Dr Rob McNeill

PhD, M.A.(Hons), B.A.


Dr McNeill is currently a senior lecturer in the Health Systems section of the School of Population Health. He completed his Masters and PhD theses in Psychology, on topics relating to cancer care. In 2005 he transferred to the School of Population Health and has been working on health services research and evaluation projects in wide variety of health services, but particularly in health promotion programmes and cancer services. Since 2016 he has focused all of his research time on topics relating to cancer services, with current topics around timeliness of care, care pathways, and the use of patient experiences to inform service improvement. He has been teaching research methods at the University for almost 20 years and has extensive experience with both quantitative and qualitative methods, with particular expertise in questionnaire (survey) design. He also teaches in the area of health inequities and social determinants of health, and has an interest in equity issues in health services.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Health services research
  • Cancer services
  • Care pathways
  • Timeliness of care
  • Patient experiences
  • Service improvement

Recent Publications:

  • Fraser A, McNeill R. Surveillance of Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Patients With Noncurative Treatment Intent: A Narrative Review. Cancer Nursing, Publish Ahead of Print, 02 Sep 2020
  • McNeill R. Timeliness of treatment for patients referred urgently with a high suspicion of cancer in New Zealand. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 37: e18147-e18147. 20 May 2019 (Conference Proceedings)

Teaching | Current

Health and Society (POPLHLTH 102) - an introduction to the social determinants of health.

Health Service Research Methods (POPLHLTH 767)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Beyene, K., Aspden, T., McNeill, R., & Sheridan, J. (2019). Modifiable risk factors for prescription medicine sharing behaviours. Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP, 15 (2), 154-163. 10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.04.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Trudi Aspden, Kebede Beyene, Janie Sheridan
  • Sopina, E., & McNeill, R. (2015). Investigating the relationship between quality, format and delivery of feedback for written assignments in higher education. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 40 (5), 666-680. 10.1080/02602938.2014.945072
  • Wilkinson-Meyers, L., Brown, P. M., McNeill, R., Reeve, J., Patston, P., & Baker, R. (2015). To live an ordinary life: Resource needs and additional costs for people with a physical impairment. Disability & Society, 30 (7), 976-990. 10.1080/09687599.2015.1061479
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Laura Wilkinson-Meyers
  • Wilkinson-Meyers, L., Brown, P., Reeve, J., McNeill, R., Patston, P., Dylan, S., ... McEldowney, J. (2014). Reducing disablement with adequate and appropriate resources: A New Zealand perspective. Disability & Society, 29 (10), 1540-1553. 10.1080/09687599.2014.966803
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Laura Wilkinson-Meyers
  • Walton, L., McNeill, R., Stevens, W., Murray, M., Lewis, C., Aitken, D., & Garrett, J. (2013). Patient perceptions of barriers to the early diagnosis of lung cancer and advice for health service improvement. Fam Pract, 30 (4), 436-444. 10.1093/fampra/cmt001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Walton
  • 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.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tim Tenbensel, Richard Edlin, Lisa Walton
  • Appleton-Dyer, S., Clinton, J., Carswell, P., & McNeill, R. (2012). Understanding evaluation influence within public sector partnerships: a conceptual model. American Journal of Evaluation, 33 (4), 532-546. 10.1177/1098214012447672
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Carswell
  • Wright, D., McNeill, R. B., Merrie, A., & Print, C. (2012). Great expectations: use of molecular tests and computerised prognostic tools in New Zealand cancer care. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125 (1353) Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cristin Print

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3092
New Zealand