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Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Programme Leader & 4th Year Module Convenor Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice

Background and Interests

Jonathan Kennedy imageDr Jonathan Kennedy is a general practitioner in Newtown, Wellington, and an academic lecturer in the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice.

He has a special interest in the primary health care needs of refugee and migrant arrivals to New Zealand. This dates back to field experience with the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières, in South Sudan and Sri Lanka and to previous medical experience in Solomon Islands. He graduated with an MBChB (Otago) in 1997 and subsequently completed postgraduate diplomas in Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Public Health. He has been a fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners since 2007. Jonathan is also the Postgraduate Primary Health Care Lead within the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice.

Teaching Activities

Jonathan has enjoyed clinical teaching for University of Otago students through his working career, and has been tutoring medical students at the University of Otago Wellington since 2008. He co-convenes the MBChB 4th-year Primary Health Care & General Practice module and teaches across the undergraduate curriculum. He is co-convenor of the biennial distance-taught postgraduate paper: GENA720 Refugee and Migrant Health.

Research Activities

Jonathan has research interests focussed at the interface between primary health care and public health, and on refugee and migrant primary health care. He is involved in a range of research projects based in the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice, and in collaboration with other departments and institutions.


Kvalsvig, A., Brooks, A. E. S., Potter, J. D., Jeffreys, M., Bennett, J., Davies-Payne, D., Kennedy, J., Sika-Paotonu, D., Timu-Parata, C., … Hume, C., … Lorgelly, P., & Baker, M. (2024). Long Covid in Aotearoa NZ: Risk assessment and preventive action urgently needed. The Briefing, (26 March). Retrieved from

Morris, C., McDonald, J., Officer, T. N., Fa'asalele Tanuvasa, A., Smiler, K., Parore, N., … McKinlay, E., Kennedy, J., … Cumming, J. (2023). A realist evaluation of the development of extended pharmacist roles and services in community pharmacies. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2023.11.006

Petrović-van der Deen, F. S., Kennedy, J. D., Stanley, J., Malihi, A., Gibb, S., & Cunningham, R. (2023). Health service utilisation by quota, family-sponsored and convention refugees in their first five years in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 47(3). doi: 10.1016/j.anzjph.2023.100064

Officer, T. N., McKinlay, E., Imlach, F., Kennedy, J., Churchward, M., & McBride-Henry, K. (2022). Experiences of New Zealand public health messaging while in lockdown. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 46(6), 735-737. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13297

Officer, T. N., Imlach, F., McKinlay, E., Kennedy, J., Pledger, M., Russell, L., … McBride-Henry, K. (2022). COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and wellbeing: Experiences from Aotearoa New Zealand in 2020. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 19(4), 2269. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19042269

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