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 Māori 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
  • Healthcare decision making

Teaching | Current

POPLHLTH 215: Dynamics of Health Systems

POPLHLTH 719: Health Economics

Postgraduate supervision

Master of Philosphy Supervision

Completed

Christin Coomarasamy  (2017) Cost effectiveness analysis of Tiotropium treatment for Bronchiectasis: Evidence from a crossover randomised trial (Primary supervisor with Associate Professor Alain Vandal and Dr Conroy Wong)

Hannaneh Safardokht (2018) Designing a forecasting model for inpatient occupancy in Middlemore Hospital, Auckland (Secondary supervisor with Associate Professor Alain Vandal)

 

Responsibilities

Health Systems Pathway Champion for the BHSc programme

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)

  • Willing, E., Paine, S.-J., Wyeth, E., Ao, B. T., Vaithianathan, R., & Reid, P. (2019). Indigenous voices on measuring and valuing health states. ALTERNATIVE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, 16 (1), 3-9. 10.1177/1177180119885418
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah-Jane Paine, Papaarangi Reid
  • Feigin, V. L., Krishnamurthi, R., Barker-Collo, S., Barber, P. A., Rathnasabapathy, Y., Te Ao, B., ... Swain, A. (2019). Measuring stroke and transient ischemic attack burden in New Zealand: Protocol for the fifth Auckland Regional Community Stroke Study (ARCOS V). International journal of stroke : official journal of the International Stroke Society10.1177/1747493019884528
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Barber, Suzanne Barker-Collo, Bruce Arroll
  • Bergin, P. S., Brockington, A., Jayabal, J., Scott, S., Litchfield, R., Roberts, L., ... Jones, P. (2019). Status epilepticus in Auckland, New Zealand: Incidence, etiology, and outcomes. Epilepsia, 60 (8), 1552-1564. 10.1111/epi.16277
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart Dalziel, Peter Jones
  • Feigin, V. L., Nichols, E., Alam, T., Bannick, M. S., Beghi, E., Blake, N., ... Ellenbogen, R. G. (2019). Global, regional, and national burden of neurological disorders, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet Neurology, 18 (5), 459-480. 10.1016/S1474-4422(18)30499-X
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46890
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Khanh Tran, Suzanne Barker-Collo
  • Theadom, A., Rodrigues, M., Poke, G., O'Grady G, Love, D., Hammond-Tooke, G., ... Jones, K. (2019). A Nationwide, Population-Based Prevalence Study of Genetic Muscle Disorders. Neuroepidemiology, 52 (3-4), 128-135. 10.1159/000494115
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg O'Grady, Richard Roxburgh, Don Love
  • James, S. L., Theadom, A., Ellenbogen, R. G., Bannick, M. S., Montjoy-Venning, W., Lucchesi, L. R., ... Adsuar, J. C. (2019). Global, regional, and national burden of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, 1990-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet Neurology, 18 (1), 56-87. 10.1016/S1474-4422(18)30415-0
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46136
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Khanh Tran, Suzanne Barker-Collo
  • Nunez, A., Te Ao, B., Brown, P., Krishnamurthi, R., Bhattacharjee, R., Barker-Collo, S., ... Arroll, B. (2018). COMPARING THE HEALTHCARE COST OF STROKE AND TIAS: EVIDENCE FROM THE ARCOS. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Barker-Collo, Bruce Arroll
  • Bergin, P. S., Brockington, A., Jayabal, J., Scott, S., Litchfield, R., Roberts, L., ... Jones, P. (2018). EpiNet study of incidence of status epilepticus in Auckland, New Zealand: Methods and preliminary results. Epilepsia, 59 Suppl 2, 144-149. 10.1111/epi.14478
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart Dalziel, Peter Jones

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3066
28 PARK AVE
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand