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Dr Vanda Symon

Contact Details

Email
vanda.symon@otago.ac.nz
Position
Associate Dean Pacific (Pharmacy) and Research Fellow
Qualifications
BPharm(Hons) PG Cert Pharm PhD
Research summary
Health services research in access to health care for Pacific people
Memberships
Te Tītoki Mataora Health Tech Capability Programme Executive

Research

My research focuses on access to health services for Pacific people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The major areas I am currently working in are:

An ethnographic study into the lived experiences of access to medicines for Pacific Peoples (with Professor Pauline Norris). The experiences of dementia for aged Pacific people and their families and methods of improving the communication about the disease and how to access services available to them.

I am a Fijian New Zealander and research that can improve the health outcomes of Pacific people is of vital importance to me.

Publications

Symon, V., Richards, R., Norris, P., Mapusua, T., & Hale, L. (2021). The needs of Pacific families affected by age-related cognitive impairment in New Zealand: Interviews with providers from health-care organisations. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(4), 317-322. doi: 10.1071/hc21082

Kumpula, E.-K., Richards, R., Norris, P., Symon, V., & Pomerleau, A. C. (2021). A retrospective analysis of calls to the New Zealand National Poisons Centre regarding Pacific patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1528), 26-34. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Symon, V., Heydon, S., Medlicott, N. J., Kieser, J., & Fleming, J. S. (2015). Before CSI: Making the case for a novel portrayal of forensic science. International Journal of Science in Society, 6, 7-15.

Kumpula, E.-K., Richards, R., Norris, P., Symon, V., & Pomerleau, A. C. (2021). A retrospective analysis of calls to the New Zealand National Poisons Centre regarding Pacific patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1528), 26-34. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Symon, V., Richards, R., Norris, P., Mapusua, T., & Hale, L. (2021). The needs of Pacific families affected by age-related cognitive impairment in New Zealand: Interviews with providers from health-care organisations. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(4), 317-322. doi: 10.1071/hc21082

Journal - Research Article

Symon, V., Heydon, S., Medlicott, N. J., Kieser, J., & Fleming, J. S. (2015). Before CSI: Making the case for a novel portrayal of forensic science. International Journal of Science in Society, 6, 7-15.

Journal - Research Article

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