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Amanda Kvalsvig, Department of Public Health

Amanda_Kvalsvig_profileMBChB, MRCPCH, MSc (Epidemiology), PhD (Epidemiology)
Co-Director, HEIRU

Contact details 

Tel +64 4 385 5541
Fax +64 4 389 5319
Email amanda.kvalsvig@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities 

Dr Amanda Kvalsvig has a dual background in clinical paediatrics and epidemiology, and is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department. Her research activities currently have a strong focus on New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic; she is the lead researcher of Co-Search, a COVID-19 research collaborative led by Professor Michael Baker. She is also lead researcher of SYMBIOTIC, a newly-funded HRC programme led by Michael Baker which aims to investigate the two-way relationships between infectious disease and long-term conditions.

Amanda’s other research interests are centred on the social determinants of health and wellbeing: topics include other infectious diseases (particularly meningococcal disease), breastfeeding, child poverty, and early child development. She supervises postgraduate students undertaking research on these topics, and also has a methodological interest in the challenges of analysing existing data to develop high-quality evidence for policy and practice.

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Publications

Bennett, J., Shorter, C., Kvalsvig, A., Telfar Barnard, L., Wilson, N., Crane, J., Douwes, J., Cunningham, C., … Summers, J., … Baker, M. G., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). Indoor air quality, largely neglected and in urgent need of a refresh. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1559), 136-139. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Kvalsvig, A., Baker, M., Summers, J., Telfar Barnard, L., Dickson, A., Bennett, J., Timu-Parata, C., Wilson, N., (2022, May). The urgent need for a Covid-19 Action Plan for Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/the-urgent-need-for-a-covid-19-action-plan-for-schools-in-aotearoa-new-zealand/

Potter, J. D., & Kvalsvig, A. (2022). Long COVID affects 1 in 5 people following infection. Vaccination, masks and better indoor air are our best protections. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/long-covid-affects-1-in-5-people-following-infection-vaccination-masks-and-better-indoor-air-are-our-best-protections-180668

Davies, C., Timu-Parata, C., Stairmand, J., Robson, B., Kvalsvig, A., Lum, D., & Signal, V. (2022). A kia ora, a wave and a smile: An urban marae-led response to COVID-19, a case study in manaakitanga. International Journal for Equity in Health, 21, 70. doi: 10.1186/s12939-022-01667-8

Baker, M., Summers, J., Kvalsvig, A., Harwood, M., Wilson, N. (2022, January). Preparing for Omicron: A proactive Government response is urgently needed to minimise harms. Public Health Expert blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/pubhealthexpert/preparing-for-omicron-a-proactive-government-response-is-urgently-needed-to-minimise-harms/

Davies, C., Timu-Parata, C., Stairmand, J., Robson, B., Kvalsvig, A., Lum, D., & Signal, V. (2022). A kia ora, a wave and a smile: An urban marae-led response to COVID-19, a case study in manaakitanga. International Journal for Equity in Health, 21, 70. doi: 10.1186/s12939-022-01667-8

Journal - Research Article

Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Puloka, A., Bocock, C., Gwyther, R., Rushton, A., Puloka, V., … Kvalsvig, A., & Baker, M. G. (2022). The lived experience of hotel isolation and quarantine at the Aotearoa New Zealand border for COVID-19: A qualitative descriptive study. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 70, 102779. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102779

Journal - Research Article

Kvalsvig, A., Telfar Barnard, L., Summers, J., & Baker, M. G. (2022). Integrated prevention and control of seasonal respiratory infections in Aotearoa New Zealand: Next steps for transformative change. Policy Quarterly, 18(1), 44-51. doi: 10.26686/pq.v18i1.7500

Journal - Research Article

Bentley, R., Simons, K., Kvalsvig, A., Milne, B., & Blakely, T. (2021). Short-run effects of poverty on asthma, ear infections and health service use: Analysis of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. International Journal of Epidemiology, 50(5), 1526-1539. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyab059

Journal - Research Article

Choi, K., Giridharan, N., Cartmell, A., Lum, D., Signal, L., Puloka, V., Crossin, R., Gray, L., Davies, C., Baker, M., & Kvalsvig, A. (2021). Life during lockdown: A qualitative study of low-income New Zealanders' experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1538), 52-67. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Goldfeld, S., Moreno-Betancur, M., Guo, S., Mensah, F., O'Connor, E., Gray, S., … Kvalsvig, A., … O'Connor, M. (2021). Inequities in children's reading skills: The role of home reading and preschool attendance. Academic Pediatrics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2021.04.019

Journal - Research Article

Gray, L., Rose, S. B., Stanley, J., Zhang, J., Tassell-Matamua, N., Puloka, V., Kvalsvig, A., … Murton, S. A., … Baker, M. G. (2021). Factors influencing individual ability to follow physical distancing recommendations in Aotearoa New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic: A population survey. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 51(Suppl. 1), S107-S126. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2021.1879179

Journal - Research Article

Grout, L., Katar, A., Ouakrim, D. A., Summers, J. A., Kvalsvig, A., Baker, M. G., Blakely, T., & Wilson, N. (2021). Failures of quarantine systems for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia and New Zealand. Medical Journal of Australia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.5694/mja2.51240

Journal - Research Article

Kvalsvig, A., & Baker, M. G. (2021). How Aotearoa New Zealand rapidly revised its Covid-19 response strategy: Lessons for the next pandemic plan. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 51(1), S143-S166. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2021.1891943

Journal - Research Article

Shackleton, N., Li, E., Gibb, S., Kvalsvig, A., Baker, M., Sporle, A., … Milne, B. J. (2021). The relationship between income poverty and child hospitalisations in New Zealand: Evidence from longitudinal household panel data and Census data. PLoS ONE, 16(1), e0243920. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243920

Journal - Research Article

Gray, L., MacDonald, C., Tassell-Matamua, N., Stanley, J., Kvalsvig, A., Zhang, J., Murton, S., … Puloka, V., … Baker, M. G. (2020). Wearing one for the team: Views and attitudes to face covering in New Zealand/Aotearoa during COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(3), 199-206. doi: 10.1071/HC20089

Journal - Research Article

Wilson, N., Boyd, M., Kvalsvig, A., Chambers, T., & Baker, M. (2020). Public health aspects of the Covid-19 response and opportunities for the post-pandemic era. Policy Quarterly, 16(3), 20-24.

Journal - Research Article

O'Connor, M., Cloney, D., Kvalsvig, A., & Goldfeld, S. (2019). Positive mental health and academic achievement in elementary school: New evidence from a matching analysis. Educational Researcher, 48(4), 205-216. doi: 10.3102/0013189x19848724

Journal - Research Article

Goldfeld, S., O'Connor, M., Chong, S., Gray, S., O'Connor, E., Woolfenden, S., … Kvalsvig, A., & Badland, H. (2018). The impact of multidimensional disadvantage over childhood on developmental outcomes in Australia. International Journal of Epidemiology, 47(5), 1485-1496. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy087

Journal - Research Article

Oliver, J., Foster, T., Kvalsvig, A., Williamson, D. A., Baker, M. G., & Pierse, N. (2018). Risk of rehospitalisation and death for vulnerable New Zealand children. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103(4), 327-334. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-312671

Journal - Research Article

Goldfeld, S., Kvalsvig, A., Incledon, E., & O'Connor, M. (2017). Epidemiology of positive mental health in a national census of children at school entry. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 71(3), 225-231. doi: 10.1136/jech-2015-207061

Journal - Research Article

Dennaoui, K., Nicholls, R. J., O'connor, M., Tarasuik, J., Kvalsvig, A., & Goldfeld, S. (2016). The English proficiency and academic language skills of Australian bilingual children during the primary school years. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(2), 157-165. doi: 10.3109/17549507.2015.1060526

Journal - Research Article

Goldfeld, S., O'Connor, M., Quach, J., Tarasuik, J., & Kvalsvig, A. (2015). Learning trajectories of children with special health care needs across the severity spectrum. Academic Pediatrics, 15(2), 177-184. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.09.001

Journal - Research Article

Goldfeld, S., Kvalsvig, A., Incledon, E., O'Connor, M., & Mensah, F. (2014). Predictors of mental health competence in a population cohort of Australian children. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68, 431-437. doi: 10.1136/jech-2013-203007

Journal - Research Article

Kvalsvig, A., O'Connor, M., Redmond, G., & Goldfeld, S. (2014). The unknown citizen: Epidemiological challenges in child mental health. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68, 1004-1008. doi: 10.1136/jech-2013-203712

Journal - Research Article

O'Connor, M., Howell-Meurs, S., Kvalsvig, A., & Goldfeld, S. (2014). Understanding the impact of special health care needs on early school functioning: A conceptual model. Child: Care, Health & Development, 41(1), 15-22. doi: 10.1111/cch.12164

Journal - Research Article

Baker, M. G., Kvalsvig, A., Zhang, J., Lake, R., Sears, A., & Wilson, N. (2012). Declining Guillain-Barré syndrome after campylobacteriosis control, New Zealand, 1988-2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 18(2), 226-233. doi: 10.3201/eid1802.111126

Journal - Research Article

Baker, M. G., Telfar Barnard, L., Kvalsvig, A., Verrall, A., Zhang, J., Keall, M., Wilson, N., … Howden-Chapman, P. (2012). Increasing incidence of serious infectious diseases and inequalities in New Zealand: A national epidemiological study. Lancet, 379(9821), 1112-1119. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(11)61780-7

Journal - Research Article

Baker, M., Kvalsvig, A., Harwood, M., & Wilson, N. (2022). Two years on from the first COVID case, New Zealand's successful pandemic response still faces major challenges. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/two-years-on-from-the-first-covid-case-new-zealands-successful-pandemic-response-still-faces-major-challenges-177134

Journal - Research Other

Bennett, J., Shorter, C., Kvalsvig, A., Telfar Barnard, L., Wilson, N., Crane, J., Douwes, J., Cunningham, C., … Summers, J., … Baker, M. G., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). Indoor air quality, largely neglected and in urgent need of a refresh. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1559), 136-139. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A. (2022). To protect children during Aotearoa's Omicron outbreak, we need to consider their families, not just schools. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/to-protect-children-during-aotearoas-omicron-outbreak-we-need-to-consider-their-families-not-just-schools-176458

Journal - Research Other

Potter, J. D., & Kvalsvig, A. (2022). Long COVID affects 1 in 5 people following infection. Vaccination, masks and better indoor air are our best protections. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/long-covid-affects-1-in-5-people-following-infection-vaccination-masks-and-better-indoor-air-are-our-best-protections-180668

Journal - Research Other

Baker, M. G., Kvalsvig, A., Crengle, S., Harwood, M., Tukuitonga, C., Betty, B., … Wilson, N. (2021). The next phase in Aotearoa New Zealand's COVID-19 response: A tight suppression strategy may be the best option. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1546), 8-16. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Bar-Yam, Y., Gurdasani, D., Baker, M. G., Scally, G., George, S., Kvalsvig, A., … Ziauddeen, H. (2021). The World Health Network: a global citizens' initiative. Lancet, 398, 1567-1568. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02246-7

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A., Wilson, N., Davies, C., Timu-Parata, C., Signal, V., & Baker, M. G. (2021). Expansion of a national Covid-19 alert level system to improve population health and uphold the values of Indigenous peoples. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 12, 100206. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100206

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Mansoor, O. D., Boyd, M. J., Kvalsvig, A., & Baker, M. G. (2021). We should not dismiss the possibility of eradicating COVID-19: Comparisons with smallpox and polio. BMJ Global Health, 6, e006810. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-006810

Journal - Research Other

Baker, M. G., Kvalsvig, A., & Verrall, A. J. (2020). New Zealand's COVID-19 elimination strategy. Medical Journal of Australia, 213(5), 198-199. doi: 10.5694/mja2.50735

Journal - Research Other

Baker, M. G., Kvalsvig, A., Verrall, A. J., Telfar-Barnard, L., & Wilson, N. (2020). New Zealand's elimination strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic and what is required to make it work. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1512), 10-14. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A., Summers, J., Gray, L., Telfar Barnard, L., & Baker, M. G. (2020). COVID-19 outbreaks in Aotearoa New Zealand: Urgent action is required to address systematic causes and consequences of border failures. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1527), 8-14. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A., Wilson, N., Chan, L., Febery, S., Roberts, S., Betty, B., & Baker, M. G. (2020). Mass masking: An alternative to a second lockdown in Aotearoa. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1517), 8-13. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Summers, J., Cheng, H.-Y., Lin, H.-H., Telfar Barnard, L., Kvalsvig, A., Wilson, N., & Baker, M. G. (2020). Potential lessons from the Taiwan and New Zealand health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific, 4, 100044. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2020.100044

Journal - Research Other

Wilson, N., Kvalsvig, A., Telfar Barnard, L., & Baker, M. G. (2020). Case-fatality risk estimates for COVID-19 calculated by using a lag time for fatality. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(6), 1339-1341. doi: 10.3201/eid2606.200320

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A., & Baker, M. (2006). New Zealand guidelines for early management of meningococcal disease: Time for revision? [Letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1235). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1235/2017/content.pdf

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A. J., & Unsworth, D. J. (2003). The immunopathogenesis of meningococcal disease [Review]. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 56(6), 417-422.

Journal - Research Other

Kvalsvig, A. J. (2014). The joy of cochlear implants: Strategies for dealing with loss of hearing in adulthood. BMJ, 348, g2685. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2685

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Kvalsvig, A. (2003). Ask the elephant. Lancet, 362(December), 2079-2080.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Rowling, A. J., Kvalsvig, A. J., Sharples, P. M., Foot, A. B., & Unsworth, D. J. (2003). Pneumocystis carinii, cytomegalovirus, and severe transient immunodeficiency [Letter to JCP]. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 56(9), 718-719.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Kvalsvig, A. J. (2002). Follow up of people fitted with hearing aids: A draft patient information sheet for new hearing aid users [Comment on Follow up of people fitted with hearing aids after adult hearing screening: The need for support after fitting]. BMJ, 325(7375), 1304.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Kvalsvig, A. J., & Unsworth, D. J. (2002). Ethics approvals and quagmires [Clinical and scientific letters]. Clinical Medicine, 2(6), 599.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Kvalsvig, A. J., & Unsworth, D. J. (2002). Lumbar punctures and meningitis [Letters to the editor]. Pediatrics, 110(5), 1028.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Kvalsvig, A. (2021). COVID-19: Equity in the pandemic and response. Proceedings of the Achieving Health Equity from Research Conference [Otago Spotlight Series]. Retrieved from https:/events.otago.ac.nz/otagospotlight2021/presentations

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Kvalsvig, A., McBride-Henry, K., Russell, L., Maynard, K., Bell, R., & Redmond, G. (2018). Defining wellbeing for health promotion: A framework for action. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Wellbeing & Public Policy. (pp. 65). Retrieved from https://www.confer.nz/wellbeingandpublicpolicy2018

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Goldfeld, S., Kvalsvig, A., O'Connor, M., Redmond, G., Incledon, E., & Mensah, F. (2014). Positive mental health in children: A public health concept whose time has come. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 90). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Kvalsvig, A., Baker, M., & Blakely, T. (2014). Prehospital treatment of meningococcal disease in New Zealand: Who gets it and does it work? Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 186). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Baker, M., Kvalsvig, A., & Wilson, N. (2020, December). The COVID-19 elimination strategy: Implications and opportunities for New Zealand [Invited]. Verbal presentation at the 6th One Health Aotearoa (OHA) Symposium, [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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