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Amanda Kvalsvig, Department of Public Health

Amanda_Kvalsvig_profilePhD Student; HEIRU

Contact details 

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

Research interests and activities 

Amanda has a dual background in clinical paediatrics and epidemiology. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department. Her research interests are centred on the social determinants of children’s health and wellbeing: current topics include infectious diseases, breastfeeding, child poverty and early child development. She also has a methodological interest in the challenges of analysing existing data to develop high-quality evidence for policy and practice.

Amanda recently obtained a PhD degree for her epidemiological investigation of meningococcal disease management; the thesis was awarded Exceptional status. Her supervisors were Professors Michael Baker and Tony Blakely, also from the Department of Public Health.

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Publications

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

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy087

Kvalsvig, A. J. (2018). Pre-hospital antibiotics in meningococcal disease (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/8214

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

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

Commissioned Report for External Body

Kvalsvig, A., D'Souza, A., Duncanson, M., & Simpson, J. (2015). Pathways to child health, development and wellbeing: Optimal environments for orchids and dandelions. An overview of the evidence. Commissioned by Ministry of Health. Wellington, New Zealand: University of Otago. 42p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Kvalsvig, A. (2014). Better health for the new generation: Getting it right from the start. In J. Simpson, G. Oben, E. Craig, J. Adams, A. Wicken, M. Duncanson & A. Reddington (Eds.), The determinants of health for children and young people in the Hutt Valley, Capital & Coast and the Wairarapa DHBs. (pp. 157-178). Dunedin, New Zealand: New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service.

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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

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy087

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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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

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

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Duncanson, M., Kvalsvig, A., & D'Souza, A. (2015, October). Optimal environments for both orchid and dandelion children to grow and thrive: An overview of the literature. Verbal presentation at the 2nd Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: What Does Childhood Studies Mean for Research, Policy and Practice? Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Kvalsvig, A. J. (2018). Pre-hospital antibiotics in meningococcal disease (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/8214

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