Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
Background and Interests
Sue trained as an occupational therapist, graduating in 1995. She worked as an occupational therapist in England and Wellington before completing a Masters in Public Health in 2005. Since then she has worked as a research fellow on a variety projects in the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice. Her research interests include quantitative data capture and management, economic analyses and primary care interface.
- Low Back Pain in General Practice – An RCT assessing the effectiveness of new approach to low back pain in general practice (Funder: ACC)
- STI Partner Notification Research: a group of studies assessing current and new approaches to the delivery of partner notification and testing for reinfection following diagnosis of Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea (Funders: HRC Feasibility Study, Lotteries Health Research and University of Otago)
- Youth Health: investigating collaborative care across health and social service agencies (Funders: Lotteries Health Research and University of Otago)
Exploring Caesarean Section rate disparities: What’s so special about Wellington. A cohort study comparing the Caesarean Section rate in Capital Coast health with national rates for Māori vs non-Māori. (In progress)
Completed projects include:
- Is the rising popularity of long-acting contraception impacting on Chlamydia rates? (Funded by the Wellington Medical Research Foundation and the University of Otago)
- Same-day insertion of long acting reversible contraception at abortion clinics: are there regional differences in access or uptake in New Zealand? (Funded by Istar Limited)
- Assessing the uptake and effectiveness of government funded implants (Funded by University of Otago)
- Wahine Hauora: Reducing Barriers to care for pregnant mums and their whanau. A cohort study using routinely collected hospital data to assess rates of post-natal admissions, immunisations and access to health services for Māori and non-Māori mothers and infants.
- Cost-effectiveness analysis of the Women's Lifestyle Study – A cost effectiveness study of physical activity counselling in primary care for inactive women
- Evaluation of the Primary Mental Health Initiatives - A project funded by the Ministry of Health evaluating new mental health programmes based in primary care.
- Falls Assessment Clinical Trial – an RCT looking at the effectiveness of a community-based falls prevention programme for older adults.