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Head of Rural Section, Department of General Practice and Rural Health and Associate Dean Rural, Division of Health Sciences
Department of General Practice and Rural Health (Dunedin)
Research summary
Rural Health
Garry teaches on GENA 728 Cardiorespiratory medicine in rural hospitals. He also supervises PhD and masters’ students.
  • MNZM for services to rural health
  • Member, South Island Cardiac Workstream
Rural Hospital Generalist, Dunstan Hospital, Central Otago


Garry is leading a project to develop a geographic classification for health that will improve our understanding of urban vs rural differences in health outcomes and access to services in NZ.

His other research interests include workforce development, the management of cardiovascular disease in the rural context and the role of rural hospitals. The focus of his MD was rural diagnostics including point-of-care ultraound and laboratory testing.

Garry is based at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde for both his academic and clinical roles.


Miller, R., Davie, G., Crengle, S., Whitehead, J., De Graaf, B., & Nixon, G. (2024). Avoiding double counting: the effect of bundling hospital events in administrative datasets for the interpretation of rural-urban differences in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2024.111400 Journal - Research Article

Renelle, A., Miller, R., Ram, S., Blattner, K., Crengle, S., Lawrenson, R., & Nixon, G. (2024). Exploring seasonal and geographic variation in rural hospital use and bypass behaviour. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1595), (pp. 112-113). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Nixon, G., Davie, G., Whitehead, J., Miller, R., de Graaf, B., Liepins, T., Lawrenson, R., & Crengle, S. (2024). Rural-urban variation in the utilisation of publicly funded healthcare services: An age-stratified population-level observational study. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 137(1590), 33-47. Retrieved from 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

Liepins, T., Davie, G., Miller, R., Whitehead, J., De Graaf, B., Clay, L., Crengle, S., & Nixon, G. (2024). Rural-urban variation in COVID-19 vaccination uptake in Aotearoa New Zealand: Examining the national roll-out. Epidemiology & Infection, 152, e7. doi: 10.1017/s0950268823001978 Journal - Research Article

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