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MBChB, MPH, FNZCPHMSenior Research Fellow; TRRHAEP, BODE³

Teaches PUBH711 Principles of Epidemiology

Contact Details

Tel: +64 4 918 6144
Fax: +64 4 389 5319

Research Interests and Activities

Melissa McLeod (Ngāi Tahu) is a public health physician and senior research fellow working at Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, Wellington. Melissa is a fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and a member of Te ORA (Māori Medical Practitioners Association). Melissa's research interests include Māori health, epidemiology and the investigation and elimination of ethnic health inequalities in Aotearoa/New Zealand.


Gage, R., Mizdrak, A., Richards, J., Bauman, A., McLeod, M., Jones, R., … Shaw, C. (2023). The epidemiology of domain-specific physical activity in New Zealand adults: A nationally representative cross-sectional survey. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 20, 909-920. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2022-0156

Randle, J., Rogan, A., Lockett, J., McLeod, M., Balm, M., & Peckler, B. (2023). Evolving swabbing practices for COVID-19 in a New Zealand emergency department during the early stages of an emerging pandemic. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 35, 812-820. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.14237

McLeod, M., & Harris, R. (2023). Action plan for achieving high quality ethnicity data in the health and disability sector. Commissioned by Te Aka Whai Ora: Māori Health Authority. 25p.

Shaw, C., Gage, R., Mizdrak, A., McLeod, M., Jones, R., & Woodward, A. (2022, November). Socioeconomic inequalities in greenhouse gas emissions from household travel in Aotearoa/NZ. Verbal presentation at the 4th Transport Research Network (TRN) Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Randle, J., McLeod, M., Harris, R., Inns, S., & Atkinson, J. (2022, November). It’s worse than it looks: Māori ethnicity data quality in health and its implications for the National bowel screening programme age extension. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshop, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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