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Prestigious prize for life-changing research

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The Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer team. Photo: Salina Galvan Photography Healthier Lives Deputy Director, Professor Parry Guilford, has been jointly awarded the Te Pūiaki Putaiao Matua a Te Pirimia Prime Minister’s Science Prize for 2023, for his role as principal investigator in the Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) group. The HDGC group has been recognised for […]

Transport poverty can be alleviated

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New Zealand’s temporary half-price bus fares were critically important in enabling people on low incomes to make essential journeys, according to recently published findings from the Healthier Lives and Ageing Well-funded ACTIVATION project. Transport New Zealand Waka Kotahi introduced half-price bus fares from April 2022 to June 2023 as part of a transport relief package […]

Research voices: Dr Cloe Posimani

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Dr Cloe Posimani is a medical doctor engaging with public health research to benefit the country of her heritage. Cloe is a descendent of Niue (Tuapa) and grew up in New Zealand. Following her medical training, she worked in hospitals and general practices in several towns and cities around the country. Recognising that many of […]

Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024 – presentations

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Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024 – equity and beyond 13-14 February, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington More than 200 kaupapa partners, stakeholders and researchers gathered at Te Papa Tongarewa and online for Kōrero Tahi 2024 where research findings from the second phase of Healthier Lives were presented. This newsletter provides a taste of the rich kōrero and links […]

Symposium: Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024

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13-14 February 2024
Our kaupapa partners, stakeholders and research teams will be gathering at Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024 to explore how research evidence generated through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge can enable better and more equitable health outcomes for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Co-designing health research in Aotearoa New Zealand – what we’ve learnt

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Healthier Lives has launched companion reports about co-designing health research in Aotearoa New Zealand, at Kōrero Tahi 2024: equity and beyond. Co-designing health research in Aotearoa New Zealand describes a Kaupapa Māori evaluation of five Healthier Lives’ projects. The report outlines the elements needed for authentic co-design of health research with Māori and Pacific communities.  […]

Healthier Lives event announcement and newsletter, January 2024

Healthier Lives event announcement and newsletter, January 2024

Upcoming event: We invite you to join the livestream of the Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024: equity and beyond 13-14 February, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington Healthier Lives is bringing together our researchers and kaupapa partners (stakeholders) at Kōrero Tahi 2024 to promote the uptake and implementation of research findings. This event features two keynote speakers: […]

ACTIVATION: The Getting Around Surveys 2022

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Illustrated summaries of two research surveys provide accessible feedback to participants in the ACTIVATION project, a major research initiative jointly funded by two National Science Challenges – Healthier Lives and Ageing Well. Among other things, ACTIVATION is investigating the concept of shared mobility – having shared access to a vehicle or bicycle – in two […]

Healthier Lives Newsletter December 2023

Healthier Lives Newsletter December 2023

Director’s message With the end of the year almost upon us, Healthier Lives is reflecting on the tasks ahead to bring our research to fruition and into the hands of policymakers and communities to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. February will see the return to New Zealand of […]

Research inventory: Evidence for health and wellbeing

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The three health and wellbeing National Science Challenges have produced a wealth of research outputs, which have now been brought together in a single inventory:  Ngā taunakitanga mō te hauora me te toiora i Aotearoa New ZealandEvidence for health and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand. The inventory contains information about: new models of care and […]

Healthier Lives Newsletter September 2023

Healthier Lives Newsletter September 2023

Director’s update It is rewarding to see the dissemination of Healthier Lives research evidence influencing the development of new health policies and programmes.  This newsletter contains details about several promising initiatives. The  HYPE study has generated important findings and produced tools to assist with implementing a new national Healthy Food and Drink policy, and the […]

Research update: HYPE (HealthY Policy Evaluation)

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The National Healthy Food and Drink Policy, developed by the National Food & Drink Environments Network in partnership with the Ministry of Health, is one of the few New Zealand policies that aims to improve our food environment. It was adopted as a voluntary policy in 2016 by the previous District Health Boards and some […]

Research update: Oire Tokoroa

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The Oire Tokoroa Family Diabetes Lifestyle Programme, led by Massey University researcher Associate Professor Ridvan Tupai-Firestone, and co-designed with Tokoroa-based health provider South Waikato Pacific Islands Community Services Trust (SWPICS), led by Akarere Henry, recently held a celebration to mark the end of the project and provide feedback to the community.   This type 2 diabetes prevention programme, built around the central […]

Healthier Lives Newsletter July 2023

Healthier Lives Newsletter July 2023

In this issue: Research voices: Els Russell The completion of a Master’s in Public Health by Els Russell, as part of the Healthier Lives – Ageing Well ACTIVATION project, has enabled the lived experience of Māori in social housing to be heard. This research has important implications for equitable social housing policy, with findings that are […]

National Science Challenges showcased at New Zealand International Science Festival

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After its mid-winter carnival of light, Dunedin’s dark winter months were illuminated for a second time by lanterns at the Petridish venue, and rich kōrero between scientists and members of the public at the 2023 New Zealand International Science Festival. Research from the eleven National Science Challenges featured in panel discussions over four evenings from […]

Kiwi researchers inform new international dietary guidelines

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Media release17 July 2023 What we eat, and the excess body weight we carry, has now overtaken smoking as the most important preventable cause of disease. Newly updated dietary advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on fat and carbohydrate intake is welcomed by New Zealand researchers, as uncertainty remains regarding the ideal composition of […]

Research voices: Els Russell

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Els Russell sees herself as lucky to be surrounded by strong women who value education and learning, both within her family and in the Department of Population Health at the University of Otago, Christchurch. This multigenerational scaffold of support has motivated her to complete a Master’s in Public Health, working on social housing and shared […]

Replacing red and processed meat in our diet

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Food production accounts for 26% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, with the production of red meat being the single largest food source of emissions. Excess consumption of red and processed meat is associated with the development of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. A research paper from Healthier Lives researchers Andrew Reynolds, Cristina […]

Healthier Lives Newsletter May 2023

Healthier Lives Newsletter May 2023

In this issue: Congratulations to A/Prof Dianne Sika-Paotonu Healthier Lives warmly congratulates Associate Professor Dianne Sika-Paotonu on being awarded the Prime Minister’s 2022 Puiaki Whakapā Pūtaiao Science Communication Prize in recognition of her role as a leading voice during the Covid-19 pandemic explaining complex scientific information to the public. We’re privileged to have A/Prof Sika-Paotonu as […]

Government action needed to prevent type 2 diabetes

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Media release Three new publications in top international journals demonstrate the potential of changing what we eat to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, prompting calls for urgent government action. Type 2 diabetes is a serious but largely preventable disease, and there is now good evidence to show how it can be prevented.  A study […]

Healthier Lives Newsletter March 2023

Healthier Lives Newsletter March 2023

In this issue: Director’s message As we reflect on the flooding that has devastated parts of Aotearoa, it is evident that the effects of climate change are with us now and they are intimately connected with our health. Insights from previous natural disasters may have relevance for recent events. Healthier Lives research undertaken in the aftermath of the […]

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