Ms Joanna Frances Hikaka

BPharm(Dist), PGDipClinPharm(Dist), PGCertClinPharm

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Jo graduated with a BPharm from the University of Otago in 2002 and then went on to work as a clinical pharmacist, specialising more recently in Older Adult Health.

She is currently enrolled part-time in the PhD programme. Her research will be conducted within a kaupapa Māori framework and she will investigate Māori older adults' experience with medicines and pharmacy services. This knowledge will then be used to design and pilot a medicines optimisation services for community dwelling Māori older adults.

Research | Current

Safer Prescribing and Care for the Elderly (SPACE) trial (Clinical Pharmacist)

Older people in retirement villages: Unidentified need and intervention research through National Science Challenge - Ageing Well (Named Investigator; Clinical Pharmacist)

Teaching | Current

2017-2018 Guest Lecutrer, Nurse Practitioner Programme - Auckland University of Technology


2017 Health Research Council of New Zealand Clinical Research Training Fellowship

2017 Pharmacy Education and Research Foundation Grant

2017 Waitemata DHB Contestable Grant - Small Project

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2016-Current - President  - Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa - The Māori Pharmacists' Association

2012-2016 - Treasurer - Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa - The Māori Pharmacists' Association

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hikaka, J., Hughes, C., Jones, R., Connolly, M. J., & Martini, N. (2019). A systematic review of pharmacist-led medicines review services in New Zealand – is there equity for Māori older adults?. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.01.009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin Connolly, Nataly Martini, Rhys Jones
  • Heppenstall, C. P., Broad, J. B., Boyd, M., Hikaka, J., Zhang, X., Kennedy, J., & Connolly, M. J. (2016). Medication use and potentially inappropriate medications in those with limited prognosis living in residential aged care. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35 (2), E18-E24. 10.1111/ajag.12220
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin Connolly, Michal Boyd, Joanna Broad
  • Dean, K. E., Hikaka, J., Huakau, J. T., & Walmsley, R. S. (2012). Infliximab or cyclosporine for acute severe ulcerative colitis: a retrospective analysis. Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology, 27 (3), 487-492. 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2011.06958.x

Contact details

Primary office location

8 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 528
Level G, Room G01
New Zealand