Dr Susan Wells

MBChB DipObs MPH PhD FRNZCGP FNZCPHM

Biography

Sue is a Public Health Physician with a background of 10 years as a general practitioner and currently works in Quality Improvement and Health Innovation within the Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is a member of EPIQ (www.epiq.co.nz), an in-house group undertaking postgraduate and undergraduate teaching, research and consultancies in evidence based healthcare, health informatics and quality improvement. Her key research interests are cardiovascular epidemiology, risk communication and patient access to electronic medical records via portals/personal Health records. Since 2002, she has been the clinical project leader of a primary care web-based decision support programme of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment and management, PREDICT. The content of the programme is based on New Zealand guidelines for cardiovascular risk assessment and management and the management of type 2 diabetes. With Health Research Council funding she is the co-principal investigator of the HRC-PREDICT project that has developed a large CVD risk prediction cohort (>400,000 people) through the use of PREDICT in primary and secondary care services. In 2008, Sue and Dr Andrew Kerr (Head of Cardiology, Middlemore Hospital) designed the Your Heart Forecast tool. With funding by the Heart Foundation, this was developed by IT specialists at Enigma Publishing Limited. This tool supports CVD risk communication between doctors and nurses and their patients using a graphic story.

In 2012/13 Sue was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Practice and based at Harvard Medical School/Partners Health Care and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Her US research investigated patient engagement in health and interaction with services via patient portals. These provide patients with secure on-line access to their electronic health records and healthcare team and are new technologies for New Zealand. In 2014, she was appointed e-health Ambassador for patient portals by the Minister of Health.

 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • primary care
  • Quality improvement
  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Computerised decision support systems
  • Health Informatics: patient portals

Teaching | Current

Academic leader of postgraduate MPH course POPHLTH 724 Quality in Health Care, University of Auckland

5th year medicine:  Quality Improvement, course assessment

6th year medicine: Quality Improvement project in partnership Department of O &G and clinical leaders at eight regional hospitals (Auckland City, Middlemore, NorthShore, Waitakere, Whangarei, Waikato, Rotorua, Tauranga). Assessor of all QI projects.

 

Distinctions/Honours

2014 Minister of Health Appointed e-Health Ambassador for Patient Portals

2012 New Zealand Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Practice for 2012/2113

Areas of expertise

  • Clinical epidemiology and evidence-based healthcare
  • Cardiovascular epidemiology
  • Computerised decision support systems
  • Quality improvement
  • Health Informatics: patient portals

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2015 Mentor for University of Auckland Women in Leadership Programme

2014 Senior Advisor to Canterbury District Health Board Patient Portal Project

2014 Chair RNZCGP Expert Advisory Group for Patient Portals

2014  National Heart Foundation Scientific Committee

2013 New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine Education and Training Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Robb, G., Stolarek, I., Wells, S., & Bohm, G. (2017). The state of quality improvement and patient safety teaching in health professional education in New Zealand. The New Zealand medical journal, 130 (1464), 13-24.
  • Wells, S., Tamir, O., Gray, J., Naidoo, D., Bekhit, M., & Goldmann, D. (2017). Are quality improvement collaboratives effective? A systematic review. BMJ quality & safety10.1136/bmjqs-2017-006926
  • Robinson, T., Jackson, R., Wells, S., Kerr, A., & Marshall, R. (2017). An observational study of how clinicians use cardiovascular risk assessment to inform statin prescribing decisions. The New Zealand medical journal, 130 (1463), 28-38.
  • Jones, P., Wells, S., & Ameratunga, S. (2017). Towards a best measure of emergency department crowding: Lessons from current Australasian practice. Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA10.1111/1742-6723.12868
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Jones, Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Jones, P. G., Kool, B., Dalziel, S., Shepherd, M., Le Fevre, J., Harper, A., ... Reid, P. (2017). Time to cranial computerised tomography for acute traumatic brain injury in paediatric patients: Effect of the shorter stays in emergency departments target in New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 53 (7), 685-690. 10.1111/jpc.13519
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34814
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elana Curtis, Bridget Kool, Papaarangi Reid, Shanthi Ameratunga, Peter Jones
  • Grey, C., Jackson, R., Wells, S., Wu, B., Poppe, K., White, H., ... Kerr, A. J. (2017). First and recurrent ischaemic heart disease events continue to decline in New Zealand, 2005-2015. Heart (British Cardiac Society)10.1136/heartjnl-2017-311613
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Billy Wu, Rodney Jackson, Corina Grey, Katrina Poppe
  • Poppe, K. K., Doughty, R. N., Wells, S., Gentles, D., Hemingway, H., Jackson, R., & Kerr, A. J. (2017). Developing and validating a cardiovascular risk score for patients in the community with prior cardiovascular disease. Heart (British Cardiac Society), 103 (12), 891-892. 10.1136/heartjnl-2016-310668
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rob Doughty, Katrina Poppe, Rodney Jackson
  • Kool, B., Wise, M. R., Peiris-John, R., Sadler, L., Mahony, F., & Wells, S. (2017). Is the delivery of a quality improvement education programme in obstetrics and gynaecology for final year medical students feasible and still effective in a shortened time frame?. BMC medical education, 17 (1)10.1186/s12909-017-0927-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bridget Kool, Roshini Peiris-John

Contact details

Primary location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 4, Room 443
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand