Professor Martin Connolly



Professor Connolly is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed full original scientific papers, over 180 scientific abstracts and over 80 other research outputs. He has a long record in geriatrics research and as Principal Investigator of large studies including the recent HRC-supported studies the 'Aged Residential Care Healthcare Utilisation Study (ARCHUS)' and the 'Aged Residential Care Healthcare Implementation Project (ARCHIP)'. He was Principal Investigator of the HRC/DHBNZ-funded study ‘Alleviating the Burden of Chronic Conditions’ and Co-Principal Investigator on a UK study ‘Effects of Testosterone on Physical Performance and Quality of life in Frail Elderly Men’ (both now concluded). He is Co-Director on an HRC Programme Grant ‘Maximising Health for Older People’, headed by Professor Ngaire Kerse.

Research | Current

Current research areas include: residential aged care quality; retirement villages epidemiology; healthy ageing; frailty, avoidable hospital admissions of older people; driving cessation in older people; testosterone in the ageing male.

Teaching | Current

Professor Connolly is Assistant Dean for the Waitemata Clinical Campus. He organises and helps deliver the Y3 Clinical Methods course at Waitemata, and teaches Y4 General Medicine at Waitemata. In addition he organises, for all sites, the Y4 Geriatric Medicine course and helps deliver this at Waitemata. He organises and helps deliver Y4 Formal Learning (Geriatrics and Rehabilitation).

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising or co-supervising higher degrees (Masters and PhD) relating to virtual technology in vital signs' monitoring; driving cessation in older people.


Head of Freemasons' Department of Geriatric Medicine, within the Department of Medicine. Assistant Dean, Waitemata Clinical Campus

Areas of expertise

Clinical geriatric medicine, COPD, residential aged care, chronic conditions, frailty

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bloomfield, K., Wang, X., & Connolly, M. (2017). CPR decision making in the hospital setting. N Z Med J, 130 (1449), 70-71.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Katherine Bloomfield
  • Hempel, M. E., Taylor, J. E., Connolly, M. J., Alpass, F. M., & Stephens, C. V. (2017). Scared behind the wheel: what impact does driving anxiety have on the health and well-being of young older adults?. Int Psychogeriatr, 1-8. 10.1017/S1041610216002271
  • Connolly, M. J., & Yohannes, A. M. (2016). The impact of depression in older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Maturitas, 92, 9-14. 10.1016/j.maturitas.2016.07.005
  • Connolly, M. J. (2016). Avoidable readmission: an avoidable failure of discharge planning. The Lancet. Haematology, 3 (6), e258-e259.
  • 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.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michal Boyd, Joanna Broad, Joanna Hikaka
  • Jackson, V. E., Ntalla, I., Sayers, I., Morris, R., Whincup, P., Casas, J. P., ... Kumari, M. (2016). Exome-wide analysis of rare coding variation identifies novel associations with COPD and airflow limitation in MOCS3, IFIT3 and SERPINA12. Thorax, 71 (6), 501-509. 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-207876
  • Connolly, M. J., Broad, J. B., Boyd, M., Zhang, T. X., Kerse, N., Foster, S., ... Whitehead, N. (2016). The 'Big Five'. Hypothesis generation: a multidisciplinary intervention package reduces disease-specific hospitalisations from long-term care: a post hoc analysis of the ARCHUS cluster-randomised controlled trial. Age and ageing, 45 (3), 415-420.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Susan Foster, Thomas Lumley, Ngaire Kerse, Michal Boyd, Joanna Broad
  • Boyd, M., Broad, J. B., Zhang, T. X., Kerse, N., Gott, M., & Connolly, M. J. (2016). Hospitalisation of older people before and after long-term care entry in Auckland, New Zealand. Age and ageing
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Gott, Ngaire Kerse, Michal Boyd, Joanna Broad


Contact details

Alternative contact

The Freemasons' Departemt of Geriatirc Medicine is located in a 'state house' at 136 Shakespeare Rd, Takapuna, two 'doors' down from the main (car) entrance of North Shore Hospital. It is easily recognisable by the portacom in front of the house. We have forecourt parking on site.


Direct dial numbers are +64 (0)9 442 7146/7170

Office hours

Prof Connolly works standard office hours


His PA works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 2pm

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