Research Fellow, Maori Indigenous Health Institute Uni of Otago, Christchurch

09 Jan 2018 2:46 PM | Anonymous
The Department

The Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) undertakes and supports research that explores Maori health inequities and building excellence in research evidence that contributes to Maori health advancement.

The Role

As a Research Fellow within the MIHI team you will work on a study funded by the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease to examine the experience of First Episode Psychosis (FEP) for Maori patients and whanau.

The role will involve working on Project One of this study which will analyse routine data from health and social services in the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to describe the events preceding and following diagnosis with psychosis. This will involve study planning, logistics, data management and analysis.

The work will require supervision and support from University of Otago Wellington so the position could be based in Wellington, but must be able to travel there as a minimum.

Key Tasks

·      Coordinating application processes for the study, including ethics and datalab applications.

·      Data management analysis.

·      Co-ordination of meetings and associated documentation for Project One.

·      Assist with the development of Project Two (Analysis of health and social service provider documentation).

Your Skills and Experience


·      A degree in Statistics, Health or Social Sciences, or similar.

·      Skilled in R, SAS, SQL or Stata.

·      Demonstrated ability with management of large data sets.

·      Cultural competence and ability to work with Māori researchers and communities.

·      Able to function independently and autonomously.

·      Initiative and problem-solving skills.


·      Knowledge of IDI or routine health data.

·      Research experience and record of publications in refereed journals.

Further Details

Dependant on the research and academic interest of the applicant there may also be the opportunity to be involved in paper writing and dissemination.

This is a part-time (0.5 FTE) fixed-term position for 12 months.

Note: As a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.


Applications quoting reference number 1702383 will close on Friday, 26 January 2018.


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Letter to the Listener 28 July 2017 in response to Fever Pitch (Listener 21 July 2017)

Catherine Woulfe’s thorough investigation of rheumatic fever brings to the surface a range of important questions not only about this cruel disease, but also wider issues about health policy. The Government’s bold initiative to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever as one of its 'Better Public Service' targets in 2012 certainly raised awareness of rheumatic fever for the general public as well as communities and families directly affected. But even when medical science and the public have a clearer understanding of the immediate causes of rheumatic fever, interventions like the $65m ‘sore throats matter’ still won’t stop the epidemic. 

Ramona Tiatia’s blunt description of the experience of affected families not only painted a picture of the impact on affected families and communities, it also highlighted the invidious choices our health funders face.  How much should we prioritise health spending between response to the urgent need of young people whose lives and potential can be devastated by the disease versus the expense of addressing the economic and social factors that underlie the reasons we have this epidemic at all?   

As several of the clinicians interviewed pointed out, it’s only when the poverty and over-crowded housing issues are addressed that we will make a real difference.

Rheumatic fever illustrates the contradictions in our health system identified in the recent American Commonwealth Fund report. Of the 11 countries the Fund monitors, the work our health professionals do is ranked among the highest. But our overall performance as a health system falls to the middle ranking because of our poor performance on access and equity. The Fund also notes that our per capita expenditure is among the cheapest. 

Failure to invest in real prevention - that is, poverty, housing, good nutrition etc. - will continue to drive conditions like rheumatic fever, whether the immediate cause is strep throat or skin sores, until we invest upstream.

Why not spend more on these conditions - the economic and social determinants of health? 

We all pay in the long run - the young people whose misery we tolerate and whose potential remains unfulfilled, the families whose sacrifices are unrewarded, and the taxpayer who picks up the tab.

Ngā mihi,
Warren Lindberg

CE Public Health Association of New Zealand


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