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Professor (Māori Health) and Co-Director of Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit; Associate Dean Māori Division of Health Sciences
BSc(Hons) PhD
Research summary
Māori health; health inequities; injury and disability; health systems and engagement; genetic research

The majority of Emma’s teaching is focused on hauora Māori within a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate papers taught in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.


Emma is a member of numerous committees and advisory boards both internal and external to the University. Of note are her membership on the:

  • Statutory Māori Health Committee of the HRC
  • Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki Alternate Representative for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Committee
  • WellSouth Primary Health Network Board


Emma is the Director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora Māori o Ngāi Tahu (Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit) and an Associate Professor in Māori Health, both in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. She is also the Associate Dean Māori for the Division of Health Sciences.

Emma has a range of research expertise and interests within the field of hauora Māori.

She is currently the Principal Investigator on the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC)-funded POIS-10 Māori: Outcomes and experiences in the decade following injury study (2019-2022) and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study: 10 years on (POIS-10) study (also funded by the HRC; 2019-2022). She is also the Co-Principal Investigator of the Trauma Outcomes Project (funded by the Health Quality and Safety Commission and the National Trauma Network). She has previously held a HRC Emerging Researcher First Grant (2014-2017) entitled Maori Disability Outcomes: Pathways and Experiences After Injury. She was also a Co-Deputy Director of New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (2016-2018).

Emma is involved in a range of other research projects with the majority focused on understanding and improving Maori health outcomes, and experiences and engagement within the health system. Other projects include the University of Otago Research Theme Poutama Ara Rau (Principal Investigator) and the Health Research Council of New Zealand-funded Subsequent Injury Study (SInS): Improving outcomes for injured New Zealanders (Named Investigator).

Emma is a former HRC Eru Pōmare Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. As part of her fellowship, Emma worked with Professor Sarah Derrett on the Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study (POIS), which was HRC-funded 2007–2013 and ACC co-funded 2007-2010, leading the Māori qualitative and quantitative components of POIS investigating the outcomes and experiences after injury for a group of injured Māori:
Prospective Outcomes of Injury study blog

Emma is also a former Co-Investigator (Māori Health) in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, a longitudinal study of 1,037 babies born in Dunedin during 1972-1973 (The Dunedin Study):
Dunedin Study website

Emma joined the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine as an Assistant Research Fellow in 2007 after submitting her PhD in Genetics, which primarily focused on the genetic association of rheumatoid arthritis and gout for Māori. Her PhD thesis also explored Māori views of science, in particular genetic research.

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Emma was also the inaugural Programme Leader – Research and Development for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (2011–2013), which involved identifying key opportunities and developing and implementing collaborative research projects across the Ngāi Tahu Group.


Radka, K., Wyeth, E. H., Craik, B., Ergler, C. R., & Derrett, S. (2024). 'On the books' yet 'off the record' - occupational injury and migrant women: Scoping review findings from OECD countries, with implications for New Zealand. Frontiers in Global Women's Health, 5, 1346834. doi: 10.3389/fgwh.2024.1346834 Journal - Research Article

Owen, H., Wyeth, E., & Derrett, S. (2024). Long-term post-injury outcomes for older New Zealanders: Addressing the knowledge gap. Proceedings of the 15th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference: Weaving Knowledge for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion: Creating a New Way Together. (pp. 30). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Maclennan, B., Wyeth, E., & Derrett, S. (2024). Health-related quality of life following trauma: Prevalence of problems and factors associated with six-month outcomes in a New Zealand cohort. Injury, 55, 111468. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2024.111468 Journal - Research Article

Derrett, S., Owen, H. E., Barson, D., Maclennan, B., Samaranayaka, A., Harcombe, H., & Wyeth, E. H. (2024). New Zealand’s Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study—10 years on (POIS-10): Descriptive outcomes to 12 years post-injury [Short report]. Injury Prevention. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/ip-2023-045058 Journal - Research Article

Penno, E., Atmore, C., Maclennan, B., Richard, L., Wyeth, E., Richards, R., Doolan-Noble, F., Gray, A. R., Sullivan, T., Gauld, R., & Stokes, T. (2023). How did New Zealand's regional district health board groupings work to improve service integration and health outcomes: A realist evaluation. BMJ Open, 13, e079268. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-079268 Journal - Research Article

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