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Senior Lecturer
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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
  • Health Services Research and Policy Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • International Public Policy Association


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.

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Whakapapa to Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Koata, Ngā Ruahine.


Young, A., Willing, E., Gauld, N. G., Norris, P., Dawson, P., & Turner, N. (2024). Vaccinating in pregnancy: The importance of conversations. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 60(Suppl. 1), (pp. 37). doi: 10.1111/jpc.16526 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

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