Webinar: Pathways between research, policy and practice

17 November 2021

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On Wednesday 17 November 2021, Healthier Lives hosted a half-day webinar on the Pathways between research, policy and practice.

View programme (includes chair and speaker profiles) [PDF]

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Professor Jim Mann
Healthier Lives Director

Opening comments

Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
Associate Minister of Health

Opening address

Professor Mary L’Abbé
University of Toronto

Using evidence to shape a new era of food and nutrition policy in Canada

Professor Colin Simpson
Victoria University of Wellington-Te Herenga Waka

Delivering innovation through research in Scotland

Professor Rod Jackson
University of Auckland

Could we please put the evidence back into health policy
(video will be available shortly)

Associate Professor Matire Harwood,
University of Auckland

mRNA vaccine for inequities and institutionalised racism

Dr Don Matheson
Deputy-Director General of Public Health and Primary Care Transformation
Ministry of Health

Towards a society that is knowledgeable about health

Prof Sue Crengle
University of Otago
Interim Māori Health Authority Board

Creating pathways to support Hauora Māori and health equity in the future health system

Dr Sunny Collings
Chief Executive
Health Research Council of New Zealand

New choices for a new health system

Dr Maryann Heather
General Practitioner
Mt Wellington Integrated Health Centre

E fofo le Alamea le Alamea: Finding Solutions from within Primary Care to address Pacific Health Inequalities

Professor John Oetzel
University of Waikato

Enhancing implementation of research into practice through community engagement and co-design

Professor Jim Mann
Healthier Lives Director

Closing remarks


Innovative health research is being done in New Zealand and overseas. But how do policy makers sort through research evidence to make good policy decisions for Aotearoa? How do health providers and clinicians integrate the latest research findings into service delivery? And how do researchers make sure their research is addressing key priorities and producing the standard of evidence required for implementation?

Harnessing the power of research and data in more systematic ways will bring us closer towards a learning healthcare system, one which could deliver more equitable health outcomes and improve health outcomes for everyone.  But researchers, policy makers and service providers can all struggle at times to find a clear path forward. 

This webinar will explore pathways between health research, policy and practice.  It will look at how these pathways connect in other countries and settings, and how they could be streamlined in Aotearoa’s new health system. It aims to start a conversation about the potential for the new health system to deliver better, and more equitable, outcomes for non-communicable diseases through more systematic use of research evidence and health data.

The speakers are leaders in their fields, drawn from a range of health and research organisations in New Zealand and overseas:

  • Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, Associate Minister of Health
    Minister Verrall’s speech beehive.govt.nz
  • Professor Mary L’Abbé, University of Toronto
  • Professor Colin Simpson, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Professor Rod Jackson, University of Auckland
  • A/Professor Matire Harwood, University of Auckland
  • Dr Don Matheson, Deputy-Director General of Public Health and Primary Care Transformation, Ministry of Health
  • Dr Ian Town, Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of Health
  • Dr Bronwyn Croxson, Chief Health Economist, Ministry of Health
  • Professor Sue Crengle, University of Otago and Māori Health Authority
  • Professor Sunny Collings, Chief Executive, Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu, University of Otago Wellington
  • Dr Maryann Heather, Mt Wellington Integrated Health Centre
  • Professor John Oetzel, University of Waikato

This webinar is hosted by Healthier Lives–He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge and supported by A Better Start and Ageing Well National Science Challenges.

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