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Dr Anna Matheson

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

I am a researcher and teacher in public health within the College of Health, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.  I am also an Associate Investigator with Te Pūnaha Matatini a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for complex systems and networks.  My research expertise is in the application of complexity theory to better understand actions to reduce health inequalities - particularly what this means for research methods. community interventions and policy.   I am interested in the use of innovative research methodologies, which recognise social systems are complex, such as systems change and community action, case-based methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).  I have been involved in numerous research projects on the social determinants of health; barriers in access to, and through, the health system; and systems change and empowerment approaches to reducing health inequalities. 

My current research includes co-leading the evaluation of Healthy Families NZ (a community-based initiative to prevent chronic disease in 10 communities) funded by the Ministry of Health.  I am also co-Investigator on two community action research projects funded by the Health Research Council of NZ (HRC).  The first, co-designing and evaluating a whanau support programme for Māori with cancer; and the second, implementing and evaluating a Pasifika youth empowerment programme to prevent obesity.  My current teaching includes two Masters of Public Health (MPH) core papers - Foundations of Public Health Practice, and Health Systems and Policy.  

I am a researcher and teacher in public health within the College of Health, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.  I am also an Associate Investigator with Te Pūnaha Matatini a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for complex systems and networks.  My research expertise is in the application of complexity theory to better understand actions to reduce health inequalities - particularly what this means for research methods. community interventions and policy. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: 3D19
    Campus: Wellington

Research Expertise

Research Interests

improving public health

reducing health inequalitiies

effectivenss of health interventions

theorising complex systems

improving health system access

health policy implementation

community-based research

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health Promotion (111712): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Preventive Medicine (111716): Primary Health Care (111717): Public Health and Health Services (111700): Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)

Keywords

public health, health promotion, health inequalities, communitybased research, health policy implementation, health intervention, complexity theory, case based methods, comparative method

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Not Specified 0 1
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs

Journal

Sharma, SR., Mishra, SR., Wagle, K., Page, R., Matheson, A., Lambrick, D., . . . Vaidya, A. (2017). Social determinants of common metabolic risk factors (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high body mass index and high waist-hip ratio) of major non-communicable diseases in South Asia region: A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews. 6(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Matheson, A., Page, R.
Sharma, SR., Page, R., Matheson, A., Lambrick, D., Faulkner, J., & Mishra, SR. (2017). Non-communicable disease prevention in Nepal: systemic challenges and future directions.. Glob Health Promot. , 1757975917720800
[Journal article]Authored by: Matheson, A., Page, R.
Matheson, AG., Walton, M., Gray, R., Lindberg, K., Shanthakumar, M., Fyfe, C., . . . Borman, B. (2017). Evaluating a community-based public health intervention using a complex systems approach. Journal of Public Health. In press, 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Borman, B., Gray, R., Matheson, A., Shanthakumar, M., Walton, M.
Matheson, A., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2017). Addressing the complex challenge of unmet need: A moral and equity imperative?. New Zealand Medical Journal. 130(1452), 6-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.
Stoner, L., Rowlands, D., Morrison, A., Credeur, D., Hamlin, M., Gaffney, K., . . . Matheson, A. (2016). Efficacy of Exercise Intervention for Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese Adolescents: Meta-Analysis and Implications. Sports Medicine. 46(11), 1737-1751
[Journal article]Authored by: Matheson, A., Rowlands, D.
Slater, T., Matheson, A., Davies, C., Goodyer, C., Holdaway, M., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2016). The role and potential of community-based cancer care for Māori in Aotearoa/ New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal. 129(1430), 29-38
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.
Slater, T., Matheson, A., Davies, C., Earp, R., Gellatly, K., Holdaway, M., . . . Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2015). Exploring Mori cancer patients', their families', community and hospice views of hospice care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 21(9), 439-445
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.
Slater, T., Matheson, A., Ellison-Loschmann, L., Davies, C., Earp, R., Gellatly, K., . . . Holdaway, M. (2015). Exploring Māori cancer patients', their families', community and hospice views of hospice care. International journal of palliative nursing. 21(9), 439-445
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.
Stoner, L., Page, R., Matheson, A., Tarrant, M., Stoner, K., Rubin, D., . . . Perry, L. (2015). The indigenous health gap: Raising awareness and changing attitudes. Perspectives in Public Health. 135(2), 68-70
[Journal article]Authored by: Matheson, A., Page, R.
Foliaki, S., & Matheson, A. (2015). Barriers to cervical screening among pacific women in a New Zealand urban population. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 16(4), 1565-1570
[Journal article]Authored by: Foliaki, S., Matheson, A.Contributed to by: Matheson, A.
Slater, T., Matheson, A., & Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2014). "THEY SEE THE PLACE IN A DIFFERENT WAY" MAORI CANCER PATIENTS, FAMILIES, COMMUNITY AND HOSPICE VIEWS OF HOSPICE CARE. ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY. 10, 68-69
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.
Slater, T., Matheson, A., Davies, C., Tavite, H., Ruhe, T., Holdaway, M., . . . Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2013). 'It's whanaungatanga and all that kind of stuff': Maori cancer patients' experiences of health services. Journal of Primary Health Care. 5(4), 308-314
[Journal article]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.
Howden-Chapman, P., Matheson, A., Crane, J., Viggers, H., Cunningham, M., Blakely, T., . . . Davie, G. (2007). Effect of insulating existing houses on health inequality: Aims and methods of a clustered, randomized community-based trial. BMJ: British Medical Journal. 334(7591), 460-469 Retrieved from http://www.bmj.com/content/334/7591/460
[Journal article]Authored by: Cunningham, C., Matheson, A.
Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., Matheson, A., Viggers, H., Cunningham, M., Blakely, T., . . . Waipara, N. (2005). Retrofitting houses with insulation to reduce health inequalities: Aims and methods of a clustered, randomised community-based trial. Social Science and Medicine. 61(12), 2600-2610
[Journal article]Authored by: Cunningham, C., Matheson, A.

Book

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: Borman, B., Firestone, R., Matheson, A.
Matheson, A., Matheson, D., Ellison-Loschmann,, L., Cumming, J., & Haddock, K. (2010). Overcoming social barriers to universal health coverage: global experiences both inside and outside the health system.. In E. Missoni (Ed.) Attaining universal health coverage: A research initiative to support evidence-based advocacy and policy-making.. : EGEA
[Chapter]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.

Report

Matheson, AG., Foliaki, S., & Matheson, D.(2013). Improving health through achieving food security in Tonga: a way forward. Wellington: Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Foliaki, S., Matheson, A.
Matheson, D., Foliaki, S., Matheson, A., & Cook, S.(2012). An exploratory study towards developing comprehensive food security indicators across sectors and in two Pacific countries. Wellington: Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Foliaki, S., Matheson, A.

Conference

Page, K., Matheson, A., Brewer, N., Eng, A., Corbin, M., & Ellison-Loschmann, E. (2015). Sociodemographic factors related to HPV vaccination coverage - a New Zealand case study. Poster session presented at the meeting of HPV 2015. 30th International Papillomvirus Conference. Lisbon, Portugal
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Brewer, N., Corbin, M., Ellison-Loschmann, E., Eng, A., Matheson, A.Contributed to by: Brewer, N.
Stoner, L., Matheson, A., Gaffney, K., Rowlands, DS., Hamilin, M., Morrison, A., . . . Creduer, D. (2015). Stoner L, Matheson A, Gaffney K, Rowlands D, Hamlin M, Morrison A, Creduer D. (2015). Exercise Intervention in Overweight and Obese Adolescents: Meta-Analysis and Implications for New Zealand. Medical Sciences Congress. Queenstown, New Zealand. Aug 29-Sept 2, 2015. Stoner. Poster session presented at the meeting of Sport and Exercise Science NZ, MedSCi, Queentown
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Matheson, A., Rowlands, D.
Slater, T., Matheson, A., & Ellison-Loschmann, E. (2014). ‘Cancer patients, families, community and hospice views of hospice care.’. Poster session presented at the meeting of World Cancer Congress, Melbourne, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.Contributed to by: Ellison-Loschmann, E.
Slater, T., Matheson, A., & Ellison-Loschmann, E.(2014, February). ‘Māori cancer patients experiences of health services in the Wellington region.’. .
[Conference]Authored by: Ellison-Loschmann, E., Matheson, A.Contributed to by: Ellison-Loschmann, E.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 3 1

Teaching

Coordinator Post-Graduate Diploma of Public Health (PGDipPH)

Coordinator Masters of Public Health (MPH)

BHthSci Major Coordinator (health promotion)

Paper coordinator 231701 Theory and PRactice of Public Health

Paper coordinator 231799  Research Report

Paper coordinator 231100 Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Yuliya Evdokimova - PhD
    A Composite Index for monitoring environmental health of New Zealand
  • Sudesh Sharma - PhD
    Understanding the social determinants of non-communicable diseases in Nepal: a study based on systems thinking approach
  • Hana Tuisano - PhD
    Understanding and Addressing the impacts of obesity on Pasifika people in Aotearoa New Zealand

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2016 - Tania Michelle Slater - PhD
    The role and potential of community based cancer care for Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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