756

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Anderson, Y. C., Wild, C. E. K., Hofman, P. L., Cave, T. L., Taiapa, K. J., Domett, T., Derraik, J. G. B., … Willing, E. J. (2021). Participants’ and caregivers’ experiences of a multidisciplinary programme for healthy lifestyle change in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A qualitative, focus group study. BMJ Open, 11(5), e043516. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043516

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Burdett, B. R. D., Witten, K., Willing, E., & Ameratunga, S. (2021). Inclusive access in transport policy and practice: Views of New Zealand transport practitioners. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 9(4), 1593-1599. doi: 10.1016/j.cstp.2021.08.008

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Cave, T. L., Derraik, J. G. B., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2021). Caregiver perceptions of weight in preschool children, and determinants of engagement in a multidisciplinary intervention service for weight issues. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 51, 262-267. doi: 10.1016/j.orcp.2021.03.002

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Chisholm, H., Paynter, J., Willing, E., Turner, N., & Howe, A. S. (2021). Does the National Immunisation Register stack up? Quantifying accuracy when compared to parent-held health record books. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1541), 22-32. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Gall, A., Anderson, K., Howard, K., Diaz, A., King, A., Willing, E., … Garvey, G. (2021). Wellbeing of indigenous peoples in Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the United States: A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18(11), 5832. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18115832

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Lacey, J. K., Thomson, W. M., Crampton, P., & Willing, E. (2021). Working towards Māori oral health equity: Why te Tiriti o Waitangi needs to underpin the oral health system, using evidence from the New Zealand Oral Health Survey. New Zealand Dental Journal, 117(3), 105-110.

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Meher, M., Spray, J., Wiles, J., Anderson, A., Willing, E., Witten, K., … Ameratunga, S., on behalf of the Inclusive Streetscapes Project Team. (2021). Locating transport sector responsibilities for the wellbeing of mobility-challenged people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellbeing, Space & Society, 2, 100034. doi: 10.1016/j.wss.2021.100034

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Wild, C. E. K., Rawiri, N. T., Cormack, D. M., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2021). A collaborative indigenous-non-indigenous partnership approach to understanding participant experiences of a community-based healthy lifestyles program. Qualitative Health Research, 31(8), 1404-1411. doi: 10.1177/1049732321998640

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Wild, C. E. K., Rawiri, N. T., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2021). Challenges of making healthy lifestyle changes for families in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Public Health Nutrition, 24(7), 1906-1915. doi: 10.1017/s1368980020003699

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Wild, C. E. K., Rawiri, N. T., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2021). What affects programme engagement for Māori families? A qualitative study of a family-based, multidisciplinary healthy lifestyle programme for children and adolescents. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 57, 670-676. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15309

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Wild, C. E. K., Rawiri, N., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2021). Health system barriers to accessing care for children with weight issues in New Zealand: An interview-based study. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/13558196211016011

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Howe, A. S., Pointon, L., Gauld, N., Paynter, J., Willing, E., & Turner, N. (2020). Pertussis and influenza immunisation coverage of pregnant women in New Zealand. Vaccine, 38, 6766-6776. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.08.030

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Wild, C. E. K., O'Sullivan, N. A., Lee, A. C., Cave, T. L., Willing, E. J., Cormack, D. M., … Anderson, Y. C. (2020). Survey of barriers and facilitators to engagement in a multidisciplinary healthy lifestyles program for children. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 52(5), 528-534. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2019.10.010

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Wild, C. E. K., Rawiri, N. T., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2020). Determining barriers and facilitators to engagement for families in a family-based, multicomponent healthy lifestyles intervention for children and adolescents: A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 10(9), e037152. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037152

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Willing, E., Paine, S.-J., Wyeth, E., Te Ao, B., Vaithianathan, R., & Reid, P. (2020). Indigenous voices on measuring and valuing health states. AlterNative, 16(1), 3-9. doi: 10.1177/1177180119885418

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Ameratunga, S., Spray, J., Anderson, A., Wiles, J., Witten, K., Ofanoa, M., … Willing, E., & Burdett, B. (2019). Inclusive streetscapes: Disabled people and older citizens charting a roadmap to equity. Journal of Transport & Health, 14(Suppl.), S18. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2019.100729

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Tenbensel, T., Chalmers, L., & Willing, E. (2016). Comparing the implementation consequences of the immunisation and emergency department health targets in New Zealand: A tale of two targets. Journal of Health Organization & Management, 30(6), 1009-1024. doi: 10.1108/JHOM-08-2015-0126

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Willing, E. (2016). Hitting the target without missing the point: New Zealand’s immunisation health target for two year olds. Policy Studies, 37(6), 535-550. doi: 10.1080/01442872.2016.1207759

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De Abreu Lourenço, R., Devlin, N., Howard, K., Ong, J. J., Ratcliffe, J., Watson, J., Willing, E., & Huynh, E. (2021). Giving a voice to marginalised groups for health care decision making. Patient, 14, 5-10. doi: 10.1007/s40271-020-00456-1

Journal - Research Other

Wild, C. E. K., Cave, T. L., Willing, E. J., Derraik, J. G. B., Grant, C. C., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2021). Correspondence: Systematic reviews do not always capture context of real-world intervention programmes for childhood obesity (response to Littlewood, et al., 2020 in BMC Public Health). BMC Public Health, 21(1), 501. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-10486-5

Journal - Research Other

Cave, T. L., Wynter, L. E., Wild, C. E. K., Derraik, J. G. B., Willing, E. J., Hofman, P. L., & Anderson, Y. C. (2020). Uptake and outcome of a community-based healthy lifestyle intervention for preschoolers identified with obesity: An audit of the Whānau Pakari preschool programme. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1524), 135-139. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Nowlan, M., Willing, E., & Turner, N. (2019). Influences and policies that affect immunisation coverage: A summary review of literature. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1501), 79-88. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Wild, C. E. K., Grant, C. C., Cave, T. L., Wynter, L. E., Derraik, J. G. B., Willing, E. J., … Anderson, Y. C. (2019). The importance of rurality data in understanding access to healthcare services for childhood obesity. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1494), 60-63. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Reid, P., Paine, S.-J., Te Ao, B., Willing, E., Wyeth, E., & Vaithianathan, R. (2018). Estimating the economic costs of ethnic health inequities: Protocol for a prevalence-based cost-of-illness study in New Zealand (2003-2014). BMJ Open, 8(6), e020763. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020763

Journal - Research Other

Reid, P., Paine, S.-J., Curtis, E., Jones, R., Anderson, A., Willing, E., & Harwood, M. (2017). Achieving health equity in Aotearoa: Strengthening responsiveness to Māori in health research. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1465), 96-103. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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