Professor Ngaire Kerse

MBChB 1984, (Otago) PhD Medicine (University of Melbourne)


Ngaire is a well-established researcher with a large number of publications and research grants. She is recognised as an international expert in interrelated areas of research, and currently leads several research teams, each engaged in a number of research projects:

  • Maximising health for older people: an organised programme of research studying the pathway from impairment to dependence. Projects test activity based interventions to improve function in residential care and for those with depression. The impact of vitamin D on cardiovascular function and modelling society through ageing and changing health service needs.
  • Falls and older people: studies of falls in older people after stroke, in residential care and in a large sample of primary care patients have led to collaborative teams aiming to prevent falls through intervention development and testing.
  • The impact of physical activity on development of disability. Various physical activity trials have led to an understanding of the potential to prevent development of disability.
  • Developing Robot Technology for older people with dementia. 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Care of older people
  • Falls
  • Physical activity
  • Primary Health Care


Head of School of Population Health

Co-Leader, LiLACS NZ

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Lapsley, H., Kerse, N., Moyes, S. A., Keeling, S., Muru-Lanning, M. L., Wiles, J., & Jatrana, S. (2020). Do household living arrangements explain gender and ethnicity differences in receipt of support services? Findings from LiLACS NZ Maori and non-Maori advanced age cohorts. AGEING & SOCIETY, 40 (5), 1004-1020. 10.1017/S0144686X18001514
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hilary Lapsley, Simon Moyes, Janine Wiles, Marama Muru-Lanning
  • Cardwell, K., Kerse, N., Ryan, C., Teh, R., Moyes, S. A., Menzies, O., ... Hughes, C. M. (2020). The Association Between Drug Burden Index (DBI) and Health-Related Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study of the 'Oldest Old' (LiLACS NZ). Drugs & aging, 37 (3), 205-213. 10.1007/s40266-019-00735-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes, Ruth Teh, Joanna Broad
  • Ferguson, C. A., Thomson, W. M., Smith, M. B., Kerse, N., Peri, K., & Gribben, B. (2020). Medication taking in a national sample of dependent older people. Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP, 16 (3), 299-307. 10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.05.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kathy Peri
  • Lapsley, H., Hayman, K. J., Muru-Lanning, M. L., Moyes, S. A., Keeling, S., Edlin, R., & Kerse, N. (2020). Caregiving, ethnicity and gender in Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders of advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ Kaiāwhina (Love and Support) study. Australasian journal on ageing, 39 (1), e1-e8. 10.1111/ajag.12671
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hilary Lapsley, Karen Hayman, Marama Muru-Lanning, Simon Moyes, Richard Edlin
  • Cardwell, K., Kerse, N., Hughes, C. M., Teh, R., Moyes, S. A., Menzies, O., ... Ryan, C. (2020). Does potentially inappropriate prescribing predict an increased risk of admission to hospital and mortality? A longitudinal study of the 'oldest old'. BMC geriatrics, 20 (1)10.1186/s12877-020-1432-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes, Ruth Teh, Joanna Broad
  • Taylor, L., Parsons, J., Taylor, D., Binns, E., Lord, S., Edlin, R., ... Buckley, C. (2020). Evaluating the effects of an exercise program (Staying UpRight) for older adults in long-term care on rates of falls: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 21 (1)10.1186/s13063-019-3949-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes, John Parsons, Richard Edlin, Alana Cavadino, Lynne Taylor
  • Ryan, C., Teh, R., Moyes, S., Wilkinson, T., Connolly, M., Rolleston, A., ... Kerse, N. (2019). Quality of prescribing predicts hospitalisation in octogenarians: life and living in advanced age: a cohort study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ). BMC geriatrics, 19 (1)10.1186/s12877-019-1305-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martin Connolly, Ruth Teh, Simon Moyes
  • Thiyagarajan, J. A., Araujo de Carvalho, I., Peña-Rosas JP, Chadha, S., Mariotti, S. P., Dua, T., ... Dangour, A. (2019). Redesigning care for older people to preserve physical and mental capacity: WHO guidelines on community-level interventions in integrated care. PLoS medicine, 16 (10)10.1371/journal.pmed.1002948


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