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Donna Cormack, Department of Public Health

BA (Hons), MA

Senior Research Fellow; TRRHAEP

Contact details 

Tel  64 4 385 5418
Email donna.cormack@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities 

Donna (Kāti Mamoe, Kai Tahu) has been involved in work on the collection and classification of ethnicity data in Aotearoa/New Zealand, particularly as it relates to measuring and monitoring inequities. Recently, Donna has been focused on work examining the impacts of racism on Māori health and health inequities.

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Publications

Harris, R. B., Stanley, J., & Cormack, D. (2018). Racism and health in New Zealand: Prevalence over time and associations between recent experience of racism and health and wellbeing measures using national survey data. PLoS ONE, 13(5), e0196476. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196476

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., Stanley, J., & Cormack, D. (2018). Caregiver experiences of racism and child healthcare utilisation: Cross-sectional analysis from New Zealand. Archives of Disease in Childhood. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-313866

Ben, J., Cormack, D., Harris, R., & Paradies, Y. (2017). Racism and health service utilisation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0189900. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189900

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., Cormack, D., & Stanley, J. (2017). Self-reported sleep complaints are associated with adverse health outcomes: Cross-sectional analysis of the 2002/03 New Zealand Health Survey. Ethnicity & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1315368

Cormack, D., Harris, R., Stanley, J., Curtis, E., Jones, R., & Lacey, C. (2017). Assessing racial/ethnic bias amongst medical students: The Bias and Decision Making in Medicine (BDMM) Study. Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Conference: LIME Connection VII: The Future of Indigenous Health Education: Leadership, Collaboration, Curriculum. (pp. 101). Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au

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.

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.

Cormack, D. (2007). The Māori population. In B. Robson & R. Harris (Eds.), Hauora: Māori standards of health IV: A study of the years 2000-2005. (pp. 11-20). Wellington, New Zealand: Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago.

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Journal - Research Article

Harris, R. B., Stanley, J., & Cormack, D. (2018). Racism and health in New Zealand: Prevalence over time and associations between recent experience of racism and health and wellbeing measures using national survey data. PLoS ONE, 13(5), e0196476. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196476

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., Stanley, J., & Cormack, D. (2018). Caregiver experiences of racism and child healthcare utilisation: Cross-sectional analysis from New Zealand. Archives of Disease in Childhood. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-313866

Ben, J., Cormack, D., Harris, R., & Paradies, Y. (2017). Racism and health service utilisation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0189900. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189900

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., Cormack, D., & Stanley, J. (2017). Self-reported sleep complaints are associated with adverse health outcomes: Cross-sectional analysis of the 2002/03 New Zealand Health Survey. Ethnicity & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1315368

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Curtis, E., Jones, R., Stanley, J., & Lacey, C. (2016). Development and testing of study tools and methods to examine ethnic bias and clinical decision-making among medical students in New Zealand: The Bias and Decision-Making in Medicine (BDMM) study. BMC Medical Education, 16, 173. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0701-6

Paine, S.-J., Harris, R., Cormack, D., & Stanley, J. (2016). Racial discrimination and ethnic disparities in sleep disturbance: The 2002/03 New Zealand Health Survey. Sleep, 39(2), 477-485. doi: 10.5665/sleep.5468

Reid, J., Cormack, D., & Crowe, M. (2016). The significance of socially-assigned ethnicity for self-identified Māori accessing and engaging with primary healthcare in New Zealand. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness & Medicine, 20(2), 143-160. doi: 10.1177/1363459315568918

Reid, J., Cormack, D., & Crowe, M. (2016). The significance of relational continuity of care for Māori patient engagement with predominantly non-Māori doctors: Findings from a qualitative study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40(2), 120-125. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12447

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Stanley, J., & Rameka, R. (2015). Investigating the relationship between ethnic consciousness, racial discrimination and self-rated health in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 10(2), e0117343. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117343

Neuwelt, P., Crengle, S., Cormack, D., McLeod, M., & Bramley, D. (2014). General practice ethnicity data: Evaluation of a tool. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(1), 49-55.

Harris, R. B., Cormack, D. M., & Stanley, J. (2013). The relationship between socially-assigned ethnicity, health and experience of racial discrimination for Māori: Analysis of the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. BMC Public Health, 13, 844. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-844

Bécares, L., Cormack, D., & Harris, R. (2013). Ethnic density and area deprivation: Neighbourhood effects on Māori health and racial discrimination in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine, 88, 76-82. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.04.007

Cormack, D. M., Harris, R. B., & Stanley, J. (2013). Investigating the relationship between socially-assigned ethnicity, racial discrimination and health advantage in New Zealand. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e84039. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084039

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Tobias, M., Yeh, L.-C., Talamaivao, N., Minster, J., & Timutimu, R. (2012). The pervasive effects of racism: Experiences of racial discrimination in New Zealand over time and associations with multiple health domains. Social Science & Medicine, 74(3), 408-415. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.004

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

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Tobias, M., Yeh, L.-C., Talamaivao, N., Minster, J., & Timutimu, R. (2012). Self-reported experience of racial discrimination and health care use in New Zealand: Results from the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. American Journal of Public Health, 102(5), 1012-1019. doi: 10.2105/ajph.2011.300626

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lawton, B. A., Rose, S. B., Cormack, D. M., Stanley, J., & Dowell, A. C. (2008). The menopause symptom profile of Maori and non-Maori women in New Zealand. Climacteric, 11, 467-474. doi: 10.1080/13697130802351094

Raymont, A., Morgan, S., McLeod, D., Dowell, A., van Rij, A., Cumming, J., … Dew, K., & Cormack, D. (2008). New Zealand general practitioners' non-urgent referrals to surgeons: Who and why? New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1275). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1275/3091/content.pdf

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

Sarfati, D., Blakely, T., Shaw, C., Cormack, D., & Atkinson, J. (2006). Patterns of disparity: Ethnic and socio-economic trends in breast cancer mortality in New Zealand. Cancer Causes & Control, 17, 671-678.

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.

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

Janes, R., Cormack, D., & Dowell, A. (2005). New Zealand Rural General Practitioners 1999 Survey Part 4: Analysis of specific sub-groups. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1208). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/118-1208/1256/content.pdf

McLeod, D., Dew, K., Morgan, S., Dowell, A., Cumming, J., Cormack, D., McKinlay, E., & Love, T. (2004). Equity of access to elective surgery: Reflections from NZ clinicians. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 9(Suppl. 2), 41-47.

Lawton, B., Reid, P., Cormack, D., Dowell, A. C., & Stone, P. (2001). Maori women and menopause. Pacific Health Dialog, 8(1), 163-165.

Janes, R., Dowell, A. C., & Cormack, D. (2001). New Zealand Rural General Practitioners 1999 Survey - Part 1: An overview of the rural doctor workforce and their concerns. New Zealand Medical Journal, 114, 492-495.

RNZCGP Wellington Faculty, Cormack, D., Kljakovic, M., & McLeod, D. (2000). Utilisation of the peak flow meter in general practice. New Zealand Family Physician, 27(3), 58-64.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Doolan-Noble, F., McKinlay, E., & Cormack, D. (2006). The journey of treatment and care for people on the West Coast. Proceedings of the Sharing the Learning Symposium. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health. Retrieved from http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/cancercontrol-projectsummaries

Cormack, D., & Robson, B. H. (2002). Making ethnicity count in general practice. The future of primary health care conference. Wellington, NZ. [Full Paper]

Lawton, B., Reid, P., Cormack, D., & Dowell, A. C. (2001). Nga Ruahine: Maori and menopause. In H. Rozenbaum (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1st Congress of the Federation of National European Menopause Societies. (pp. 213-215). Prague: Editions ESKA. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Cormack, D., Harris, R., Stanley, J., Curtis, E., Jones, R., & Lacey, C. (2017). Assessing racial/ethnic bias amongst medical students: The Bias and Decision Making in Medicine (BDMM) Study. Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Conference: LIME Connection VII: The Future of Indigenous Health Education: Leadership, Collaboration, Curriculum. (pp. 101). Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Stanley, J., & Lacey, C. (2017). Ethnic bias and clinical decision-making in medicine: A study of New Zealand medical students. Proceedings of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Conference: LIME Connection VII: The Future of Indigenous Health Education: Leadership, Collaboration, Curriculum. (pp. 102). Retrieved from http://www.limenetwork.net.au

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Stanley, J., Curtis, E., Jones, R., & Lacey, C. (2017). Racial/ethnic bias and clinical decision-making in medicine: A study of New Zealand medical students. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/18/26/1504

Manhire-Heath, R., Cormack, D., & Wyeth, E. (2017). The general practice receptionist: Talking about health inequities. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/1259/26/1286

Cormack, D., Priest, N., Paradies, Y., Paine, S.-J., & Harris, R. (2017). Emerging areas in racism and health research: Examples from New Zealand and Australia. Proceedings of the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Retrieved from https://wcph2017.entegyapp.com/Page/28/873/26/1014

Cormack, D., Harris, R., Stanley, J., Lacey, C., Jones, R., & Curtis, E. (2016). Racial/ethnic bias among medical students in New Zealand. Proceedings of the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) Conference. 7DD10. Retrieved from https://www.amee.org

Cormack, D., Harris, R., & Stanley, J. (2016). The impacts of co-occurring forms of discrimination on indigenous health and wellbeing. Proceedings of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC). (pp. 48-49). Retrieved from http://pridoc2016.org/

Cormack, D., Harris, R., Stanley, J., Curtis, E., Jones, R., & Lacey, C. (2016). Racial/ethnic bias among New Zealand medical students. Proceedings of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC). (pp. 97). Retrieved from http://pridoc2016.org/

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Stanley, J., Curtis, E., Jones, R., & Lacey, C. (2016). Ethnic bias and clinical decision-making in medicine: A study of New Zealand medical students. Proceedings of the International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) Conference. 10K2. Retrieved from https://www.amee.org

Anderson, A., Burgess, H., & Cormack, D. (2016). Embodied impacts of rheumatic fever discourses on Māori and Pacifica whānau. Proceedings of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC). (pp. 83). Retrieved from http://pridoc2016.org/

Harris, R., Cormack, D., Stanley, J., Curtis, E., Jones, R., & Lacey, C. (2016). Racial/ethnic bias and clinical decision-making among New Zealand medical students. Proceedings of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC). (pp. 38-39). Retrieved from http://pridoc2016.org/

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