Dr Rhys Griffith Jones



Ngati Kahungunu

I am a Public Health Physician and I’m currently working as a Senior Lecturer at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (TKHM), University of Auckland. As Director of Teaching in TKHM, I oversee Māori Health teaching, learning and assessment in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

My research interests include ethnic inequalities in health, Indigenous health in health professional education, and environmental influences on health. I have been the Principal Investigator of the Educating for Equity study, an international research project examining how health professional education can reduce inequities and improve health outcomes for Indigenous populations. 

In 2005-06, I was a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy based at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, examining interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care using organisational case studies. I received my medical degree and Master of Public Health from The University of Auckland.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Maori health
  • Health inequalities
  • Health professional education
  • Environmental health
  • Climate change

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Paul, D., Ewen, S. C., & Jones, R. G. (2014). Cultural competence in medical education: Aligning the formal, informal and hidden curricula. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 19 (5), 751-758. 10.1007/s10459-014-9497-5
  • Jones, R., Bennett, H., Keating, G., & Blaiklock, A. (2014). Climate change and the right to health for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Health and Human Rights, 16 (1), 54-68.
  • Jones, R. (2014). Decolonising medical education and practice to advance Indigenous health: Redfern Oration. Paper presented at RACP Future Directions in Health Congress 2014, Auckland, NZ. 18 May - 21 May 2014. Internal Medicine Journal. 10.1111/imj.12433/full
  • Curtis, E., Reid, M. P., & Jones, R. (2014). Decolonising the academy: The process of re-presenting Indigenous health in tertiary teaching and learning. In F. Cram, H. Phillips, P. Sauni, C. Tuagalu (Eds.) Māori and Pasifika higher education horizons (pp. 147-165). New Milford: Emerald Group Publishing. 10.1108/S1479-364420140000015015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elana Curtis, Papaarangi Reid
  • Jones, R. G., Henning, M. A., Pinnock, R., Shulruf, B., & Hawken, S. J. (2013). Medical students' and clinical teachers' perceptions of Māori health teaching. N Z Med J, 126 (1377), 41-50.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Boaz Shulruf
  • Jones, R. G. (2011). Te Ara: A pathway to excellence in Indigenous health teaching and learning. Focus on Health Professional Education, 13 (1), 23-34.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18640
  • Jones, R., Pitama, S., Huria, T., Poole, P., McKimm, J., Pinnock, R., & Reid, P. (2010). Medical education to improve Māori health. N Z Med J, 123 (1316), 113-122.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Phillippa Poole
  • Jones, R. G., Trivedi, A. N., & Ayanian, J. Z. (2010). Factors influencing the effectiveness of interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Soc Sci Med, 70 (3), 337-341. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.030


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93 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 532
Level 3, Room 310
New Zealand

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