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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Melissa McLeod

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (UOW)
QualificationsMB ChB MPH FNZCPHM
Research summaryMaori health research

Research

Melissa McLeod (Ngaii Tahu) is a public health physician and senior research fellow working at Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pomare, University of Otago, Wellington. Melissa is a fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and a member of Te ORA (Maori Medical Practitioners Association).

Melissa's research interests include Maori health, epidemiology, and the investigation and elimination of ethnic health inequalities in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Publications

Cleghorn, C., Wilson, N., Nair, N., Kvizhinadze, G., Nghiem, N., McLeod, M., & Blakely, T. (2019). Health benefits and cost-effectiveness from promoting smartphone apps for weight loss: Multistate life table modeling. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 7(1), e11118. doi: 10.2196/11118

Hider, P., Dempster-Rivett, K., Williman, J., Dempster-Rivett, M., Sadler, L., McLeod, M., Miller, A., & Sykes, P. (2018). A review of cervical cancer occurrences in New Zealand 2008–2012. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1472), 53-63. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Sarfati, D., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Krebs, J., Dowell, A., Leung, W., Davies, C., & Grainger, R. (2018). BetaMe: Impact of a comprehensive digital health programme on HbA1c and weight at 12 months for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19, 161. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2528-4

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., Richiardi, L., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., Merriman, T. R., Robson, B., … McLeod, M., Kennedy, M. A., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Testicular Cancer in New Zealand (TCNZ) study: Protocol for a national case-control study. BMJ Open, 8, e025212. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025212

McLeod, M., King, P., Stanley, J., Lacey, C., & Cunningham, R. (2017). Ethnic disparities in the use of seclusion for adult psychiatric inpatients in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1454), 30-39. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Cleghorn, C., Wilson, N., Nair, N., Kvizhinadze, G., Nghiem, N., McLeod, M., & Blakely, T. (2019). Health benefits and cost-effectiveness from promoting smartphone apps for weight loss: Multistate life table modeling. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 7(1), e11118. doi: 10.2196/11118

Hider, P., Dempster-Rivett, K., Williman, J., Dempster-Rivett, M., Sadler, L., McLeod, M., Miller, A., & Sykes, P. (2018). A review of cervical cancer occurrences in New Zealand 2008–2012. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1472), 53-63. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

McLeod, M., King, P., Stanley, J., Lacey, C., & Cunningham, R. (2017). Ethnic disparities in the use of seclusion for adult psychiatric inpatients in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1454), 30-39. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Teng, A. M., Kvizhinadze, G., Nair, N., McLeod, M., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). A screening program to test and treat for Helicobacter pylori infection: Cost-utility analysis by age, sex and ethnicity. BMC Infectious Diseases, 17(1), 156. doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2259-2

McLeod, M., Kvizhinadze, G., Boyd, M., Barendregt, J., Sarfati, D., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2017). Colorectal cancer screening: How health gains and cost-effectiveness vary by ethnic group, the impact on health inequalities, and the optimal age range to screen. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 26(9), 1391-1400. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.epi-17-0150

Collinson, L., Kvizhinadze, G., Nair, N., McLeod, M., & Blakely, T. (2016). Economic evaluation of single-fraction versus multiple-fraction palliative radiotherapy for painful bone metastases in breast, lung and prostate cancer. Journal of Medical Imaging & Radiation Oncology, 60, 650-660. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.12467

Teng, A. M., Atkinson, J., Disney, G., Wilson, N., Sarfati, D., McLeod, M., & Blakely, T. (2016). Ethnic inequalities in cancer incidence and mortality: Census-linked cohort studies with 87 million years of person-time follow-up. BMC Cancer, 16, 755. doi: 10.1186/s12885-016-2781-4

Blakely, T., Cobiac, L. J., Cleghorn, C. L., Pearson, A. L., van der Deen, F. S., Kvizhinadze, G., Nghiem, N., McLeod, M., & Wilson, N. (2015). Health, health inequality, and cost impacts of annual increases in tobacco tax: Multistate life table modeling in New Zealand. PLoS Medicine, 12(7), e1001856. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001856

Kvizhinadze, G., Wilson, N., Nair, N., McLeod, M., & Blakely, T. (2015). How much might a society spend on life-saving interventions at different ages while remaining cost-effective? A case study in a country with detailed data. Population Health Metrics, 13, 15. doi: 10.1186/s12963-015-0052-2

Neuwelt, P., Crengle, S., Cormack, D., McLeod, M., & Bramley, D. (2014). General practice ethnicity data: Evaluation of a tool. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(1), 49-55.

McLeod, M., Blakely, T., Kvizhinadze, G., & Harris, R. (2014). Why equal treatment is not always equitable: The impact of existing ethnic health inequalities in cost-effectiveness modeling. Population Health Metrics, 12, 15. doi: 10.1186/1478-7954-12-15

McLeod, M., Cormack, D., Harris, R., Robson, B., Sykes, P., & Crengle, S. (2011). Achieving equitable outcomes for Māori women with cervical cancer in New Zealand: Health provider views. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1334). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1334/4661/content.pdf

McLeod, M., Harris, R., Purdie, G., Cormack, D., Robson, B., Sykes, P., Crengle, S., Iupati, D., & Walker, N. (2010). Improving survival disparities in cervical cancer between Māori and non-Māori women in New Zealand: A National Retrospective Cohort Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(2), 193-199. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00506.x

Blakely, T., & McLeod, M. (2009). Will the financial crisis get under the skin and affect our health? Learning from the past to predict the future. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1307). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1307/3915/content.pdf

McLeod, M., Mason, K., White, P., & Read, D. (2009). The 2005 Wellington influenza outbreak: Syndromic surveillance of Wellington Hospital Emergency Department activity may have provided early warning. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33(3), 289-294. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00391.x

McLeod, M., Kelly, H., Wilson, N., & Baker, M. G. (2008). Border control measures in the influenza pandemic plans of six South Pacific nations: A critical review. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1278). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1278/3163/content.pdf

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Journal - Research Other

Sarfati, D., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Krebs, J., Dowell, A., Leung, W., Davies, C., & Grainger, R. (2018). BetaMe: Impact of a comprehensive digital health programme on HbA1c and weight at 12 months for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19, 161. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2528-4

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., Richiardi, L., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., Merriman, T. R., Robson, B., … McLeod, M., Kennedy, M. A., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Testicular Cancer in New Zealand (TCNZ) study: Protocol for a national case-control study. BMJ Open, 8, e025212. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025212

Sarfati, D., Shaw, C., McLeod, M., Blakely, T., & Bissett, I. (2016). Screening for colorectal cancer: Spoiled for choice? New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1440), 120-128. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

McLeod, M. A., Baker, M., Wilson, N., Kelly, H., Kiedrzynski, T., & Kool, J. L. (2008). Protective effect of maritime quarantine in South Pacific jurisdictions, 1918-19 influenza pandemic [Dispatch]. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 14(3), 468-470.

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