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Associate Professor
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Māori Health, Health Policy and Health Services Research
  • Convenor for the Hauora Māori vertical module within the Early Learning in Medicine curriculum
  • Convenor for MAOH201 Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Individuals
  • Health Services Research and Policy Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • International Public Policy Association


Dr Esther Willing is an Associate Professor 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 involved in HRC funded projects on improving maternal vaccination uptake and coverage with a focus on addressing inequities for hapu māmā and improving oral health outcomes for Māori.


Young, A., Hobbs, M., Willing, E., McDonald, G., Dawson, P., Marek, L., Fangupo, L., & McIntyre, P. (2024). Protecting hapu māmā and newborn babies through immunisation during pregnancy in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Briefing, (9 April). Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Keddell, E., Colhoun, S., Norris, P., & Willing, E. (2024). The heuristic divergence between community reporters and child protection agencies: Negotiating risk amidst shifting sands. Children & Youth Services Review, 159, 107532. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2024.107532 Journal - Research Article

Hobbs, M., Marek, L., Young, A., Willing, E., Dawson, P., & McIntyre, P. (2023). Examining spatial variation for immunisation coverage in pregnant women: A nationwide and geospatial retrospective cohort study in Aotearoa New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 335, 116228. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.116228 Journal - Research Article

Curtis, E., Jones, R., Willing, E., Anderson, A., Paine, S.-J., Herbert, S., … Reid, P. (2023). Indigenous adaptation of a model for understanding the determinants of ethnic health inequities [Review]. Discover Social Science & Health, 3, 10. doi: 10.1007/s44155-023-00040-6 Journal - Research Article

Young, A., Willing, E., Gauld, N., Dawson, P., Charania, N. A., Norris, P., & Turner, N. (2023). Midwives' perceptions of enablers and barriers to pertussis and influenza vaccination in pregnancy and information sharing. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 59, 29-38. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl59.2023.4.29-38 Journal - Research Article

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