Professor Ngaire Margaret 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 has a range of interests, both theoretical and methodological. She is recognised as an international expert in three 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.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Care of older people
  • Falls
  • Physical activity


Head of School of Population Health

Leader, LiLACS NZ

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Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Teh, R., Kerse, N., Kepa, M., Doughty, R. N., Moyes, S., Wiles, J., ... Connolly, M. (2014). Self-rated health, health-related behaviours and medical conditions of Maori and non-Maori in advanced age: LiLACS NZ. The New Zealand medical journal, 127 (1397), 13-29.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ruth Teh, Rob Doughty, Simon Moyes, Janine Wiles, Martin Connolly
  • Dyall, L., Kepa, M., Teh, R., Mules, R., Moyes, S. A., Wham, C., ... Keeling, S. (2014). Cultural and social factors and quality of life of Maori in advanced age. Te puawaitanga o nga tapuwae kia ora tonu - Life and living in advanced age: a cohort study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ). N Z Med J, 127 (1393), 62-79.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes, Ruth Teh, Martin Connolly
  • Wham, C. A., McLean, C., Teh, R., Moyes, S., Peri, K., & Kerse, N. (2014). The bright trial: What are the factors associated with nutrition risk?. The journal of nutrition, health & aging10.1007/s12603-014-0032-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes, Kathy Peri
  • Taylor, L. M., Klenk, J., Maney, A. J., Kerse, N., Macdonald, B. M., & Maddison, R. (2014). Validation of a body-worn accelerometer to measure activity patterns in octogenarians. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95 (5), 930-934. 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.01.013
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ralph Maddison
  • Teh, R. O., Kerse, N. M., Robinson, E. M., Doughty, R. N., & Whalley, G. A. (2014). Which cardiovascular risk factors are associated with cardiovascular disease and predict future events in advanced age in New Zealand?. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 (1), 14-21. 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00626.x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ruth Teh, Rob Doughty
  • Bellamy, G., Gott, M., Waterworth, S., Mclean, C., & Kerse, N. (2014). 'But I do believe you've got to accept that that's what life's about': Older adults living in New Zealand talk about their experiences of loss and bereavement support. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22 (1), 96-103. 10.1111/hsc.12069
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Gott, Susan Waterworth
  • Sheridan, N. F., Kenealy, T. W., Connolly, M. J., Mahony, F., Barber, P. A., Boyd, M. A., ... Doughty, R. (2011). Health equity in the New Zealand health care system: a national survey. Int J Equity Health, 1010.1186/1475-9276-10-45
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Barber, Martin Connolly, Faith Mahony, Timothy Kenealy, Nicolette Sheridan, Rob Doughty, Peter Carswell

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