Ms Elizabeth Anne-Louise Holt

MPH (First Class Honours); PGDip (Public Health),with Distinction; BHSc (Physiotherapy)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


My clinical career as a physiotherapist has led me to work the majority of the past 17-years within public health systems where my interest in physical rehabilitation, disability rights and social justice motivated me to better understand how health can be fostered through Public Health strategies.  An internship at the World Health Organisation, Geneva, in 2013 with the Prevention of Hearing Impairment and Blindness Team and the Disabilities and Rehabilitation Team captivated my interest in the prevention of ear disease and rehabilitation of acquired hearing impairment from a Public Health perspective.  I am currently the Pacific Research Coordinator for the Eisdell Moore Centre for Hearing and Balance Research.

Research | Current

My PhD research will focus on gaining an improved understanding of the ear and hearing health of pre-school children in Niue.  The study will provide data on prevalence and risk factors for otitis media, as well as clarify the perceptions, knowledge and clinical management of the disease among the community and primary health care workers.  The results of the study will contribute to to a long-term vision by Pacific partners to improve the understanding of ear disease and hearing disorders, with an aim to strengthen Pacific-based workforce development and sustainable clinical service delivery.


New Zealand Aid Programme Postgraduate Field Research Award: 2016

UoA Health Research Doctoral Scholarship: 2015

The Oticon Foundation Grant: 2015

School of Population Health Prize in Public Health Recipient: 2014

UoA Master of Public Health Scholarship: 2014

First in Course Award: POPLHLTH 733 2012

First in Course Award: POPLHLTH 734 2012

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member: Public Health Association of New Zealand

Member: Coalition for Global Hearing Health

Member: Physiotherapy New Zealand

Member: World Health Organisation Intern Board 2013

Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand Registered Physiotherapist

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Thorne, P. R., Holt, E. A., Nosa, V., Chunghyeon, O., Lopati, S., Pifeleti, S., ... Kafoa, B. (2019). Provision of hearing care in Pacific Island countries and territories. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 97 (10), 719-721. 10.2471/blt.18.224600
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Judith McCool, Peter Thorne, Vili Nosa, Michael Maslin
  • Holt, E., McCool, J., Nosa, V., & Thorne, P. (2018). Development of an otitis media strategy in the Pacific: key informant perspectives. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131 (1475), 69-76. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Judith McCool, Vili Nosa, Peter Thorne
  • Holt, E. A. (2015). Towards Improving the Ear and Hearing Health of Children in Fiji: The Potential for an Otitis Media Public Health Programme The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
  • Bassett, S. F., & Holt, E. A. L. (2002). New Zealand resident Tongan peoples' health and illness beliefs and utilisation of the health care system. Pacific health dialog, 9 (1), 40-47.


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2042
New Zealand

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