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Johanna Reidy, Department of Public Health

LLB, BA (Hons, French and German), MA (Dist, Translation), PGDipArts (English Language), PGCert PH (endorsed in health systems)

Lecturer Health Systems

Teaches PUBH737 Public Health Law and Public Health Ethics – Fundamentals, PUBH742 Global Health and International Health Systems

Contact Details  

Fax: +64 4 389 4807

Research Interests and Activities  

Johanna is a PhD candidate at The University of Otago and has recently handed in her PhD thesis which looked at governance at the interface between primary care and public health. Johanna teaches PUBH 706 Health Systems, and has taught the Introduction to the New Zealand Health System for the Public Health Summer School as well as undergraduate classes on health systems and prioritisation. She trained as a lawyer and has worked in various roles in service contracting, planning, evaluation and programme management in DHBs. Johanna currently works freelance as a contractor in the health sector.

Johanna is currently working on a project with colleagues at the Academisch Medisch Centrum in Amsterdam which focuses on primary care and public health collaboration and integration. Recent projects include a health service country profile on the Republic of Korea for the World Health Organization and work on the Whanau Ora programme for the Ministry of Health.

Johanna enjoys working in public health because it allows her to combine her various interests in language, cultures, law and governance under one disciplinary umbrella.

Research interests include:

  • Governance at the systems interface between primary care and public health
  • Research methodologies, evidence and evaluation for innovations in primary health care
  • Legal translation in the Pacific


  • Tan L, Carr J, Reidy, J. New Zealand evidence for the impact of primary health care investment in Capital and Coast District Health Board. NZMJ 30 March 2012
  • Reidy, J, Lindberg, K. Implementing a Population Health Approach: The District Health Board's Role Parity, Volume 22 Issue 2 (2009)
  • Reidy, J. Communicating Successfully, Approaches To Legal Translation in the Pacific, Masters Thesis. VUW, 2003.
  • Kitamura, I. (Translated into English and edited by Professor Anthony Angelo and Johanna Reidy.) “The Role of Law in Contemporary Japanese Society.” VUWLR, Vol 34, No 4, 2003.

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