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Co-director Māori Health Workforce Development Unit, Professor of Māori Health
Research summary
Research focused on Māori Health, equity, public health, and the health workforce.

Teaching Hauora Māori to medical students across all years. Contributing to the Māori Health major in the Bachelor of Health Science and a new post-graduate paper in Māori health. Guest lectures and workshops to diverse other students.

Numerous internal and external committees including the National Health Workforce Advisory Committee
Public health physician who teaches Māori health and works to support health service and policy responses to equity and Te Tiriti.


Joanne Baxter (Poutini Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō) is a Public Health Medicine Physician. She is Co-director of the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit. She is also a member of the Ministry of Health’s Health Workforce Advisory Board.

Joanne is recognised for her research on Māori mental health, ethnic health inequalities, indigenous medical education and Māori health workforce development.

Joanne has played a critical role in strategic Māori development within the Health Sciences Division including leading a team to dramatically increase the recruitment, retention and achievement of Māori students in health sciences and health professional programmes.


Baxter, J. (2024). Achieving equity in our health workforce [Invited]. Proceedings of the New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Annual Scientific Meeting: Empowering Pain Management in New Zealand. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Barham, S., Baxter, J., & Crampton, P. (2023). What is affirmative action in tertiary education? An overview of affirmative action policies in health professional programmes, drawing on experience from Aotearoa and overseas. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1577), 76-83. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

Uruamo, S., McAllister, S., Scott, N., Hancox, R. J., Hayudini, R., Baxter, J., & Hill, P. C. (2022). Feasibility study of the prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection for Māori in the Waikato region, Aotearoa New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 46(6), 872-877. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13274 Journal - Research Article

McAnally, H. M., Sligo, J. L., Baxter, J., Tansley, J. E., Bolton, A. E., & Hancox, R. J. (2022). Changes to family structure, household composition and address among young New Zealanders: An update. Kōtuitui, 17(2), 260-271. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2021.1957946 Journal - Research Article

Baxter, J. (2021, September). A vision for Māori health, Te Tiriti and equity: Transforming the landscape and resetting the default. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Inaugural Professorial Lecture]. Other Research Output

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