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)

  • Lilley, R., de Graaf, B., Kool, B., Davie, G., Reid, P., Dicker, B., ... Branas, C. (2019). Geographical and population disparities in timely access to prehospital and advanced level emergency care in New Zealand: a cross-sectional study. BMJ open, 9 (7)10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026026
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Ian Civil, Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Poole, P., Wilkinson, T. J., Bagg, W., Freegard, J., Hyland, F., Jo, E., ... Smith, B. (2019). Developing New Zealand’s medical workforce: Realising the potential of longitudinal career tracking. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132 (1495), 65-73. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Warwick Bagg, Phillippa Poole, Antonia Verstappen, Emmanuel Jo
  • Sharpe, S., Kool, B., Whittaker, R., Lee, A. C., Reid, P., Civil, I., & Ameratunga, S. (2019). Effect of a text message intervention on alcohol-related harms and behaviours: secondary outcomes of a randomised controlled trial. BMC research notes, 12 (1)10.1186/s13104-019-4308-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Arier Lee, Papaarangi Reid, Ian Civil, Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Czuba, K. J., Kersten, P., Anstiss, D., Kayes, N. M., Gabbe, B. J., Civil, I., ... Rohan, M. (2019). Incidence and outcomes of major trauma in New Zealand: findings from a feasibility study of New Zealand's first national trauma registry. The New Zealand medical journal, 132 (1494), 26-40.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian Civil, Alain Vandal
  • Wilkinson, T., Rudland, J., Smith, B., Hyland, F., Roberts, E., Poole, P., ... Verstappen, A. C. (2019). National report on doctors 1 year after graduating in 2011-2015. Dunedin, New Zealand: New Zealand MSOD Steering Group. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Antonia Verstappen, Phillippa Poole, Warwick Bagg
  • Kool, B., & Reid, P. (2019). Implicit racial or ethnic bias in trauma care. Injury10.1016/j.injury.2019.07.003
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid
  • Kool, B., Ipil, M., & McCool, J. (2019). Diabetes Mellitus-related Foot Surgeries in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health, 78 (1), 13-18. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Judith McCool
  • 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, 25 (4), 365-371. 10.1080/17457300.2018.1431939
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin Moran

Contact details

Alternative contact

Yvonne Chan

Executive Assistant to Associate Deans

Phone: 09 923 2402


Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
New Zealand