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Jason Gurney, Department of Public Health

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BSc (Hons), PhD

Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group
Research Portfolio Leader, Department of Public Health

Contact details 

Tel 64 21 279 3597
Email jason.gurney@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities 

Dr Jason Gurney is a Māori epidemiologist, Deputy Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group, and Research Portfolio Leader of the wider Department of Public Health. Jason has expertise leading national projects in cancer, chronic condition and congenital condition epidemiology. He has particular expertise and interest in the investigation (and explanation) of inequities in health outcomes between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders.

Jason is an HRC Māori Health Research Emerging Leader Fellow, and Principal Investigator of an HRC-funded project investigating disparities in post-operative mortality for Māori. He is a board member of Hei Āhuru Mōwai (the National Māori Cancer Leadership Group), and a committee member of both the Ministry of Health Tumour Standards Working group and Ministry of Health Urological Cancers Working Group.

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Publications

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Regional variation in the risk of lower-limb amputation among patients with diabetes in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.15079

Gurney, J. K., Florio, A. A., Znaor, A., Ferlay, J., Laversanne, M., Sarfati, D., … McGlynn, K. A. (2019). International trends in the incidence of testicular cancer: Lessons from 35 years and 41 countries. European Urology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2019.07.002

Signal, V., Gurney, J., Inns, S., McLeod, M., Sika-Paotonu, D., Sowerbutts, S., Teng, A., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Helicobacter pylori, stomach cancer and its prevention in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1650081

Gurney, J. K. (2019). The puzzling incidence of testicular cancer in New Zealand: What can we learn? Andrology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/andr.12584

Sarfati, D., Jackson, C. G. C. A., Macfarlane, S., Bissett, I., Robson, B., Gurney, J., Kemp, R., … McMenamin, J. (2019). Cancer Care at a Crossroads: Time to make a choice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 6-11. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Chapter in Book - Research

Sarfati, D., & Gurney, J. (2016). What is comorbidity? In B. Koczwara (Ed.), Cancer and chronic conditions: Addressing the problem of multimorbidity in cancer patients and survivors. (pp. 1-33). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-1844-2

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Journal - Research Article

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Regional variation in the risk of lower-limb amputation among patients with diabetes in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.15079

Gurney, J. K., Florio, A. A., Znaor, A., Ferlay, J., Laversanne, M., Sarfati, D., … McGlynn, K. A. (2019). International trends in the incidence of testicular cancer: Lessons from 35 years and 41 countries. European Urology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2019.07.002

Huang, S., Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., & Gurney, J. (2018). Physical activity and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. BMC Cancer, 18, 189. doi: 10.1186/s12885-018-4093-3

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., & Sarfati, D. (2018). The M3 multimorbidity index outperformed both Charlson and Elixhauser indices when predicting adverse outcomes in people with diabetes. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 99, 144-152. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2018.04.002

Millar, E., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., … Sarfati, D. (2018). Pill for this and a pill for that: A cross-sectional survey of use and understanding of medication among adults with multimorbidity. Australasian Journal on Ageing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12606

Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Rumball-Smith, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Postoperative death after lower-limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.2337/dc17-2557

Stairmand, J., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Millar, E., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., Mangin, D., Lawrenson, R., & Sarfati, D. (2018). The impact of multimorbidity on people's lives: A cross-sectional survey. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1477), 78-90. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Millar, E., Stanley, J., Gurney, J., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., Semper, K., Dowell, A., … Sarfati, D. (2018). Effect of multimorbidity on health service utilisation and health care experiences. Journal of Primary Health Care, 10(1), 44-53. doi: 10.1071/HC17074

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., Rosenbaum, D., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Risk of lower limb amputation in a national prevalent cohort of patients with diabetes. Diabetologia, 61(3), 626-635. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4488-8

Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., Rosenbaum, D., Dissanayake, A., York, S., Grech, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Pedobarography as a clinical tool in the management of diabetic feet in New Zealand: A feasibility study. Journal of Foot & Ankle Research, 10, 24. doi: 10.1186/s13047-017-0205-6

Gurney, J., Richiardi, L., McGlynn, K. A., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2017). Analgesia use during pregnancy and risk of cryptorchidism: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction, 32(5), 1118-1129. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dex047

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Lim, B. T., Bagheri, N., Simpson, A., Koea, J., & Dennett, E. (2016). Identifying important comorbidity among cancer populations using administrative data: Prevalence and impact on survival. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 12(1), e47-e56. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12130

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Shaw, C., & Sarfati, D. (2016). Ethnic patterns of hypospadias in New Zealand do not resemble those observed for cryptorchidism and testicular cancer: Evidence of differential aetiology? Andrology, 4(1), 82-86. doi: 10.1111/andr.12121

Wernham, E., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Ellison-Loschmann, L., & Sarfati, D. (2016). A comparison of midwife-led and medical-led models of care and their relationship to adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes: A retrospective cohort study in New Zealand. PLoS Medicine, 13(9), e1002134. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002134

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., Baker, M. G., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2016). Estimating the risk of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand by age, ethnicity and deprivation. Epidemiology & Infection, 144(14), 3058-3067. doi: 10.1017/s0950268816001291

Gurney, J., Chong, A., Culliford-Semmens, N., Tilton, E., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2016). The benefits and harms of rheumatic heart disease screening from the perspective of the screened population. International Journal of Cardiology, 221, 734-740. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2016.07.025

Gurney, J. K., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2015). Obscure etiology, unusual disparity: The epidemiology of testicular cancer in New Zealand. Cancer Causes & Control, 26(4), 561-569. doi: 10.1007/s10552-015-0533-4

Signal, V., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Gurney, J., Koea, J., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2015). Indigenous inequities in the presentation and management of stomach cancer in New Zealand: A country with universal health care coverage. Gastric Cancer, 18(3), 571-579. doi: 10.1007/s10120-014-0410-y

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2015). The impact of patient comorbidity on cancer stage at diagnosis. British Journal of Cancer, 113, 1375-1380. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2015.355

Gurney, J., Shaw, C., Stanley, J., Signal, V., & Sarfati, D. (2015). Cannabis exposure and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cancer, 15, 897. doi: 10.1186/s12885-015-1905-6

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Salmond, C., Crampton, P., Dennett, E., … Pearce, N. (2014). Cancer-specific administrative data—based comorbidity indices provided valid alternative to Charlson and National Cancer Institute Indices. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 67(5), 586-595. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.11.012

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., & Koea, J. (2014). A retrospective cohort study of patients with stomach and liver cancers: The impact of comorbidity and ethnicity on cancer care and outcomes. BMC Cancer, 14, 821. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-14-821

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Stanley, J., Lim, B. T., & McSherry, C. (2014). Development of a pharmacy-based comorbidity index for patients with cancer. Medical Care, 52(7), 586-593. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000000149

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., & Studd, R. (2013). Do ethnic patterns in cryptorchidism reflect those found in testicular cancer? Journal of Urology, 190(5), 1852-1857. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2013.05.002

Swart, E. M., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Dennett, E., Signal, V., Gurney, J., & Stanley, J. (2013). Ethnicity and rectal cancer management in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1384). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Dennett, E., Johnson, C., Koea, J., Simpson, A., & Studd, R. (2013). Unstaged cancer in a population-based registry: Prevalence, predictors and patient prognosis. Cancer Epidemiology, 37(4), 498-504. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2013.03.005

Chamberlain, J., Sarfati, D., Cunningham, R., Koea, J., Gurney, J., & Blakely, T. (2013). Incidence and management of hepatocellular carcinoma among Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37(6), 520-526. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12108

Gurney, J. K., Kuch, C., Rosenbaum, D., & Kersting, U. G. (2012). The Māori foot exhibits differences in plantar loading and midfoot morphology to the Caucasian foot. Gait & Posture, 36(1), 157-159. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.01.013

Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., & Rosenbaum, D. (2009). Dynamic foot function and morphology in elite rugby league athletes of different ethnicity. Applied Ergonomics, 40(3), 554-559. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2008.11.001

Gurney, J. K., Kersting, U. G., & Rosenbaum, D. (2008). Between-day reliability of repeated plantar pressure distribution measurements in a normal population. Gait & Posture, 27(4), 706-709. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2007.07.002

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Journal - Research Other

Signal, V., Gurney, J., Inns, S., McLeod, M., Sika-Paotonu, D., Sowerbutts, S., Teng, A., & Sarfati, D. (2019). Helicobacter pylori, stomach cancer and its prevention in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1650081

Sarfati, D., Jackson, C. G. C. A., Macfarlane, S., Bissett, I., Robson, B., Gurney, J., Kemp, R., … McMenamin, J. (2019). Cancer Care at a Crossroads: Time to make a choice. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1493), 6-11. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J. K. (2019). The puzzling incidence of testicular cancer in New Zealand: What can we learn? Andrology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/andr.12584

Signal, V., Huang, S., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K. A., & Gurney, J. K. (2018). Dairy consumption and risk of testicular cancer: A systematic review. Nutrition & Cancer, 70(5), 710-736. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2018.1470655

Hei Āhuru Mōwai – National Māori Cancer Leadership Group, including Gurney, J. K. (2018). New Zealand’s revised ethnicity data protocols must not become a shelved document: A challenge from Hei Āhuru Mōwai. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1470), 104-106. [Letter].

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., McGlynn, K., Richiardi, L., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., Merriman, T. R., Robson, B., … McLeod, M., Kennedy, M. A., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Testicular Cancer in New Zealand (TCNZ) study: Protocol for a national case-control study. BMJ Open, 8, e025212. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025212

Gurney, J. K., Stanley, J., York, S., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Lower-limb amputation in New Zealand: Temporal changes and the role of diabetes mellitus. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1484), 71-73. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J. K., McGlynn, K. A., Stanley, J., Merriman, T., Signal, V., Shaw, C., Edwards, R., … Sarfati, D. (2017). Risk factors for cryptorchidism. Nature Reviews Urology, 14, 534-548. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2017.90

Gurney, J. K., Chong, A., Culliford-Semmens, N., Tilton, E., Wilson, N. J., & Sarfati, D. (2017). High levels of rheumatic fever and sore throat awareness among a high-risk population screened for rheumatic heart disease. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1450), 107-110. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Stanley, J., Wilson, N., & Webb, R. (2015). The incidence of acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand, 2010-2013. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1417). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Gurney, J. K., Marshall, P. W. M., Rosenbaum, D., & Kersting, U. G. (2013). Test-retest reliability of dynamic plantar loading and foot geometry measures in diabetics with peripheral neuropathy [Short communication]. Gait & Posture, 37(1), 135-137. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.06.007

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Dennett, E., & Koea, J. (2013). The completeness of cancer treatment data on the national health collections. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1381). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Gurney, J., & Kersting, U. (2006). Comparison of measurement systems used to determine elbow angle during cricket bowling. ISBS Conference Proceedings Archive, 24. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., & Stanley, J. (2014). Obscure aetiology, unusual disparity: New Zealand's key role in the fight against testicular cancer. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 252). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

Baker, M. G., Lennon, D., Gurney, J., Percival, T., Pierse, N., Merriman, T., … Murray, C., … Oliver, J., & Edwards, R. (2014). Choosing optimal controls for a rheumatic fever case-control study in New Zealand. Australasian Epidemiologist, 21(3), (pp. 66-67). [Abstract]

Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Valery, P., & Signal, L. (2013). Cancer care in the context of comorbidity. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 9(Suppl. 3), (pp. 95-96). doi: 10.1111/ajco.12144

Gurney, J., Sarfati, D., Lim, B. T., Bagheri, N., Simpson, A., Koea, J., & Dennett, E. (2013). Cancer, comorbidity and care: The prevalence and importance of comorbidity in cancer. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 9(Suppl. 3), (pp. 96). doi: 10.1111/ajco.12144

Gurney, J., & Sarfati, D. (2012). Unstaged cancer in New Zealand: Prevalence, predictors and patient prognosis. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8(Suppl. 3), (pp. 163). doi: 10.1111/ajco.12029

Gurney, J., Kuch, C., Rosenbaum, D., & Kersting, U. (2010). The Māori foot: Static morphology and dynamic function in healthy and diabetic populations. Emed Scientific Meeting (ESM). Retrieved from http://www.novel.de/ESM2010/

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