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64 3 479 5875
Senior Lecturer
Research summary
Social pharmacy; medicines and society in developed and developing countries


My research expertise is in international health, implementation of aid, provision and use of health services in developed and developing countries and interaction between different medical systems. My focus is on the broader historical, social, political and economic context in which sickness is experienced and healthcare services are provided.

The main areas I am currently working on are:

  • Changing patterns of medicines use, the place of medicines in primary healthcare services both in international/global and New Zealand contexts, medicines and migration, and medicines in the context of people's lives. I have a particular interest in Nepal and the Himalayan region.
  • Global vaccination programmes, focusing on smallpox in Nepal
  • Medicines and pharmacy history in New Zealand


Abdul Aziz, Y. H., & Heydon, S. J. (2023). Self-care in New Zealand: The role of the community pharmacy. Exploratory Research in Clinical & Social Pharmacy, 100374. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.rcsop.2023.100374 Journal - Research Other

Abdul Aziz, Y. H., Heydon, S. J., Duffull, S. B., & Marra, C. A. (2023). What do pharmacy users think of free pharmacy services? Investigating pharmacy users' perceptions, attitudes and willingness to pay for free healthcare from pharmacies. Exploratory Research in Clinical & Social Pharmacy, 100288. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.rcsop.2023.100288 Journal - Research Article

Abdul Aziz, Y. H., Heydon, S. J., Duffull, S. B., & Marra, C. A. (2023). Investigating the provision, nature and associated costs of unfunded pharmacy services: A nationwide study. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 19, 102-109. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2022.08.019 Journal - Research Article

Bhuvan, K. C., & Heydon, S. (2022). Remote healthcare services. In Z.-U.-D. Babar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of evidence in pharmaceutical public health and health services research in pharmacy. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-50247-8_51-1 Chapter in Book - Research

Heydon, S. (2022, November). Implementing a vaccination programme: Smallpox in Nepal. Verbal presentation at the Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 14th Annual Conference: Reimagining Partnerships, Dunedin, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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