Dr Nick Garrett

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Biostatistician/Senior Research Fellow

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 7773

Email: nick.garrett@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

AUT (Room AF210a)
North Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:
AUT 
AUT North Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Qualifications:

MSc, MS (Biostatistics), PhD

Memberships and Affiliations:

College of Experts, 2012-2014, Health Research Council of New Zealand
New Zealand Statistics Association
Biometrics Society
Australasian Epidemiology Association

Research Areas:

Education
  • PhD, AUT (2013)
  • MS Biostatistics, University of California, Los Angeles (1984)
  • MSc, University of Auckland (1982)

Current and previous positions
Biostatistician/Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology (2003-present)

Senior Biostatistician, Population Health Group, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), Auckland and Wellington based science centres (1994-2003)

Statistician, NZI Insurance Head Office, Auckland (1989-1994)

Research Summary:

Methodological
  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Secondary data analysis

Other
  • Māori Health
  • Gambling
  • Tobacco
  • Family violence
  • Health access and inequalities
  • Pacific Health
  • Environmental Health

Publications:

Browne J, Garrett N, Ruakere T, Ihaka B, Ruakere H, Ferguson L, Armstrong J, & Rome K. (2013) Improving lower limb outcomes for Maori living with type 2 diabetes: Qualitative research.  Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. In Press

Bates MN, Garrett N, Crane J, & Balmes JR. (2013) Associations of ambient hydrogen sulfide exposure with self-reported asthma and asthma symptoms. Environmental Research 122; 81-87.

Bentley M, Garrett N, De Souza MJ, & Kilding A. (2012) Web-based questionnaire to identify low energy availability in endurance trained women: A cluster analysis. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise 44(2):415-415.

Kolt GS, Schofield GM, Kerse N, Garrett N, Ashton T, & Patel A. (2012). Healthy Steps Trial: Pedometer-Based Advice and Physical Activity for Low-Active Older Adults. Annals of Family Medicine 2012; 206-212.

Leung W, Ashton T, Kolt GS, Schofield GM, Garrett N, Kerse N, & Patel A (2012). Cost Effectiveness of Pedometer-Based versus Time-Based Green Prescriptions: The Healthy Steps Study. Australian Journal of Primary Health 18(3) 204-211.

Garrett N, Schluter PJ, & Schofield G. (2012). Physical activity profiles and perceived environmental determinants in New Zealand: A national cross-sectional study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 9(3) 367-77.

Hinckson EA., Garrett N., & Duncan S. (2011). Active commuting to school in New Zealand Children (2004-2008): A quantitative analysis. Preventive Medicine, 52(5), 332-336.

Wilson D., Koziol-McLain J, Garrett N, & Sharma P. (2010). A hospital-based child protection programme evaluation instrument: a modified Delphi study. International Journal for Quality in Health Care: Journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care 22(4): 283-293.

Koziol-McLain J, Garrett N, Fanslow J, Hassall I, Dobbs T, Henare-Toka TA, & Lovell V. (2010) A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Emergency Department Intimate Partner Violence Screening Intervention. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 56(4):413-423.

Nájera-Hillman E, Alfaro A, O’Shea S, Breen B, Garrett N, & King P (2009) Habitat-use model for the New Zealand endemic frog Leiopelma hochstetteri. Endangered species research. 9:23–31.

Logan TP, Cutress TW, Garrett N & Trengrove HG. (2009). Dental treatment profile of New Zealand Defence Force personnel. The New Zealand Dental Journal 105(3): 77-81.

Logan TP, Cutress TW, Garrett N & Trengrove HG. (2009). Dental status of New Zealand Defence Force personnel. The New Zealand Dental Journal 105(2): 38-42.

Kolt, G. S., G. M. Schofield, Kerse N, Garrett N, Schluter PJ, Ashton T, & Patel A  (2009). The healthy steps study: a randomized controlled trial of a pedometer-based green prescription for older adults. Trial protocol. BMC Public Health 9: 404-404.

Hamer HP, McCallin AM, & Garrett N. (2009). Searching for self: the layers and labels of panic disorder: a New Zealand study. Nursing & Health Sciences 11(1): 51-57.

Dickinson A, Peacock K, Fair N, Thomas M, Nicol R, Mikkelsen J, Haslemore J, Chapman L, Garrett N, & Johnstone L. (2009). The implementation and evaluation of an oral healthcare best practice guideline in a paediatric hospital. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare 7(1): 34-42.

Wong, G., Ameratunga SN, Garrett N, Robinson E, & Watson, PD. (2008). Family Influences, Acculturation, and the Prevalence of Tobacco Smoking Among Asian Youth in New Zealand: Findings from a National Survey. Journal of Adolescent Health 43(4): 412-416.

Williams VM, Dale AR, Clarke N, & Garrett NKG. (2008). Animal abuse and family violence: survey on the recognition of animal abuse by veterinarians in New Zealand and their understanding of the correlation between animal abuse and human violence. New Zealand Veterinary Journal 56(1): 21-28.

Hohepa, M., Schofield G, Kolt GS, Scragg R, & Garrett N. (2008). Pedometer-determined physical activity levels of adolescents: differences by age, sex, time of week, and transportation mode to school. Journal of Physical Activity & Health 5 Suppl 1: S140-52.

Badland HM, Schofield GM, & Garrett N. (2008). Travel behavior and objectively measured urban design variables: associations for adults traveling to work. Health & Place 14(1): 85-95.

Ratima MM, Brown RM, Garrett NKG, Wikaire EI, Ngawati RM, Aspin CS, Potaka UK. (2007). Strengthening Maori participation in the New Zealand health and disability workforce. Medical Journal of Australia 186(10): 541-3.

Paterson JE, Carter S, Wallace J, Ahmad Z, Garrett N, & Silva PA. (2007). Pacific Islands Families Study: Risk factors associated with otitis media with effusion among Pacific 2-year-old children. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 71(7): 1047-1054.

Kolt, GS, Schofield GM, Kerse N, Garrett N, & Oliver M. (2007). Effect of telephone counseling on physical activity for low-active older people in primary care: a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 55(7): 986-992.

Kolt GS, Brewer BW, Pizzari T, Schoo AMM, & Garrett N. (2007). The Sport Injury Rehabilitation Adherence Scale: a reliable scale for use in clinical physiotherapy. Physiotherapy 93(1): 17-22.

Garrett N, Devane ML, Hudson JA, Nicol C, Ball A, Klena JD, Scholes P, Baker MG, Gilpin BJ, & Savill MG. (2007). Statistical comparison of Campylobacter jejuni subtypes from human cases and environmental sources. Journal of Applied Microbiology 103(6): 2113-2121.

Boocock MG, McNair PJ, Boocock MG, McNair PJ, Larmer PJ, Armstrong B, Collier J, Simmonds M, & Garrett N. (2007). Interventions for the prevention and management of neck/upper extremity musculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64(5): 291-303.

Baker MG, Thornley CN, Baker MG, Thornley CN, Lopez LD, Garrett NK, & Nicol CM. (2007). A recurring salmonellosis epidemic in New Zealand linked to contact with sheep. Epidemiology and Infection 135(1): 76-83.

Kolt GS, Oliver M, Schofield GM, Kerse N, Garrett N, & Latham NK (2006) An overview and process evaluation of TeleWalk: a telephone-based counseling intervention to encourage walking in older adults. Health Promotion International, 2006. 21(3): p. 201-208.

Paterson JE, Carter S, Wallace J, Ahmad Z, Garrett N, & Silva PA. (2006) Pacific Islands Families study: The prevalence of chronic middle ear disease in 2-year-old Pacific children living in New Zealand. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 2006. 70: p. 1771—1778.

Taylor D, Stretton CM, Mudge S, & Garrett N (2006). Does clinic-measured gait speed differ from gait speed measured in the community in people with stroke? Clinical Rehabilitation. 20(5): p. 438-444.

Baker MG, Ortega-Benito JM, Garrett N, Bromhead C, Leslie K, MacDonald J, & McNicholas A (2005). Prevalence and risk factors for Chlamydia trachomatis infection in female New Zealand university students. New Zealand Medical Journal 118(1220).

Huang QS, Greening G, Baker MG, Grimwood K, Hewitt J, Hulston D, Webber L, Fitzsimons A, Garrett N, Graham D, Lennon D, Shimizu H, Miyamura T, & Pallansch M (2005), Persistence of oral polio vaccine virus after its removal from the immunisation schedule in New Zealand. The Lancet 366(9483): p. 394-396.

Bates MN, Buckland S J, Garrett N, Caudill S P, & Ellis H (2005). Methodological aspects of a national population-based study of persistent organochlorine compounds in serum. Chemosphere 58(7): 943-951.

Bates MN, Fawcett J, Garrett N, Cutress T, & Kjellstrom T (2004). "Health Effects of Dental Amalgam Exposure: A Large Cohort Study." International Journal of Epidemiology 33: 894-902.

Bates MN, Buckland SJ, Garrett N, Ellis H, Needham LL, Patterson,Jr DG,  Turner WE, & Russell DG (2004). "Persistent organochlorines in the serum of the non-occupationally exposed New Zealand population." Chemosphere 54: 1431-1443.

Lake, R., M. Baker, Nicol C, & Garrett N. (2004). "Lack of association between long term illness and infectious intestinal disease in New Zealand." New Zealand Medical Journal 117(1194): 893.

Bates MN, Garrett N, & Shoemack P. (2003). Investigation of health effects of hydrogen sulfide from a geothermal source.  Archives of Environmental Health 57:405-411.

Savill, ME, Hudson, JA, Devane, M, Garrett, N, Gilpin, BJ and Ball, A (2003) Elucidation of potential transmission routes of Campylobacter in New Zealand Water Science and Technology 47 (3) 33-38.

Thornley CN, Simmons GC, Callaghan ML, Nicol CM, Baker MG, Gilmore KS, & Garrett N. (2003). First incursion of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium DT160 into New Zealand. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 9(4), 493-495.

Fawcett J, Garrett N, & Bates MN. (2002) Follow-up methods for retrospective cohort studies in New Zealand.  Australian and New Zealand J Public Health 2002, 26:256-61.

Bates M, Fawcett J, Dickson S, Berezowski R, & Garrett N. (2002) Exposure of hospitality workers to environmental tobacco smoke.  Tobacco Control Journal. 11:125-129.

Gregor J, Garrett N, Gilpin B, Randall C, & Saunders D. (2002)  Use of CART analysis with chemical indicators of faecal contamination.  NZ Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 36: 2.

Bates MN, Thomson B, & Garrett N. (2002) Reductions in organochlorine levels in the milk of New Zealand women. Archives of Environmental Health 57: 591-597.

McNicholas A, Bennett S, Turley M, & Garrett N. (2001) National surveillance of sexually transmitted infections in New Zealand, 1998. New Zealand Medical Journal. 114: 279-83.

Bennett S, McNicholas A, & Garrett N. (2001) Laboratory testing for Chlamydia trachomatis in New Zealand: current practices and implications. Venereology 14(2)63-7.

Bennett S, McNicholas A, & Garrett N. (2001) Screening and diagnostic practices for chlamydia infections in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal 114; 349-52.

Bennett S, McNicholas A, & Garrett N. (2001) Treatment practices for chlamydia infections in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal 114:374-7.

Bates MN, Fawcett J, Garrett N, Arnold R, Pearce N, & Woodward A. (2001). Is testicular cancer an occupational disease of fire fighters?  American Journal of Industrial Medicine 40:263-70.

Baker M, McNicholas A, Garrett N, Jones N, Stewart J, Koberstein V, & Lennon D.  (2000) Household crowding a major risk factor epidemic meningococcal disease in Auckland children. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 19 (10): 983-90.

Baker M, Eyles R, Bennett J, Nicol C, Wong W, & Garrett N. (1999). Emergence of verotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC) in New Zealand. New Zealand Public Health Report 6 (2): 9-12.

Lake RJ, Baker MG, Garrett N, Scott WG, & Scott HM. (2000). Estimated number of cases of foodborne infectious disease in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal 113: 278-281.

Turley M, McNicholas A, Nesdale A, Bennett S, & Garrett N. (2000). Sexually transmitted infections at New Zealand sexual health clinics, 1999. New Zealand Public Health Report 7 (11/12): 49-52.

Bates MN, Buckland SJ, Ellis HK, Garrett N, Needham LL, Patterson DG, Turner W, Russell D, Wilson N, & Duncan A (1999).  PCDDs and PCDFs in the serum of the non-occupationally exposed New Zealand population.  Organohalogen Compounds 44: 17-21.

Bates MN, Garrett N, Graham B, & Read D.  Cancer incidence, morbidity, and geothermal pollution in Rotorua, New Zealand.  International Journal of Epidemiology 1998; 27: 10-14.

Bates MN, & Garrett N. (1998) Vehicle fires and the introduction of unleaded petrol into New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of NZ 28: 321-8.

Blakely T, Bates MN, Garrett N, & Robson R. (1998). The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma in New Zealand. NZ Medical Journal 111: 471-4.

Sarfati D, Bates MN, Garrett N, & Baker MG. (1997) Acute gastroenteritis diagnostic practices of New Zealand GPs. NZ Medical Journal 110: 354-6.

Bates MN, Wyatt R, & Garrett N. (1997) Old paint removal and blood lead levels in children. NZ Medical Journal 110: 373-7.

Bates MN, Garrett N, Graham B, & Read D.  (1997) Air pollution and mortality in the Rotorua geothermal area. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 21: 581-6.

Eberhart-Phillips J, Walker N, Garrett N, Bell D, Sinclair D, Rainger W, & Bates M.  (1997) Campylobacteriosis in New Zealand: results of a case-control study.  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 51: 686-91.

Sarfati D, Bates MN, Garrett N, Baker MG, & Featherstone D (1997).  Viral gastroenteritis testing capabilities of New Zealand clinical laboratories. NZ Journal of Medical Laboratory Science 51: 125-7.

Stowell L, Stowell A, Garrett N, & Robinson G (1997). Comparison of serum -hexosaminidase isoenzyme B activity with serum carbohydrate-deficient transferrin and other markers of alcohol abuse. Alcohol & Alcoholism  32: 703-14.

Bates M, Malcolm M., Wyatt, R, Garrett N, Galloway Y, Speir T, & Read R. (1995) Lead in children in older housing areas in the Wellington region. NZ Medical Journal 108: 400-4.

Abstracts

Kolt GS; Leung W; Ashton T; Schofield GM; Garrett N; Kerse N; Patel A (2012). Cost-effectiveness Of A Pedometer-based Versus Time-based Physical Activity Prescription Program: The Healthy Steps Study. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 44(S2) 847.

Kolt G, Schofield G, Kerse N, Garrett N, Ashton T (2010). Healthy steps: The effect of a primary care physical activity program on quality of life in low-active older adults.Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 12, Supplement 2, January 2010, Page e227.

Garrett, NK and Schofield GM (2007). "Objective Urban Design and Coastal Access Measures Related To Physical Activity: 1369: Board #132 May 30 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 39(5 Suppl): S195-S195.

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Garrett N (2013). Examining differences between perceived and actual urban environment measures. Analytics for a Changing World: From Data to Decisions - Joint Conference of the NZ Statistical Association and Operations Research Society of NZ. Hamilton, New Zealand.

Kake TR, Garrett N, Te Aonui M (2008). Antipsychotic and Anticholinergic Influences on Cognition in New Zealand Maori diagnosed with First Episode Psychosis or Schizophrenia. 6th International Conference on Early Psychosis: Early Intervention – The Next Wave, Melbourne, Australia.

Garrett, N. and Schofield G (2007). Urban Design and Physical Activity: A North Shore City Perspective. PHA Conference 2007: Te Torino – Reimagining Health, Auckland, New Zealand.

Garrett, N. and Schofield G (2007). Urban Design and Recreational Physical Activity: A New Zealand Perspective. Sixth National Physical Activity Conference: "be active", Adelaide, Australia.

Garrett, N. and Schofield G (2007). Objective urban design and coastal access measures related to physical activity. American College of Sports Medicine 54th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.

Garrett, N. and Schofield G (2007). Physical Activity and the Built Environment: A New Zealand Context. Agencies for Nutrition Action: Nga Huru Rotorua.

Garrett, N., Schofield G, and Badland H, Physical activity and Accessibility of Facilities in New Zealand. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2005. 8(4 Supplement): p. 81.

Mackay L, Schofield G, Garrett N, Badland H (2005) Community Perspectives on Active Transportation. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2005. 8(4 Supplement): p. 72.

Garrett N, Schofield G, Mackay L, O’Donnell D, Tocker L. (2005). Community Perspectives on Physical Activity and the Built Environment.  Oral Presentation at the Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, 10-12 February 2005, Melbourne, Australia.

Huang QS, Garrett N, Greening G, Baker M, Grimwood K. (2004). Design and measurement of the switchover from oral (OPV) to inactivated (IPV) polio vaccine in New Zealand.  Oral Presentation at the International Biometric Conference, 11-16 July 2004, Cairns, Australia.

Reports for Clients

Abbott M, Bellringer M, Garrett N, Vandal A, Hodgins D, Palmer Du Preez K, Landon J, Sullivan S (2013) Effectiveness of Problem Gambling Brief Telephone Interventions: An Uncontrolled Outcome Study. A report prepared for Ministry of Health.

Walters SR, Garrett N, Mumford E. (2012) Analysing an Intervention for Sideline Behaviours. A report prepared for Sport New Zealand.

Browne J, Garrett N, Ruakere T, Ihaka B, Armstrong J, Rome K, Ferguson Lm Penney L, Rapana S. (2010) An intervention trial for Maori at risk of diabetes-related lower limb pathology. A report prepared for the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Auckland, Auckland University of Technology.

Bellringer M, Coombes R, Garrett N, Pulford J, Abbott M (2010) Evaluation of problem gambling intervention services.  A Report the Ministry of Health. Auckland: Gambling Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology.

Kake T, Garrett N, Te Aonui M (2009) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders amongst Rangatahi Offenders - Seeding Grant Report. A report for HRC.

Bellringer M, Abbott M, Coombes R, Garrett N, & Volberg R (2008). Problem gambling assessment and screening instruments. Final Report for the Ministry of Health. Auckland: Gambling Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology.

Ratima M., Brown R, Garrett N, Wikaire E, Ngawati R, Aspin C, Potaka U (2008). Rauringa Raupa: Recruitment and Retention of Maori in the Health and Disability Workforce. A report prepared for the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Auckland, Auckland University of Technology.

Jane Koziol-McLain J, Adams J, Garrett N, Sharma P (2007) Hospital Responsiveness to Family Violence: 30 Month Follow-Up Evaluation. A Report for Ministry of Health.

Garrett N, Mackay L, Badland H, Svensden C, Schofield G (2007). Active Friendly Environments: A study of physical activity and the urban environment in North Shore City. A Report for Sport and Recreation Research New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland University of Technology.

Boocock MG, McNair PJ, Larmer P, Armstrong B, Collier J, Simmonds M, Garrett, N (2006) OOS Prevention Literature Review: Supplement on Ergonomic Intervention Strategies, in Report for ACC. Auckland University of Techology: Auckland.

Ratima M, Waetford C, MacDonald K, Garrett N, Ngawati R, Brown R, Wikaire E, Rapana S (2006) Review of the Ministry of Health Hauora Maori Scholarship Programme. A report prepared for the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand. Auckland University of Technology: Auckland.

Rasanathan K, Ameratunga S, Chen J, Robinson E, Young W, Wong G, Garrett N, Watson P (2006) A health profile of young Asian New Zealanders who attend secondary school: findings from Youth 2000. University of Auckland: Auckland.

DeSouza R, Garrett N (2005), Access Issues for Chinese People in New Zealand, in A Report for ACC.

Baker V, Fowles J, Phillips D, Garrett N (2003). New Plymouth Paritutu Community Dioxin Exposure Assessment Study – Phase One. A report for the Ministry of Health March 2003.

Garrett N. (2002) Guidelines for Systematic Food Sampling.  A report for the Ministry of Health (Draft).

Savill M, Scholes P, Close M, Ball A, Garrett N. (2002) Project Aqua – Microbiological Assessment of Lower Waitaki Basin. Report to NIWA.
 
Baker M, Ball A, Devane M, Garrett N, Gilpin B, Hudson A, Klena J, Nicol C, Savill M, Scholes P, Williams D (alphabetical order). (2002) Potential Transmission Routes of Campylobacter from Environment to Humans.  A report for the Ministry of Health 2002.

Heffernan H, Garrett N., Woodhouse R. (2002) Antimicrobial resistance trends in New Zealand 2001. A report for the Ministry of Health.

Bates M, Fawcett J, Garrett N, Cutress T, Holdgate S, Kjellstrom T. (2002) Retrospective cohort study to investigate possible associations between dental amalgam and health outcomes.  A report to HRC.
 
Bates M, Thomson B, Garrett N.  (2001)  Investigation of organochlorine contaminants in the milk of New Zealand women.  ESR Client Report FW00104.  Wellington, New Zealand:Ministry of Health.

Bates M, Fawcett J, Dickson S, Berezowski R, & Garrett N (2001) Exposure of hospitality workers to environmental tobacco smoke. A report for the Ministry of Health.

Buckland, SJ, Bates, MN, Garrett, N, Ellis, HK, van Maanen, T.  (2001)  Concentrations of Selected Organochlorines in the Serum of the Non-occupationally Exposed New Zealand Population.  A report for the Ministry for the Environment, Wellington, New Zealand.

Heffernan H, Garrett N. (2001) Trend analysis of antimicrobial resistance data collected in New Zealand between 1991 and 2000. A report for the Ministry of Health.

Savil M, Scholes P, Baker M, Devane M, Garrett N, Nicol C, Walker S, Thorrold B, Longhurst B, Davies P. (2001)  Campylobacter jejuni Types in Human and Dairy Cattle from the Matamata-Piako District.  Report for the Dairy Research Institute.

Turley M, McNicholas A, Garrett N. (2001). Sexually transmitted infection in New Zealand: Surveillance report 2000.  A report for the Ministry of Health.

McNicholas A, Baker M, Garrett N, Jones N, Stewart J, Koberstein V, Lennon D. (2000) Case-control study to examine risk factors for meningococcal disease in New Zealand. A report prepared for the Health Research Council and The Ministry of Health.

Brett M, Garrett N. (2000) Trend analysis of antimicrobial resistance data collected in New Zealand between 1991 and 1999. A report for the Ministry of Health.

Garrett N, Arnold, R. (2000) Southern Salmarsh Mosquito Data Analysis. A report for the Ministry of Health.

Turley M, Bennett S, Garrett N, McNicholas A. (2000) STD surveillance data: Annual report January – December 1999.  A report for the Ministry of Health.

Nesdale A, Baker M, Gane E, Kemp R, Brunton C, Law M, & Garrett N. (2000) Hepatitis C infection in New Zealand: estimating the current and future prevalence and impact; prepared as part of a Ministry of Health contract for scientific services. Porirua : Institute of Environmental Science & Research.