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Pharmacy staff profile

Leanne Te Karu

PositionAssociate Dean (Māori), School of Pharmacy
Research summaryComplex chronic care

Research

Leanne Te Karu is a member of the first cohort of pharmacist prescribers in Aotearoa. Her expertise focuses on complex chronic care, with addressing unmet need and optimal prescribing to decrease morbidity and mortality. She works in general practices -predominantly Māori of lower socioeconomic demography.

Her leadership to create The Māori Pharmacists Association in 2003 has led to an autonomous entity being established.

Increasingly over the last decade she has worked with national organisations including the Ministry of Health, and at a regulatory level to influence how structure and policy can respond to the needs at the coalface. In addition, she is Associate Dean Māori at Otago University School of Pharmacy to ensure the next generation of pharmacists can respond with a Hauora Māori lens.

Leanne was Inaugural Recipient of the Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award and pushes others to strive for clinical excellence in a culturally competent and safe paradigm.

Publications

Dalbeth, N., Dowell, T., Gerard, C., Gow, P., Jackson, G., Shuker, C., & Te Karu, L. (2018). Gout in Aotearoa New Zealand: The equity crisis continues in plain sight. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1485), 8-12. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Norris, P., Tordoff, J., McIntosh, B., Laxman, K., Chang, S. Y., & Te Karu, L. (2016). Impact of prescription charges on people living in poverty: A qualitative study. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 12(6), 893-902. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2015.11.001

Dalbeth, N., Winnard, D., Gow, P. J., Boswell, D. R., Te Karu, L., Lindsay, K., … Stamp, L. K. (2015). Urate testing in gout: Why, when and how. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1420). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Norris, P., McIntosh, B., Tordoff, J., Te Karu, L., & Chang, S. Y. (2015). Poverty, medicines and health care: It's the little things... Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(2), 170-171. [Commentary].

Jackson, G., Dalbeth, N., Te Karu, L., Winnard, D., Gow, P., Gerard, C., & Minko, N. (2014). Variation in gout care in Aotearoa New Zealand: A national analysis of quality markers. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1404). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Norris, P., Tordoff, J., McIntosh, B., Laxman, K., Chang, S. Y., & Te Karu, L. (2016). Impact of prescription charges on people living in poverty: A qualitative study. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 12(6), 893-902. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2015.11.001

Jackson, G., Dalbeth, N., Te Karu, L., Winnard, D., Gow, P., Gerard, C., & Minko, N. (2014). Variation in gout care in Aotearoa New Zealand: A national analysis of quality markers. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1404). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Te Karu, L., Bryant, L., & Elley, C. R. (2013). Maori experiences and perceptions of gout and its treatment: A kaupapa Maori qualitative study. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5(3), 214-222. doi: 10.1071/HC13214

Dalbeth, N., House, M. E., Horne, A., Te Karu, L., Petrie, K. J., McQueen, F. M., & Taylor, W. J. (2013). The experience and impact of gout in Māori and Pacific people: A prospective observational study. Clinical Rheumatology, 32(2), 247-251. doi: 10.1007/s10067-012-2110-5

Winnard, D., Wright, C., Taylor, W. J., Jackson, G., Te Karu, L., Gow, P. J., … Dalbeth, N. (2012). National prevalence of gout derived from administrative health data in Aotearoa New Zealand. Rheumatology, 51(5), 901-909. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/ker361

Martini, N., Bryant, L., Te Karu, L., Aho, L., Chan, R., Miao, J., … Tieu, A. (2012). Living with gout in New Zealand: An exploratory study into people’s knowledge about the disease and its treatment. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 18(3), 125-129. doi: 10.1097/RHU.0b013e31824e1f6f

Jackson, G., Wright, C., Thornley, S., Taylor, W. J., Te Karu, L., Gow, P. J., … Winnard, D. (2012). Potential unmet need for gout diagnosis and treatment: Capture-recapture analysis of a national administrative dataset. Rheumatology, 51(10), 1820-1824. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kes147

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Journal - Research Other

Dalbeth, N., Dowell, T., Gerard, C., Gow, P., Jackson, G., Shuker, C., & Te Karu, L. (2018). Gout in Aotearoa New Zealand: The equity crisis continues in plain sight. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1485), 8-12. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Dalbeth, N., Winnard, D., Gow, P. J., Boswell, D. R., Te Karu, L., Lindsay, K., … Stamp, L. K. (2015). Urate testing in gout: Why, when and how. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1420). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Norris, P., McIntosh, B., Tordoff, J., Te Karu, L., & Chang, S. Y. (2015). Poverty, medicines and health care: It's the little things... Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(2), 170-171. [Commentary].

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