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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Associate Professor Bridget Robson

PositionResearch Associate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Public Health (UOW)
QualificationsBA DPH
Research summaryMāori health

Research

Bridget (Ngāti Raukawa) is the director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her research interests are in the areas of social and economic determinants of health, inequitable treatment in the health system, the impact of racism on health, and the development of kaupapa Māori epidemiology.

Bridget is the Principal Investigator of Unequal Treatment: The Role of Health Services. She is also involved in the Mauri Tangata project on unemployment and health, several projects on Māori cancer outcomes, and she is active in providing Tackling Inequalities workshops for the health sector. Bridget was also an author on Hauora: Standards of Health III.

Publications

Sarfati, D., Jackson, C. G. C. A., Macfarlane, S., Bissett, I., Robson, B., Gurney, J., Kemp, R., … McMenamin, J. (2019). Cancer Care at a Crossroads: Time to make a choice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 6-11. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Berry, M. J., Foster, T., Rowe, K., Robertson, O., Robson, B., & Pierse, N. (2018). Gestational age, health, and educational outcomes in adolescents. Pediatrics, 142(5), e20181016. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-1016

Sarfati, D., Robson, B., Garvey, G., Goza, T., Foliaki, S., Millar, E., … on behalf of the participants of the Indigenous Peoples and Cancer Symposium. (2018). Improving the health of Indigenous people globally. Lancet Oncology, 19(6), e276. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30336-X

Filoche, S., Cram, F., Beard, A., Sim, D., Geller, S., Edmonds, L., Robson, B., & Lawton, B. (2018). He Tamariki Kokoti Tau-Tackling preterm: A data-linkage methodology to explore the clinical care pathway in preterm deliveries. BMC Health Services Research, 18, 374. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3179-6

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

Authored Book - Research

Robson, B., Koopu, P., Gilmour, J., Rameka, R., Simmonds, S., Purdie, G., … Paine, S.-J. (2011). Oranga Waha: Oral health research priorities for Māori: Low income adults, kaumātua and Māori with disabilities, special needs or chronic health conditions. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Signal, L., Martin, J., Cram, F., & Robson, B. (2008). The Health Equity Assessment Tool: A user's guide. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health, 44p.

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Edited Book - Research

Robson, B., & Harris, R. (Eds.). (2007). Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, 273p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Robson, B. (2008). What is driving the disparities? In K. Dew & A. Matheson (Eds.), Understanding health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 19-32). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Robson, B., Cormack, D., & Cram, F. (2007). Social and economic indicators. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 21-32). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Robson, B., & Purdie, G. (2007). Appendix 1: Methods. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 229-239). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Robson, B., & Purdie, G. (2007). Mortality. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 33-61). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Harris, R., Purdie, G., Robson, B., Wright, C., Zhang, J., & Baker, M. (2007). Appendix 3: Estimating Māori hospitalisations and cancer registrations. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 249-259). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Reid, P., & Robson, B. (2007). Understanding health inequities. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 3-9). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Cormack, D., Purdie, G., & Robson, B. (2007). Cancer. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 103-119). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Robson, B., Robson, C., Harris, R., & Purdie, G. (2007). Hospitalisations. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 63-101). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Reid, P., & Robson, B. (2006). The state of Māori health. In M. Mulholland & contributors (Eds.), State of the Māori nation: Twenty-first-century issues in Aotearoa. (pp. 17-31). Auckland, New Zealand: Reed.

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Journal - Research Article

Berry, M. J., Foster, T., Rowe, K., Robertson, O., Robson, B., & Pierse, N. (2018). Gestational age, health, and educational outcomes in adolescents. Pediatrics, 142(5), e20181016. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-1016

Morrell, S., Taylor, R., Roder, D., Robson, B., Gregory, M., & Craig, K. (2017). Mammography service screening and breast cancer mortality in New Zealand: A National Cohort Study 1999-2011. British Journal of Cancer, 116, 828-839. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2017.6

Gilmour, J., Huntington, A., & Robson, B. (2016). Oral health experiences of Māori with dementia and Whānau perspectives: Oranga waha mō ngā iwi katoa. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 32(1), 20-27.

Anderson, I., Robson, B., Connolly, M., Al-Yaman, F., Bjertness, E., King, A., … Yap, L. (2016). Indigenous and tribal peoples' health (The Lancet-Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration): A population study. Lancet, 388, 131-157. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(16)00345-7

Lawton, B., Stanley, J., Filoche, S., Garrett, S., Rose, S. B., Robson, B., & Elley, C. R. (2016). Exploring the maternal and infant continuum: Ethnic disparities in infant hospital admissions for respiratory disease. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(5), 430-435. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12505

Lawton, B., Makowharemahihi, C., Cram, F., Robson, B., & Ngata, T. (2016). E Hine: Access to contraception for indigenous Māori teenage mothers. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(1), 52-59. doi: 10.1071/HC15021

Makowharemahihi, C., Lawton, B. A., Cram, F., Ngata, T., Brown, S., & Robson, B. (2014). Initiation of maternity care for young Māori women under 20 years of age. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1393). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Lawton, B., Filoche, S. K., Rose, S. B., Stanley, J., Garrett, S., Robson, B., Brown, S., & Sykes, P. (2014). Uterine cancer: Exploring access to services in the public health system. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 54(5), 457-461. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12237

Lawton, B., Cram, F., Makowharemahihi, C., Ngata, T., Robson, B., Brown, S., & Campbell, W. (2013). Developing a Kaupapa Māori research project to help reduce health disparities experienced by young Māori women and their babies. AlterNative, 9(3), 246-261.

Hill, S., Sarfati, D., Robson, B., & Blakely, T. (2013). Indigenous inequalities in cancer: What role for health care? ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83(1-2), 36-41. doi: 10.1111/ans.12041

Lawton, B. A., Rose, S. B., Pullon, S., Stanley, J., Garrett, S., Sykes, P., Cormack, D., Robson, B., Langdana, F., Cooper, A., & Filoche, S. K. (2012). The impact of outpatient booking systems on waiting times for investigation of suspected cancer: The case of post-menopausal bleeding. Clinical Ovarian & Other Gynecologic Cancer, 5(2), 87-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cogc.2013.06.001

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

Hill, S., Sarfati, D., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Purdie, G., Dennett, E., Cormack, D., Dew, K., … Kawachi, I. (2010). Ethnicity and management of colon cancer in New Zealand: Do indigenous patients get a worse deal? Cancer, 116(13), 3205-3214. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25127

Hill, S., Sarfati, D., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Purdie, G., Chen, J., Dennett, E., Cormack, D., Cunningham, R., Dew, K., … Kawachi, I. (2010). Survival disparities in indigenous and non-indigenous New Zealanders with colon cancer: The role of patient comorbidity, treatment and health service factors. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 64(2), 117-123. doi: 10.1136/jech.2008.083816

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

Cormack, D., Sarfati, D., Harris, R., Robson, B., Shaw, C., & Blakely, T. (2010). Re: 'An overview of cancer and beliefs about the disease in indigenous people of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US' [Letter]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(1), 90-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00481.x

Curtis, E., Harwood, M., Riddell, T., Robson, B., Harris, R., Mills, C., & Reid, P. (2010). Access and society as determinants of Ischaemic Heart Disease in indigenous populations. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 19, 316-324. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.04.129

Mihaere, K. M., Harris, R., Gander, P. H., Reid, P. M., Purdie, G., Robson, B., & Neill, A. (2009). Obstructive sleep apnea in New Zealand adults: Prevalence and risk factors among Māori and non-Māori. Sleep, 32(7), 949-956.

Sarfati, D., Hill, S., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Purdie, G., Dennett, E., Cormack, D., & Dew, K. (2009). The effect of comorbidity on the use of adjuvant chemotherapy and survival from colon cancer: A retrospective cohort study. BMC Cancer, 9, 116. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-9-116

Simmonds, S., Robson, B., Cram, F., & Purdie, G. (2008). Kaupapa Maori epidemiology. Australasian Epidemiologist, 15(1), 3-6.

Signal, L., Martin, J., Reid, P., Carroll, C., Howden-Chapman, P., Keefe-Ormsby, V., … Robson, B., & Wall, T. (2007). Tackling health inequalities: Moving theory to action. International Journal for Equity in Health, 6. doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-6-12

Robson, B., Purdie, G., Cram, F., & Simmonds, S. (2007). Age standardisation: An indigenous standard? Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, 4, 3. doi: 10.1186/1742-7622-4-3

Harris, R., Robson, B., Curtis, E., Purdie, G., Cormack, D., & Reid, P. (2007). Māori and non-Māori differences in caesarean section rates: A national review. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1250). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1250/2444/content.pdf

Health Utilisation Research Alliance (HURA), including McLeod, D., Cormack, D., Love, T., Salmond, C., Robson, B., Dowell, T., Crampton, P., Ramage, S., & Howard, M. (2006). Ethnicity, socioeconomic deprivation and consultation rates in New Zealand general practice. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 11(3), 141-149.

Health Utilisation Research Alliance (HURA), including McLeod, D., Cormack, D., Robson, B., Love, T., Salmond, C., Dowell, T., … Crampton, P. (2006). Ethnicity data and primary care in New Zealand: Lessons from the Health Utilisation Research Alliance (HURA) study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1231). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1231/1917/content.pdf

Blakely, T., Tobias, M., Robson, B., Ajwani, S., Bonné, M., & Woodward, A. (2005). Widening ethnic mortality disparities in New Zealand 1981-99. Social Science & Medicine, 61, 2233-2251.

Blakely, T., Ajwani, S., Robson, B., Tobias, M., & Bonné, M. (2004). Decades of disparity: Widening ethnic mortality gaps from 1980 - 1999. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1199). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1199/995/content.pdf

Ajwani, S., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Atkinson, J., & Kiro, C. (2003). Unlocking the numerator-denominator bias III: Adjustment ratios by ethnicity for 1981-1999 mortality data. The New Zealand Census-Mortality Study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 116(1175). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/116-1175/456/content.pdf

Blakely, T. A., Robson, B. H., Atkinson, J., Sporle, A., & Kiro, C. (2002). Unlocking the numerator-denominator bias. I:Adjustment ratios by ethnicity for 1991-1994 mortality data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115, 39-43.

Keefe-Ormsby, V., Reid, P., Ormsby, C., Robson, B. H., Purdie, G. L., Baxter, J. M., & Ngati Kahungunu Iwi. (2002). Serious health events following involuntary job loss in New Zealand meat processing workers. International Journal of Epidemiology, 31, 1155-1161.

Blakely, T. A., Robson, B. H., & Woodward, A. (2002). Measuring health status accurately -more needs doing. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115, 149-150.

Carr, J., Robson, B. H., Reid, P., Purdie, G. L., & Workman, P. (2002). Heart Failure: Ethnic disparities in morbidity and mortality in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115(1146), 15-17.

Reid, P., Robson, B. H., & Jones, C. (2000). Disparities in Health: Common myths and uncommon truths. Pacific Health Dialog, 7, 38-47.

Research Centre, Wsm Eru Pomare Maori Health, & Robson, B. H. (2000). Mauri Tū: The Tomoana Resource Centre - An invention following job loss. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 15, 55-68.

McLeod, D., Mansell, J., Harris, R. J., Dowell, A. C., Robson, B. H., & Reid, P. (2000). The collection of patient ethnicity data: A challenge for general practice. New Zealand Family Physician, 27(3), 51-57.

Research Centre, Wsm Eru Pomare Maori Health, & Robson, B. H. (2000). Counting for nothing: Understanding the issues in monitoring disparities in health. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 14, 1-16.

Keefe-Ormsby, V., Ormsby, C., Robson, B. H., Reid, P., Cram, F., Purdie, G. L., & Ngati Kahungunu Iwi. (1999). Kaupapa Māori meets Retrospective Cohort. He Pukenga Kōrero, 5, 12-17.

Sears, M. R., Lewis, S., Herbison, G. P., Robson, B., Flannery, E. M., Holdaway, M. D., Pearce, N., Crane, J., & Silva, P. A. (1997). Comparison of reported prevalences of recent asthma in longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. European Respiratory Journal, 10(1), 51-54. doi: 10.1183/09031936.97.10010051

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Journal - Research Other

Sarfati, D., Jackson, C. G. C. A., Macfarlane, S., Bissett, I., Robson, B., Gurney, J., Kemp, R., … McMenamin, J. (2019). Cancer Care at a Crossroads: Time to make a choice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 6-11. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Sarfati, D., Robson, B., Garvey, G., Goza, T., Foliaki, S., Millar, E., … on behalf of the participants of the Indigenous Peoples and Cancer Symposium. (2018). Improving the health of Indigenous people globally. Lancet Oncology, 19(6), e276. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30336-X

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

Filoche, S., Cram, F., Beard, A., Sim, D., Geller, S., Edmonds, L., Robson, B., & Lawton, B. (2018). He Tamariki Kokoti Tau-Tackling preterm: A data-linkage methodology to explore the clinical care pathway in preterm deliveries. BMC Health Services Research, 18, 374. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3179-6

Sarfati, D., Garvey, G., Robson, B., Moore, S., Cunningham, R., Withrow, D., … Bray, F. (2018). Measuring cancer in Indigenous populations. Annals of Epidemiology, 28(5), 335-342. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2018.02.005

Robson, B., & Ellison-Loschmann, E. (2016). Māori and cancer care in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Responses to disparities. European Journal of Cancer Care, 25(2), 214-218. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12472

Sarfati, D., & Robson, B. (2015). Equitable cancer control: Better data needed for indigenous people. Lancet Oncology, 16(15), 1442-1444. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00295-8

Crampton, P., & Robson, B. (2014). Ongoing leadership and effort needed to keep the focus on improving Māori health. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1393). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Filoche, S., Garrett, S., Stanley, J., Rose, S., Robson, B., Elley, C. R., & Lawton, B. (2013). Wāhine hauora: Linking local hospital and national health information datasets to explore maternal risk factors and obstetric outcomes of New Zealand Māori and non-Māori women in relation to infant respiratory admissions and timely immunisations. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 13, 145. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-145

Howden-Chapman, P., Robson, B., & Fougere, G. (2010). Life chances going up in smoke [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1320). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1320/4275/content.pdf

Sarfati, D., Hill, S., Blakely, T., & Robson, B. (2010). Is bowel cancer screening important for Māori? [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1320). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1320/4266/content.pdf

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