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Senior Lecturer Beyond the Bar, Wellington CCW Module Convenor & TI Module Co-Convenor 

Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice 

Background and Interests

Lesley joined the Department in 2008 and is a senior lecturer (beyond the bar.)  She gained her Masters in Public Health (Glasgow) and Master of Science in Interprofessional Collaboration (London) before being awarded Fellowship of the UK Faculty of Public Health. Lesley has over 30 years’ experience establishing services in Public Health and Primary Care and held lecturing roles with Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry prior to imigrating to New Zealand. Lesley is an active member of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Massey/GNS Science) and member of the New Zealand Health Promotion Forum’s primary health care reference group.

Teaching Activities

Postgraduate Education

Lesley convenes the postgraduate paper GENA737 Obesity Prevention and Management, a core paper of the new Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Health Sciences endorsed in Obesity Prevention and Management. Lesley was co-convenor of the postgraduate Primary Health Care paper. Lesley is involved with supervision and examination of Masters students and convenes public health summer school courses on Public Health and Disasters. She co-founded bariatric management innovation and provides free seminars and education for health professionals.

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www.bariatricmanagementinnovation.org

Undergraduate Medical Education

Lesley convenes the Wellington Community Contact Week for 3rd year medical students (part of the Early Professional Experience Module), and is also co-convenor of the 6th year (trainee intern) module, and contributes to the 4th and 5th year teaching programs. Lesley is also a member of the Wellington Interprofessional Teaching Initiative (WITI).

Research Activities

Lesley’s research interests concern health risk communication and behaviour, as they relate to obesity, health equity and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Lesley is a member of the Applied Research on Communication in Health (ARCH) Group where she led the formation of the TabOO study (Talking About Overweight & Obesity). Her PhD looks at disaster risk reduction and people with extreme obesity. Lesley is also involved in education research including interprofessional education and community informed learning.

Sample of Current and Recent Research Projects

  • PhD – disaster risk reduction - Joint Centre for Disaster Research 2016
  • FABS Healthy Lifestyle Brief Intervention Trial - Compass Health/Ministry of Health 2018 
  • GP Referral to Weight Management Programmes – Ministry of Health 2016-2017
  • TAbOO: Talking about Overweight and Obesity – University of Otago Research Fund 2011, 2013,2015, 2018; RNZCGP Wellington Faculty Trust 2012,2014
  • Dynamics of an effective risk communication campaign for Influenza A(H1N1) – Health Research Council/Ministry of Health funded 2010-11
  • Longitudinal Interprofessional (LIP) Study
  • The Empathy Project – longitudinal education research project – Committee for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching Grant.

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Publications

Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Tassell-Matamua, N., Stanley, J., Kvalsvig, A., Zhang, J., Murton, S., … Puloka, V., … Baker, M. G. (2020). Wearing one for the team: Views and attitudes to face covering in New Zealand/Aotearoa during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(3), 199-206. doi: 10.1071/HC20089

Gray, L., Rushton, A., & Hobbs, M. (2020). “We only have the one”: Mapping the prevalence of people with high body mass to aid regional emergency management planning in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101859

Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Hilder, J., & Dowell, A. C. (2018). A taboo topic? How general practitioners talk about overweight and obesity in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(2), 150-158. doi: 10.1071/HC17075

Campbell, J., Hobbs, M., O'Hara, L., Ballantyne, A., Heywood, A., & Gray, L. (2021). Equity in vaccine trials for higher weight people? Protocol for a rapid review of inclusion and exclusion criteria for higher weight people in clinical trials for COVID-19. BMJ Open, 11(5), e050114. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050114

Gray, L., Rose, S. B., Stanley, J., Zhang, J., Tassell-Matamua, N., Puloka, V., Kvalsvig, A., … Murton, S. A., … Baker, M. G. (2021). Factors influencing individual ability to follow physical distancing recommendations in Aotearoa New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic: A population survey. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2021.1879179

Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Tassell-Matamua, N., Stanley, J., Kvalsvig, A., Zhang, J., Murton, S., … Puloka, V., … Baker, M. G. (2020). Wearing one for the team: Views and attitudes to face covering in New Zealand/Aotearoa during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(3), 199-206. doi: 10.1071/HC20089

Journal - Research Article

Gray, L., Rushton, A., & Hobbs, M. (2020). “We only have the one”: Mapping the prevalence of people with high body mass to aid regional emergency management planning in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101859

Journal - Research Article

Gray, L., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Hilder, J., & Dowell, A. C. (2018). A taboo topic? How general practitioners talk about overweight and obesity in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(2), 150-158. doi: 10.1071/HC17075

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, J., Hobbs, M., O'Hara, L., Ballantyne, A., Heywood, A., & Gray, L. (2021). Equity in vaccine trials for higher weight people? Protocol for a rapid review of inclusion and exclusion criteria for higher weight people in clinical trials for COVID-19. BMJ Open, 11(5), e050114. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050114

Journal - Research Other

Gray, L., Rose, S. B., Stanley, J., Zhang, J., Tassell-Matamua, N., Puloka, V., Kvalsvig, A., … Murton, S. A., … Baker, M. G. (2021). Factors influencing individual ability to follow physical distancing recommendations in Aotearoa New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic: A population survey. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2021.1879179

Journal - Research Article

Misztal-Okońska, P., Goniewicz, K., Goniewicz, M., Ranse, J., Hertelendy, A. J., Gray, L., … Khorram-Manesh, A. (2021). Importance of immediate electronic-based feedback to enhance feedback for first-time CPR trainees. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18, 3885. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18083885

Journal - Research Article

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