Dr Chunhuan Lao

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications: PhD

Research Interests

Health economics; Cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival; Diabetes.

I have been working with the hospital clinicians looking at the cost effectiveness of differing health services. My project on “Costs of Breast Cancer in New Zealand” was funded by the HRC and Breast Cancer Register. The results of this project will inform healthcare planning such as decisions to introduce new treatment regimens and cost-effectiveness analyses of new treatments for breast cancer, and will also guide healthcare planners for better resource allocation to reduce inequities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and health outcomes. Other projects include the costs for patients living with arthritis, the costs of orthopaedic hip and knee replacements and the cost effectiveness of day surgery for ENT treatments.

I hold a part-time fellowship from the Breast Cancer Foundation to examine the presentation, treatment and survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer. Other cancer projects I am involved in included the HRC Prostate Cancer Project, Breast Cancer Project, Lung Cancer Project and Colorectal Cancer Project.

About Me

Chunhuan is a researcher interested in health economics and the epidemiology of cancer. She had the advanced trainning in health economics and statistics from the University of Waikato, University of Auckland, University of York and the University of Macau. She has substantial experience in the use of national breast cancer register data, and is an expert in big dataset linkages and biostatistics for cancer epidemiology.


Data; Data mining; Databases; Health; Machine Learning; Population Studies; Statistics

Recent Publications

  • Oetzel, J. G., Lao, C., Morley, M., Penman, K., Child, M., Scott, N., & Karalus, M. (2019). Efficacy of an incentive intervention on secondary prophylaxis for young people with rheumatic fever: a multiple baseline study. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 11 pages. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-6695-3

  • Lawrenson, R., Lao, C., Jacobson, G., Seneviratne, S., Scott, N., Sarfati, D., . . . Campbell, I. (2019). Outcomes in different ethnic groups of New Zealand patients with screen-detected vs. non-screen-detected breast cancer. Journal of Medical Screening. doi:10.1177/0969141319844801 Open Access version:

  • Lao, C., Lawrenson, R., Edwards, M., & Campbell, I. (2019). Treatment and survival of Asian women diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. doi:10.1007/s10549-019-05310-z

  • Lawrenson, R., Lao, C., Brown, L., Chepulis, L., Cassim, G., Rolleston, A., . . . Kidd, J. (2019). Improving early access to lung cancer diagnosis for rural Māori communities. Poster session presented at the meeting of Cancer Care at a Crossroads Conference. Conference held at Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

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Lao, Dr Chunhuan 9485 clao Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

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