Professor Merryn Gott

MA (Oxon), PhD, FRSNZ

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Associate Head - Research

Biography

Merryn Gott has been conducting research with older people for over 20 years and has a particular interest in developing models of palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of ageing populations. Her research programme has been supported by substantial grants from the HRC, UK Department of Health, Research Councils and Health Charities. She has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as a number of books, including International Perspectives on Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People, published by Oxford University Press. http://goo.gl/REg0P4.

In 2014 Merryn was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists' Research Medal, an annual award which recognises 'outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences'. She was also recognised as the 2016 NEXT Woman of the Year for Health and Science. In 2019 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Te Apārangi.

Merryn directs the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group: https://tearairesearchgroup.org. The group conducts multi-disciplinary bicultural research using creative social research methods to inform practice, policy, and teaching in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Palliative care
  • Ageing
  • Gerontology
  • End-of-life care
  • Participatory research
  • Equity

Current and recent funded projects

  • Gott M, Gardiner C et al. The economic costs of family caregiving within a palliative care context: setting the global research agenda. World Universities Network.
  • Robinson J, Gott M. et al. The role of community nursing in palliative care. Cancer Research Society.
  • Robinson J, Gott M et al. Palliative care in heart disease. Heart Foundation.
  • Frey R, Gott M. Robinson J, Boyd M. SHARE: developing a new model of palliative care in Aged Care. Health Research Council.
  • Dewes O, Gott M. et al. Tapinga 'a Maama. National Science Challenge Ageing Well.
  • Gott M, Old A, Robinson J, Frey R, Moeke-Maxwell T. A survey to pilot VOICEs-NZ to explore end of life experience amongst ADHB service users. Academic Health Alliance.
  • Gott M. et al. Social connectedness amongst older people. National Science Challenge Ageing Well. In partnership with Age Concern New Zealand.
  • Gott M. et al. Te Pakeketanga: living and dying in advanced old age. HRC.
  • Boyd M, Frey R, Gott M et al. ELDER. National Science Challenge and Ted and Molly Carr Trust.
  • Gott M. et al. Potentially inappropriate interventions and admissions at end of life. HRC in partnership with ADHB.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise at PhD and Masters level and always welcome enquiries from prospective students. I supervise students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including social sciences, nursing and medicine.

Distinctions/Honours

NEXT Woman of the Year Health and Science - 2016

New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal - 2015

Responsibilities

Director of Research, School of Nursing

Director, Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group

 

Areas of expertise

Palliative care, gerontology, mixed methods, qualitative research, participatory methods, equity

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wiles, J., Morgan, T., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Black, S., Park, H.-J., Dewes, O., ... Gott, M. (2019). Befriending Services for Culturally Diverse Older People. Journal of gerontological social work, 62 (7), 776-793. 10.1080/01634372.2019.1640333
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Wiles, Ofa Dewes, Lisa Williams
  • Gardiner, C., Taylor, B., Robinson, J., & Gott, M. (2019). Comparison of financial support for family caregivers of people at the end of life across six countries: A descriptive study. Palliative medicine, 33 (9), 1189-1211. 10.1177/0269216319861925
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqualine Robinson
  • Robinson, J., Moeke-Maxell, T., Parr, J., Slark, J., Black, S., Williams, L., & Gott, M. (2019). Optimising compassionate nursing care at the end of life in hospital settings. Journal of clinical nursing10.1111/jocn.15050
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Williams, Jacqualine Robinson, Julia Slark
  • Morgan, T., Wiles, J., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Black, S., Park, H.-J., Dewes, O., ... Gott, M. (2019). 'People haven't got that close connection': meanings of loneliness and social isolation to culturally diverse older people. Aging & mental health, 1-9. 10.1080/13607863.2019.1633619
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Wiles, Ofa Dewes, Lisa Williams
  • Gott, M., Robinson, J., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Black, S., Williams, L., Wharemate, R., & Wiles, J. (2019). 'It was peaceful, it was beautiful': A qualitative study of family understandings of good end-of-life care in hospital for people dying in advanced age. Palliative medicine, 33 (7), 793-801. 10.1177/0269216319843026
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqualine Robinson, Lisa Williams, Janine Wiles
  • Chung, A., Collier, A., & Gott, M. (2019). Community-led and/or focused initiatives to support family carers within a palliative care context: An integrative review. Palliative medicine, 33 (2), 250-256. 10.1177/0269216318813813
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aileen Collier
  • Moeke-Maxwell, T., Wharemate, R., Black, S., Mason, K., Wiles, J. L., & Gott, M. (2018). Toku toa, he toa rangatira: A qualitative investigation of New Zealand Maori end-of-life care customs. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDIGENOUS HEALTH, 13 (2), 30-46. 10.18357/ijih.v13i2.29749
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49097
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Wiles
  • Robinson, J., Gott, M., Frey, R., & Ingleton, C. (2018). Circumstances of hospital admissions in palliative care: A cross-sectional survey of patients admitted to hospital with palliative care needs. Palliative medicine, 32 (5), 1030-1036. 10.1177/0269216318756221
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqualine Robinson, Rosemary Frey

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M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 3, Room 305
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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