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Naomi Brewer, Department of Public Health

Profile-Naomi-BrewerBSc, MMedSci, PhD

Research Fellow, BODE³

Contact details

Tel 64 4 918 5071
Fax 64 4 389 5319
Email naomi.brewer@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities

Naomi joined the University of Otago as a Research Fellow in 2015 to work on the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³). Naomi is currently working on conceptualising a type II diabetes self-management intervention for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness modelling.

Prior to working for the University of Otago, Naomi worked for a year in the secretariat for Cancer Control New Zealand, at the Ministry of Health as a Senior Analyst. Before that Naomi worked at the Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR), Massey University for nearly a decade. During her time at CPHR Naomi worked on a variety of studies including: assisting with the independent monitoring of the National Cervical Screening Programme; the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) in a cohort of women in Fiji; the acceptability of self-sampling for HPV testing (for cervical screening) in NZ; the potential impact of primary HPV testing in NZ; occupational and environmental risk factors for motor neurone disease; pesticide exposure and neurological effects in children; and, associations between glycosylated haemoglobin and cancer risk. Naomi’s PhD (completed in 2012 at the CPHR) involved a series of epidemiological studies of cervical cancer survival in NZ. Her research interests include cervical-cancer screening and health disparities.

Naomi was inaugural Chair of the International Epidemiological Association’s (IEA) Early Career Epidemiologists Committee 2010–2014 and remains a Committee member. She was a member of the 2014 IEA World Congress of Epidemiology Scientific Program Organising Committee.

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Publications

Brewer, N., Atkinson, J., Guilford, P., Print, C., Blakely, T., & Teng, A. (2020). An estimate of limited duration cancer prevalence in New Zealand using 'big' data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1514), 49-62. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Brewer, N., Bartholomew, K., Maxwell, A., Grant, J., McPherson, G., Wihongi, H., … Crengle, S., Cunningham, C., Douwes, J., & Potter, J. D. (2019). Comparison of two invitation-based methods for human papillomavirus (HPV) self-sampling with usual care among un- and under-screened Maori, Pacific and Asian women: Study protocol for a randomised controlled community trial to examine the effect of self-sampling on participation in cervical-cancer screening. BMC Cancer, 19, 1198. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-6401-y

Kikuchi, H., Kuwahara, K., Kiyohara, K., Villalonga-Olives, E., Brewer, N., Aman-Oloniyo, A., … Oze, I. (2019). Perceived barriers to career progression among early-career epidemiologists: Report of a workshop at the 22nd World Congress of Epidemiology. Journal of Epidemiology, 29(1), 38-41. doi: 10.2188/jea.JE20180184

Gibb, S., Brewer, N., Puig, A., & Bell, J. (2019). Prevalence and impact of schizophrenia in the New Zealand population. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53(Suppl. 1 ), (pp. 140). doi: 10.1177/0004867419836919

Foliaki, S., Brewer, N., Pearce, N., Snijders, P. J. F., Meijer, C. J. L. M., Waqatakirewa, L., … Franceschi, S. (2014). Prevalence of HPV infection and other risk factors in a Fijian population. Infectious Agents & Cancer, 9, 14. doi: 10.1186/1750-9378-9-14

Journal - Research Article

Brewer, N., Atkinson, J., Guilford, P., Print, C., Blakely, T., & Teng, A. (2020). An estimate of limited duration cancer prevalence in New Zealand using 'big' data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1514), 49-62. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Foliaki, S., Brewer, N., Pearce, N., Snijders, P. J. F., Meijer, C. J. L. M., Waqatakirewa, L., … Franceschi, S. (2014). Prevalence of HPV infection and other risk factors in a Fijian population. Infectious Agents & Cancer, 9, 14. doi: 10.1186/1750-9378-9-14

Brewer, N., Pearce, N., Day, P., & Borman, B. (2012). Travel time and distance to health care only partially account for the ethnic inequalities in cervical cancer stage at diagnosis and mortality in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36(4), 335-342.

Brewer, N., Borman, B., Sarfati, D., Jeffreys, M., Fleming, S. T., Cheng, S., & Pearce, N. (2011). Does comorbidity explain the ethnic inequalities in cervical cancer survival in New Zealand? A retrospective cohort study. BMC Cancer, 11, 132. doi: 10.1186/1471-2407-11-132

Brewer, N., Pearce, N., Jeffreys, M., Borman, B., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2010). Does screening history explain the ethnic differences in stage at diagnosis of cervical cancer in New Zealand? International Journal of Epidemiology, 39(1), 156-165. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyp303

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Journal - Research Other

Brewer, N., Bartholomew, K., Maxwell, A., Grant, J., McPherson, G., Wihongi, H., … Crengle, S., Cunningham, C., Douwes, J., & Potter, J. D. (2019). Comparison of two invitation-based methods for human papillomavirus (HPV) self-sampling with usual care among un- and under-screened Maori, Pacific and Asian women: Study protocol for a randomised controlled community trial to examine the effect of self-sampling on participation in cervical-cancer screening. BMC Cancer, 19, 1198. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-6401-y

Kikuchi, H., Kuwahara, K., Kiyohara, K., Villalonga-Olives, E., Brewer, N., Aman-Oloniyo, A., … Oze, I. (2019). Perceived barriers to career progression among early-career epidemiologists: Report of a workshop at the 22nd World Congress of Epidemiology. Journal of Epidemiology, 29(1), 38-41. doi: 10.2188/jea.JE20180184

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gibb, S., Brewer, N., Puig, A., & Bell, J. (2019). Prevalence and impact of schizophrenia in the New Zealand population. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53(Suppl. 1 ), (pp. 140). doi: 10.1177/0004867419836919

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