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+64 3 479 7446
Elaine Gurr Professor of General Practice and Head of Department
Department of General Practice and Rural Health (Dunedin)
MA (Oxf) MPhil (Camb) MB ChB (Edin) MPH (Nott) PhD (Leic) FRCP FRCGP FRNZCGP
Research summary
Health Services Research
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Primary Health Care
  • Editorial Board, Implementation Science and Implementation Science Communications
  • President, Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care (AAAPC)


Tim Stokes is Elaine Gurr Professor of General Practice and Head of Department of General Practice and Rural Health (DSM), Co-Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Technology, and a part-time GP in Dunedin.
Centre for Health Systems and Technology

He was Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care, University of Birmingham 2013–2014; Consultant Clinical Adviser, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leicester and Leeds 2006–2013, and Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in General Practice, University of Leicester, UK 1997-2006.

He was a member of NZ’s Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC) Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Group (PTAC) from 2016 to 2022.

He is a health services researcher, with a particular interest in health care delivery and implementation research. He is interested in:

  • Rural health services and health systems
  • Evaluating complex health system interventions, including whether and how collaborative partnership working in the NZ health system can improve service integration and health outcomes
  • New ways of delivering health services for acute and chronic clinical conditions in primary care and across the primary/community – secondary care interface

Current and previous nationally funded research projects as Principal Investigator include:

  • Do locality network partnerships improve health system performance and outcomes? HRC Project Grant 20/875
  • Do regional DHB groupings improve service integration and health outcomes? HRC Project Grant 18/138
  • Delivering better care for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), HRC Research Partnerships for New Zealand Health Delivery Grant 15/655


Stokes, T., & Goodyear-Smith, F. (2024). Doing the 'bread and butter' of general practice well in uncertain times. Journal of Primary Health Care, 16(1), 1-3. doi: 10.1071/hc24044 Journal - Research Other

Sheridan, N., McKree Jansen, R., Harwood, M., Love, T., Kenealy, T., and the Primary Care Models Study Group, including Atmore, C., Crampton, P., Dowell, A., Gauld, R., McBain, L., Stokes, T., & Stubbe, M. (2024). Hauora Māori – Māori health: A right to equal outcomes in primary care. International Journal for Equity in Health, 23, 42. doi: 10.1186/s12939-023-02071-6 Journal - Research Article

Blattner, K., Clay, L., Keenan, R., Taafaki, J., Crengle, S., Nixon, G., Fortune, K., & Stokes, T. (2024). He Aroka Urutā: Rural health provider perspectives of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in rural Aotearoa New Zealand with a focus on Māori and Pasifika communities: A Qualitative study. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC23171 Journal - Research Article

Atmore, C., Sullivan, T., Millar, J., Paulose, A., Shute, A., Brown, D., & Stokes, T. (2024). The costs, barriers and enablers of providing PGY2 placements in general practice in Aotearoa New Zealand: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC23116 Journal - Research Article

Colman, A. M., Stokes, T., & Tarrant, C. (2024). Journals need to provide better guidance for victims of plagiarism. BMJ, 384, q226. doi: 10.1136/bmj.q226 Journal - Research Other

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