Amio Ikihele

Innovations Lead

Areas of Expertise

  • Nursing
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Primary health care
  • Digital innovations
  • Programme and course development
  • Clinical teaching
  • Human-centred design thinking and co-design approaches

Education

  • RN
  • BHSc (Nursing)
  • CTT
  • PGCertHsc
  • PGDipHsc
  • MHSc (First Class Honours)
  • PhD candidate

Amio is the Innovations Lead for Moana Research.  Before working for Moana Research, she was the Innovations Lead for TAHA Maternal and Child Health Service.  Amio was instrumental in developing a smartphone application and website to support pregnancy and parenting for Pacific (Tapuaki), Maori and teen mothers. 

 Amio is also a registered nurse who has completed her Master of Health Science gaining first class honours, exploring the perceptions of sexual health and sources of sexual health information among NZ-born Niuean adolescent females living in Auckland.  She has extensive teaching experience coming from Manukau Institute of Technology after five years (2009-2013) teaching on the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Pacific and Pacific community health work programmes. Her research expertise in sexual health and digital innovations has seen Amio serve on various advisory groups which include the The Village Collective, Health Navigator NZ Trust, Pacific Nurses Section (NZNO) and Niue Nurses Association NZ (NNANZI).  

Amio is currently a PhD candidate with the University of Auckland.  The topic of her research – Digital health equity through a Pacific lens: Niue women and cardiovascular disease as a case study.

Publications

Gerritsen, S., Mackay, S., Ikihele, A., Taufa, S., Fa’alili-Fidow J, & McIntyre, L. (2020). Review and Update of the Maternal (Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women), Infant and Toddler Dietary Guidelines. Paper presented at 2019 Annual Meeting of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand. 28 November – 29 November 2019. Proceedings. (pp.1). 10.3390/proceedings2019037045
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49767

Ikihele, A., McCool, J., Dobson, R., Whittaker, R.  (2019, November).  Strengthening digital health literacy among Pacific populations.  Oral presentation at the 2019 Health Informatics New Zealand Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Ikihele, A., Roberts, M., Fa’alili-Fidow, J. CMDHB. (2019).  Their stories: What influences place of birth for women in Counties Manukau?   July 1-5, 2019.  Ko Awatea Research Week, Counties Manukau Health, Auckland, New Zealand.

Gentles, D., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Dunlop, A., Roberts, M., Ikihele, A., Percival, T., Nosa, V.  (2016). Evaluation of the pilot Tapuaki Pacific pregnancy and parenting education programme.  Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, 1(4), 178-187.

Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Moselen, E., Denny, S., Dixon, R., Teevale, T., Ikihele, A., Adolescent Health Research Group, Clark, T.C. (2016). Youth’12 The Health and Wellbeing of Secondary School Students in New Zealand: Results for Pacific young people. Auckland: The University of Auckland.

Clark, T., Lucassen, M., Fleming, T., Peiris-John, R., Ikihele, A., Teevale,T., Robinson, E., Crengle, S.  (2016). Changes in the sexual health behaviours of New Zealand secondary school students, 2001-2012: Findings from a nationally representative cross sectional survey series. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Ikihele, A., Nosa, V.  (2015). Tau falala Niue: An exploration into the perceptions of sexual health and sources of sexual health information among NZ-born Niue adolescent females.  15-17 October, 2015. The New Zealand Sexual Health Society, Taupo, New Zealand.

Nosa, V., Ikihele, A. (2015). Niue adolescent alcohol use in New Zealand & Niue.  August 18, 2015. Aniva Pacific Research Workshop, Auckland, New Zealand.

Roberts, M. & Ikihele, A.  (2015, July). Tapuaki: Pacific pregnancy and parenting programme.  Pacific Society for Reproductive Health Conference, Suva, Fiji.

Nosa, V. Ikihele, A. (2014). Niue adolescent alcohol use in New Zealand & Niue.  December 11-12 December, 2014. Dangerous Consumption conference IV, Brisbane, Australia.

Ikihele, A., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Roberts, M.  (2014, October). Tapuaki: Pacific pregnancy and parenting innovation tools. Connecting communities, policy and science: Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress 2014, Auckland, New Zealand (pp. 172-173). Auckland: Public Health Association.  URL:http://www.pha.org.nz/congress2014/PHC14-proceedings.pdf

Roberts, M., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Ikihele, A.  (2014, October). Tapuaki: Pacific pregnancy and parenting programme. Connecting communities, policy and science: Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress 2014, Auckland, New Zealand (pp. 231-232). Auckland: Public Health Association.

Roberts, M. & Ikihele, A.  (2014, September). Tapuaki: Pacific pregnancy and parenting programme.  He Huliau 2014 Conference: Community-Academic Partnerships for Pacific Health Equity, Oahu, Hawaii.

Roberts, M., Fa’alili-Fidow, J., Ikihele, A. & Taotua, T.  (2014, September). Pacific Infant Nutrition in South Auckland, New Zealand: Barriers and Enablers.  He Huliau 2014 Conference: Community-Academic Partnerships for Pacific Health Equity, Oahu, Hawaii.

Matenga-Ikihele, A. & Nosa, V.  (2013). The sexual health behaviours of New Zealand born Niuean adolescent females living in Auckland. In Seve-Williams, Taumoepeau, & Saafi, Pacific edge: Transforming knowledge into innovative practice.  Research papers from the fourth Health Research Council of New Zealand Pacific health research Fono (pp. 38-48). Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Matenga-Ikihele, A. & Nosa, V.  (2012). Let’s talk about sex:  Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards sexual health and sources of sexual health information among NZ-born Niuean adolescent females living in Auckland. October 15-17, 2012.  International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) World Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

Nosa, V. Ikihele, A. (2012). Niue adolescent alcohol use in New Zealand. Technical Report.  Auckland, New Zealand.

Nosa, V. Ikihele, A. (2012). Niue adolescent alcohol use in Niue. Technical Report.  Auckland, New Zealand.

Matenga-Ikihele, A.  (2012).  Let’s talk about sex:  Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards sexual health and sources of sexual health information among NZ-born Niuean adolescent females living in Auckland (Unpublished masters thesis).  University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

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