George is a social epidemiologist. His current research focuses on analysing the determinants of the (avoidable) gap in health between people with and without disabilities.
Much of that research focuses on how government could and should act on the social determinants of health to reduce health inequalities for people with disability. He is currently leading a qual / quant project on smoking among people with intellectual disability, a study of the 'disability pay gap' and the quantitative component of two large government projects on uneven and inequitable utilisation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
George is an expert health inequalities researcher. He is passionate about improving the health of the whole population at the same time as eliminating avoidable and unnecessary health inequalities. To support this work, one strand of his research is specifically focussed on improving methods for estimating, monitoring and presenting health inequalities to policy makers, users of health statistics and the general public.
He previously worked at the Wellington School of Public Health, University of Otago. His research focus during his time in New Zealand centred on estimating ethnic and social inequalities in mortality and cancer incidence.
Prior to that George lived in the UK. He completed his PhD in Social Statistics and Demography ("Model based estimates of UK immigration") at the University of Southampton.
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Hierarchical Models for International Comparisons Smoking, Disability, and Social Inequality in 21 European Countries
George Disney, Lyle Gurrin, Zoe Aitken, Eric Emerson, Allison Milner, Anne Kavanagh, Dennis Petrie
Journal article | 2020 | Epidemiology
BACKGROUND: International comparisons of social inequalities in health outcomes and behaviors are challenging. Due to the level of..
The effect of gender on mental health service use: an examination of mediation through material, social and health-related pathways
Allison Milner, George Disney, Sean Byars, Tania L King, Anne M Kavanagh, Zoe Aitken
Journal article | 2020 | Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
PURPOSE: We aimed to understand how much of the gender difference in mental health service use could be due to the joint mediation..
HOW MUCH OF THE DISABILITY-RELATED INEQUALITIES IN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING ARE MEDIATED BY BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION FACED BY PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES? A CAUSAL MEDIATION ANALYSIS USING LONGITUDINAL DATA FROM WORKING AGE PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES IN GREAT BRITAIN
Z Aitken, G Disney, L Krnjacki, A Milner, E Emerson, AM Kavanagh
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | Oral presentations
Changing ethnic inequalities in mortality in New Zealand over 30 years: linked cohort studies with 68.9 million person-years of follow-up.
George Disney, Andrea Teng, June Atkinson, Nick Wilson, Tony Blakely
Journal article | 2017 | Population health metrics
BACKGROUND: Internationally, ethnic inequalities in mortality within countries are increasingly recognized as a public health conc..
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