Dr Elana Tai Curtis

MD (candidate), NZCPHM, MPH, MBChB, BHB

Biography

Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa

Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis (Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa) is a Public Health Physician currently working as Senior Lecturer Medical at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. 

She is Director Vision 20:20 which provides academic leadership of Hikitia Te Ora - Certificate in Health Sciences (bridging/foundation education for Māori and Pacific), Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS, admission and retention support for Māori and Pacific students) and the Whakapiki Ake Project (WAP, Māori recruitment). 

In 2004-2005, Elana was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy based at the University of California (San Francisco) - investigating ethnic disparities in breast cancer mortality and survival.  Prior to this, Elana worked at the National Screening Unit, Ministry of Health in Wellington where she investigated Maori:non-Maori disparities in breast cancer epidemiology, and at Te Ropū Rangahau Hauora ā Eru Pōmare – Māori Health Research Centre at the University of Otago investigating ethnic disparities in access to invasive cardiovascular procedures/caesarean sections and the relationship between disparities and deprivation. 

She has recently submitted her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) focused on indigenous health workforce development and is involved in Kaupapa Māori Research investigating the teaching of indigenous health within medical education, ethnic inequities within emergency department settings, ethnic inequities in cardiovascular care and is developing a research focus exploring the prevalence of dementia amongst Māori.

Research | Current

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Principal Investigator. National Science Challenge Ageing Well EOI/Full Proposal application. He Arotahi Koroheke (focused on Māori and dementia prevalence).

UoA Lead for Bias and Decision Making In Medicine (BDMM) (Sub-project of E4E).

Co-Māori Lead Investigator. VIEW2020. HRC Programme Grant.

Named Co-Investigator. National Science Challenge Healthier Lives CVD. MBIE. Value:  $13.3M in Years 1 to 5 (i.e. available funding of $13.7M for the first five years minus the commencement phase funding of $423K) and $17.6M in Years 6 to 10.

Ministry of Health Research Fellow for Workforce Development Project: Vision 20:20 - Māori and Pacific Workforce Development. Te Hā - Vision 20: 20: Exploring predictors of success. Host Institution: University of Auckland. 2011 to 2012. Value: 0.5 FTE for one year.

Named Co-Investigator. ‘Educating for Equity: Exploring how health professional education can reduce disparities in chronic disease care and improve outcomes for Indigenous populations’. ICIHRP. Host Institution: University of Auckland. 2010 to 2015. Value: $5,310,989.

Named Co-Investigator. ‘Shorter Stays in Emergency Department Project’. Health Research Council. Host Institution: University of Auckland. 2010 to 2013. Value: $1,380,171.

Principal Investigator. ‘Tātou Tātou/Success for All: Improving Māori student success in health professional degree-level programmes’. Ako Aotearoa. Host Institution: University of Auckland. 2009 to 2012.Value: $125,911.

Named Co-Investigator. ‘Reducing the burden of disease and inequalities in health arising from chronic disease in Indigenous people’ – Grant Development Award. ICIHRP. Host Institution: University of Auckland. 2009. Value: $15,000.

Named Co-Investigator. ‘Success For All: Improving Māori and Pasifika Student Success in Degree-level Studies’. Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. Host Institution: University of Auckland. 2007 to 2010. Value: $179,926.

Named Co-Investigator. ‘Coronary artery bypass graft surgery - evaluation of the validity of the prioritisation score and the impact of waiting’. Health Research Council. Host Institution: University of Auckland. 2004 to 2006. Value: $893,200.00.

PUBLICATIONS

HARRIS, R., CORMACK, D., CURTIS, E., JONES, R., STANLEY, J., LACEY, C. (In Press). Development and testing of study tools and methods to examine ethnic bias and clinical decision-making among medical students in New Zealand: The Bias and Decision-Making in Medicine (BDMM) study. Accepted for publication to BMC Medical Education on 15.6.16.

JONES, P., WELLS, S., HARPER, A., LeFEVRE, J., STEWART, J., CURTIS E., REID, P., AMERATUNGA, S. Is a national time target for emergency department stay associated with changes in the quality of care for acute asthma? A multicentre pre-intervention post-intervention study. Emergency Medicine Australasia. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.12529. 2016.

CURTIS, E., WIKAIRE, E., JIANG, Y., MCMILLAN, L., LOTO, R., AIRINI., REID, P. ‘Quantitative analysis of a Māori and Pacific admission process on first-year health study." BMC Medical Education 15(196): 1-17. 2015.

CURTIS, E., WIKIRE, E., JIANG, Y., MCMILLAN, L., LOTO, R., FONUA, S., HERBERT, R., HORI, M., KO, T., NEWPORT, R., SALTER, D., WILES, J., AIRINI, REID, P. Open to critique: predictive effects of academic outcomes from a bridging/foundation programme on first-year degree-level study, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1087463. 2015.

CURTIS, E., WIKIRE, E., JIANG, Y., MCMILLAN, L., LOTO, R., AIRINI., REID, P. A tertiary approach to improving equity in health: quantitative analysis of the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS) process, 2008–2012. International Journal for Equity in Health (14):7. 1-15. 2015.

CURTIS, E., WIKIRE, E., KOOL, B., HONEY, M., KELLY, F., POOLE, P., BARROW, M., AIRINI, EWEN, S., REID, P. "What helps and hinders indigenous student success in higher education health programmes: a qualitative study using the Critical Incident Technique". HERDSA. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2014.973378.  2014.

CURTIS, E., REID, P. ‘Indigenous Health Workforce Development: challenges and successes of the Vision 20:20 programme’. ANZ J Surgery (83), 49-54. 2013.

CURTIS, E., ‘Deserving of more: framing of Māori inequities in cardiovascular care remains a challenge’. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126 (1379). 2013.

CURTIS, E., WIKAIRE, E., STOKES, K., REID, P. ‘Addressing indigenous health workforce inequities: A literature review exploring 'best' practice for recruitment into tertiary health programmes’. International Journal for Equity in Health.11:13. doi:10.1186/1475-9276-11-13. 2012.

JONES, P., HARPER, A., WELLS, S., CURTIS, E., CARSWELL, P., REID, P., AMERATUNGA, S. ‘Selection and validation of quality indicators for the Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments National Research Project’. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24(3), 303–312. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2012.01546.x. 2012.

JONES, P., CHALMERS, L., WELLS, S., AMERATUNGA, S., CARSWELL, P., ASHTON, T., CURTIS, E., REID, P., STEWART, A., HARPER, A., TENBENSEL, T. ‘Implementing performance improvement in New Zealand emergency departments: the six hour time target policy national research project protocol’. BMC Health Services Research. 12:45. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/12/45. 2012.

CURTIS, E., TOWNSEND, S., AIRINI. ‘Improving indigenous and ethnic minority student success in foundation health study’. Teaching in Higher Education. 1-14, iFirst article. doi:10.1080/13562517.2012.658559. 2011.

AIRINI., CURTIS, E., TOWNSEND, S., RAKENA, T., BROWN, D., SANNI, P., JOHNSON, O. ‘Teaching for Student Success: Promising Practices in University Teaching’. Pacific Asian Education, 23(1), 71-90. 2011.

CURTIS E., HARWOOD M., RIDDELL T., ROBSON B., HARRIS R., MILLS C., REID P. ‘Access and Society as Determinants of Cardiovascular Health in Indigenous Populations’. Heart, Lung and Circulation,19(5-6), 316-324. doi:10.1016/j.hlc.2010.04.129. 2010.

LORING, B., CURTIS, E.  ‘Routine vaccination coverage of 11 year olds, by ethnicity, through school-based vaccination in South Auckland’. NZMJ, 122 (1291). 14-21. 2009.

CURTIS E., QUALE.C, HAGGSTROM D., SMITH-BINDMAN R. ‘Racial and ethnic differences in breast cancer survival: How much is explained by screening, tumor severity, biology, treatment, comorbidities, and demographics?’. Cancer, 112, pp.171-180. 2007.

HARRIS R., ROBSON B., CURTIS E., PURDIE G., CORMACK D., REID P. ‘Māori and non-Māori differences in caesarean section rates: a national review’.   NZMJ, 120 (1250): U2444. 2007.

CURTIS E., WRIGHT C., WALL M. ‘The Epidemiology of Breast Cancer in Māori women: implications for ethnicity data analysis.’  NZMJ, 118 (1209). 2005. 

CURTIS E., WRIGHT C., WALL M. ‘The Epidemiology of Breast Cancer in Māori women: implications for screening and treatment.’  NZMJ, 118 (1209). 2005. 

JONES R., BAXTER J., BRAMLEY D., CRENGLE S., CURTIS E., HARRIS R., PINK R., RATIMA K., REID P., RIDDELL T., SCOTT N. ‘Skin infections of the limbs of Polynesian children’. NZMJ, 117(1200):U1032. 2004.

BRAMLEY D., RIDDELL T., CRENGLE S., CURTIS E., HARWOOD M., NEHUA D., REID P. ‘Viewpoint: A call to action on Māori cardiovascular health’. NZMJ 117 (1197). 2004. 

CURTIS, E..  STOKES, K., WIKAIRE, E., REID, P. Recruiting via Hui-ā-Rohe: How the Whakapiki Ake Project has increased engagement with Māori students, their whānau (families) and communities. Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network, LIME Good Practice Case Studies Volume Three, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne. 2015.

CURTIS, E., REID, P. & JONES, R. Decolonising the Academy: The process of re-presenting Indigenous health in tertiary teaching and learning. In F. Cram, H. Phillips, P. Sauni & C. Tuagalu. (Eds.), Māori and Pasifika Higher Education Horizons. H.T. Frierson (Series Ed.), Diversity in Higher Education. New Milford, CT: Emerald Books. 2014.

CURTIS, E. Tātou Tātou/Success for all: Improving Māori student success. Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network, LIME Good Practice Case Studies Volume Two, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, The University of Melbourne. 2013.

CURTIS E., HARWOOD M., RIDDELL T. ‘Cardiovascular Disease’. In Robson B., Harris R. (eds.) Hauora Māori Standards of Health. A study of the years 2000-2005. Wellington: Te Ropū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, pp141-160. 2007.

DIRKS, K., SALTER, D., CURTIS, E., TOWNSEND, S., CRENGLE S. ‘Successes and Challenges with Hikitia Te Ora - Certificate in Health Sciences of the University of Auckland’. Conference Proceedings in Engaging Students: Retention and Success. Bridging Education Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the New Zealand. 2006. 

CURTIS, E., WIKAIRE, E., LUALUA-AATI, T., KOOL, B., NEPIA, W., RUKA, M., HONEY, M., KELLY, F., POOLE, P. ‘Research Report. Tātou Tātou – Success For All: Improving Māori Student Success’. Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. ISBN: 978-1-927202-06-7. 2012.

AIRINI., BROWN, D., CURTIS, E., JOHNSON, O., LUATUA, F., O'SHEA, M., ULLUGIA-PUA, M. ‘Success for All: Improving Maori and Pasifika student success in degree-level studies: Final report to funder Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI)’. Wellington: TLRI. Retrieved from http://www.tlri.org.nz/assets/A_Project-PDFs/9247-Airini/9247-Airini-final-report.pdf. 2010.

Teaching | Current

 

2016 - Course Director MAORIHTH 201 (Introduction to Māori Health)

2015 - Contribution to curriculum development for new teaching of Māori health within the Bachelor of Optometry

2014-2015 - Academic Lead for Māori Health Intensive (Interprofessional Education: Year 2 MBChB, BNurs, BPharm).

2011-2015 - Co-Course Coordinator, MAORIHTH 301 (Māori Health).

2012-current - Contributing to the development of the reinvigorated MBChB Curriculum (e.g. clinical scenario development/Hauora Māori domain, attended multi-response questions workshop, liaison with other domains/overall project management)

2012 - Contributed to course development and planning for Māori Health Week (Interprofessional Education: Year 2 MBChB, BNurs, BPharm). Lead developer of the Ngāti Whātua Case Study used within day one

2012 - Contributed to course development and planning for 4th Year Māori Health Teaching. This involved significant redevelopment and delivery of a new teaching and learning programme and includes regular marking of 4th year Reflective Commentaries for Māori Health assessment.

2011-current - Contributed to the delivery of the 4th Year Māori Health Teaching MBChB

2010-current - Director, Vision 20:20

2006-2010 - Kaiārahi/Academic Directorship Hikitia Te Ora – Certificate in Health Sciences (CertHSc)

2008 - Authorship of the Certificate in Health Sciences Self Evaluation Report and site-visit hosting for a formal Category B Review (University of Auckland)

2006-2009 - Direction provided for development in MĀORIHTH 19H (Academic and Professional Development), MĀORIHTH 14H (Introduction to Pacific Health), MĀORIHTH 13 (Introduction to Māori Health) and the MĀORIHTH 18H (Foundation Studies in Medical and Health Sciences) (CertHSc). Leadership provided to develop the ‘Cultural Wānanga’ and ‘CertHSc Health Careers Day’ as successful new teaching and learning interventions

2006-2009 - Course Coordinator, MĀORIHTH 13H (Introduction to Māori Health) (CertHSc)

2006-2008 - Co-Course Coordination MĀORIHTH 18H (Special Topic/Foundation Studies in Medical and Health Sciences) (CertHSc)

Postgraduate supervision

Alehandrea Manuel. PhD (candidate). Māori and Audiology. 

Kiri-Mei Dargaville. Master of Public Health (candidate). Cultural Competancy. 

Hannah Burgess - MPH. Master of Public Health. Māori whānau experiences of rheumatic fever: reflections of social and structural inequity. Submitted April 2016.

Hannah Burgess - BHSH.  Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours). Pipeline Promises. Exploring factors that influence Māori and Pasifika student success within the Bachelor of Health Sciences. 2014.

Erena Wikaire - MPH. Master of Public Health. Data speaks: Predictors of success in tertiary education health study for Māori and Pacific students. 2015.

Jenna Clark - MPH. Master of Public Health. Growing Our Own. Using a sector partnership approach to develop the Māori and Pacific health workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand. 2012. 

Belinda Loring - MPH. Master of Public Health. Avoiding inaction in the face of need: How a publicly funded human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could be implemented in Aotearoa/New Zealand to avoid Māori:non-Māori immunisation inequalities. 2007.

 

Distinctions/Honours

2015 - National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (Kaupapa Māori Category), Ako Aotearoa.

2015 - Hauora Māori Scholarships (Post-Graduate Excellence Award), MoH.

2014/15 - Ngarimu VC & 28th (Maori) Battalion Memorial Doctoral Scholarship

2014 - Teaching Excellence Award (for Innovation in Teaching), UoA.

2014 - Butland Award for Innovation in Teaching, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

2012 - Excellence in Equity Award for ‘Tātou Tātou/Success for All: Improving Māori Student       Success in Health Professional Degree-level Programmes’

2012 - Group Award for Success for All: Improving Māori and Pacifica success in degree-level studies at The University of Auckland, New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE).

2011- 2013 - Fellowship, Ministry of Health Research Fellow for Workforce Development Project: Vision 20:20 - Māori and Pacific Workforce Development. 

2010 - Excellence in Equity Award for ‘Vision 20:20. MAPAS Admissions Process’, University of Auckland.

2010 - Excellence in Equity Award for ‘Success For All: Improving Māori and Pasifika success in degree-level studies at the University of Auckland’, UoA.

2009 - LIMElight Award for ‘Leading Innovation in Indigenous Student Recruitment, Support and Graduation’, Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education, Australia.

2008 - Fellowship of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.

2004-2005 - Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy, University of California San Francisco, United States of America.

2003 - Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

2003 - John McLeod Fellow, Wellington.

2001 - Recipient of the BP Prize for Top Student Graduating with Diploma of Public Health at the Wellington School of Medicine.

2001 - Recipient of Te Tohu Mana Mātauranga Hauora Māori Award (for excellence in the PUBH 709 Hauora Māori paper), Wellington School of Medicine.

1992-1994 - Recipient Merke, Sharp and Domme, Roy Watling Mitchell Scholarships.

Areas of expertise

Māori Health. Public Health.

Kaupapa Māori Research and indigenous positioning.

Indigenous health workforce development.

Tertiary recruitment, admisison, bridging/foundation education, retention for Māori and Pacfic students.

Ethnic inequities in cardiovascular care, breast cancer, emergency department care.

 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

 

2011-current - Director Vision 20:20. One of three leadership/directorship positions within Te Kupenga Hauora Māori responsible for indigenous recruitment via the Whakapiki Ake Project (WAP), bridging foundation via the Certificate in Health Sciences (CertHSc) and Māori and Pacific admission/retention via the Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS).

2009-current - Chairperson of the Certificate in Health Sciences (CertHSc) Board of Studies

2006-current - Member of the Board of Foundation Studies, University of Auckland

2012-current - Member of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Reference Group

2014-current - Member Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences MMI Working Group

2007-current - Member of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Subcommittee

2006-current - Member of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Equity Committee

2007-2011 - Member of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Education Committee (CertHSc Representative.

2016 - Member PRIDoC International Conference Organising Committe and Social Committe Chair.

2013-current - Member of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Scientific Committee

2012-2013 - Member of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection V Committee

2012-current -  Member of the Health Research Council College of Experts

2012   - Liaison between Australia and New Zealand Professional Health Educators (ANZAPHE) Organising Committee and Te Arawa (regional hosts) for the ANZAPHE Conference 2012, Rotorua

2010-11 - Member of the Health Research Council Programme Assessing Committee (PAC)

2009 - Director of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC)

2007-current - Member of the Advisory Group for Hauora Manawa Research Project, University of Otago

2007-2010 -  Member of the Māori Health Workforce Champions Group (Te Tumu Whakarae, New Zealand District Health Board)

2006-2010  - Member of the Reference Group for ‘Unequal Treatment: Ischaemic Heart Disease’ Project (Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago)

2006-2009 - Auckland Representative of Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (The Māori Medical Practitioners Association)

2006-2007 - Member of the Independent Monitoring Group (National Cervical Screening Programme, Ministry of Health)

2006 - Member of the Health Research Council Public Health Science Assessing Committee (for annual funding round)

2006 - Member of Te Rau Matatini Public Health Reference Group, Massey University

2006 -  Member of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) National Reference Group Working Committee – 22/23rd June

2006 - Member of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) New Zealand Organising Committee

2004/6/7/9 -  Member of the Hauora Māori Health Scholarships Committee (Ministry of Health), Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa Representative

2001-2003  - Coordination of Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (The Māori Medical Practitioners Association) Annual General Meeting and Annual Scientific Conference

2000-2003 - Founding member of Hauora.com (Māori Health Workforce Development Organisation)

2000-2003 - Secretary of Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (The Māori Medical Practitioners Association)

2011 -  Lead recipient of FMHS Equity Fund grant for ‘Vision 20:20 Vignettes’ ($10,000).

2010 - Contributed to the Administration Review of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (that lead to the development of a General Manager position, redeveloped administration roles and academic Directorships).

2009 -  Lead recipient of FMHS Equity Fund grant for ‘Purchase of MAPAS Roadshow Resources’ ($1,700) and Co-recipient for ‘Extending the CertHSc Careers Day to Māori and Pacific Secondary Students’ ($5,000) and ‘Commission of a prospectus specifically targeted at Māori and Pacific students outlining MAPAS and Vision 20:20 activities’ ($5,000).

2009 - Lead recipient of Tuākana Contestable Fund for ‘Postgraduate Support Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences’ ($5,000).

2008-current - Member of the Bachelor of Nursing Examiners Committee, School of Nursing

2008-current - Member of the Bachelor of Pharmacy Examiners Committee, School of Pharmacy

2008-current - Member of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Examiners Committee, School of Medicine

2008-current -  Member of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Admissions Committee, School of Medicine

2008-current - Member of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Admissions Committee, School of Population Health

2008-current - Member of the Bachelor of Nursing Admissions Committee, School of Nursing

2008-current -  Member of the Bachelor of Pharmacy Admissions Committee, School of Pharmacy

2007-current - Member of the Tuākana Network, University of Auckland

2006-current -  Member of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Board of Studies, School of Population Health

2006-current  - Member of the Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Centre Meetings

2011- Member of the Undergraduate Targeted Admissions Scheme (UTAS) working group, University of Auckland (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Representative)

2010-2011 - Interviewer for Pukawakawa placements (Northland Regional-Rural Medical Programme)

2010 -  Member of the Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa Mentoring Programme, Auckland.

2009 - Member of the Human Papilloma Virus Immunisation Working Group (Ministry of Health)     

2008 - Attended Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa Te Ngākau Mentoring Training Workshop, Auckland

2007-2008 - Invited participant of the Te Hau Mihi Ata Research project, University of Waikat

2007 - Member of the Early Treatment of Breast Cancer New Zealand Guidelines Group (Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa representative)

2006 - Member of the Māori Cardiovascular Advisory Group Member – New Zealand Guidelines Group (Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa Representative)

2006 - Invited Attendee (Ministry of Health) - Measurement Group Meeting, Canberra, Australia

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 4, Room 410
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand