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Eileen Mckinlay imageAssociate Professor, WITI Convenor
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice

Background and Interests

Eileen McKinlay is an Associate Professor and currently seconded as Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE), Division of Health Sciences, University of Otago.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Interprofessional collaboration (good teamwork) in health care is known to lead to improved communication between the disciplines, reduced error and higher levels of patient and whanau satisfaction with health care services.

Research shows that students who have taken part in IPE are more likely to be teamwork ready at graduation. Eileen's role is to ensure health sciences students at Otago University have access to IPE learning activities throughout their training programmes. Her role includes directing the rural immersion IPE programmes at Tairāwhiti and Te Tai Poutini.

Research Activities

  • Interprofessional education research including a Swedish Research Council funded study involving Sweden, Norway, Australia and New Zealand
  • Diabetes prevention and management: primary health care and community initiatives
  • New models of primary health care including primary care pharmacy roles: an HRC funded study led by Victoria University Health Services Research Centre
  • Youth health care including sexual and reproductive health: Sally Rose PI
  • Arthritis care initiated in pharmacy: Ben Darlow PI


Two PhD students (models of long term conditions care; kaiawhina workforce development)


Rose, S., Dunlop, A., Gardiner, T., Cole, M., Garrett, S. M., & McKinlay, E. (2023, October). Māori and Pacific young people’s perspectives on testing for STIS via an online service. Verbal presentation at the 44th New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) Conference: Future Directions, Auckland, New Zealand.

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

McKinlay, E., Morgan, S., Myers, J., & Gulliver, L. (2023). The ‘All in 4 IPE study’: Practice architectures in interprofessional health professions' education. An international multi-site research study. Proceedings of the New Zealand Primary Health Care, General Practice & Rural Health Research Symposium. (pp. 23). Retrieved from

Gray, L., McKinlay, E., Morgan, S., & Parker, G. (2023). Do general practice facilities measure up to guidance for big bodied patients? An exploratory study. Proceedings of the New Zealand Primary Health Care, General Practice & Rural Health Research Symposium. (pp. 28). Retrieved from

Barthow, C., Kuiper, N., Betty, B., Viliamu-Amusia, I., Bryant, L., Ranchhod, D., … McKinlay, E., & Krebs, J. (2023). Seen and unseen work: The intensity of service provision for individuals with type 2 diabetes in a high-needs population [Research letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1581), 79-85. Retrieved from

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