Dr Braden Te Ao

Ph.D, MPH (Hons), BHSc

Biography

I am a Lecturer and Health Economist based in Health Systems section of the School of Population Health whose interest includes access, quality and efficiency of health care services. In particular I have strong interests in evaluating the cost effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing health disparities for vulnerable populations. I have conducted and published research in economic evaluations including a cost of illness study for traumatic brain injury, cost effectiveness evaluation of new drugs and technologies (e.g., genetic testing for patients with acute coronary syndrome, tiotropium treatment for bronchiectasis patients) and cost effectiveness of existing health services (e.g., hospital based services for stroke).

 

Some of my research has been published in various medical journals such as the American Academy of Neurology, International Journal of Stroke and recently been invited to contribute to a commissioned article on traumatic brain injuries with the European Center-TBI network for the Lancet Neurology. I received my PhD from the National Institute for Stroke & Applied Neurosciences through Auckland University of Technology (AUT) under the supervision of Professor Valery Feigin (Neurologist & Epidemiologist), Professor Paul M Brown (Health Economist, UC Merced) and Professor Denise Taylor (Rehabilitation Specialist). Previously I held an academic position with AUT with a part time secondment to the Middlemore Clinical Trials Team at Middlemore Hospital and is currently the NZ emerging researcher representative for the Health Services Research Association Australia New Zealand.

Research | Current

I am currently involved in National Institute for Stroke & Applied Neurosciences research projects (BIONIC, ARCOS IV, MD-PREV), National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research 'Gambling Intervention' trial and Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Centre 'Healthy Relationships' study at Auckland University of Technology. Prevalence of Status Epilepticus study in Auckland led by Auckland District Health Board and a Cost of Maori health inequalities study led by University of Auckland.

Research interest

  • Access to health care
  • Efficiency of healthcare services, intervention and treatment
  • Health inequalities and disparities
  • Unmet needs
  • Priority setting
  • Healthcare decision making

Teaching | Current

POPLHLTH 215: Dynamics of Health Systems

POPLHLTH 719: Health Economics

Postgraduate supervision

Current

2017 Christin Coomarasamy (MPhil, primary supervisor)

 

Areas of expertise

Cost effectiveness evaluation (trial-based and non trial based)

Health services research

Health economics

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • New Zealand Emerging Researcher Representative, Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Global Burden of Disease, Injuries and Healthcare Financing Collaborator

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Maas, A. I., Menon, D. K., Adelson, P. D., Andelic, N., Bell, M. J., Belli, A., ... Chesnut, R. M. (2017). Traumatic brain injury: Integrated approaches to improve prevention, clinical care, and research. The Lancet Neurology, 16 (12), 987-1048. 10.1016/S1474-4422(17)30371-X
  • Bergin, P., Brockington, A., Jayabal, J., Litchfield, R., Roberts, L., Timog, J., ... Feigin, V. (2017). STATUS EPILEPTICUS IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND; A PROSPECTIVE, HOSPITAL-BASED INCIDENCE STUDY. Paper presented at 32nd International Epilepsy Congress, Barcelona, SPAIN. 2 September - 6 September 2017. EPILEPSIA. (pp. 1).
  • Theadom, A., Barker-Collo, S., Jones, K., Kahan, M., Te Ao, B., McPherson, K., ... BIONIC4you Research Group (2017). Work Limitations 4 Years After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Cohort Study. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 98 (8), 1560-1566. 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.01.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Barker-Collo, Alan Barber, Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Roxburgh, R., Patel, S., Rodrigues, M., Walker, K., O'grady G, Poke, G., ... Ao, B. T. (2017). Pattern and impact of pain in a national survey of genetic muscle disease. Paper presented at 3rd Congress of the European-Academy-of-Neurology, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS. 1 June 2017. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Roxburgh
  • Dieleman, J. L., Campbell, M., Chapin, A., Eldrenkamp, E., Fan, V. Y., Haakenstad, A., ... Micah, A. (2017). Future and potential spending on health 2015-40: Development assistance for health, and government, prepaid private, and out-of-pocket health spending in 184 countries. Lancet, 389 (10083), 2005-2030. 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30873-5
  • Dieleman, J., Campbell, M., Chapin, A., Eldrenkamp, E., Fan, V. Y., Haakenstad, A., ... Micah, A. (2017). Evolution and patterns of global health financing 1995-2014: Development assistance for health, and government, prepaid private, and out-of-pocket health spending in 184 countries. Lancet, 389 (10083), 1981-2004. 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30874-7
  • Patel, S. G., Roxburgh, R., Rodrigues, M., Walker, K., O’grady G, Poke, G., ... Te Ao, B. (2017). Pattern and impact of pain in a national survey of genetic muscle disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 10.1136/jnnp-2017-316074.57
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Richard Roxburgh
  • Bell, R., Te Ao, B., Ironside, N., Bartlett, A., Windsor, J. A., & Pandanaboyana, S. (2017). Meta-analysis and cost effective analysis of portal-superior mesenteric vein resection during pancreatoduodenectomy: Impact on margin status and survival. Surgical Oncology, 26 (1), 53-62. 10.1016/j.suronc.2016.12.007
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33907
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Windsor, Adam Bartlett, Sanjay Pandanaboyana