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+64 3 471 6106
Senior Lecturer
Department of Oral Sciences
BA DipTch(Sec) DPH MPH PhD
Research summary
Dental public health and health promotion
Currently I teach public health in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery and the Master of Community Dentistry. DENT263; DENT363; DENT463; COMD801; COMD802
  • International Union of Health Promotion and Education
  • International Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research
  • Health Promotion National Accreditation Organisation management committee


My research focuses on public health and health promotion.

I focus on three interlocking areas:

Programme research: how do we know what we do matters? This research incorporates needs analysis and intervention development, implementation feasibility, and evaluation of impacts and outcomes.

Practice research: who comprises the public health workforce and what do they do in practice?

Education research: what and how do we teach so that our graduates are able to practice well, achieve equitable outcomes for Māori, and improve the public’s health.

To answer these questions, I use many tools from both quantitative and qualitative research in a mixed methods approach. I mostly specialise in qualitative research methods.

Additional details

Postgraduate Supervision

Public health/health promotion in dental and oral health; development and trialling of community interventions; educational and professional practice; qualitative and mixed methods methodology.
Current postgraduate supervision

Peter Bullock (MHealSci – Occupational Health, co-supervisor)
Proposed Topic: NZ Army Health and Safety System: Human and organisational factors (HOF) that influence worker health and safety.

Brooke Craik (PhD – Public Health, co-supervisor)
Proposed Topic: Integrated care within the Southern mental health services. A qualitative study.

Lisa Hansen (DClinDent – Paediatrics, co-supervisor)
Proposed Topic: A story to smile about: a tool to enhance oral health in preschool children.

Sene Ioane-David (MComDent – Public health, primary supervisor)
Proposed topic: Insight into the social impacts of Hall Technique Stainless-Steel Crowns on Pasifika families.

Kartika Kajal (PhD – Public health, co-supervisor)
Proposed topic: Dental anxiety and oral health in a longitudinal birth cohort (Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study – Phase 52).

Kura Lacey (MComDent – Public Health, primary supervisor)
Proposed Topic: Advancing Māori health equity: a targeted plan for universal dental care for adults in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Megan McLeod (PhD – Microbiology, co-supervisor)
Proposed Topic: Development of robust and accessible bacteriophage therapies.

Ahmad Mustafa (DClinDent – Periodontology, co-supervisor)
Proposed topic: Titanium experiences: documenting the peri-implantitis experience.

Completed supervision (since 2019)

Nicole Pillinger (PhD – Business Coaching, co-supervisor)
Exploring clinicians’ interventions addressing diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis and treatment of subfertility: developing a coaching framework for relational dialogue capacity.

Bronwen McNoe, (PhD, primary supervisor)
Sun protection for adolescents at school in Aotearoa New Zealand. Awarded ‘thesis of exceptional quality’.

Nicola Campbell, (MPH, primary supervisor)
Advanced versus basic life support in the prehospital setting: impacts on survival following major trauma in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Myo Eindray Cho, (MHealSci – Health Management, primary supervisor)
A qualitative study examining maternal and child strategies in Myanmar over two decades (2000 to 2020).

Cassie Withey-Rila, (MPH, primary supervisor)
An exploration of Transgender and Gender Diverse people’s positive experience of primary health care in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Brooke Craik, (MPH, primary supervisor)
An exploration of mental health promotion in Aotearoa New Zealand: a qualitative study.

Sarah Mitchell, (MPH, co-supervisor)
An integrative approach to understanding antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand.

Dara Chan, (MHealSci – Health Management, primary supervisor)
Criminalisation of sex work and HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.


Veenstra, N., Kewene, F., Morgaine, K., & Crengle, S. (2024). What we do matters: Supporting anti-racism and decolonisation of public health teaching and practice through the development of Māori public health competencies. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 48(2). doi: 10.1016/j.anzjph.2024.100132 Journal - Research Article

Campbell, N., Davie, G., Lilley, R., Morgaine, K., Dicker, B., & Kool, B. (2023). Does prehospital advanced life support for major trauma patients improve survival to hospital in New Zealand? Proceedings of the National Trauma Symposium (NTS). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Mitchell, S., Macmillan, A., Morgaine, K. C., & Priest, P. (2023). Transdisciplinary stakeholder understandings of antimicrobial resistance: An integrative approach in Aotearoa New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 47(6), 100093. doi: 10.1016/j.anzjph.2023.100093 Journal - Research Article

Craik, B., Egan, R., Kewene, F., & Morgaine, K. C. (2023). Mental health promotion practice in Aotearoa New Zealand: Findings from a qualitative study. Health Promotion International, 38(5), daad137. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daad137 Journal - Research Article

Kewene, F., Morgaine, K., Colhoun, S., & Crengle, S. (2023). Challenging structural racism through the development of equity-driven core Māori hauora ā iwi/public health competencies for university hauora ā iwi/public health teaching. Higher Education Research & Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2023.2246404 Journal - Research Article

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