Associate Professor Bridget Kool

PhD, MPH, BHSc (Nursing), RGON


Bridget Kool trained as a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse and practiced as a nurse for 25 years, holding a number or senior roles. She has completed an MPH (1st class honours) and PhD (Dean’s List) both from the University of Auckland. From July 2016 to December 2017 she was Academic Director for the School of Population Health, and prior to that Director of the BHSc(Hons) programme at the School. Her teaching area of interest for the past seven years has been in evidence based medicine. She is actively involved in postgraduate supervision. She has held a number of service roles including: New Zealand Branch President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association (November 2014 to February 2018), and Editor for Australian New Zealand Journal of Public Health. She is an invited member of the Statistics New Zealand Working Group for Serious Injury Information, and the Major Trauma Clinical Network of New Zealand, and an Associate Editor for Injury. Bridget has published over 65 papers in top ranking injury-related journals. She has received funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, ACC, the Health Promotion Agency, and the Auckland Medical Research Foundation.
Bridget is committed to ensuring the University strives to maintain excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and to support academic staff in those endeavours.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Injury epidemiology
  • Falls
  • Cutting and Piercing injury
  • Home injury
  • TBI
  • Child maltreatment
  • Trauma outcomes

Postgraduate supervision

2018: An examination of the developmental and behavioural wellbeing of children starting school in Tamaki. (MPH thesis. Alison Burge, Auckland)

2017: Motor vehicle crashes in Fiji: an epidemiological investigation. (PhD thesis. Dr Iris Wainiqolo, Auckland)

2017:  An exploration of the New Zealand Government’s role in supporting health in the Pacific Region through overseas development assistance. (BHSc(Hons) dissertation. Emma Wylie, Auckland)

2016: Youth knowledge, attitudes, behaviour and perception of drowning risk in the surf environment. (MPH thesis. Stacey Wilcox-Pidgeon, Auckland)

2016: An epidemiological study of diabetes-related foot surgeries in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. (MPH thesis. Maybelline Joy Ipil, Auckland)

2016: The Prevalence of Alcohol Related Injuries Among Patients Presenting to a New Zealand Emergency Department. (MPH dissertation. Ron Kuriyan, Auckland)

2016: The prevalence of diabetic retinopathy among Pacific populations in the Counties Manukau DHB region, New Zealand. (MPH thesis. Shama Kukaddy, Auckland)

2014: The characteristics of stair falls resulting in death in New Zealand: a population-based study. (BHSc (Hons) dissertation. Sarah Marzana Auckland)

2014: Food Allergy in New Zealand Adults: Insights from ACC data and a General Practitioners survey. (MPH thesis. Tania Cummings, Auckland)

2013: ‘Healthier supermarkets, healthier lives’ Promotion of food and beverages in the New Zealand supermarket environment. (BHSc (Hons) dissertation. Rewena Mahesh, Auckland)

2013:  Primary Health Care and Diabetic Retinopathy: Attitudes, barriers, and current screening practices among doctors in Fiji. (MPH thesis. Mai Gregory, Auckland)

2010: Serious trauma outcomes. Linkage of trauma registry data and Accident Compensation Corporation Data. (MPH thesis. Dr Catherine Jackson, Auckland)

2009: Outcomes following unintentional falls at home resulting in hospitalisation among working-aged adults. (MPH thesis. Dr Jo Williams, Auckland)

2009:  Epidemiology of head injury in low and middle-income Pacific Island Nations. (MPH thesis. Naina Raj, Auckland)

2009: Traumatic brain injury in children and young people in New Zealand. (MPH thesis. Dr Sarah Sharpe, Auckland)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair of Ngā Pou Tamariki Haumaru (Unintentional Child Injury Prevention Advisory Group (UCIP)

Executive Committee member of the Australasian Injury Prevention Network

Member of the Editorial Board for Injury

Member of the Major Trauma National Clinical Network

Member of Statistics NZ Serious Injury Information Working Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Vance, E., Farlie, M. K., Kool, B., Tiedemann, A., Hatton, A. L., Sherrington, C., & Sturnieks, D. L. (2018). Health professional student education related to the prevention of falls in older people: A survey of universities in Australia and New Zealand. Australasian journal on ageing, 37 (3), E116-E119. 10.1111/ajag.12543
  • Sharpe, S., Kool, B., Whittaker, R., Lee, A. C., Reid, P., Civil, I., ... Ameratunga, S. (2018). Effect of a text message intervention to reduce hazardous drinking among injured patients discharged from a trauma ward: A randomized controlled trial. Digital Medicine10.1038/s41746-018-0019-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Arier Lee, Ian Civil, Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Kool, B., Buller, S., Kuriyan, R., Jones-Todd, C. M., Newcombe, D., & Jones, P. (2018). Alcohol and injury among attendees at a busy inner city New Zealand emergency department. Injury, 49 (4), 798-805. 10.1016/j.injury.2018.02.028
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Newcombe, Peter Jones
  • Speakman, S., Kool, B., Sinclair, J., & Fitzharris, P. (2018). Paediatric food-induced anaphylaxis hospital presentations in New Zealand. Journal of paediatrics and child health, 54 (3), 254-259. 10.1111/jpc.13705
  • Willcox-Pidgeon, S., Kool, B., & Moran, K. (2018). Perceptions of the risk of drowning at surf beaches among New Zealand youth. International journal of injury control and safety promotion, 1-7. 10.1080/17457300.2018.1431939
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Moran
  • Wise, M., Kool, B., Sadler, L., Peiris-John, R., Robb, G., & Wells, S. (2017). Teaching quality improvement to medical students: over a decade of experience. The New Zealand medical journal, 130 (1466), 45-52.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Roshini Peiris-John, Susan Wells
  • Kool, B., Ameratunga, S., Scott, N., Lawrenson, R., & Christey, G. (2017). The epidemiology of work-related injury admissions to hospitals in the Midland region of New Zealand. Injury, 48 (11), 2478-2484. 10.1016/j.injury.2017.09.018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shanthi Ameratunga, Nina Scott
  • O'Leary K, Kool, B., & Christey, G. (2017). Characteristics of older adults hospitalised following trauma in the Midland region of New Zealand. The New Zealand medical journal, 130 (1463), 45-53.

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
New Zealand