Dr Pat Neuwelt

MD (Can), PhD (Otago), FRNZCGP, FNZCPHM

Biography

My principal research interest and expertise are in the health services research area of ‘access to primary health care for disadvantaged communities and populations’. I have a particular interest in addressing indigenous health inequities. I am currently also engaged in research and advocacy with regard to international trade agreements and impacts on health inequities. My research draws on my experience as a general practitioner in Canada and New Zealand, but also on my education and experience in public health. It is implementation-oriented research, with a goal of improving access to primary health care for disadvantaged populations.  As a result, my research is directly linked to health policy. My PhD research (completed in 2008), for which I received an Otago University ‘Social Science in Public Health’ PhD research award,  was on community involvement in the primary care setting as a means to reducing health inequalities. During my postgraduate coursework in public health, and public health medicine training, I gained experience applying both epidemiology and social science research methodologies, although I identify primarily as a social science public health researcher.  I am currently engaged in a Health Research Council funded study of general practice reception processes and access to primary health care.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Community-centred and person-centred health care
  • Interface between primary healthcare and public health
  • Health systems integration and performance, with regard to health equity
  • General practice and barriers to access for groups with high health need
  • International trade and public health

Teaching | Current

2013  Coordinator and lecturer for PoplHlth210: Inequities and Inequalities in New Zealand Health for the Bachelor of Health Sciences programme.

2011 – 2012  Coordinator and lecturer for Principles of Public Health PoplHlth760, the replacement paper for PoplHlth716

2007 – 2010  Coordinator and lecturer for Foundations in Public Health PoplHlth716, the 30-point core, mandatory paper for the postgraduate public health programme. Offered in both semesters

Distinctions/Honours

2008  PJ Smith Fellowship

2006  PhD Completion Scholarship, University of Otago, Wellington.

2005  Social Science Public Health PhD research award, University of Otago, Wellington

Areas of expertise

Health services research/public health: equitable access to primary health care; health promotion and comprehensive primary health care.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2009-2013  Member of the Education Committee of the NZ College of Public Health Medicine

2008- current  Chairperson of Primary Health Care Advisory Group to the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand

2009-2010  Director of the Postgraduate Public Health Programme, University of Auckland

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Neuwelt, P. M., Gleeson, D., & Mannering, B. (2016). Patently obvious: a public health analysis of pharmaceutical industry statements on the Trans-Pacific Partnership international trade agreement. Critical Public Health, 26 (2), 159-172. 10.1080/09581596.2015.1022510
  • Neuwelt, P. M., Gleeson, D., & Mannering, B. (2016). Patently obvious: a public health analysis of pharmaceutical industry statements on the Trans-Pacific Partnership international trade agreement. Critical Public Health, 26 (2), 159-172. 10.1080/09581596.2015.1022510
  • Neuwelt, P. M., Kearns, R. A., & Cairns, I. R. (2016). The care work of general practice receptionists. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8 (2), 122-122. 10.1071/HC15059
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robin Kearns
  • Neuwelt, P. M., Kearns, R. A., & Browne, A. J. (2015). The place of receptionists in access to primary care: Challenges in the space between community and consultation. Social Science and Medicine, 133, 287-295. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.10.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robin Kearns
  • Neuwelt, P. M., Kearns, R. A., & Browne, A. J. (2015). The place of receptionists in access to primary care: Challenges in the space between community and consultation. Social science & medicine (1982), 133, 287-295. 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.10.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Robin Kearns
  • Freeman, J., Keating, G., Monasterio, E., Neuwelt, P., & Gleeson, D. (2015). Call for transparency in new generation trade deals. Lancet (London, England), 385 (9968), 604-605. 10.1016/s0140-6736(15)60233-1
  • Neuwelt, P., Crengle, S., Cormack, D., McLeod, M., & Bramley, D. (2014). General practice ethnicity data: evaluation of a tool. J Prim Health Care, 6 (1), 49-55.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Donna Cormack
  • Tenbensel, T. G., Edlin, R., Field, A., Walton, L., Neuwelt, P., McNeill, R., & Rees, D. (2013). Evaluation of Auckland Regional After-Hours Network and the After-Hours Initiative. 1-75. Auckland. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/20823
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tim Tenbensel, Richard Edlin, Rob McNeill

Contact details

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 4, Room 406
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand