Professor Ngaire Margaret Kerse

MBChB 1984, (Otago) PhD Medicine (University of Melbourne)


Ngaire is a well-established researcher with a large number of publications and research grants. She is recognised as an international expert in interrelated areas of research, and currently leads several research teams, each engaged in a number of research projects:

  • Maximising health for older people: an organised programme of research studying the pathway from impairment to dependence. Projects test activity based interventions to improve function in residential care and for those with depression. The impact of vitamin D on cardiovascular function and modelling society through ageing and changing health service needs.
  • Falls and older people: studies of falls in older people after stroke, in residential care and in a large sample of primary care patients have led to collaborative teams aiming to prevent falls through intervention development and testing.
  • The impact of physical activity on development of disability. Various physical activity trials have led to an understanding of the potential to prevent development of disability.
  • Developing Robot Technology for older people with dementia. 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Care of older people
  • Falls
  • Physical activity
  • Primary Health Care


Head of School of Population Health

Co-Leader, LiLACS NZ

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Taylor, L. M., Kerse, N., Frakking, T., & Maddison, R. (2018). Active Video Games for Improving Physical Performance Measures in Older People: A Meta-analysis. Journal of geriatric physical therapy (2001), 41 (2), 108-123. 10.1519/JPT.0000000000000078
  • Wright-St Clair, V. A., Rapson, A., Kepa, M., Connolly, M., Keeling, S., Rolleston, A., ... Jatrana, S. (2017). Ethnic and gender differences in preferred activities among Māori and non-Māori of advanced age in New Zealand. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 32 (4), 433-446. 10.1007/s10823-017-9324-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Wiles, Martin Connolly, Ruth Teh, Joanna Broad, Avinesh Pillai, Angela Rapson
  • Wiles, J. L., Rolleston, A., Pillai, A., Broad, J., Teh, R., Gott, M., & Kerse, N. (2017). Attachment to place in advanced age: A study of the LiLACS NZ cohort. Social Science & Medicine, 185, 27-37. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.006
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Gott, Janine Wiles, Avinesh Pillai, Joanna Broad, Ruth Teh
  • Hayman, K. J., Kerse, N., & Consedine, N. S. (2017). Resilience in context: The special case of advanced age. Aging & Mental Health, 21 (6), 577-585. 10.1080/13607863.2016.1196336
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nathan Consedine, Karen Hayman
  • Streit, S., Verschoor, M., Rodondi, N., Bonfim, D., Burman, R. A., Collins, C., ... Hoffmann, K. (2017). Variation in GP decisions on antihypertensive treatment in oldest-old and frail individuals across 29 countries. BMC geriatrics, 17 (1)10.1186/s12877-017-0486-4
  • Palapar, L., Wilkinson-Meyers, L., Lumley, T., & Kerse, N. (2017). Usual primary care of older people in New Zealand: Association between practice characteristics and practice activities. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9 (1), 78-84. 10.1071/HC16039
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Laura Wilkinson-Meyers, Thomas Lumley
  • Harrison, S. L., de Craen, A. J., Kerse, N., Teh, R., Granic, A., Davies, K., ... Kirkwood, T. B. (2017). Predicting risk of cognitive decline in very old adults using three models: The Framingham Stroke Risk Profile; the cardiovascular risk factors, aging, and dementia model; and oxi-inflammatory biomarkers. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65 (2), 381-389. 10.1111/jgs.14532
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ruth Teh
  • Kerse, N., Lapsley, H., Moyes, S. A., Mules, R., & Edlin, R. (2016). Health, Independence and Caregiving in Advanced Age: Findings from LiLACS NZ. Auckland: University of Auckland. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hilary Lapsley, Simon Moyes


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