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Bridget Robson, Department of Public Health

BA, DPH

Bridget_Robson

Associate Dean Māori; Director TRRHAEP; Senior Research Fellow

Contact details 

Tel 64 4 918 5784
Fax 64 4 389 5319
Email bridget.robson@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities 

Bridget (Ngāti Raukawa) is the director of Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her research interests are in the areas of social and economic determinants of health, inequitable treatment in the health system, the impact of racism on health, and the development of kaupapa Māori epidemiology.

Bridget is the Principal Investigator of Unequal Treatment: The Role of Health Services. She is also involved in the Mauri Tangata project on unemployment and health, several projects on Māori cancer outcomes, and she is active in providing Tackling Inequalities workshops for the health sector. Bridget was also an author on Hauora: Standards of Health III.

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Publications

Hudson, B., Pitama, S., McBain, L., Robson, B., Stokes, T., Baxter, J., & Crampton, P. (2021). A brief response to Hawkins: A call for socially responsive research in Māori health. Journal of Primary Health Care, 13(3), 204. doi: 10.1071/hc21094

Gurney, J., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., Campbell, D., Davies, C., Dennett, E., … Ongley, D., Robson, B., Rumball-Smith, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Thomas, C., & Koea, J. (2021). Disparities in post-operative mortality between Māori and non-indigenous ethnic groups in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1542), 15-28. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Edmonds, L. K., Sibanda, N., Geller, S., Cram, F., Robson, B., Filoche, S., Storey, F., … Lawton, B. (2021). He Tamariki Kokoti Tau: Tackling preterm incidence and outcomes of preterm births by ethnicity in Aotearoa New Zealand 2010-2014. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13855

Osborne, E., Robson, B., & Anderson, V. (2021). When personal experience overlaps with study. Clinical Teacher. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/tct.13384

McLeod, M., Harris, R., Paine, S.-J., Crengle, S., Cormack, D., Scott, N., & Robson, B. (2021). Bowel cancer screening age range extension for Māori: What is all the fuss about? New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1535), 71-77. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Robson, B., Koopu, P., Gilmour, J., Rameka, R., Simmonds, S., Purdie, G., … Paine, S.-J. (2011). Oranga Waha: Oral health research priorities for Māori: Low income adults, kaumātua and Māori with disabilities, special needs or chronic health conditions. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Authored Book - Research

Signal, L., Martin, J., Cram, F., & Robson, B. (2008). The Health Equity Assessment Tool: A user's guide. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health, 44p.

Authored Book - Research

Robson, B., & Harris, R. (Eds.). (2007). Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago, 273p.

Edited Book - Research

Paine, S.-J., Cormack, D., Reid, P., Harris, R., & Robson, B. (2021). Kaupapa Māori-informed approaches to support data rights and self-determination. In M. Walter, T. Kukutai, S. R. Carroll & D. Rodriguez-Lonebear (Eds.), Indigenous data sovereignty and policy. (pp. 187-203). London, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429273957

Chapter in Book - Research

Robson, B. (2008). What is driving the disparities? In K. Dew & A. Matheson (Eds.), Understanding health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 19-32). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Cormack, D., Purdie, G., & Robson, B. (2007). Cancer. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 103-119). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Harris, R., Purdie, G., Robson, B., Wright, C., Zhang, J., & Baker, M. (2007). Appendix 3: Estimating Māori hospitalisations and cancer registrations. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 249-259). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Reid, P., & Robson, B. (2007). Understanding health inequities. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 3-9). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Robson, B., & Purdie, G. (2007). Appendix 1: Methods. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 229-239). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Robson, B., & Purdie, G. (2007). Mortality. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 33-61). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Robson, B., Cormack, D., & Cram, F. (2007). Social and economic indicators. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 21-32). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Robson, B., Robson, C., Harris, R., & Purdie, G. (2007). Hospitalisations. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 63-101). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

Chapter in Book - Research

Reid, P., & Robson, B. (2006). The state of Māori health. In M. Mulholland & contributors (Eds.), State of the Māori nation: Twenty-first-century issues in Aotearoa. (pp. 17-31). Auckland, New Zealand: Reed.

Chapter in Book - Research

Edmonds, L. K., Sibanda, N., Geller, S., Cram, F., Robson, B., Filoche, S., Storey, F., … Lawton, B. (2021). He Tamariki Kokoti Tau: Tackling preterm incidence and outcomes of preterm births by ethnicity in Aotearoa New Zealand 2010-2014. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ijgo.13855

Journal - Research Article

Gurney, J., McLeod, M., Stanley, J., Sarfati, D., Campbell, D., Davies, C., Dennett, E., … Ongley, D., Robson, B., Rumball-Smith, J., Signal, V., Stairmand, J., Thomas, C., & Koea, J. (2021). Disparities in post-operative mortality between Māori and non-indigenous ethnic groups in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1542), 15-28. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Osborne, E., Anderson, V., & Robson, B. (2021). Students as epistemological agents: Claiming life experience as real knowledge in health professional education. Higher Education, 81(4), 741-756. doi: 10.1007/s10734-020-00571-w

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Osborne, E., Robson, B., & Anderson, V. (2021). When personal experience overlaps with study. Clinical Teacher. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/tct.13384

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Berry, M. J., Foster, T., Rowe, K., Robertson, O., Robson, B., & Pierse, N. (2018). Gestational age, health, and educational outcomes in adolescents. Pediatrics, 142(5), e20181016. doi: 10.1542/peds.2018-1016

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Morrell, S., Taylor, R., Roder, D., Robson, B., Gregory, M., & Craig, K. (2017). Mammography service screening and breast cancer mortality in New Zealand: A National Cohort Study 1999-2011. British Journal of Cancer, 116, 828-839. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2017.6

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Anderson, I., Robson, B., Connolly, M., Al-Yaman, F., Bjertness, E., King, A., … Yap, L. (2016). Indigenous and tribal peoples' health (The Lancet-Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration): A population study. Lancet, 388, 131-157. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(16)00345-7

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Gilmour, J., Huntington, A., & Robson, B. (2016). Oral health experiences of Māori with dementia and Whānau perspectives: Oranga waha mō ngā iwi katoa. Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand, 32(1), 20-27.

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Lawton, B., Makowharemahihi, C., Cram, F., Robson, B., & Ngata, T. (2016). E Hine: Access to contraception for indigenous Māori teenage mothers. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(1), 52-59. doi: 10.1071/HC15021

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Lawton, B., Stanley, J., Filoche, S., Garrett, S., Rose, S. B., Robson, B., & Elley, C. R. (2016). Exploring the maternal and infant continuum: Ethnic disparities in infant hospital admissions for respiratory disease. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(5), 430-435. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12505

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Lawton, B., Filoche, S. K., Rose, S. B., Stanley, J., Garrett, S., Robson, B., Brown, S., & Sykes, P. (2014). Uterine cancer: Exploring access to services in the public health system. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 54(5), 457-461. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12237

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Makowharemahihi, C., Lawton, B. A., Cram, F., Ngata, T., Brown, S., & Robson, B. (2014). Initiation of maternity care for young Māori women under 20 years of age. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1393). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Hill, S., Sarfati, D., Robson, B., & Blakely, T. (2013). Indigenous inequalities in cancer: What role for health care? ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83(1-2), 36-41. doi: 10.1111/ans.12041

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Lawton, B., Cram, F., Makowharemahihi, C., Ngata, T., Robson, B., Brown, S., & Campbell, W. (2013). Developing a Kaupapa Māori research project to help reduce health disparities experienced by young Māori women and their babies. AlterNative, 9(3), 246-261.

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Lawton, B. A., Rose, S. B., Pullon, S., Stanley, J., Garrett, S., Sykes, P., Cormack, D., Robson, B., Langdana, F., Cooper, A., & Filoche, S. K. (2012). The impact of outpatient booking systems on waiting times for investigation of suspected cancer: The case of post-menopausal bleeding. Clinical Ovarian & Other Gynecologic Cancer, 5(2), 87-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cogc.2013.06.001

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McLeod, M., Cormack, D., Harris, R., Robson, B., Sykes, P., & Crengle, S. (2011). Achieving equitable outcomes for Māori women with cervical cancer in New Zealand: Health provider views. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1334). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1334/4661/content.pdf

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Cormack, D., Sarfati, D., Harris, R., Robson, B., Shaw, C., & Blakely, T. (2010). Re: 'An overview of cancer and beliefs about the disease in indigenous people of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US' [Letter]. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(1), 90-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00481.x

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Curtis, E., Harwood, M., Riddell, T., Robson, B., Harris, R., Mills, C., & Reid, P. (2010). Access and society as determinants of Ischaemic Heart Disease in indigenous populations. Heart, Lung & Circulation, 19, 316-324. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2010.04.129

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Hill, S., Sarfati, D., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Purdie, G., Chen, J., Dennett, E., Cormack, D., Cunningham, R., Dew, K., … Kawachi, I. (2010). Survival disparities in indigenous and non-indigenous New Zealanders with colon cancer: The role of patient comorbidity, treatment and health service factors. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 64(2), 117-123. doi: 10.1136/jech.2008.083816

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Hill, S., Sarfati, D., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Purdie, G., Dennett, E., Cormack, D., Dew, K., … Kawachi, I. (2010). Ethnicity and management of colon cancer in New Zealand: Do indigenous patients get a worse deal? Cancer, 116(13), 3205-3214. doi: 10.1002/cncr.25127

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McLeod, M., Harris, R., Purdie, G., Cormack, D., Robson, B., Sykes, P., Crengle, S., Iupati, D., & Walker, N. (2010). Improving survival disparities in cervical cancer between Māori and non-Māori women in New Zealand: A National Retrospective Cohort Study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(2), 193-199. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00506.x

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Mihaere, K. M., Harris, R., Gander, P. H., Reid, P. M., Purdie, G., Robson, B., & Neill, A. (2009). Obstructive sleep apnea in New Zealand adults: Prevalence and risk factors among Māori and non-Māori. Sleep, 32(7), 949-956.

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Sarfati, D., Hill, S., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Purdie, G., Dennett, E., Cormack, D., & Dew, K. (2009). The effect of comorbidity on the use of adjuvant chemotherapy and survival from colon cancer: A retrospective cohort study. BMC Cancer, 9, 116. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-9-116

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Simmonds, S., Robson, B., Cram, F., & Purdie, G. (2008). Kaupapa Maori epidemiology. Australasian Epidemiologist, 15(1), 3-6.

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Harris, R., Robson, B., Curtis, E., Purdie, G., Cormack, D., & Reid, P. (2007). Māori and non-Māori differences in caesarean section rates: A national review. New Zealand Medical Journal, 120(1250). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/120-1250/2444/content.pdf

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Robson, B., Purdie, G., Cram, F., & Simmonds, S. (2007). Age standardisation: An indigenous standard? Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, 4, 3. doi: 10.1186/1742-7622-4-3

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Signal, L., Martin, J., Reid, P., Carroll, C., Howden-Chapman, P., Keefe-Ormsby, V., … Robson, B., & Wall, T. (2007). Tackling health inequalities: Moving theory to action. International Journal for Equity in Health, 6. doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-6-12

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Health Utilisation Research Alliance (HURA), including McLeod, D., Cormack, D., Love, T., Salmond, C., Robson, B., Dowell, T., Crampton, P., Ramage, S., & Howard, M. (2006). Ethnicity, socioeconomic deprivation and consultation rates in New Zealand general practice. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 11(3), 141-149.

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Health Utilisation Research Alliance (HURA), including McLeod, D., Cormack, D., Robson, B., Love, T., Salmond, C., Dowell, T., … Crampton, P. (2006). Ethnicity data and primary care in New Zealand: Lessons from the Health Utilisation Research Alliance (HURA) study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1231). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1231/1917/content.pdf

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Blakely, T., Tobias, M., Robson, B., Ajwani, S., Bonné, M., & Woodward, A. (2005). Widening ethnic mortality disparities in New Zealand 1981-99. Social Science & Medicine, 61, 2233-2251.

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Blakely, T., Ajwani, S., Robson, B., Tobias, M., & Bonné, M. (2004). Decades of disparity: Widening ethnic mortality gaps from 1980 - 1999. New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1199). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1199/995/content.pdf

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Ajwani, S., Blakely, T., Robson, B., Atkinson, J., & Kiro, C. (2003). Unlocking the numerator-denominator bias III: Adjustment ratios by ethnicity for 1981-1999 mortality data. The New Zealand Census-Mortality Study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 116(1175). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/116-1175/456/content.pdf

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Blakely, T. A., Robson, B. H., & Woodward, A. (2002). Measuring health status accurately -more needs doing. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115, 149-150.

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Blakely, T. A., Robson, B. H., Atkinson, J., Sporle, A., & Kiro, C. (2002). Unlocking the numerator-denominator bias. I:Adjustment ratios by ethnicity for 1991-1994 mortality data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115, 39-43.

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Carr, J., Robson, B. H., Reid, P., Purdie, G. L., & Workman, P. (2002). Heart Failure: Ethnic disparities in morbidity and mortality in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 115(1146), 15-17.

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Keefe-Ormsby, V., Reid, P., Ormsby, C., Robson, B. H., Purdie, G. L., Baxter, J. M., & Ngati Kahungunu Iwi. (2002). Serious health events following involuntary job loss in New Zealand meat processing workers. International Journal of Epidemiology, 31, 1155-1161.

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McLeod, D., Mansell, J., Harris, R. J., Dowell, A. C., Robson, B. H., & Reid, P. (2000). The collection of patient ethnicity data: A challenge for general practice. New Zealand Family Physician, 27(3), 51-57.

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