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Jason Gurney imageBSc(Hons), PhDResearch Associate Professor and Director, Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group

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Research interests and activities

Associate Professor Jason Gurney (Ngāpuhi) is an epidemiologist and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group at the University of Otago. Jason is currently leading multiple national-level projects on equity in health outcomes for Māori, with a focus on cancer.

Jason is currently a Health Research Council (HRC) Māori Emerging Leader Fellow, and Principal Investigator of several HRC-funded projects examining topics including post-operative mortality, the co-occurrence of cancer and diabetes, and equity of access to treatment for Māori with lung cancer. He is also currently seconded two days per week to Te Aho o Te Kahu – Cancer Control Agency as their Senior Epidemiologist.

Jason is a member of the Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC), which provides independent public health advice to the Minister of Health. He also currently sits on the HRC Public Health Research Committee; Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) Perioperative Mortality Review Committee; Hei Āhuru Mōwai (Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa); the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) Cancer Intelligence and Data Infrastructure Network; the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand; and multiple Te Aho o Te Kahu working groups. Jason is also co-Chair of an HRC Science Assessing Committee.


Cleverley, T., Meredith, I., Sika-Paotonu, D., & Gurney, J. (2023). Cancer incidence, mortality and survival for Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1586), 12-31. Retrieved from

Signal, V., Jones, R., Davies, C., Stairmand, J., Smith, M., Adler, J., & Gurney, J. K. (2023). It’s more than just physical: Experiences of pain and pain management among Māori with cancer and their whanau. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 18(1). doi: 10.32799/ijih.v18i1.39255

Han, E., Srinivasa, S., Gurney, J., & Koea, J. (2023). Cancer screening services: What do Indigenous communities want? A systematic review. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1577), (pp. 115-116). Retrieved from

Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Teng, A., Robson, B., Scott, N., Sika-Paotonu, D., … Krebs, J., & Koea, J. (2023). Equity of cancer and diabetes co-occurrence: A national study with 44 million person-years of follow-up. JCO Global Oncology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1200/GO.22.00357

Jones, R. M., Signal, V., Smith, M., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., & Gurney, J. (2023). Palliative care and quality of life needs and outcomes for Māori with cancer: What do we know? AlterNative. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/11771801231163919

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