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BN, MPH, PhDSenior Research Fellow; Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group and Health Environment & Infection Research Unit (HEIRU)

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Te: +64 4 918 6188
Fax +64 4 389 5319

Research interests and activities

Virginia is a senior research fellow within the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group and Health Environment & Infection Research Unit (HEIRU). Her main research interests lie within improving Maori health and addressing inequities, particularly those seen for cancer and infectious diseases.

Her PhD investigated the effect of ethnicity and/or comorbidity on the stomach cancer treatment pathway and outcomes. Virginia has an oncology nursing and cancer-related health promotion and policy background.


Signal, V., Jones, R., Davies, C., Stairmand, J., Smith, M., Adler, J., & Gurney, J. K. (2023). It’s more than just physical: Experiences of pain and pain management among Māori with cancer and their whanau. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 18(1). doi: 10.32799/ijih.v18i1.39255 Journal - Research Article

Signal, V., Waaka, L., Wall, J., Smith, M., Robson, B., Richards, K., & Ruru, H. (2023). Organisational policy to support oral health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand. Population Medicine, 5(Suppl.), (pp. 491-492). doi: 10.18332/popmed/165117 Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Jones, R. M., Signal, V., Smith, M., Stairmand, J., Davies, C., & Gurney, J. (2023). Palliative care and quality of life needs and outcomes for Māori with cancer: What do we know? AlterNative. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/11771801231163919 Journal - Research Article

Gurney, J., Davies, A., Stanley, J., Signal, V., Costello, S., Dawkins, P., … Jackson, C., … Koea, J. (2023). Emergency presentation prior to lung cancer diagnosis: A national-level examination of disparities and survival outcomes. Lung Cancer, 179, 107174. doi: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2023.03.010 Journal - Research Article

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

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