One of the key research uses of mental health service data is to examine the scale and scope of mental health service provision in New Zealand, alongside understanding who the services are working well for.
We are particularly interested in inequalities and inequities in health service provision patterned by ethnicity, gender, age and social deprivation. Our team are involved in projects examining mental health service provision for Māori, in collaboration with the Māori Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) at the University of Otago, Christchurch.
Examination of disparities in the provision of physical health care for people with experience of mental illness is also an important aspect of our work. We are particularly interested in the role of stigma and discrimination in driving inequities in the health care sector.
Current major research
- Ageing, older people and mental illness in New Zealand – a mixed methods study identifying the challenges, preferences and preparations of those ageing with mental illness
- Pathways to First Episode Psychosis (FEP) and Outcomes in Rangatahi Māori
This project is a collaboration with MIHI research group, funded by the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease. It utilises data in the IDI to identify patterns of health and social service use preceding and following a diagnosis of FEP among rangatahi Māori.
- Bipolar disorder treatment for Māori
This project is led by MIHI at the University of Otago, Christchurch and uses routine health service data and qualitive methods to explore treatment for Bipolar Disorder among Māori.
Previous major research and publications
- Specialist mental health care for older adults in New Zealand: An exploration of service models and routine data. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2019/vol-132-no-1489-1-february-2019/7797
- Data report for the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry. Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz/assets/Summary-reports/Otago-mental-health.pdf