Associate Professor Susan Wells



Sue was a GP for 10 years before becoming a public health medicine specialist. She currently is an Associate Professor at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland and Associate Clinical Director at ProCare, the largest PHO in New Zealand with around 800,000 enrolled patients. She has done considerable work on quality improvement, cardiovascular disease epidemiology and IT innovation. Her research interests are on improving care for CVD and diabetes via primary care e-health initiatives such as PREDICT (web-based programme for assessing and managing CVD risk and diabetes) and Your Heart Forecast (CVD risk communication tool). Since 2002, she has led the PREDICT cohort study which generated the new national CVD risk equations included in the 2018 MOH CVD consensus guidelines. She is currently principal investigator on HRC funded project grant 20/304 The impact of Multimorbidity on CVD risk prediction and management in primary care and co-director on a 5 year HRC Programme grant 21/7121 Vascular risk equity for all New Zealanders.

In 2012/13 Sue was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Practice and based at Harvard Medical School/Partners Health Care and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Her US research investigated patient engagement in health and interaction with services via patient portals. These provide patients with secure on-line access to their electronic health records and healthcare team and are new technologies for New Zealand. In 2014, she was appointed e-health ambassador for patient portals by the Minister of Health.

Teaching | Current

Up until 2017,  Sue was academic leader of postgraduate MPH course POPLHLTH 724: Quality in Health Care, University of Auckland and involved in Undergraduate Medical  training programme;

5th year medicine:  Quality Improvement, course assessment

6th year medicine: Quality Improvement project in partnership Department of Obsterics and Gynaecology and clinical leaders at eight regional hospitals (Auckland City, Middlemore, North Shore, Waitākere, Whangarei, Waikato, Rotorua, Tauranga). Assessor of all QI projects.



2020 ProCare Mana Award for Excellence 

2014 Minister of Health Appointed e-Health Ambassador for Patient Portals

2012 New Zealand Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Practice for 2012/2113

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical epidemiology and evidence-based healthcare
  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Computerised decision support systems
  • Quality improvement
  • Health Informatics: patient portals

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2020 National Covid GP Helpline Team 

2019-2021 WDHB Health Excellence Awards Primary Care Judging Panel

2019- present Ministry of Health CVD Risk assessment and Management Expert Advisory Group.

2019 to present - Chair of the MetroAuckland CVD Working Group 

2019 to present - Health Quality & Safety Commission Integrated Advisory Group (Primary and Community Care)

2019 to present NZCPHM Assessor for Public Health Registrar projects

2018 to present NZCPHM Workplace Supervisor for Public Health Medicine Training

2018 Population Health Deep Dive Project Steering Group part of the Northern Region Long Term Investment Plan (NRLTIP) programme

2018 HRC Programme Assessing Committee

2017 MOH CVD Consensus Committee

2015 Mentor for University of Auckland Women in Leadership Programme

2014 Senior Advisor to Canterbury District Health Board Patient Portal Project

2014 Chair RNZCGP Expert Advisory Group for Patient Portals

2014  National Heart Foundation Scientific Committee

2013 New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine Education and Training Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Pylypchuk, R., Drury, P., Wu, B., Wells, S., & Jackson, R. (2020). Cardiovascular risk prediction equations for patients with type 2 diabetes derived in a population with comprehensive diabetes screening. Paper presented at 56th Annual Meeting of the European-Association-for-the-Study-of-Diabetes (EASD), ELECTR NETWORK. 21 September - 25 September 2020. DIABETOLOGIA. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rod Jackson
  • Wallis, K. A., Wells, S., Selak, V., & Poppe, K. (2020). Long-term follow up of older people on diabetes medications: observational study using linked health databases. Australian journal of primary health, 26 (4), 306-312. 10.1071/py19246
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Selak, Katrina Poppe
  • Peiris-John, R., Selak, V., Robb, G., Kool, B., Wells, S., Sadler, L., & Wise, M. R. (2020). The State of Quality Improvement Teaching in Medical Schools: A Systematic Review. Journal of surgical education, 77 (4), 889-904. 10.1016/j.jsurg.2020.01.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lynn Sadler, Roshini Peiris-John, Vanessa Selak, Bridget Kool
  • Wells, S., Pylypchuk, R., Mehta, S., Kerr, A., Selak, V., Poppe, K., ... Jackson, R. (2020). Performance of CVD risk equations for older patients assessed in general practice: a cohort study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133 (1517), 32-55. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suneela Mehta, Katrina Poppe, Rod Jackson, Vanessa Selak
  • Mehta, S., Jackson, R., Poppe, K., Kerr, A. J., Pylypchuk, R., & Wells, S. (2020). How do cardiovascular risk prediction equations developed among 30-74 year olds perform in older age groups? A validation study in 125 000 people aged 75-89 years. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 74 (6), 527-533. 10.1136/jech-2019-213466
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suneela Mehta, Rod Jackson, Katrina Poppe
  • Poppe, K. K., Doughty, R. N., Wells, S., Wu, B., Earle, N. J., Richards, A. M., ... Kerr, A. J. (2020). Development and validation of a cardiovascular risk score for patients in the community after acute coronary syndrome. Heart (British Cardiac Society), 106 (7), 506-511. 10.1136/heartjnl-2019-315809
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rod Jackson, Katrina Poppe, Nikki Earle, Rob Doughty
  • Wells, S., Mahony, F., Huang, Y., & Day, K. (2019). Perspectives of New Zealand patients and GPs at the beginning of patient portal implementation. JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE, 11 (4), 315-326. 10.1071/HC19016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ying Huang, Karen Day
  • Selak, V., Jackson, R., Poppe, K., Wu, B., Harwood, M., Grey, C., ... Kerr, A. (2019). Personalized Prediction of Cardiovascular Benefits and Bleeding Harms From Aspirin for Primary Prevention: A Benefit-Harm Analysis. Annals of internal medicine10.7326/m19-1132
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rod Jackson, Vanessa Selak, Katrina Poppe, Matire Harwood, Suneela Mehta, Yeunhyang Choi

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1106
New Zealand