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Contact Details

Email
rachel.tester@otago.ac.nz
Position
Research Fellow
Department
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice (Wellington)
Research summary
Mental health

Research

Rachel completed her BSc and GradDipSci qualifications in psychology (social discursive), and uses her personal lived experience to inform her work. She has an interest in Jungian analysis and recovery from psychological trauma, and has been involved in several research projects with a mental health and addictions focus (for example, conversations on sensitive topics such as substance use, weight management, lifestyle, and behaviour change). Rachel is the programme manager for two HPA-funded Like Minds, Like Mine anti-stigma and discrimination education programmes being developed, delivered, and evaluated by the World of Difference service user research group: one for healthcare professionals (medical students and psychiatric registrars), and one for the NZ Police. Her key interest is in promoting recovery-oriented services to help improve health outcomes for people who experience mental distress.

Publications

Moriarty, H. J., Stubbe, M. H., Chen, L., Tester, R. M., Macdonald, L. M., Dowell, A. C., & Dew, K. P. (2012). Challenges to alcohol and other drug discussions in the general practice consultation. Family Practice, 29(2), 213-222. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmr082

Macdonald, L., Stubbe, M., Tester, R., Vernall, S., Dowell, T., Dew, K., Kenealy, T., Sheridan, N., Docherty, B., Gray, L., & Raphael, D. (2013). Nurse-patient communication in primary care diabetes management: An exploratory study. BMC Nursing, 12(20). doi: 10.1186/1472-6955-12-20

Claridge, R., Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., & Dowell, A. C. (2014). General practitioner opinion of weight management interventions in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(3), 212-220.

Coombs, M., Fulbrook, P., Donovan, S., Tester, R., & deVries, K. (2015). Certainty and uncertainty about end of life care nursing practices in New Zealand Intensive Care Units: A mixed methods study. Australian Critical Care, 28, 82-86. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2015.03.002

Moriarty, H. J., Stubbe, M. H., Chen, L., Tester, R. M., Macdonald, L. M., Dowell, A. C., & Dew, K. P. (2012). Challenges to alcohol and other drug discussions in the general practice consultation. Family Practice, 29(2), 213-222. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmr082

Journal - Research Article

Macdonald, L., Stubbe, M., Tester, R., Vernall, S., Dowell, T., Dew, K., Kenealy, T., Sheridan, N., Docherty, B., Gray, L., & Raphael, D. (2013). Nurse-patient communication in primary care diabetes management: An exploratory study. BMC Nursing, 12(20). doi: 10.1186/1472-6955-12-20

Journal - Research Article

Claridge, R., Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., & Dowell, A. C. (2014). General practitioner opinion of weight management interventions in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(3), 212-220.

Journal - Research Article

Coombs, M., Fulbrook, P., Donovan, S., Tester, R., & deVries, K. (2015). Certainty and uncertainty about end of life care nursing practices in New Zealand Intensive Care Units: A mixed methods study. Australian Critical Care, 28, 82-86. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2015.03.002

Journal - Research Article

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