Dr Angela Beaton
Director of the Centre for Health and Social Practice
Angela specialises in interdisciplinary health research that prioritises community and end user engagement to ensure strong pathways to implementation, uptake and impact. Her research outputs are applied at the nexus of health service delivery and policy, nationally and internationally; and health policy and health services research have emerged as key focus areas.
She is currently an Investigator on the MBIE National Science Challenge Healthier Lives project, He Pikinga Waiora, and she was an investigator on the HRC project Te Mata Ira. The latter which explored Māori views on Genomic Research and Biobanking and led to the Te Mata Ira Guidelines for Genomic Research with Māori and the He Tangata Kei Tua Guidelines for Biobanking with Māori. These guidelines have attracted international interest and the research findings published in Genetics in Medicine (the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics), creating significant international exposure for this work.
The Te Mata Ira Guidelines are a world first indigenous-led set of Guidelines for Genomic Research. They were developed in conjunction with Iwi and Māori communities as well as genomic researchers, which resulted in multiple pathways for implementation. These guidelines have informed research programmes, been adopted by the Genomics Aotearoa capacity building initiative, and presented to indigenous communities in Australia, Canada and the USA to inform further research. The He Tangata Kei Tua Guidelines for Biobanking with Māori were launched at the Australasian Biospecimens Network Association conference by the South Australian Minister of Health.
Locally, Angela holds research governance roles at the Waikato District Health Board and Institute of Health Ageing; and last year was invited by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and Australian Bureau of Health Information to be an expert reviewer of a public health information paper on a contentious public health issue (water fluoridation) and a national report on hospital performance.