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Dr Lynn McBain 

Head of Department & Associate Professor

Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice 

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Lynn joined the Department in 1995 and since 2018 has the role of Head of Department. She graduated from medical school at Dalhousie University in Canada and immigrated to New Zealand to work in General Practice in the late 1980’s. She continues active general practice as a partner at Brooklyn Medical Centre. She also holds the position of Medical Director and is part of Executive Leadership team of Tū Ora Compass Health, the largest Primary Health Organisation in the lower North Island. She has a strong interest in clinical governance and Chairs the regional Laboratory Alliance Leadership Team and CCDHB Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals Network Steering Group. She also applies her professional expertise as the Chair of Impairment Committees for the NZ Education Council and Convenor of Professional Conduct Committees for the NZ Medical Council. In 2011 she was awarded the honour of Distinguished Fellowship of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).

Teaching Activities

Undergraduate Medical Education

Lynn is the link person for external Undergraduate enquires.

She led the introduction of the innovative interdepartmental 5th year primary health care teaching program to assist students in gaining skills and confidence in genital examination. Lynn previously convened the 5th year teaching programme as well as the 4th year teaching programme and continues to actively teach across all three years of the ALM program in Primary Health Care and General Practice.

Recognising that teaching is a rich area for research, Lynn has been involved in several education research projects. Components of her teaching that have resulted in research publications are consultation skills, chronic care management, palliative care and most recently the genital examination teaching program. At a University wide level she is part of the Palliative and End of Life Care (PEOLC) oversight group and is involved with faculty assessments across the clinical schools.

Postgraduate Education

Lynn is co-convenor and tutor for the Postgraduate paper GENA710 : Mental Health and Illness in Primary Care.

She is involved with supervision of Masters students.

Lynn assists the Royal NZ College of GPs with teaching as well assessment of the GPEP Registrar training programme.

Research Interests 

Lynn has a range of research interests including medical education, long term conditions, quality in primary care and particularly health services research.

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Publications

Wilson, A. D., Kelly, M. J., Henderson, E., McBain, L., Jayathissa, S., & Loring, B. (2019). Reducing inappropriate urine testing at Hutt Valley District Health Board using Choosing Wisely principles. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1488), 11-20. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Huthwaite, M., Tucker, M., McBain, L., & Romans, S. (2018). Off label or on trend: A review of the use of quetiapine in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1474), 45-50. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Turner, N. M., MacRae, J., Nowlan, M. L., McBain, L., Stubbe, M. H., & Dowell, A. (2018). Quantifying the incidence and burden of herpes zoster in New Zealand general practice: A retrospective cohort study using a natural language processing software inference algorithm. BMJ Open, 8, e021241. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021241

McBain, L., & Kyle, A. (2018). Renal function monitoring in patients prescribed dabigatran in the Compass Health Primary Health Organisation: A quality improvement audit. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1471), 40-47. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

McBain, L., Murton, S., & Gallagher, P. (2018). The acquisition of Primary Health Care & General Practice relevant clinical skills in the senior years of a medical degree. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. Renmark, Australia: ANZAHPE. [Abstract]

Chapter in Book - Research

McKinlay, E., & McBain, L. (2010). The palliative care partnership: The evolution of a New Zealand model of integrated palliative care. In A. Fortier & S. Turcotte (Eds.), Health education: Challenges, issues and impact. (pp. 241-262). New York: Nova.

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Journal - Research Article

Wilson, A. D., Kelly, M. J., Henderson, E., McBain, L., Jayathissa, S., & Loring, B. (2019). Reducing inappropriate urine testing at Hutt Valley District Health Board using Choosing Wisely principles. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1488), 11-20. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Huthwaite, M., Tucker, M., McBain, L., & Romans, S. (2018). Off label or on trend: A review of the use of quetiapine in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1474), 45-50. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

McBain, L., & Kyle, A. (2018). Renal function monitoring in patients prescribed dabigatran in the Compass Health Primary Health Organisation: A quality improvement audit. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1471), 40-47. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Turner, N. M., MacRae, J., Nowlan, M. L., McBain, L., Stubbe, M. H., & Dowell, A. (2018). Quantifying the incidence and burden of herpes zoster in New Zealand general practice: A retrospective cohort study using a natural language processing software inference algorithm. BMJ Open, 8, e021241. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021241

McDonald, J., McBain, L., Dowell, A. C., & Morris, C. (2017). GPs' views and experiences of prescribing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: A qualitative study. BJGP Open, 1(2), bjgpopen17X100869. doi: 10.3399/bjgpopen17X100869

Gamble, E., Parry-Strong, A., Coppell, K. J., McBain, L., Bingham, L. J., Dutton, L., … Krebs, J. D. (2017). Development of a structured diabetes self-management education program specific to the cultural and ethnic population of New Zealand. Nutrition & Dietetics, 74(4), 415-422. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12148

Dowell, A., Darlow, B., Macrae, J., Stubbe, M., Turner, N., & McBain, L. (2017). Childhood respiratory illness presentation and service utilisation in primary care: A six-year cohort study in Wellington, New Zealand, using natural language processing (NLP) software. BMJ Open, 7(7), e017146. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017146

Kane, P., Jasperse, M., Egan, R., McBain, L., McKinlay, E., Pullon, S., & Herst, P. (2016). Continuity of cancer patient care in New Zealand: The general practitioner perspective. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1440), 55-63. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Ng, B., McBain, L., & Grainger, R. (2016). Rheumatologists fail to advise people with RA to get immunised, which matters if you are under 65: An audit in a New Zealand rheumatology service. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1446), 72-78. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

McBain, L., Pullon, S., Garrett, S., & Hoare, K. (2016). Genital examination training: Assessing the effectiveness of an integrated female and male teaching programme. BMC Medical Education, 16, 299. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0822-y

MacRae, J., Darlow, B., McBain, L., Jones, O., Stubbe, M., Turner, N., & Dowell, A. (2015). Accessing primary care Big Data: The development of a software algorithm to explore the rich content of consultation records. BMJ Open, 5(8), e008160. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008160

McBain, L., Donnelly, S., Hilder, J., O'Leary, C., & McKinlay, E. (2015). "I wanted to communicate my feelings freely": A descriptive study of creative responses to enhance reflection in palliative medicine education. BMC Medical Education, 15, 180. doi: 10.1186/s12909-015-0465-4

MacRae, J., Love, T., Baker, M. G., Dowell, A., Carnachan, M., Stubbe, M., & McBain, L. (2015). Identifying influenza-like illness presentation from unstructured general practice clinical narrative using a text classifier rule-based expert system versus a clinical expert. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making, 15, 78. doi: 10.1186/s12911-015-0201-3

McKinlay, E., McBain, L., Stanley, J., Johnston Taylor, E., & Robertson, G. (2014). Does multimodal palliative care education help medical students talk with patients at end-of-life? Focus on Health Professional Education, 15(3), 64-80.

Krebs, J. D., Parry-Strong, A., Gamble, E., McBain, L., Bingham, L. J., Dutton, E. S., … Coppell, K. J. (2013). A structured, group-based diabetes self-management education (DSME) programme for people, families and whanau with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in New Zealand: An observational study. Primary Care Diabetes, 7(2), 151-158. doi: 10.1016/j.pcd.2013.02.002

McKinlay, E., Garrett, S., McBain, L., Dowell, T., Collings, S., & Stanley, J. (2011). New Zealand general practice nurses' roles in mental health care. International Nursing Review, 58(2), 225-233. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2010.00859.x

Smith, R., Krebs, J., Weatherall, M., McBain, L., Hullah, M., & Shapleski, M. (2011). Analysis of a primary care led diabetes annual review programme in a multi ethnic cohort in Wellington, New Zealand. Diabetes Research & Clinical Practice, 91(2), 164-170. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2010.11.018

McKinlay, E., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2009). New Zealand men's health care: Are we meeting the needs of men in general practice? Journal of Primary Health Care, 1(4), 302-310.

McKinlay, E., McBain, L., & Gray, B. (2009). Teaching and learning about chronic conditions management for undergraduate medical students: Utilizing the patient-as-teacher approach. Chronic Illness, 5(3), 209-218. doi: 10.1177/1742395309343812

McKinlay, E., & McBain, L. (2007). Evaluation of the Palliative Care Partnership: A New Zealand solution to the provision of integrated palliative care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1263). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1263/2745/content.pdf

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Dowell, A., Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2006). The treatment of common mental health problems in general practice. Family Practice, 23, 53-59.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Kljakovic, M., Dowell, A., McLeod, D., Bushnell, J., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., & McBain, L. (2005). Recognition of physical and psychological symptoms: No influence of GP demographic factors. Australian Family Physician, 34(8), 1-4.

Collings, S., The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., Dowell, A., McLeod, D., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). Disability and the detection of mental disorder in primary care. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, 40(12), 994-1002. doi: 10.1007/s00127-005-0984-0

The MaGPIe Research Group, including McLeod, D., Bushnell, J., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). General practitioners' perceptions of barriers to their provision of mental healthcare: A report on Mental Health and General Practice Investigation (MaGPIe). New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1222). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/118-1222/1654/content.pdf

McKinlay, E., Plumridge, L., McBain, L., McLeod, D., Pullon, S., & Brown, S. (2005). ″What sort of health promotion are you talking about?″: A discourse analysis of the talk of general practitioners. Social Science & Medicine, 60, 1099-1106.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). Mental disorders among Maori attending their general practitioner. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39(5), 401-406.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Dowell, A., Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). The effectiveness of case-finding for mental health problems in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 55, 665-669.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including McLeod, D., Bushnell, J., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2005). Do patients want to disclose psychological problems to GPs? Family Practice, 22(6), 631-637.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2004). General practitioner recognition of mental illness in the absence of a 'gold standard'. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 38, 789-794.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2004). Frequency of consultations and general practitioner recognition of psychological symptoms. British Journal of General Practice, 54, 838-842.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., Salmond, C., Ramage, S., Cave, R., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., & McBain, L. (2003). The nature and prevalence of psychological problems in New Zealand primary healthcare: A report on Mental Health and General Practice Investigation (MaGPIe). New Zealand Medical Journal, 116(1171). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/116-1171/379/content.pdf

Pullon, S. R., McBain, L., & Allison, S. (2002). Repeat prescribing practice in New Zealand. New Zealand Family Physician, 29(1), 19-23.

The MaGPIe Research Group, including Bushnell, J., Dowell, A., Friedli, K., McLeod, D., McMurray, K., Salmond, C., Collings, S., Ellis, P., Kljakovic, M., McBain, L., & Salmond, G. (2001). Psychological problems in New Zealand primary health care: A report on the pilot phase of the Mental Health and General Practice Investigation (MaGPIe). New Zealand Medical Journal, 114(1124), 11-13.

McLeod, D., McBain, L., & Nydam, T. (2001). A prospective study of immunisation for a cohort of children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 114, 12-14.

McBain, L., & McLeod, D. (2000). Changing the delivery of diabetes care. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, August, 20.

McBain, L., McLeod, D., Coppell, K., & Manning, P. J. (2000). Diabetes care in general practice. New Zealand Family Physician, 27(6), 49-60.

McBain, L., McLeod, D., Coppell, K., & Manning, P. (2000). The provision of care for patients with diabetes in general practice. New Zealand Family Physician, 27(26), 49-55.

Pullon, S. R., & McBain, L. (1998). All the world's a stage: simulated patients in consultation skills teaching. New Zealand Family Physician, 25(3), 53-56.

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Journal - Research Other

McKinlay, E., Colquhoun, G., Gallagher, P., & McBain, L. (2017). "Pull down your pants, and slide on the ice": Medical students' experiences of a creative writing workshop. RHiME, 4, 58-61. Retrieved from https://www.rhime.in/

McKinlay, E., McBain, L., & Pullon, S. (2015). Developing film resources for interprofessional education: Effective partnerships. Medical Education, 49(11), 1155-1156. doi: 10.1111/medu.12837

Jutel, A., & McBain, L. (2012). Do we really need to know? JAMA, 308(15), 1533-1534. doi: 10.1001/2012.jama.12266

Mann, S., & McBain, L. (2012). The use of troponin testing in primary care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1357). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

McKinlay, E., McBain, L., Stanley, J., Taylor, E. J., & Robertson, G. (2011). Does a multi component palliative care education programme help medical students talk with patients at end-of-life? [Letter]. Medical Teacher, 33(10), 864. doi: 10.3109/0142159x.2011.618042

Pullon, S., & McBain, L. (2009). Out-of-hours care: Renumeration alone is no panacea [Editorial]. British Journal of General Practice, 59(558), 3-4. doi: 10.3399/bjgp09X394770

Garrett, S., Dowell, T., Bos, V., Collings, S., McBain, L., & McKinlay, E. (2007). The challenge of improving access to mental health services within a primary care setting. New Zealand Family Physician, 34(1), 25-29.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

McKinlay, E., McBain, L., & Gray, B. (2009). Teaching chronic condition management to undergraduate medical students: Utilising the patient-as-teacher approach [Letter to the editor]. Medical Teacher, 31(9), 870.

McBain, L. (2008). Documentation of cardiovascular risk factors [Letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1270). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1270/2962/content.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McBain, L., Murton, S., & Gallagher, P. (2018). The acquisition of Primary Health Care & General Practice relevant clinical skills in the senior years of a medical degree. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Conference. Renmark, Australia: ANZAHPE. [Abstract]

MacRae, J., Darlow, B., McBain, L., Stubbe, M., Turner, N., & Dowell, A. (2018). Processing natural clinical narrative in general practice to classify a spectrum of child respiratory conditions across a large longitudinal data set. Proceedings of the Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ) Conference. (pp. 28). Retrieved from https://www.hinz.org.nz

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