Dr Sarah-Jane Paine

PhD (Public Health)


Sarah-Jane is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Tomaiora Research Group at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland. She holds science degrees from the University of Otago and a PhD in Public Health from Massey University. Sarah-Jane is an experienced Kaupapa Māori epidemiologist with a range of projects investigating ethnic inequities in health and the determinants of health across the life-course. Sarah-Jane teaches Māori Health and Kaupapa Māori research methods across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Research | Current

2019      PI, University of Auckland Faculty Research Development Fund “New Staff” Grant, Mechanisms of ethnic health inequities: what is the role of stress? ($30,000)

2018      PI, Health Research Council of New Zealand, Revealing the Realities of Racism for Rangatahi in Aotearoa: R4Aotearoa ($1,197,118)

2018      NI, Health Research Council of New Zealand, Te whakahaumaru taiao: safe environments for Māori medical practitioners ($994,669)

2017      NI, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Understanding and Supporting Whānau Consent, ($60,061)

2017      NI, Health Research Council of New Zealand, Examining Emergency Department Inequities: Do They Exist? ($899,943)

2016      NI, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, The Cost of Doing Nothing, ($370,000)

2015      NI, Ministry of Health, Racism and Child Health, ($403,479)

2012      Co-PI, Massey University Strategic Innovation Fund, Supporting and Advancing Longitudinal Māori Health Research at Massey University ($26,800)

2011      Co-PI, Massey University Research Fund, Sleep of Mothers and Infants and the Relationship to Health: One year postpartum ($20,000)

2011      PI, Ministry of Health, Contract, Burden of Disease Study (Insomnia) ($2,000)

2011      PI, University of Otago, Sub-Contract, Unequal Treatment ($15,000)

2010      NI, BP Oil New Zealand Ltd. Development of a fatigue risk management plan and associated manual ($15,400)

2010      PI, Massey University Research Fund, Patient views of sleep services ($8,000)

2009      Co-PI, HRC Project Grant (09/233) Sleep during pregnancy and postpartum: the relationship with maternal health ($945,457)

2009      PI, Massey University Research Fund, Performance and sleepiness in the lab ($9,000)

2009      PI, HRC Feasibility Study (09/218) Developing Sleep Services that Meet the Needs of Māori: a feasibility study ($145,561)

2008      PI, Lottery Health Committee Project Grant, Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome in the General Population ($51,519)

2008      NI, Ministry of Health and HRC contract (JV208/02), Oral health research priorities for Māori: Low-income adults, kaumātua, and Māori with disabilities, special needs or chronic health conditions ($260,424)

2008      PI, Lottery Health Committee Shared Equipment Grant, Regulation of Sleep by the Circadian Biological Clock ($44,140)

2008      PI, HRC Eru Pōmare Fellowship in Māori Health, Moe tika, moe pai: Advancing Sleep Health in Aotearoa/New Zealand ($316,740)

2007      PI, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Doctoral Bridging Grant, ($18,000)

2005      NI, Lottery Health Committee, Project Grant, Sleeping patterns across the circadian cycle ($58,323)

2004      NI, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Project Grant, Towards the development of guidelines for the handling, use and storage of Māori genetic material in research ($60,953)

2003      PI, HRC Māori PhD Scholarship Is there a biological or genetic basis for sleep disorders: Implications for Māori ($102,550)


2013      Massey University Research Medal – Early Career Researcher

2011      Massey University Research Medal – Team

2009      Te Amorangi National Māori Academic Excellence Award

2008      HRC Eru Pōmare Fellowship in Māori Health

2008      Fellow, Te Mata o te Tau, Academy for Māori Research and Scholarship, Massey University

2007      Fulbright Travel Award, Fulbright New Zealand

2007      Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, Doctoral Bridging Grant

2005      Best Student Researcher (Humanities and Social Sciences), Massey University, Wellington Campus

2003      HRC Māori Health PhD Scholarship

2000      Departmental Award, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology, University of Otago

2000      Te Rangihau Scholarship, Tūhoe/Waikaremoana Trust Board

2000      Māori Health Post-Graduate Scholarship, Māori Education Trust

2000      Māori Education Trust Professions Scholarship, Māori Education Trust

Areas of expertise

Māori Health, health equity, public health, racism and discrimination

Kaupapa Māori Research theory and methods including epidemiology

Ethnic inequities in sleep problems and disorders and also Maternal, youth and child health.

Analysis of national surveys including New Zealand Health Survey, General Social Survey, Te Kupenga, Youth 2000 series, Growing Up in New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Muller, D., Paine, S. J., Wu, L. J., & Signal, T. L. (2020). Sleep timing and sleep problems of preschoolers in Aotearoa/New Zealand: relationships with ethnicity and socioeconomic position. Sleep Medicine, 76, 1-9. 10.1016/j.sleep.2020.09.020
  • Talamaivao, N., Harris, R., Cormack, D., Paine, S.-J., & King, P. (2020). Racism and health in Aotearoa New Zealand: a systematic review of quantitative studies. The New Zealand medical journal, 133 (1521), 55-68.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Donna Cormack
  • Paine, S.-J., Signal, T. L., Sweeney, B., Priston, M., Muller, D., Smith, A., ... Lee, K. (2020). Maternal sleep disturbances in late pregnancy and the association with emergency caesarean section: A prospective cohort study. Sleep health, 6 (1), 65-70. 10.1016/j.sleh.2019.11.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/52535
  • Ladyman, C., Signal, T. L., Sweeney, B., Gander, P., Paine, S. J., & Huthwaite, M. (2020). A pilot longitudinal sleep education intervention from early pregnancy and its effect on optimizing sleep and minimizing depressive symptoms. Sleep Health10.1016/j.sleh.2020.05.001
  • Clark, S. T., Zhu, M., Gamble, G. D., Naot, D., Paine, S.-J., Dalbeth, N., ... Musson, D. S. (2020). Epidemiology of tendon and ligament injuries in Aotearoa/New Zealand between 2010 and 2016. Injury epidemiology, 710.1186/s40621-020-0231-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Dalbeth, Greg Gamble, Dorit Naot, Jillian Cornish, David Musson
  • Deng, C., Mitchell, S., Paine, S.-J., & Kerse, N. (2020). Retrospective analysis of the 13-year trend in acute and elective surgery for patients aged 60 years and over at Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 74 (1), 42-47. 10.1136/jech-2019-212283
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ngaire Kerse
  • Muller, D., Paine, S.-J., Wu, L. J., & Signal, T. L. (2019). "Their Sleep Means More Harmony": Maternal Perspectives and Experiences of Preschoolers' Sleep in Ethnically and Socioeconomically Diverse Families in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Qualitative health research, 29 (14), 2023-2034. 10.1177/1049732319842156
  • Curtis, E., Jones, R., Tipene-Leach, D., Walker, C., Loring, B., Paine, S.-J., & Reid, P. (2019). Why cultural safety rather than cultural competency is required to achieve health equity: a literature review and recommended definition. International journal for equity in health, 18 (1)10.1186/s12939-019-1082-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elana Curtis, Papaarangi Reid, Rhys Jones


Contact details

Primary office location

93 GRAFTON RD - Bldg 532
Level 3, Room 300C2
New Zealand

Web links