Seminar series

The Health Services Research Centre hosts a seminar series on health services research and policy.

These free lunchtime seminars are open to the public. Currently, seminars take place on an monthly basis with details advertised on this site and circulated to our seminar mailing list.

The series is an opportunity for scholars and others to share their research results, seek input for developing research, or discuss issues in health services and policy. The seminars are attended by people from many backgrounds, including policy analysts, health professionals, academics from a range of disciplines, and interested individuals. We encourage discussion in an informal atmosphere.

For further information or to receive a notice about forthcoming sessions, contact the Health Services Research Centre by emailing

Past seminars

Health system resilience and health workforce capacities

Comparing health system responses during the COVID-19 pandemic across five European countries. Presented by Dr Viola Burau, 13 June 2023. Watch a recording of this seminar on YouTube

Dr Viola Burau is Professor of Health Policy and Health Organisation at the Department of Public Health, at Aarhus University in Denmark. She has extensive experience in health services research in both university and applied settings.

The FreeMeds study

Assessing the impact of prescription co-payments on hospitalisations. Presented by Dr Pauline Norris, 23 May 2023. Watch a recording of this seminar on YouTube

Professor Pauline Norris is a sociologist who worked at the Health Services Research Centre 1994-2001. She is currently Research Professor at Va’a o Tautai: Centre for Pacific Health, University of Otago.

Large-system health transformation

Implementation of large-system transformation initiatives in the New Zealand health system. Presented by Dr Kanchan Sharma, 16 May 2023.  Watch a recording of this seminar on YouTube

Dr Kanchan Sharma recently joined Te Whatu Ora as a Chief Advisor in Service Improvement and Innovation directorate responsible for developing a national pipeline to accelerate innovations into the health system.

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Long Covid and implications for Māori

Presented by Dr Lynne Russell and Dr Mona Jeffreys, 27 March 2023. Watch a recording of this seminar on YouTube

Dr Lynne Russell (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou) works as a Kairangahau Matua – Hauora Māori (Senior Research Fellow – Māori Health) in Te Hikuwai Rangahau Hauora (the Health Services Research Centre) at Te Herenga Waka–Victoria University of Wellington. Dr Mona is a senior research fellow in epidemiology at the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC). She trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc) and Bristol University (PhD).

Healing our spirit

Enduring the work of grief, hope, truth, and reconciliation in our communities. Presented by Rod Jeffries, 9 March 2023. Watch a recording of this seminar on YouTube

Rod Jeffies is Wakenyahten (Turtle Clan) of the Kanyen’keha:ka Niwakitaro:ten (Mohawk) residing at home on the Kenhte:ke Nitewake:non (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario, Canada).