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Andrew Sporle

University of Auckland
Maori health researcher based in the Statistics Department
Biography: Andrew Sporle is a Maori health researcher based in the Statistics Department at the University of Auckland where he teaches in courses on survey methods and official statistics. He was formerly the inaugural Maori health research manager at the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRCNZ) where he was involved in implementing strategies for the rapid development of Maori health research. He has recently returned to academia after several years consulting in the private sector on health service and research development. A sociologist and epidemiologist, his research interests include indigenous statistics, social inequities and the creation of public domain tools for accessing and applying existing data. Previous research work has been on topics as diverse as youth health services, research ethics, research workforce development, suicide prevention and aortic aneurysms. His current research work includes improving the Maori responsiveness of mainstream research, the social and environmental determinants of stomach cancer in Maori, and the development of improved methods to apply official statistics to inform the prevention of premature death amongst Maori. In 2011 he was part of the team awarded the International Statistical Institute’s prize for Best Cooperative Project Award in Statistical Literacy for the implementation of a nationwide multi-institutional graduate course on applied official statistics.