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Te hauora ā-hinengaro, te mate pukupuku me ngā māuiui tūroa

Experience of mental health conditions can impact on the incidence, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes from cancer and other NCDs. This work investigates these impacts, with the view to developing policies and processes to improve outcomes among those with mental health conditions. Current work in this area is focused on cardiovascular disease risk prediction in collaboration with the University of Auckland, and on understanding the health needs of older people using mental health services.

Ki te pāngia te tangata e te māuiui ā-hinengaro, ka whai hononga anō pea tēnei ki te pānga atu o te mate pukupuku me ētahi atu momo mate, me te tautohunga, te whakarongoātanga me ngā huanga hoki. Ka titiro tēnei mahi ki aua āhuatanga, me te whakaaro ki te whakarite mai i ētahi kaupapahere, ētahi tukanga hoki e whakapaitia ake ai ngā huanga e hua ana ki te hunga whai mate ā-hinengaro. Kei te hāngai ngā mahi o tēnei wā ki te tautohu i ngā whakamōrearea mō te mate manawa, e mahi tahi nei me te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau, ā, ki te rapu kōrero hoki mō ngā hiahia o te hunga kaumātua e whakamahi nei i ngā ratonga hauora ā-hinengaro.

We are also working on a number of other projects using routine data on mental health service use in New Zealand (PRIMHD) linked to other datasets, in order to better understand mental health service provision in New Zealand. For example we are collaborating with researchers at the Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) at The University of Otago in Christchurch on work investigating mental health service access and provision for Māori.

Kei te kōkiri hoki mātau i ētahi atu kaupapa, arā mā te whakamahi i ngā raraunga noa mō te ratonga hauora ā-hinengaro i Aotearoa nei (PRIMHD), kua honoa atu ki ētahi atu huinga raraunga, kia mārama ake ai ki ngā āhuatanga o te whakarato i ngā ratonga hauora ā-hinengaro i Aotearoa. Hei tauira, kei te mahi tahi mātau ki ngā kairangahau o te Pūtahi Hauora Māori/Iwi Taketake ki te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou ki Ōtautahi ki te tirotiro i te āheitanga me te whakaratonga atu o ngā ratonga hauora ā-hinengaro ki a Ngāi Māori.

Projects

Key publications

Cunningham, R., Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2017). Like minds, like mine: Seventeen years of countering stigma and discrimination against people with experience of mental distress in New Zealand. In W. Gaebel, W. Rössler & N. Sartorius (Eds.), The stigma of mental illness: The end of the story? (pp. 263-287). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-27839-1_15

McLeod, M., King, P., Stanley, J., Lacey, C., & Cunningham, R. (2017). Ethnic disparities in the use of seclusion for adult psychiatric inpatients in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1454), 30-39. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Woodhead, C., Cunningham, R., Ashworth, M., Barley, E., Stewart, R. J., & Henderson, M. J. (2016). Cervical and breast cancer screening uptake among women with serious mental illness: A data linkage study. BMC Cancer, 16(1), 819. doi: 10.1186/s12885-016-2842-8

Cunningham, R. (2016). Cancer in the context of severe mental illness in New Zealand: An epidemiological study (PhD). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6574

Cunningham, R., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Peterson, D., & Collings, S. (2015). Cancer survival in the context of mental illness: A national cohort study. General Hospital Psychiatry, 37, 501-506. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.06.003

Cunningham, R., Peterson, D., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., & Collings, S. (2014). Premature mortality in adults using New Zealand psychiatric services. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1394).

Presentations

Ruth Cunningham: The pathways to unequal health outcomes - what data tells us. Equally Well Summit keynote presentation 2014.

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