Anna Matheson

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Senior Lecturer in Health Policy, School of Health Faculty of Health

Courses

Teaching in 2019

Research interests

Effective action on health inequalities, improving health and prevention and community systems, case-based qualitative and mixed methods research and evaluation, complex systems thinking and the evidence on health

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Political Science, VUW, PGDip Public Health, WSMHS, Otago, PhD Public Health, WSMHS, Otago

Profile

Anna is currently leading the evaluation of Healthy Families NZ—a multi-community intervention to prevent chronic illnesses. Much of her research and thinking has been in exploring the effectiveness of interventions to address population health challenges including health equity. Her research has a strong emphasis on understanding the relationship between policy and communities, including what this means for policy approaches and implementation.

Most of Anna's research is complexity and systems-informed, case-based, and uses multi-perspective qualitative and mixed methods. Previously she has carried out research on: housing and health; other social and commercial determinants; and barriers experienced by Māori, Pasifika and other social groups along their journey to, and through, the health system. She has a keen interest in complexity theory and its application to social systems and the empirical evidence on health. She is also an Associate Investigator with Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for complex systems.

Supervision interests

  • Action to improve health equity
  • Complex health and social systems – theory, action and change
  • Local community contexts and public policy
  • Health policy implementation and effectivness
  • Reorienting and transforming health systems
  • System and systemic barriers to achieving health and wellbeing

Current projects

  1. Evaluation of Healthy Families NZ, 2018-2022, (Ministry of Health, PrincipaI Investigator)
  2. Cancer support programmes for Māori whanau, 2016-2019, (HRC, CI)
  3. Pasifika Prediabetes Youth Empowerment Programme (PPYEP), 2017-2020, (HRC, CI)

Recently completed supervision and research projects

PhD supervision

  • The role and potential of community-based cancer care for Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Dr Tania Slater (Massey University)

Master's supervision

  • Principles and Strategies for Improving the Prevention of Cardio-metabolic diseases in Indigenous populations, Lee Stoner (Massey University, 2016).
  • The history of Women’s perspectives, knowledge and purchasing decisions of food, Jordan Crosbie (Massey University, 2016).
  • The Representation of Breastfeeding in the New Zealand Newspaper Media: the implications for Public Health, Emma Stringer (Massey University, 2014).
  • Awareness and attitudes of New Zealand mothers about the effects of alcohol consumption on breastfed infants, Huda Al-Kaff (Massey University, 2014).
  • Questionnaire for detection of psychosocial risk factors in Paediatric Outpatient Department in Hawkes Bay Hospital, Sheshu Roopireddy (Massey University, 2014).
  • Trauma informed care: Implementation in mental health inpatient units, Toni Ashmore (Massey University, 2013).
  • When pregnancy is no longer the issue: Barriers to safer sex as perceived by midlife and older women residing in New Zealand, Trish Morrison (Massey University, 2013).
  • Tātou Rangatiratanga, Tātou Papakāinga, Tātou Whānau Ora, Jodi Porter (Massey University, 2012).
  • Exploring the implementation process in the establishment of Integrated Family Health Centres, Wendy Donaldson (Massey University, 2012).
  • Income: the ‘dirty’ determinant of health. Toby Regan (University of Otago, 2009).

Projects

  • 2015-2016 Massey University Research Fund, Co-investigator, A pilot of YEP Pasifika Youth Empowerment Programme (PI Dr Riz Firestone, Massey University)
  • 2011 Cancer Society of NZ, Co-investigator, Determinants of Low Cervical Screening Rates among Pacific women in the Wellington Area (PI Dr Sunia Foliaki, Massey University)
  • 2009-2012 Health Research Council of NZ ($1.1 million) Co-investigator, Māori with cancer – the role of primary care (PI Dr Lis Ellison-Loschmann, Massey University)
  • 2013 World Health Organisation project on Improving health through achieving food security in Tonga: a way forward
  • 2010 Rockefeller Foundation project, leading a chapter of a book entitled Attaining Universal Coverage on Overcoming social barriers to universal health coverage: global experiences both inside and outside the health system

Journal Articles (peer reviewed)

  1. Matheson, A., Bourke, C., Verhoeven, A., Khan, I., Nkuda, D., Dahar, Z., Ellison-Loschmann, L., (2018) Lowering the walls of hospitals to achieve health equity.  BMJ. 362:k3597
  2. Stoner, L,. Matheson, A,. et al (2018 – in press) Societal contributors to cardio-metabolic diseases in Indigenous populations: an International Delphi study, Public Health
  3. Firestone R, Matheson A, Prapavassis D, Hamara M, Kaholokula K, Tuisano H, Tevita G, Henderson J, Schleser M, and Ellison-Loschmann L (2018). Pasifika Youth Empowerment Programme: a potential public health approach in tackling obesity-health related issues. AlterNative, 14 (1) 63-72.
  4. Matheson, A., Walton, M., Gray, R., Lindberg, K., Shanthakumar, M., Fyfe, C., Wehipeihana, N., Borman, B. (2017) Evaluating a community-based public health intervention using a complex systems approach.  Journal of Public Health, https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdx117
  5. Sharma SR, Mishra SR, Wagle K, Page R, Matheson A, Lambrick D, Faulkner J, Lounsbury 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).
  6. Sharma, S., Page, R., Matheson, A. (2017) Non-communicable disease prevention in Nepal: systemic challenges and future directions Global Health Promotion (in press)
  7. Matheson, A and Ellison-Loschmann, L.  (2017)  Addressing the complex challenge of unmet need: a moral and equity imperative?  The New Zealand Medical Journal 130(1452):6-8.
  8. Stoner, L., Matheson, A., Perry, L., Williams, M., McManus, A., Holdaway, M., Dimer, L., Joe, J., Maiorana, A. (2017)  Principles and strategies for improving the prevention of cardio-metabolic diseases in indigenous populations: An international Delphi study. Preventive Medicine. 96, 106-112.
  9. Sharma, S. R., & Matheson, A. (2016). Systems thinking in 21st century: a call to health promoters. Health Prospect, 15(2), 1-2.
  10. 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. , 1-15.
  11. Slater, T., Matheson, A., Davies, C., Goodyer, C., Ellison-Loschmann, L., & Holdaway, M. (2016). The role and potential of community-based cancer care for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand..New Zealand Medical Journal. 129(1430), 29-38.
  12. Matheson, A. (2016). Reducing social inequalities in obesity: complexity and power relationships. Journal of Public Health, 38 (4) 826-829.
  13. Stoner, L., Matheson A., Hamlin, M., Skidmore, P.  (2016) Environmental determinants of childhood obesity: a specific focus on Māori and Pasifika in New Zealand. Perspectives in Public Health Vol 136 No 1
  14. Slater, T., Matheson, A. Ellison-Loschmann, L (2015) Exploring Māori cancer patients', their families', community and hospice views of hospice care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 21(9):439-445.
  15. Stoner L, Stoner K, Page R, Matheson A, Perry L, Rubin D, Tarrant M. (2015) The indigenous health gap: we need to start by raising awareness. Perspectives in Public Health, 135 (2), 68-70.
  16. Foliaki, S. and Matheson, A. (2015) Barriers to cervical screening among Pacific women in a NZ urban population. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 16(4), 1565.
  17. Slater, T., Matheson, A. Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2014) “They see the place in a different way” Māori cancer patients, families, community and hospice views of hospice care. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 10:68-69 · December 2014
  18. Slater, T., Matheson, A., Davies, C., Tavite, T., Ruhe, T., Holdaway, M., Ellison-Loschmann, L. (2013) “It’s whanaungatanga and all that kind of stuff” - Māori cancer patients’ experiences of health services in the Wellington Region.  Journal of Primary Care 5 (4).
  19. Eppel, E., Matheson, A. Walton, M. “Applying complexity theory to New Zealand public policy: Principles for practice”. Policy Quarterly, (7) 1, February 2011.
  20. Matheson, A., Dew, K. Cumming, J. (2009) “Complexity, evaluation and the effectiveness of community-based interventions to reduce health inequalities”. Health Promotion Journal of Australia 20 (3): 221-226.
  21. Howden-Chapman, P., A. Matheson et al. (2007). "Effect of insulating existing houses on health inequality: cluster randomised study in the community " British Medical Journal, 334:460.
  22. Matheson, A., Howden-Chapman P. Dew, K. (2005). "Engaging communities to reduce health inequalities:  why partnership?" Social Policy Journal 26: 1-16.
  23. Howden-Chapman, P., J. Crane, A. Matheson et al. (2005). "Retrofitting houses with insulation to reduce health inequalities: Aims and methods of a clustered, randomised community-based trial." Social Science and Medicine 61: 2600-2610.
  24. Firestone, R., Matheson, A., Borman, B., Howe, L, Ellison-Loschmann, L. “Chapter 2 New Zealand”.  In Kennedy, P. and Kodate, N. (Eds) (2015) Maternity Services and Policy in an International context: risk, citizenship and welfare regimes. Routledge Advances in Health and Social Policy.
  25. Matheson A, Matheson D, Ellison-Loschmann L, Cumming J, Haddock K. (2010) "Overcoming social barriers to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) inside and outside the health sector" in Attaining Universal Health Coverage, CERGAS, Global Health Group Bocconi,  EGEA, Milan, Italy
  26. Matheson A & Dew. “Health, Justice and Politics”. In Dew K & A. Matheson (Eds) (2008) Understanding Health Inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand, Dunedin Otago University Press.
  27. Dew K & A. Matheson. (Eds) (2008) Understanding Health Inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand, Dunedin Otago University Press.
Books and Book Chapters
  1. Firestone, R., Matheson, A., Borman, B., Howe, L, Ellison-Loschmann, L. “Chapter 2 New Zealand”.  In Kennedy, P. and Kodate, N. (Eds) (2015) Maternity Services and Policy in an International context: risk, citizenship and welfare regimes. Routledge Advances in Health and Social Policy.
  2. Matheson A, Matheson D, Ellison-Loschmann L, Cumming J, Haddock K. (2010) "Overcoming social barriers to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) inside and outside the health sector" in Attaining Universal Health Coverage, CERGAS, Global Health Group Bocconi,  EGEA, Milan, Italy
  3. Matheson A & Dew. “Health, Justice and Politics”. In Dew K & A. Matheson (Eds) (2008) Understanding Health Inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand, Dunedin Otago University Press.
  4. Dew K & A. Matheson. (Eds) (2008) Understanding Health Inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand, Dunedin Otago University Press.

Courses

Teaching in 2019