Professor Peter Crampton & Kura Lacey

Thursday 3 October

9.30am - Keynote Speaker

What can we do right now to improve equity?


Peter Crampton is a professor of public health in Kōhatu, the Centre for Hauora Māori, at the University of Otago. He researches and teaches Māori health, health systems and public health. He started his professional life as a general practitioner and later specialised in public health medicine. His research is focused on social indicators and social epidemiology, health care policy, health care organisation and funding, and indigenous health. He is a member of the Government’s Health and Disability System Review panel, which is tasked with making recommendations on the future of New Zealand’s health system.

Kura Lacey is a Professional Practice Fellow in Dentistry in Kōhatu, the Center for Hauora Māori at the University of Otago. She graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2018 and is passionate about Māori oral health. She is currently researching the Māori oral health workforce and Māori oral health inequities, and is teaching into the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.



Authors: Peter Crampton & Kura Lacey

Title: What really needs to change to improve health equity?

There is a long and distressing history of New Zealand’s health system failing to deliver equity in oral health outcomes for Māori. Framed within Te Tiriti o Waitangi and hauora Māori perspectives, this presentation will identify some of the main reasons for this failure, highlight the health consequences of the failure, and then focus on what needs to change within the system in order to achieve oral health equity for Māori in the future.