Anna Matheson is Associate Professor in Public Health and Policy in the School of Health at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. She has a background in public health with a focus on action to address health inequities and the social determinants of health. This work draws on her keen interest in complexity theory and its application to social systems and the empirical evidence on health.
For the last seven years Anna has led the evaluation of Healthy Families NZ – a policy-initiated but community-led initiative aimed at strengthening the prevention system in ten place-based communities to improve health and well-being. Currently, she also teaches health policy and systems on the Bachelor of Health programme at Te Herenga Waka, and for eight years previously she convened the Master of Public Health at Massey University.