Melanie Tomintz

Research Manager Melanie Tomintz

Ernest Rutherford 261
Internal Phone: 93824

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

My main research interests are to combine GIS and new technologies applied to health-related issues.

Currently, I'm managing the GeoHealth Laboratory work programme, where we apply geospatial tools and methods to public health topics, such as immunisation, childhood obesity, maternity, long-term health conditions using the IDI, avoidable hospitalisations and active transport to schools. The research projects are developed in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

Another project uses the application of virtual reality (VR) around the areas of smoking and vaping / e-cigarettes. I'm interested to collect new informative data and use this information towards the development of personalised health support and services.

With an increase of elderly people in future, I'm also interested in their health and well-being. I'm involved in a project that looks at outdoor falls, where my particular interest is in the built environment for prevention, as well as smart technologies to support the elderly.

In the past, I focused a lot on spatial simulation and modelling (e.g. microsimulation and agent-based modelling), mainly applied to public health issues such as smoking and antenatal care. My interest was also on geospatial visualisation and web mapping tools.

Recent Publications

  • Curl A., Fitt H. and Tomintz M. (2020) Experiences of the Built Environment, Falls and Fear of Falling Outdoors among Older Adults: An Exploratory Study and Future Directions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(4): 1224-1224. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041224.
  • Hobbs M., Ahuriri-Driscoll A., Marek L., Campbell M., Tomintz M. and Kingham S. (2019) Reducing health inequity for Māori people in New Zealand. The Lancet 394(10209): 1613-1614. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30044-3.
  • Hobbs M., Tomintz M., McCarthy J., Marek L., Vannier C., Campbell M. and Kingham S. (2019) Obesity risk in women of childbearing age in New Zealand: a nationally representative cross-sectional study. International Journal of Public Health 64(4): 625-635. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00038-019-01239-8.
  • Marek L., Greenwell J., Hobbs M., Tomintz M., Campbell M., Kingham S. and McCarthy J.. (2019) Using nationwide linked microdata to examine the effect of transience on the health services utilisation and long-term health conditions. In Caruso G; Gerber P; Jones K; Klein O; Perchoux C (Eds). : 65-65. Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER).
  • Marek L., Greenwell J., Hobbs M., Tomintz M., Campbell M., Kingham S. and McCarthy J.. (2019) Using nationwide linked microdata to examine the effect of transience on the long-term health conditions and health services utilisation. In GEOMED2019: Book of abstracts: 92-92. University of Glasgow.