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)

  • Wiles, J., Miskelly, P., Stewart, O., Kerse, N., Rolleston, A., & Gott, M. (2019). Challenged but not threatened: Managing health in advanced age. Social science & medicine (1982), 227, 104-110. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.06.018
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Wiles, Merryn Gott
  • Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Muirhead, J., & Kerse, N. (2018). Rural point-of-care ultrasound of the kidney and bladder: quality and effect on patient management. Journal of primary health care, 10 (4), 324-330. 10.1071/hc18034
  • Streicher, M., van Zwienen-Pot, J., Bardon, L., Nagel, G., Teh, R., Meisinger, C., ... Flechtner-Mors, M. (2018). Determinants of Incident Malnutrition in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A MaNuEL Multicohort Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 66 (12), 2335-2343. 10.1111/jgs.15553
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Marama Muru-Lanning, Ruth Teh
  • Nixon, G. H., Kerse, N. M., Bagg, W., Skinner, M. A., Larmer, P. J., & Crampton, P. (2018). Proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health. The New Zealand medical journal, 131 (1485), 67-75.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Warwick Bagg
  • Connolly, M. J., Broad, J. B., Bish, T., Zhang, X., Bramley, D., Kerse, N., ... Boyd, M. (2018). Reducing emergency presentations from long-term care: A before-and-after study of a multidisciplinary team intervention. Maturitas, 117, 45-50. 10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.08.014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michal Boyd, Martin Connolly, Joanna Broad, Katherine Bloomfield
  • Nixon, G., Blattner, K., Koroheke-Rogers, M., Muirhead, J., Finnie, W. L., Lawrenson, R., & Kerse, N. (2018). Point-of-care ultrasound in rural New Zealand: Safety, quality and impact on patient management. The Australian journal of rural health, 26 (5), 342-349. 10.1111/ajr.12472
  • Chigateri, N. G., Kerse, N., Wheeler, L., MacDonald, B., & Klenk, J. (2018). Validation of an accelerometer for measurement of activity in frail older people. Gait & posture, 66, 114-117. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.08.024
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nethra Ganesh Chigateri, Bruce MacDonald
  • Mace Firebaugh, C., Moyes, S., Jatrana, S., Rolleston, A., & Kerse, N. (2018). Physical Activity, Function, and Mortality in Advanced Age: A Longitudinal Follow-Up (LiLACS NZ). Journal of aging and physical activity, 26 (4), 583-588. 10.1123/japa.2017-0178
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Moyes


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