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Pharmacy staff profile

Dr Susan Heydon

PositionSenior Lecturer
QualificationsBA(Hons) MA PhD DHMSA
Research summarySocial pharmacy; medicines and society in developed and developing countries


My research expertise is in international health, implementation of aid, provision and use of health services in developed and developing countries and interaction between different medical systems. My focus is on the broader historical, social, political and economic context in which sickness is experienced and healthcare services are provided.

The main areas I am currently working on are:

  • Changing patterns of medicines use, the place of medicines in primary healthcare services both in international/global and New Zealand contexts, medicines and migration, and medicines in the context of people's lives. I have a particular interest in Nepal and the Himalayan region.
  • Global vaccination programmes, focusing on smallpox in Nepal
  • Medicines and pharmacy history in New Zealand


K C, B., Heydon, S., & Norris, P. (2016). Health programmes logistics and international aid in Nepal: An overview of processes improvements. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Sevices Research, 7, 141-144. doi: 10.1111/jphs.12130

Heydon, S. (2016). [Review of the book The end of a global pox: America and the eradication of smallpox in the Cold War era]. Reviews in History, 2024. doi: 10.14296/RiH/2014/2024

Heydon, S. (2015). Nepal: Primary health care, universal health coverage and foreign aid. In A. Medcalf, S. Bhattacharya, H. Momen, M. Saavedra & M. Jones (Eds.), Health for all: The journey of universal health coverage. (pp. 35-44). Hyderabad, India: Orient Blackswan.

K C, B., Heydon, S., & Norris, P. (2015). Access to and quality use of non-communicable diseases medicines in Nepal [Commentary]. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy & Practice, 8(1), 21. doi: 10.1186/s40545-015-0041-7

Doughty, L., & Heydon, S. (2015). Medicine supply during the First World War: Overcoming shortages in New Zealand. Health & History, 17(2), 37-51. doi: 10.5401/healthhist.17.2.0037