Healthier Lives – He Oranga Hauora 2019-2024 research strategy

circular themes 2019-24Healthier Lives research strategy 2019-2024 booklet [PDF 3.2MB]

Healthier Lives research investment process [PDF 371 KB]

Healthier Lives research investment guidelines [PDF 373KB]

Getting involved

To develop our 2019–2024 research strategy Healthier Lives undertook a landscape analysis, extensive consultation and a major science review.  We talked with and listened to partners, stakeholders, policy-makers and researchers, national and international experts, and interested members of the general public.

At the heart of our strategy is our vision of Aotearoa New Zealand with equitable health outcomes and a substantially reduced burden of non-communicable diseases.

To achieve this, we will focus on three research themes:

  1. Healthy food and physical activity environments
  2. Culturally centred health interventions for Māori and Pacific Peoples
  3. Precision medicine and personalised prevention.

These themes acknowledge that to improve health outcomes we need to work at many levels, ranging from systems that affect the health of the whole population, to approaches that are effective for particular communities as well as interventions that take into account the genetic make-up and life experiences of individuals.


Cross-cutting principles

The strategy has three cross-cutting principles:

  • Equitable health outcomes
  • Enacting Treaty partnership and contributing to Vision Mātauranga
  • Co-design with next and end users

These principles emerged from earlier work as critical factors  to achieve the Challenge vision.  We’ll use them to guide and select future research activities.


Research support platforms

Two research support platforms will be introduced as Challenge-wide initiatives:

  • Big and linked data – using the power of big and linked data to answer important health research and policy questions
  • Evaluation – measuring the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to drive evidence-based health policy, practice and assessment.

We have included these platforms in response to advice received from our International Science Advisory Panel about the value of developing shared resources and approaches, and the strong potential to enhance the effectiveness of research through greater use of these particular tools.


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Inside the Healthier Lives research strategy 2019-24 booklet

Healthier Lives research strategy 2019-2024 booklet

Healthier Lives has recently published a short booklet outlining our 2019-2024 research strategy which is available to download.

Healthier Lives research strategy 2019-2024 booklet [PDF 3.2MB]

Getting involved

There will be opportunities to get involved in Healthier Lives research in the next phase. We intend to hold small, focussed workshops to scope and prioritise research that will make the greatest impact for New Zealand.

Download our research investment processes and guidelines:

Healthier Lives research investment process [PDF 371 KB]

Healthier Lives research investment guidelines [PDF 373KB]

We will continue to work closely with partners, stakeholders and communities to build on the successes of our first phase of research (2015-2019).

Details of further workshops and other events will be publicised in our newsletter.

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A scoping and prioritisation workshop for Theme 1: Healthy food and physical activity environments was held on 22 March 2019.


A scoping and prioritisation hui for Māori-led research within Theme 2: culturally centred health interventions was held on 24 June 2019.


Achieving equity in cardiovascular disease outcomes

In February 2019, a Joint Heart Foundation–Healthier Lives Programme Grant was announced for Achieving equity in cardiovascular disease outcomes. The successful application, ACCESS (Accessing Cardiovascular Care for Equity StudieS), was announced on 31st August.

Read more about the successful project – ACCESS (Accessing Cardiovascular Care for Equity StudieS) – here.



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