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Dr Helen Paterson

Contact Details

Phone
+64 3 474 0999 ext 58933
Email
helen.paterson@otago.ac.nz
Position
Senior Lecturer and Head of Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DSM)
Department
Department of Women's and Children's Health (Dunedin)
Qualifications
BM MMedSc FRANZCOG DTM&H PhD
Research summary
Contraception, gestational weight gain
Teaching
Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Women’s Health papers
Clinical
Co-director of Te Waka Wahine Hauora: Woman’s Health Bus Gynaecologist

Research

Helen Paterson is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s Health.

She is passionate about improving pregnancy outcomes by optimising access to contraception, abortion and health during pregnancy.

Publications

Bellamak, T., & Paterson, H. (2023). Reconsidering post 20-week abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 63(5), 421-724. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13697

Thomas, C., Braund, R., Bowden, N., Hobbs, M., Kokaua, J., & Paterson, H. (2023). Disparities in utilisation of combined oral contraceptives in Aotearoa New Zealand: A cross-sectional whole-of-population study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 63(3), 441-447. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13672

Macfarlane, E., Stitely, M., & Paterson, H. (2023). What skills do New Zealand clinicians have to provide first trimester abortion in primary care and are they willing? Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 35, 100810. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2022.100810

Whiting, R., Paterson, H., Hudspith, A., & Caldwell, C. (2022). Willing but not able: A survey of New Zealand health practitioners' interests in providing second trimester abortion care and the obstacles they face. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 62, 779-785. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13602

Hudspith, A., Paterson, H., Caldwell, C., & Whiting, R. (2022). Leaps ahead in law but not in practice: Why we need to train in second trimester abortion care. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 62, 140-146. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13454

Macfarlane, E., Stitely, M., & Paterson, H. (2023). What skills do New Zealand clinicians have to provide first trimester abortion in primary care and are they willing? Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 35, 100810. doi: 10.1016/j.srhc.2022.100810

Journal - Research Article

Thomas, C., Braund, R., Bowden, N., Hobbs, M., Kokaua, J., & Paterson, H. (2023). Disparities in utilisation of combined oral contraceptives in Aotearoa New Zealand: A cross-sectional whole-of-population study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 63(3), 441-447. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13672

Journal - Research Article

Hudspith, A., Paterson, H., Caldwell, C., & Whiting, R. (2022). Leaps ahead in law but not in practice: Why we need to train in second trimester abortion care. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 62, 140-146. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13454

Journal - Research Article

Whiting, R., Paterson, H., Hudspith, A., & Caldwell, C. (2022). Willing but not able: A survey of New Zealand health practitioners' interests in providing second trimester abortion care and the obstacles they face. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 62, 779-785. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13602

Journal - Research Article

Gallagher, S., Gladman, T., Macfarlane, E., Hallman, S., Hutton, J., & Paterson, H. (2021). Student use of common online resources in a multi-campus medical school. MedEdPublish, 10(1), 56. doi: 10.15694/mep.2021.000056.1

Journal - Research Article

Kanagasabai, P., Filoche, S., Ekeroma, A., Grainger, R., Dowell, A., & Paterson, H. (2021). Relevance of Otago University postgraduate programmes in women's health to general practice: A case study. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(4), 323-333. doi: 10.1071/HC20113

Journal - Research Article

Coppell, K. J., Paterson, H., Norton, J., Jeffs, E., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2020). Using a citizens' jury approach to determine a good nutrition resource for pregnant women. Public Health Nutrition, 23(11), 1916-1923. doi: 10.1017/s1368980020000452

Journal - Research Article

Macfarlane, E., & Paterson, H. (2020). A survey of the views and practices of abortion of the New Zealand Fellows and trainees of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 60, 296-301. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13039

Journal - Research Article

Stamm, R., Coppell, K., & Paterson, H. (2020). Minimization of bias in measures of gestational weight gain. Obesity Reviews, 21(10), e13056. doi: 10.1111/obr.13056

Journal - Research Article

Chan, J. E., Samaranayaka, A., & Paterson, H. (2019). Seasonal and gestational variation in perinatal depression in a prospective cohort in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 59, 514-522. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12912

Journal - Research Article

Duncan, R., Paterson, H., Anderson, L., & Pickering, N. (2019). 'We're kidding ourselves if we say that contraception is accessible': A qualitative study of general practitioners' attitudes towards adolescents' use of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC). Journal of Primary Health Care, 11(2), 138-145. doi: 10.1071/HC18105

Journal - Research Article

Duncan, R., Paterson, H., Anderson, L., & Pickering, N. (2019). A qualitative analysis on adolescents' opinions of proactive long-lasting reversible contraceptive (LARC) provision. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1488), 38-48. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2019). General practitioners and gestational weight management. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 39(4), 485-491. doi: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1530739

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, H., Treharne, G. J., Horwath, C., Haszard, J. J., Herbison, P., & Hay-Smith, E. J. C. (2019). Intuitive eating and gestational weight gain. Eating Behaviors, 34, 101311. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2019.101311

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, H., Hay-Smith, J., Treharne, G., Herbison, P., & Horwath, C. (2018). Validation of the Intuitive Eating Scale in pregnancy. Journal of Health Psychology, 23(5), 701-709. doi: 10.1177/1359105316671186

Journal - Research Article

Bateson, D., Kang, S., Paterson, H., & Singh, K. (2017). A review of intrauterine contraception in the Asia-Pacific region. Contraception, 95(1), 40-49. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2016.08.008

Journal - Research Article

Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2017). General practitioners and preconception weight management in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 57(4), 420-425. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12609

Journal - Research Article

Jeffs, E., Haszard, J. J., Sharp, B., Gullam, J., & Paterson, H. (2016). Pregnant women lack accurate knowledge of their BMI and recommended gestational weight gain. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1439), 37-45. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, H., Hay-Smith, E. J., & Treharne, G. J. (2016). Women’s experiences of changes in eating during pregnancy: A qualitative study in Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 52, 5-11. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl52.2016.1.5-11

Journal - Research Article

Stitely, M. L., & Paterson, H. (2016). Using three-dimensional printing to fabricate a tubing connector for dilation and evacuation. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 127(2), 317-319. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001237

Journal - Research Article

Wheeler, B. J., Lawrence, J., Chae, M., Paterson, H., Gray, A. R., Healey, D., Reith, D. M., & Taylor, B. J. (2016). Intuitive eating is associated with glycaemic control in adolescents with type I diabetes mellitus. Appetite, 96, 160-165. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.09.016

Journal - Research Article

Pan, S. Y., Dixon, L., Paterson, H., & Campbell, N. (2015). Increased BMI during pregnancy: How do midwife lead maternity carers respond? Women's Health, 11(4), 461-469. doi: 10.2217/whe.15.8

Journal - Research Article

Ebner, F., Wöckel, A., Janni, W., & Paterson, H. (2014). Parachuting and pregnancy: What do we know about pregnant skydivers and the risks they are taking? Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 24(6), 468-473. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000075

Journal - Research Article

Fieldwick, D., Paterson, H., Stephen, M., Cameron, A., Egan, R., McFadden, S., Pienaar, J., Sinclair, C., Struthers, T., Taplin, K., & Watson, C. (2014). Management of excess weight in pregnancy in Otago, New Zealand: A qualitative study with lead maternity carers. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1392). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Jeffs, E., Sharp, B., Gullam, J., & Paterson, H. (2014). Weight and height measurement: Potential impact in obstetric care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1392). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Pan, S. Y., Dixon, L., Paterson, H., & Campbell, N. (2014). New Zealand LMC midwives' approaches to discussing nutrition, activity and weight gain during pregnancy. New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 50, 24-29. doi: 10.12784/nzcomjnl50.2014.4.24-29

Journal - Research Article

Harrison-Woolrych, M., Paterson, H., & Tan, M. (2013). Exposure to the smoking cessation medicine varenicline during pregnancy: A prospective nationwide cohort study. Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety, 22(10), 1086-1092. doi: 10.1002/pds.3489

Journal - Research Article

McDonald, A., Paterson, H., & Herbison, P. (2012). Registrar interest in academic obstetrics and gynaecology: A cross-sectional survey. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 52(5), 476-482. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2012.01468.x

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, H., Kenrick, K., & Wilson, D. (2012). Teaching the Y generation obstetrics and gynaecology skills: A survey of medical students' thoughts on a new program. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 52(2), 151-155. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2012.01415.x

Journal - Research Article

Pechtor, K., Richards, B., & Paterson, H. (2010). Antenatal catastrophic uterine rupture at 32 weeks of gestation after previous B-Lynch suture. BJOG, 117(7), 889-891. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02554.x

Journal - Research Article

Herbison, P., Hay-Smith, J., Paterson, H., Ellis, G., & Wilson, D. (2009). Research priorities in urinary incontinence: Results from citizens' juries. BJOG, 116(5), 713-718. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.02093.x

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, H., Ashton, J., & Harrison-Woolrych, M. (2009). A nationwide cohort study of the use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device in New Zealand adolescents. Contraception, 79(6), 433-438. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2008.12.001

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, H., Miller, D., & Devenish, C. (2009). A survey of New Zealand RANZCOG Fellows on their use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device in adolescents. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 49(2), 220-225. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828x.2009.00973.x

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, H., Clifton, J., Miller, D., Ashton, J., & Harrison-Woolrych, M. (2007). Hair loss with use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device. Contraception, 76, 306-309.

Journal - Research Article

Bellamak, T., & Paterson, H. (2023). Reconsidering post 20-week abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 63(5), 421-724. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13697

Journal - Research Other

Duncan, R., Paterson, H., Anderson, L., & Pickering, N. (2021). Proactively providing contraception to New Zealand adolescents [Short communication]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 61, 484-486. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13343

Journal - Research Other

Macfarlane, E., Stitely, M., & Paterson, H. (2021). What does abortion law reform mean for primary care practitioners in New Zealand? New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1534), 91-98. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Thomas, C., Braund, R., & Paterson, H. (2020). Management of short supply oral contraceptives. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1519), 128-129. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Black, K. I., & Paterson, H. (2019). A focus on sexual and reproductive health is central to achieving RANZCOG's goal of excellence in women's health care [Invited]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 59(1), 18-20. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12949

Journal - Research Other

Vardi, L., Paterson, H., & Hung, N. A. (2017). Successful pregnancy following treatment of recurrent chronic histiocytic intervillositis. BMJ Case Reports. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-217886

Journal - Research Other

Pickering, N., Anderson, L., & Paterson, H. (2015). Authors' reply re: Teens and young adults should be started on longacting reversible contraceptives before sexual activity commences: An opt-out programme to avoid teen pregnancy. BJOG, 122(13), 1848-1849. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13703

Journal - Research Other

Pickering, N., Anderson, L., & Paterson, H. (2015). Teens and young adults should be started on long-acting reversible contraceptives before sexual activity commences: For: An opt-out programme would avoid teen pregnancy and associated costs [Debate]. BJOG, 122(8), 1052. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13465

Journal - Research Other

Ebner, F., Hanna, N., Petrich, S., & Paterson, H. (2011). Caesarean scar pregnancy at 19 weeks gestation. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 14, 31-33.

Journal - Research Other

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