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Dr Riz Firestone

Research Officer

Centre for Public Health Research

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 11
Team Member 0 1

Current Projects

Project Title: NSC - Supporting Healthy Lifestyles: A Maori and Pasifika Approach (WellText)

Date Range: 2016 - 2018

Funding Body: University of Auckland

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Completed Projects

Project Title: Chewing the facts on fat! What does that say about me?

Obesity is very common in Pacific peoples in NZ, and the prevalence is projected to increase over time. This proposal comprises of two parts, and aims to investigate the broader issues across the life-course, that includes biological, social and historical factors amongst 300 young Pacific peoples aged 16-24 years from Auckland and Wellington (Part 1). Through in-depth interviews, the study will also attain comprehensive knowledge about food practices and perceptions based on social-cultural values in young (n=30) and older Pacific peoples from the same family (n=60) (Part 2), in order to understand the historical cultural contexts of food and understandings about socialisation patterns relating to food and body size. Thus, the study will identify modifiable factors that influence obesity risk, and identify culturally acceptable intervention and preventative strategies to protect the young and future Pacific peoples in developing obesity and long-term related health conditions.
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Date Range: 2013 - 2014

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

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Project Title: Lung Function in Pacific children

Lung function tests are important for assessment of respiratory health and particularly for diagnosing and managing respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD. In order to understand the impact of these diseases, comparison with normal lung function values is required. Reference lung function equations based on data obtained from healthy Polynesian children (combined Maori and Pacific) were developed in 1987. These equations were not specifically developed for young Pacific children and are now over 20 years old. It is well-established that there are differences in lung function between ethnic groups. Therefore European population lung function reference values are not likely to be applicable to Pacific children. The aim of this project is to establish up-to-date lung function reference values for Pacific children residing in New Zealand. This study will have significant implications for improving the respiratory health of young Pacific children by developing lung function reference equations that are specific to this population.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2010

Funding Body: Massey University

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Project Title: Early Life Factors Study of childhood diseases: A Pilot

This study aims to develop and pilot the methods for a longitudinal study investigating the relationship between a wide range of pre-natal and early life exposures, events, lifestyle factors and a broad range of diseases in early childhood. The study involves developing an internet-based birth cohort study using online questionnaires. This approach is potentially very efficient, enabling large numbers of women/infants to be recruited and followed, with a large amount of information collected at minimal cost. Although this approach has been successfully used overseas, it is relatively new in New Zealand.
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Date Range: 2008 - 2009

Funding Body: Massey University

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Research Outputs

Journal

O Brien, WJ., Shultz, SP., Firestone, RT., George, L., Breier, BH., & Kruger, R. (2017). Exploring the challenges in obtaining physical activity data from women using hip-worn accelerometers. European Journal of Sport Science. 17(7), 922-930
[Journal article]Authored by: Breier, B., Firestone, R., Kruger, R., Shultz, S.
Eyles, H., Dobson, R., Firestone, RT., Te Morenga, L., Whittaker, R., Goodwin, D., . . . Ni Mhurchu, C. (2016). Co-design of mHealth Delivered Interventions: A Systematic Review to Assess Key Methods and Processes. Current Nutrition Reports. 5(3), 160-167
[Journal article]Authored by: Firestone, R.
Tupai-Firestone, R., Tuisano, H., Manukia, M., Kaholokula, K., Foliaki, S., Kingi, TK., . . . Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2016). Understanding Pasifika youth and the obesogenic environment, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal. 129(1434), 23-35
[Journal article]Authored by: Breier, B., Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R., Foliaki, S., Kruger, R.
Ellison-Loschmann, L., Firestone, R., Aquilina, L., McKenzie, F., Gray, M., & Jeffreys, M. (2015). Barriers to and delays in accessing breast cancer care among New Zealand women: Disparities by ethnicity. BMC Health Services Research. 15(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R., Gray, M.
McKenzie, F., Jeffreys, M., Firestone, R., Aquilina, L., Gray, M., & Ellison-Loschmann, E. (2015). ‘Breast cancer and barriers to accessing primary and specialist health care among New Zealand women.’. BMC Health Services Research. 15(394)
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R.Contributed to by: Ellison-Loschmann, E.
Firestone, R., Cheng, S., Pearce, N., Douwes, J., Merletti, F., Pizzi, C., . . . Richiardi, L. (2015). Internet-Based Birth-Cohort Studies: Is This the Future for Epidemiology?. JMIR Res Protoc. 4(2), e71
[Journal article]Authored by: Douwes, J., Firestone, R.
Howe, LD., Ellison-Loschmann, L., Pearce, N., Douwes, J., Jeffreys, M., & Firestone, R. (2015). Ethnic differences in risk factors for obesity in New Zealand infants. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 69(6), 516-522
[Journal article]Authored by: Douwes, J., Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R.
Kruger, R., Shultz, SP., McNaughton, SA., Russell, AP., Firestone, RT., George, L., . . . Stonehouse, W. (2015). Predictors and risks of body fat profiles in young New Zealand European, Māori and Pacific women: study protocol for the women’s EXPLORE study. SpringerPlus. 4(1), 1-11
[Journal article]Authored by: Beck, K., Breier, B., Conlon, C., Firestone, R., Jones, M., Kruger, R., Shultz, S., Von Hurst, P.
Firestone, R., Matheson, A., Borman, B., Howe, LD., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2015). New Zealand. , 20-39
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R.
Bajardi, P., Paolotti, D., Vespignani, A., Eames, K., Funk, S., Edmunds, WJ., . . . Richiardi, L. (2014). Association between recruitment methods and attrition in internet-based studies. PLoS ONE. 9(12)
[Journal article]Authored by: Douwes, J., Firestone, R.
McKenzie, F., Ellison-Loschmann, L., Jeffreys, M., Firestone, R., Pearce, N., & Romieu, I. (2014). Healthy lifestyle and risk of breast cancer for indigenous and non-indigenous women in New Zealand: A case control study. BMC Cancer. 14(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R.
McKenzie, F., Ellison-Loschmann, L., Jeffreys, M., Firestone, R., Pearce, N., & Romieu, I. (2013). Cigarette Smoking and Risk of Breast Cancer in a New Zealand Multi-Ethnic Case-Control Study. PLoS ONE. 8(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R.
Jeffreys, M., McKenzie, F., Firestone, R., Gray, M., Cheng, S., Moala, A., . . . Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2013). A multi-ethnic breast cancer case-control study in New Zealand: Evidence of differential risk patterns. Cancer Causes and Control. 24(1), 135-152
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R.

Book

Firestone, RT. (2016). Circuit Breaker. In The Journal of Urgent Writing 2016. (pp. 98 - 109). : Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Firestone, R.
Ellison-Loschmann, EAM., Firestone, R., Matheson, A., Borman, B., & Howe, LD. (2015). New Zealand. In P. Kennedy, & N. Kodate (Eds.) Maternity Services and Policy in an International Context. Risk, Citizenship and Welfare Regimes. : Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Firestone, R.
Firestone, RT., matheson, A., Borman, B., Howe, LD., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2015). Maternal Health Services in New Zealand. In Maternity Services and Policy in an International Context Risk, Citizenship and Welfare Regimes. : Routledge
[Chapter]Authored by: Firestone, R., Matheson, A.
Howe, LD., Firestone, RT., Tilling, K., & Lawlor, D. (2015). Trajectories and transitions in childhood obesity. In C. Burton-Jeangros, S. Cullati, A. Sacker, & D. Blane (Eds.) A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions. (pp. 19 - 38). : Springer Open
[Chapter]Authored by: Firestone, R.

Report

Douwes, J., Slater, T., McLean, D., Pearce, N., Judd, L., Firestone, R., . . . Shanthakumar, M.(2012). Occupational dermatitis in New Zealand cleaners. Study report for the Department of Labour.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Douwes, J., Firestone, R., Foliaki, S., McLean, D., Shanthakumar, M.

Conference

Eng, AJ., 't Mannetje, A., McKenzie, F., Jeffreys, M., Firestone, R., Pearce, N., . . . Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2016). Occupational risk factors for breast cancer: findings from the New Zealand Breast Cancer Study. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Agency for Research on Cancer 50th Anniversary Conference
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Eng, A., Firestone, R., 't Mannetje, A.
Eng, AJ., 't Mannetje, A., McKenzie, F., Jeffreys, M., Firestone, R., Pearce, N., . . . Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2016). Occupational risk factors for breast cancer: findings from the New Zealand Breast Cancer Study. , International Agency for Research on Cancer 50th Anniversary Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Eng, A., Firestone, R., 't Mannetje, A.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Hana Tuisano - PhD
    Understanding and Addressing the impacts of obesity on Pasifika people in Aotearoa New Zealand

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