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MD, FRACP, Dip Anaesth, MBChB, BSc

Professor, Department of Medicine
Clinical and Research Director Wellington School of Medicine Sleep Investigation Centre
Respiratory and Sleep Physician, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Capital and Coast Health

Contact details

Fax +64 4 389 5725

For admin/academic teaching enquiries, email :
For WellSleep enquiries, email:

Research expertise and interest

I direct the University of Otago's WellSleep Research Group and am an Associated Investigator and Research Committee member of the NH and MRC funded Australasian Sleep Trials Network.

My research expertise and interest are:

  • The epidemiology and ethnic distribution of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in New Zealanders and its relationship to cardiovascular disease.
  • Improving access to sleep services and the evaluation of home based diagnosis and treatment pathways for OSA.
  • The use of randomised controlled research methodology to assess new treatment technologies including: oral appliance studies; heated humidification of CPAP and new modes of positive airway pressure (C-flex and Auto CPAP) and non-invasive ventilation.
  • Improving the understanding and awareness of sleep disorders.
  • Community acquired pneumonia

Inaugural Professorial Lecture

On Wednesday, 7 August 2019 Professor Alister Neill gave his Inaugural Professorial lecture (IPL) on 'Searching for the third pillar of health: The importance of sleep'.


Bakker, J., Campbell, A., & Neill, A. (2010). Randomized controlled trial comparing flexible and continuous positive airway pressure delivery: Effects on compliance, objective and subjective sleepiness and vigilance. Sleep, 33(4), 523-529. Journal - Research Article

Campbell, A. J., & Neill, A. M. (2011). Home set-up polysomnography in the assessment of suspected obstructive sleep apnea. Journal of Sleep Research, 20(1), 207-213. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2010.00854.x Journal - Research Article

Bakker, J. P., O'Keeffe, K. M., Neill, A. M., & Campbell, A. J. (2011). Ethnic disparities in CPAP adherence in New Zealand: Effects of socioeconomic status, health literacy and self-efficacy. Sleep, 34(11), 1595-1603. doi: 10.5665/sleep.1404 Journal - Research Article

Marshall, N. S., Barnes, M., Travier, N., Campbell, A. J., Pierce, R. J., McEvoy, R. D., Neill, A. M., & Gander, P. H. (2006). Continuous positive airway pressure reduces daytime sleepiness in mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea: A meta-analysis. Thorax, 61, 430-434. Journal - Research Article

Mihaere, K. M., Harris, R., Gander, P. H., Reid, P. M., Purdie, G., Robson, B., & Neill, A. (2009). Obstructive sleep apnea in New Zealand adults: Prevalence and risk factors among Māori and non-Māori. Sleep, 32(7), 949-956. Journal - Research Article

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