Dr Laura Wilkinson-Meyers

BA (Cornell), MSc (LSE/LSHTM), PhD(Auckland)


Dr Laura Wilkinson-Meyers is the Academic Director of the School of Population Health and the Vice President of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ). 

Originally from the United States, Dr Wilkinson-Meyers is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research with a Master of Health Policy, Planning and Financing (HPPF) from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and received her PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland. Her PhD thesis estimated the additional costs of disability for disabled people and their families and whānau in New Zealand and formed the foundation of a new programme of disability-related health services research in the School of Population Health. Recent work has investigated the primary care experiences of people with lived experience of disability in New Zealand (Access & Quality in Primary Care), the barriers and enablers to health and social support experienced by disabled Pacific children, youth and their families (Talanga Project), the long term recovery experiences of people with a traumatic brain injury (The TBI Experiences Study), and the development of a toolkit for people with neurological conditions to support better access to care (The Living Well Toolkit). 

Dr Wilkinson-Meyers teaches two courses on health systems and health services organisation, funding and analysis as part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Public Health and Master of Health Leadership programmes in the School of Population Health.  She regularly supervises honours, masters and PhD students interested in projects related to understanding and improving the equity, accessibility, quality and efficiency of health and social services with a particular focus on marginalised or underserved groups.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Health Services Research
  • Participatory Research
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Equity
  • Access to health care
  • Primary Care
  • Formal and Informal Support
  • Disability & Diversity
  • Older People

Teaching | Current

  • Course Director, POPLHLTH 722: Organisation of Health Systems (Semester 2)
  • Course Director, POPLHLTH 301: Strengthening Health Systems (Semester 2)

Postgraduate supervision

Doctoral Supervision

  • Jason Zhou (current) Identifying strategies to improve access to pharmacies and their services for New Zealanders with lived experience of disability (Co-supervisor, with Dr Trudi Aspden, School of Pharmacy)
  • Leah Palapar (current) Primary care structures and functional ability in later life: Evidence from New Zealand, Australia & the Netherlands (Co-Supervisor with Professor Ngaire Kerse and Professor Thomas Lumley)
  • Jalal Mohammed (2018) Decentralisation in the Fijian Health Reforms: Implications for Access (Co-Supervisor with Associate Professor Nicola North)
  • Deborah Hager (2018) Domestic and sexual violence and disability: Understanding paradigms and creating congruence to prevent violence against disabled women (Co-supervisor with Associate Professor Elsie Ho)
  • Fiona Langridge (2018) Investigating the health needs of primary school children in Tonga and the opportunities for effective interventions (Co-Supervisor with Professor Cameron Grant)
  • Colleen McMillin (2017) Life course determinants of food allergy in New Zealand children (Co-Supervisor with Professor Cameron Grant and Associate Professor Susan Morton)
  • Esther Willing (2014) Understanding the implementation of New Zealand's immunisation health target for two year olds (Co-Supervisor with Associate Professor Tim Tenbensel)

Master of Public Health/Health Leadership Supervision

  • Demi Yiyuan Xu  (2018) Supporting access to primary care: The role of disability support workers 
  • Tracy Austin (current) A critical analysis of current service-to-patient communication in relation to "did-not-attend" (DNA) rates at outpatient hospital appointments
  • Maria Larcombe (2017) Master of Health Leadership Project
  • Serena Lal (2016) Opportunities for formal carers to enable access for disabled New Zealanders within primary care 
  • Htein Linn Aung (2016) Implications of caregiving among informal caregivers of older people in advanced age (Co-Supervisor with Dr Richard Edlin)

BHSc Honours Supervision

  • Sophie Matthewman (2015) Is the role of the navigator in New Zealand a health equity intervention? (Primary supervisor with Dr Pat Neuwelt)  School of Population Health Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) Prize Winner 2015
  • Yeshika Sharan (2013) Access to primary care: The experiences of Indian migrant students at a New Zealand university (Primary supervisor)
  • Rebekah Ryan (2013) Point England Investigates: Self-explaining roads and children's perceptions of road and neighbourhood safety (Co-Supervisor with Dr Jamie Hosking and Professor Shanthi Amerataunga)




  • Butland Award for Early Career Excellence in Teaching, 2014
  • Auckland University of Technology's Vice Chancellor's Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship, July-December 2011
  • Health Research Council of New Zealand's Disability Partnership Programme PhD Fellowship, 2007-2010


  • Academic Director, School of Population Health
  • Course Director, POPLHLTH 301: Strengthening Health Systems
  • Course Director, POPLHLTH 722: Organisation of Health Systems

Areas of expertise

  • Health Services Research

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Vice President, Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Fradgley, E. A., Karnon, J., Roach, D., Harding, K., Wilkinson-Meyers, L., Chojenta, C., ... Dalziel, K. (2019). Taking the pulse of the health services research community: A cross-sectional survey of research impact, barriers and support. Australian Health Review10.1071/AH18213
  • McPherson, K., Fadyl, J., Theadom, A., Channon, A., Levack, W., Starkey, N., ... Kayes, N. (2018). Living life after traumatic brain injury: Phase 1 of a longitudinal qualitative study. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 33 (1), E44-E52. 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000321
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Barker-Collo, Matire Harwood
  • Palapar, L., Wilkinson-Meyers, L., Lumley, T., & Kerse, N. (2017). Usual primary care of older people in New Zealand: Association between practice characteristics and practice activities. Journal of Primary Health Care, 9 (1), 78-84. 10.1071/HC16039
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thomas Lumley, Ngaire Kerse
  • Gardiner, C., Brereton, L., Frey, R., Wilkinson-Meyers, L., & Gott, M. (2016). Approaches to capturing the financial cost of family care-giving within a palliative care context: A systematic review. Health and Social Care in the Community, 24 (5), 519-531. 10.1111/hsc.12253
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30865
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Gott, Rosemary Frey
  • Theadom, A., Rowland, V., Levack, W., Starkey, N., Wilkinson-Meyers, L. E., McPherson, K., & TBI Experiences Group (2016). Exploring the experience of sleep and fatigue in male and female adults over the 2 years following traumatic brain injury: A qualitative descriptive study. BMJ Open, 6 (4)10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010453
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42042
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matire Harwood
  • Wilkinson-Meyers, L., Brown, P. M., McNeill, R., Reeve, J., Patston, P., & Baker, R. (2015). To live an ordinary life: Resource needs and additional costs for people with a physical impairment. Disability & Society, 30 (7), 976-990. 10.1080/09687599.2015.1061479
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rob McNeill
  • Kerse, N., McLean, C., Moyes, S. A., Peri, K., Ng, T., Wilkinson-Meyers, L., ... Connolly, M. (2014). The cluster-randomized BRIGHT trial: Proactive case finding for community-dwelling older adults. Annals of Family Medicine, 12 (6), 514-524. 10.1370/afm.1696
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes, Ngaire Kerse, Kathy Peri, Martin Connolly
  • Wilkinson-Meyers, L., Brown, P., McLean, C., & Kerse, N. (2014). Met and unmet need for personal assistance among community-dwelling New Zealanders 75 years and over. Health Soc Care Community, 22 (3), 317-327. 10.1111/hsc.12087
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ngaire Kerse


Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 4, Room 463
New Zealand

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