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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Mrs Lesley Gray

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Primary Health Care and General Practice (UOW)
QualificationsMPH MSc FFPHM
Research summaryPromotion of healthy behaviour

Research

Lesley joined the Department in 2008 as a senior lecturer. Lesley gained Fellowship with the UK Faculty of Public Health and has over 30 years’ experience establishing and managing services in Public Health and Primary Care. Lesley is particularly interested in health risk behaviours – why we do what we do – and how health professionals might positively influence health behaviour. She has a Masters in Public Health from Glasgow University and Masters in Interprofessional Collaboration with longstanding interest in the interface between primary health care, social welfare and public health.

Lesley’s research interests concern risk perception and health risk behaviours. Lesley is a member of the Applied Research on Communication in Health (ARCH) Group. She is also involved in the Health Workforce New Zealand funded project looking at interprofessional education (TIPE: Tairāwhiti interprofessional education programme) and the longitudinal interprofessional study (LIPS).

Publications

Hales, C., Gray, L., MacDonald, C., & Purdie, G. (2019). Dissonance in naming adiposity: A quantitative survey of naming preferences from a convenience sample of health professional and lay population in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1496), 20-30. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Dowell, A., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Gray, L., Vernall, S., … Dew, K. (2018). A longitudinal study of interactions between health professionals and people with newly diagnosed diabetes. Annals of Family Medicine, 16(1), 37-44. doi: 10.1370/afm.2144

Hales, C., Gray, L., Russell, L., & MacDonald, C. (2018). A qualitative study to explore the impact of simulating extreme obesity on health care professionals’ attitudes and perceptions. Ostomy Wound Management, 1, 18-24.

Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Hilder, J., & Dowell, A. C. (2018). A taboo topic? How general practitioners talk about overweight and obesity in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(2), 150-158. doi: 10.1071/HC17075

Gray, L., McAfee, L., McCrane, E. J., & MacDonald, C. (2018). My grab bag is two suitcases: An autoethnographical view of a super-plus size self-evacuation from Hurricane Irma. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, (Monograph No. 3).

Chapter in Book - Research

Pullon, S., McKinlay, E., Gallagher, P., Gray, L., Skinner, M., & McHugh, P. (2015). Case study 14.4: Interprofessional education in a rural setting: A quick-start innovation for final-year health professional students. In K. Bin Abdulrahman, S. Mennin, R. Harden & C. Kennedy (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of medical education. (pp. 197). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. [Case Study].

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Journal - Research Article

Hales, C., Gray, L., MacDonald, C., & Purdie, G. (2019). Dissonance in naming adiposity: A quantitative survey of naming preferences from a convenience sample of health professional and lay population in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1496), 20-30. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Dowell, A., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Gray, L., Vernall, S., … Dew, K. (2018). A longitudinal study of interactions between health professionals and people with newly diagnosed diabetes. Annals of Family Medicine, 16(1), 37-44. doi: 10.1370/afm.2144

Gray, L., McAfee, L., McCrane, E. J., & MacDonald, C. (2018). My grab bag is two suitcases: An autoethnographical view of a super-plus size self-evacuation from Hurricane Irma. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, (Monograph No. 3).

Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Hilder, J., & Dowell, A. C. (2018). A taboo topic? How general practitioners talk about overweight and obesity in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(2), 150-158. doi: 10.1071/HC17075

Hales, C., Gray, L., Russell, L., & MacDonald, C. (2018). A qualitative study to explore the impact of simulating extreme obesity on health care professionals’ attitudes and perceptions. Ostomy Wound Management, 1, 18-24.

Gray, L. (2017). Social determinants of health, disaster vulnerability, severe and morbid obesity in adults: Triple jeopardy? International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 14(2), 1452. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14121452

Foster Page, L. A., Gray, L., Gallagher, P., McKinlay, E., & Rich, A. M. (2016). Untangling the web of influences on dental students' participation in interprofessional education programs. Journal of Dental Education, 80(6), 677-685.

McKinlay, E., Gallagher, P., Wilson, C., Gray, L., McHugh, P., & Pullon, S. (2016). Social learning, shared accommodation and interprofessional education: I think those conversations that you have at the dinner table …. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 5, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2016.07.001

Barton, J., Dew, K., Dowell, A., Sheridan, N., Kenealy, T., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., … Gray, L., & Stubbe, M. (2016). Patient resistance as a resource: Candidate obstacles in diabetes consultations. Sociology of Health & Illness, 38(7), 1151-1166. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12447

Pullon, S., Wilson, C., Gallagher, P., Skinner, M., McKinlay, E., Gray, L., & McHugh, P. (2016). Transition to practice: Can rural interprofessional education make a difference? A cohort study. BMC Medical Education, 16, 154. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0674-5

Gray, L., Chamberlain, R., & Morris, C. (2016). "Basically you wait for an 'in'": Community pharmacist views on their role in weight management in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(4), 365-371. doi: 10.1071/HC16026

McKinlay, E. M., Gallagher, P. A., Gray, L. A., Wilson, C. L., & Pullon, S. R. H. (2015). Sixteen months “from square one”: The process of forming an interprofessional clinical teaching team. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice & Education, 5(2). Retrieved from http://www.jripe.org/index.php/journal/article/view/191

Woodbridge, M. R., Dowell, A. C., & Gray, L. (2015). 'He said he had been out doing the traffic': General practitioner perceptions of sexually transmitted infection and HIV testing strategies for men. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(1), 50-56.

Claridge, R., Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., & Dowell, A. C. (2014). General practitioner opinion of weight management interventions in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(3), 212-220.

Macdonald, L., Stubbe, M., Tester, R., Vernall, S., Dowell, T., Dew, K., Kenealy, T., Sheridan, N., Docherty, B., Gray, L., & Raphael, D. (2013). Nurse-patient communication in primary care diabetes management: An exploratory study. BMC Nursing, 12(20). doi: 10.1186/1472-6955-12-20

Lim, B. T., Moriarty, H., Huthwaite, M., Gray, L., Pullon, S., & Gallagher, P. (2013). How well do medical students rate and communicate clinical empathy? Medical Teacher, 35(2), e946-e951. doi: 10.3109/0142159x.2012.715783

Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Mackie, B., Paton, D., Johnston, D., & Baker, M. G. (2012). Community responses to communication campaigns for influenza A (H1N1): A focus group study. BMC Public Health, 12, 205. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-205

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Journal - Research Other

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Gallagher, P., Gray, L., McKinlay, E., Purdie, G., Wilson, C., & Pullon, S. (2018). Longitudinal impact of interprofessional education on attitudes, skills and career trajectories: a protocol for a quasi-experimental study in New Zealand. BMJ Open, 8, e018510. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018510

Gray, L. A. (2017). Central obesity and waist-to-height ratio as proxy for routine health risk assessment. British Medical Journal. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j2033

Gray, L., & MacDonald, C. (2016). Morbid obesity in disasters: Bringing the "conspicuously invisible" into focus. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 13, 1029. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13101029

Gallagher, P., Pullon, S., Skinner, M., McHugh, P., McKinlay, E., & Gray, L. (2015). An interprofessional community education project as a socially accountable assessment [Short report]. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(5), 509-511. doi: 10.3109/13561820.2015.1004040

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