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Dr Emma Wyeth

Kāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga

Director, Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit; Senior Lecturer (Māori Health)
BSc(Hons) PhD

Emma website photo

I am the unit director, as well as a senior lecturer within the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. I am also the Co-Deputy Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE). I have a background in Māori medical genetics and have worked in the department for over 10 years. During this time, the majority of my research has focused on injury and disability outcomes for Māori, as a Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator on a number of injury and disability research projects. I am committed to understanding and improving Māori health outcomes, particularly within the Ngāi Tahu takiwā and Southern New Zealand.

Email emma.wyeth@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 4064


Associate Professor Sue Crengle

Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha

Associate Professor (Māori Health)
MBChB PhD FRNZCGP FNZCPHM

Sue website photo 2

I am a doctor who is a specialist in general practice and public health medicine and I have been working as a researcher for over 25 years. My research interests include inequities in health, health services research, quality of care, and child and youth health. Much of my work involves identifying where and how inequities in our health occur, and in testing ways to eliminatethese inequities. I’m an active member of my Rūnaka and in my spare time I like to exercise—I’m a CrossFit person at the moment!

Email sue.crengle@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 4258


Professor John Broughton

Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu

Associate Dean (Māori), Faculty of Dentistry
CNZM ED JP BSc(Massey) BDS PhD PGDipComDent DipGrad(Otago)

John Broughton

I helped establish the NTMHRU in the 1990s and was its inaugural. I currently have a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, working with the NTMHRU, (I convene PUBH741 Hauora Māori: Policy Practice and Research in Dunedin) and the Faculty of Dentistry (I convene DENT553 The Dentist and Community 4, which is concerned with the final year dental student Community Service Learning placement with Māori and Pacific oral health providers). I have extensive experience in oranga niho – Māori oral health.

I am also a famous playwright! Plays include: ANZAC, Te Hokinga Mai – The Return Home, Ngā Puke – The Hills, 1981, A Day At The Races, and the Show Band Aotearoa Libretto. (Music by Rim D Paul).

Email john.broughton@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 7639


Ms Michelle Lambert

Ngāti Kahungunu

Research Fellow (Māori Health)
BCom DipGradPsyc PgDipClinHealthPsyc MSc(Hons)

Michelle website photoI am a Research Fellow in the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit and work closely with our team of researchers on a variety of health research projects. I have extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative data assessment, as well as design and implementation of interventions, my goal is to improve health outcomes for Māori. My research focus in the unit has been on health services improvement research with the aim of reducing the long-standing health inequalities of our people. My main areas of research interest are:

  • Health services improvement and intervention development using a kaupapa Māori framework
  • Qualitative studies to help improve primary care, injury rehabilitation and other health services for Māori patients

I love what I do and want to make a difference in people's lives by finding better ways to do things for our people.

Email michelle.lambert@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 6107


Miss Georgia McCarty

Waikato - Tainui

Assistant Research Fellow (Māori Health)
BPhEd PgDipPE

Georgia McCarty

Tēnā koutou katoa, he uri ahau nō te waka o Tainui. I am an Assistant Research Fellow and have a background in sport science and Māori health, specifically in mental health and whakamomori (suicide) within our Māori youth. I am passionate about Māori and indigenous health research. My broad research interests include: Māori mental health, specifically in our rangatahi; incarceration and the subsequent health of whānau; strengthening Māori identity and culture; and ethnicity data collection and ethnicity discrimination in our health care systems. My future aspirations are to undertake a PhD (in the near future), to continue to excel Māori approaches to health research, become fluent in Te Reo Māori, and to continue to deepen my understanding and grounding of my Māori culture.

More information on Miss Georgia McCarty
Email: georgia.mccarty@otago.ac.nz
Tel: +64 3 479 5370


Miss Vicky Nelson

Te Ātiawa (Taranaki), Ngāti Ruanui

Assistant Research Fellow (Māori Health)
BSc PgDipSci PgDipPH(Hons) MSc(Hons)

Vicky website photo

I have a background in science, particularly in neuroscience and immunology. After completing my PgDipPH, my passion grew for bridging science and public health, and to use this platform to work with Māori to improve health and health outcomes for Māori.

My research interests include:

  • Māori youth health, and in particular mental health and neuro-disabilities
  • Māori injury and disability outcomes
  • Health service access for Māori
  • To continue to build kauapapa Maori research strategies within the science and public health sector.

Outside of work I spend my time keeping active with my whānau, which includes my partner, our toddler son, and two Siberian huskies.

More information on Miss Vicky Nelson
Email v.nelson@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 5370


Ms Fran Kewene

Waikato, Tainui, British

Professional Practice Fellow (Māori Health)
BA BHlthSc DPH MA

Fran Kewene

I am a Professional Practice Fellow (Hāuora Māori) located within the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. I bring an eclectic kete of skills with me which come from my experiences of working in the arts (theatre), in public health (Māori health promotion and protection), and teaching hauora Māori in the medical curriculum here at the University of Otago. My current role is to support hauora Māori teaching across the undergraduate and postgraduate public health papers.

Outside of my role in the department I am a Māori theatre-deviser, a champion for tāngata whaikaha (Māori with disabilities), an active member of the Te Taurahere o Tainui ki Ōtepoti (Tainui whānau living in Dunedin), and a waka ama paddler.

Email francis.kewene@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 7426


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Postgraduate students

Master's students

Warinthon Baker

Research project: Health and disability outcomes and health service experiences: A prospective study of injured migrants and non-migrants in New Zealand
Supervisors: Professor Sarah Derrett, Dr Ari Samaranayaka and Dr Emma Wyeth

Shawnee Brausch

Research project: To explore the stories of young Māori wāhine (women) and their relationships with alcohol
Supervisors: Dr Emma Wyeth and Dr Richard Egan

Sam Carrington

Research project: To investigate, using a One Health approach, Māori understandings of antimicrobial resistance in Aotearoa New Zealand
Supervisors: Dr Emma Wyeth, Professor Pauline Norris, and Associate Professor Patricia Priest

Elizabeth Peterson

Research project: Health-related quality of life and disability outcomes for older people with chronic kidney disease
Supervisors: Professor Sarah Derrett, Dr Emma Wyeth, Dr Ari Samaranayaka, and Professor Rob Walker