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Impact of housing redevelopment on wellbeing

Health sciences
14 Jun, 2021
AUT has begun research on how urban housing redevelopment affects people’s wellbeing.
Professor Fiona Brooks

New Dean for Faculty of HES

08 Jun, 2021
Professor Fiona Brooks has been appointed to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences.
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AUT Pacific language video series: Samoa

Health sciences
01 Jun, 2021
To acknowledge Samoa Language Week being celebrated in Aotearoa, the second episode of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has launched.
Professor Zac Morse

Five questions with Professor Zac Morse

Health sciences
31 May, 2021
We asked Professor Zac Morse five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
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HRC Emerging Researchers First Grants

28 May, 2021
AUT picked up one third of Health Research Council Emerging Researchers First Grants this year.
Professor Alice Theadom

Five questions: Professor Alice Theadom

Health sciences
25 May, 2021
We asked Professor Alice Theadom five questions about her research following her appointment to Professor.
Dr Radilaite Cammock and Daysha Tonumaipe’a

Using ‘food havens’ to reduce obesity

13 May, 2021
A new concept in food environments, the food haven, aims to reduce high obesity rates among Māori and Pacific peoples.
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Busting the myths around stroke

Health sciences
11 May, 2021
A Pacific language video series by AUT is highlighting key facts around stroke, in an attempt to bust the myths around this neurological disease.
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Pacific language videos: Rotuman

Health sciences
10 May, 2021
AUT has launched the first of nine episodes in this year’s Pacific Language Week series.
Dr Mangor Pedersen

AI Lead on Australian Epilepsy Project

Health sciences
04 May, 2021
AUT cognitive neuroscientist, Dr Mangor Pedersen, is the AI Lead on the ground-breaking Australian Epilepsy Project (AEP).
Associate Professor Maria Bellringer

Changes in gambling behaviour and health

Health sciences
22 Apr, 2021
As people move towards risky or problem gambling, they are more likely to move away from organised groups, according to a new AUT study.
Dr Heather Came

New authority could transform Māori health

Health sciences
22 Apr, 2021
Dr Heather Came and Adjunct Professor Dominic O’Sullivan weigh-in on the establishment of a new Maori health authority in The Conversation.
Professor David Nicholls

Five questions with Prof. David Nicholls

Health sciences
19 Apr, 2021
We asked Professor David Nicholls five questions about his research following his recent appointment.
Associate Professor Gwyn Lewis

Ethnic inequity in chronic pain services

Health sciences
19 Apr, 2021
A new study shows that Māori, Asian and Pacific peoples experienced poorer patient outcomes compared to Europeans.
Professor Ineke Crezee

Five questions with Prof. Ineke Crezee

09 Apr, 2021
We asked Professor Ineke Crezee five questions about her research ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address.
Ngatepaeru Marsters (left) and Teresa Krishnan (right)

Te Ara ō Hine – Tapu Ora

Health sciences
30 Mar, 2021
Under a new government initiative, AUT will work to increase the number of midwives in our Māori and Pacific communities.
Professor Jarrod Haar, Professor Patria Hume, Professor Denise Wilson

New Royal Society Te Apārangi Fellows

16 Mar, 2021
Three AUT academics have been elected as Fellows to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
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Celebrating AUTs women academics

08 Mar, 2021
Today is International Women’s Day. Read a sample of the research from AUT’s women academics who are working to improve the lives of women in our society.
Daniel Shepherd

More help needed for parents

Health sciences
23 Feb, 2021
A new study examines the mental health of parents of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Dan Tautolo

PHANZ Pasifika Award

Health sciences
11 Dec, 2020
Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo has been recognised for his outstanding achievement and leadership in Pacific public health.
Professor Duncan Reid

Prof. awarded IFOMPT Life Membership

Health sciences
04 Dec, 2020
Professor Duncan Reid has been awarded Life Membership by IFOMPT, in recognition of his outstanding contribution.
New AUT Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors

30 Nov, 2020
Nine academics have been appointed to the position of Professor, effective from 1 January 2021. 19 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
Prof Mark Orams and Governor General

Prof Orams recognised at Blake Awards

Health sciences
24 Nov, 2020
Prof Mark Orams and Governor General of New Zealand Dame Patsy Reddy
Dr Sione Vaka

AUT Pacific researchers win HRC funding

Health sciences
23 Nov, 2020
Five Pacific researchers have received 2021 Pacific Health Career Development Awards’ from the Health Research Council (HRC).
Ayan

A quiet activist

Health sciences
17 Nov, 2020
Ayan Said has walked alongside migrant and refugee communities for a decade, unpacking a deeply cultural and sensitive issue, and holding space for change.
Dr Cassandra Fleming

AUT success with Marsden funding

12 Nov, 2020
Two AUT academics have won 2020 Marsden funding for research projects.
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Business School wins health funding

06 Nov, 2020
The Health Research Council (HRC) has awarded funding to two research proposals led by academics in the Business School.
Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo

Language fluency and mental disorders

Health sciences
28 Oct, 2020
A study of Pacific mothers in New Zealand reveals that being fluent in both English and Pacific languages may decrease the likelihood of postpartum mental
Screenshot from AUT's Niue Language Week video showing a woman waking up with her hand on her head, in front of the Niuean flag.

Pacific language videos: Niue

Health sciences
21 Oct, 2020
This week is Niuean Language Week and to celebrate AUT has launched a Niuean instalment of its Pacific language video series.
Professor Denise Wilson

Election 2020: Māori Health

Health sciences
14 Oct, 2020
AUT Professor of Māori Health, Denise Wilson, looks at how far policies targeting Māori will go towards improving Māori health equity and outcomes.
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Pacific language videos Fiji

Health sciences
05 Oct, 2020
It’s Fiji Language Week in Aotearoa, and to celebrate, AUT has launched the Fiji episode in its Pacific language video series.
Professor Nicola Kayes

Understanding changes in grey matter

Health sciences
01 Oct, 2020
An AUT health design project aims to alleviate the uncertainty that older people experience as they navigate changes to their memory and thinking.
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Carb cut could improve Covid-19 outcomes

Health sciences
30 Sep, 2020
Simple diet changes can reduce Covid-19 potential impact says an AUT author in the British Medical Journal.
A man and a woman from Tuvalu smoking.

Pacific language videos: Tuvalu

Health sciences
28 Sep, 2020
The Tuvalu instalment in AUT’s Pacific language video series – ‘Adapting to a changing world, shaping resilient futures’ is out now.
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Eating healthy is hard on a Covid budget

24 Sep, 2020
More of us are now facing food insecurity - with children, Pacific peoples and Māori the most impacted, writes Emeritus Professor Elaine Rush.
Keith Tudor

Reimagine wellbeing together

Health sciences
22 Sep, 2020
AUT Professor of Psychotherapy, Keith Tudor, discusses wellbeing for Mental Health Awareness Week (September 21-27).
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AUT 2020 Best Awards finalists

18 Sep, 2020
Thirty-six projects from AUT are finalists for the 2020 Best Awards.
Heather Came

The public sector ethnic pay gap

Health sciences
17 Sep, 2020
A new study reveals significant ethnic pay disparities within the top tiers of New Zealand’s core public sector and district health boards.
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Pacific language videos: Tonga

Health sciences
07 Sep, 2020
The Tonga episode in AUT’s Pacific language video series – ‘Adapting to a changing world, shaping resilient futures’ has been released.
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Study reveals low stroke awareness

Health sciences
03 Sep, 2020
A national survey shows that stroke is not recognised as a major cause of death. It also reveals low-level awareness of stroke among Pacific peoples.
Paro Seal

Robot hygiene important too

Health sciences
26 Aug, 2020
AUT nursing lecturer Dr Rhona Winnington, underlines significance of cleaning for robotic support pets used to support people with dementia.
Professor Valery Feigin

Stroke screening has no real effect

Health sciences
25 Aug, 2020
Professor Valery Feigin says a radical change in stroke prevention and treatment is needed in the current global health and economic crisis.
Cartoon depiction of a health professional checking a child's ear.

Pacific language videos: Cook Islands

Health sciences
03 Aug, 2020
The Cook Islands episode in AUT’s Pacific language video series – ‘Adapting to a changing world, shaping resilient futures’ – is out now.
Keith Tudor

Pioneers of Co-creative TA celebrated

Health sciences
24 Jul, 2020
AUT Professor of Psychotherapy, Keith Tudor, has received the 2020 Eric Berne Memorial Award in Transactional Analysis (TA).
Professor Valery Feigin

World Brain Day 2020

Health sciences
22 Jul, 2020
New Zealand’s most cited scientist features in a series of interviews with global experts for World Brain Day.
Assisted dying

Assisted dying referendum

Health sciences
21 Jul, 2020
NZ’s law lacks necessary detail to make a fully informed decision, says Dr Rhona Winnington.
Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo with his child on his knee.

Fathers, let’s think of the kids

Health sciences
17 Jul, 2020
Spending quality time with our children and being involved in their lives will help them through these uncertain times.
A child sitting on their father's shoulders, looking at the sunset.

Pacific language videos: Kiribati

Health sciences
13 Jul, 2020
The Kiribati instalment in the AUT Pacific language video series – ‘Adapting to a changing world, shaping resilient futures’ – has been released.
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HRC grants for three AUT researchers

02 Jul, 2020
AUT researchers working on stroke, exercise science and traumatic brain injury research have received Health Research Council grants.
Rhona Winnington

Assisted dying and social consequences

Health sciences
29 Jun, 2020
A new case study highlights the stigma associated with assisted dying and patients feeling obligated to terminate their own lives prematurely.
Valery Feigin

A Declaration on the stroke pandemic

Health sciences
10 Jun, 2020
Professor Valery Feigin has co-authored the World Stroke Organisation (WSO) Declaration on Global Prevention of Stroke and Dementia.
Alice Theadom

Helmets, head injuries and horse power

Health sciences
04 Jun, 2020
A new study of equestrian concussion shows that the basic function of riding helmets is misunderstood.
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AUT confirms investigation took place

Health sciences
02 Jun, 2020
AUT confirms harassment complaint was formally investigated
Dr Radilaite Cammock

HRC grants for four AUT researchers

Health sciences
27 May, 2020
Dr Radilaite Cammock is one of four AUT researchers who recently received a prestigious Health Research Council grant to support their work.
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Pacific language video series

Health sciences
08 May, 2020
A video series by AUT will highlight the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study’s work in shaping resilient futures for Pacific communities.
Liz Binns

Physio for older adults from a distance

Health sciences
01 May, 2020
AUT researchers have developed an exercise programme for housebound older adults, to prevent loss of mobility and independence during COVID-19.
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Webinars tackle racism in Aotearoa

Health sciences
05 Mar, 2020
An innovative new event creating open access resources for Tiriti education and the fight against racism is taking place from March 21-30 2020.
Tweens

How adolescents define well being

Health sciences
03 Mar, 2020
Tweens see family and friends as the surest way towards wellbeing
Professor Valery Feigin

Nearly everyone at risk of stroke

Health sciences
25 Feb, 2020
Professor Valery Feigin at AUT suggests that categorising people into ‘low, moderate or high’ risk of stroke should be abandoned.
Dental Clinic

High-carb food a cause of tooth decay

Health sciences
07 Feb, 2020
An AUT study is recommending changes to eating guidelines for young people to reduce New Zealand’s epidemic of childhood tooth decay.
Dr Heather Came

Policy requires te Tiriti compliance

Health sciences
05 Feb, 2020
Dr Heather Came advocates a new tool for evaluating health policy in relation to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
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AUT professor named ISBNPA president

31 Jan, 2020
Professor Erica Hinckson has been elected as President of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Emeritus Professor of Nutrition, Elaine Rush

Big bodies need big servings of 5+ a day

Health sciences
14 Jan, 2020
New study recommends greater variety and colour in food dietary guidelines, and serving sizes in direct proportion to body size.
Dr Ali Seyfoddin

Medicinal cannabis research

Health sciences
13 Dec, 2019
AUT and Zeacann Ltd have received approval from the Ministry of Health for medicinal cannabis research and development.
Professor Valery Feigin

Plan to mitigate neurological disorders

Health sciences
11 Dec, 2019
Professor Valery Feigin leads global strategy to bridge the gap between growing burden of neurological disorders and overstretched health resources.
Professor Denise Wilson

Empathy needed to reduce family violence

Health sciences
04 Dec, 2019
AUT report finds that agencies and services designed to aid wāhine Māori in unsafe relationships often contribute to their entrapment.
Valery Feigin

New accolades for most cited scientist

Health sciences
21 Nov, 2019
AUT’s Professor Valery Feigin has been elected as both a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Dr Cath Conn

Disrupting the public health workforce

Health sciences
18 Nov, 2019
New Zealand's public health workforce is rapidly changing in response to local and global trends, including new technologies and widening inequities.
QS stars 2019

AUT a 5-star university across all categories

13 Nov, 2019
AUT has received the maximum five stars for the first time in every category according to the global education analysts QS in their recent results.
New Professors announced in 2019

New Professors and Associate Professors

07 Nov, 2019
AUT has announced the promotion of 12 leading academics to the position of Professor. A further 15 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
Valery Feigin

Leading the world in stroke prevention

Health sciences
29 Oct, 2019
This year’s World Stroke Day campaign encourages everyone to use the free Stroke Riskometer mobile app developed at AUT by Professor Valery Feigin.
Professor Max Abbott

World Mental Health Day

Health sciences
10 Oct, 2019
AUT is hosting the first of many events that will take place globally over the next 24 hours.
PIF Study Director Dr El-Shadan Tautolo

Study of Pacific people comes of age

Health sciences
07 Oct, 2019
For nearly 20 years, an AUT study has been tracking the development of 1,400 Pacific children.
Professor Keith Tudor

AUT celebrates 30 years of psychotherapy

Health sciences
24 Sep, 2019
Professor Keith Tudor reflects on ‘talk therapy’ – where we’ve been and why we need more.
THE Rankings Sep 2019

AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings

12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
Woolf Fisher AUT scholarship Awards ceremony

19 first in family scholarships awarded

05 Sep, 2019
19 AUT students were awarded Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships at a celebration event at the AUT South Campus on Thursday 29 August.
Professor Stephen Neville

Making rural New Zealand age-friendly

Health sciences
29 Aug, 2019
Research from the AUT Centre for Active Ageing adds the voice of rural-dwelling older people to recommendations for age-friendly communities.
Dr Brenda Flood portrait

AUT podiatry partnership with DHB

Health sciences
19 Aug, 2019
AUT and Waitematā DHB have teamed-up to provide trainee podiatrists with experience in the diagnosis of foot-related complications from diabetes.
Dr Lance O'Sullivan

Mobile medical clinics a world first

29 Jul, 2019
Dr Lance O’Sullivan, AUT Māori Entrepreneur in Residence, has revealed his plans to launch 200 mobile drive-through medical clinics across NZ by 2021.
Professor Stephen Neville

Five questions: Prof. Stephen Neville

Health sciences
22 Jul, 2019
We asked Professor Stephen Neville five questions about his research ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
Dr Brenda Flood

Student collab enhances patient care

Health sciences
19 Jul, 2019
AUT Integrated Health (AIH) provides primary healthcare, specialised services and programmes for the community.
Professor Denise Wilson

Ethnic disparities in child protection

19 Jul, 2019
AUT research shows that Māori children are almost four times more likely to be placed out of home by child protection services.
Professor Valerie Wright-St Clair

Five questions: Valerie Wright-St Clair

Health sciences
03 Jul, 2019
We asked Professor Valerie Wright-St Clair five questions about her research ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address.
Dr Maria Bellringer

Pacific youth gambling begins at home

Health sciences
01 Jul, 2019
New report funded by the Ministry of Health reveals that gambling among Pacific youth is a social activity that mostly takes place with family and friends.
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Scholarship inspires change

Health sciences
21 Jun, 2019
Receiving the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust (KEECT) Tressa Thomas Retraining Award was life-changing for AUT midwifery student Maran Greenwood.
Professor Lester Levy

New chair in digital health

Health sciences
05 Jun, 2019
Dr Lester Levy joins AUT as its new Professor of Digital Health Leadership
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Inequality in access to life-saving AEDs

Health sciences
21 May, 2019
A study by AUT and St John highlights a worrying discrepancy in the placement of life-saving AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in New Zealand.
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AUT launches TBI Network

Health sciences
20 May, 2019
The network aims to bridge the gap between research, clinical care and public policy in the prevention and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
TBI Network

Traumatic Brain Injury Network

Health sciences
16 May, 2019
An online Q+A session and introduction to the new Traumatic Brain Injury Network.
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AUT professor joins Stroke Central

Health sciences
10 May, 2019
Stroke Central has appointed Professor Valery Feigin to its board of governors as Honorary Medical Doctor.
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AUT professor joins Stroke Central

Health sciences
10 May, 2019
Stroke Central has appointed Professor Valery Feigin to its board of governors as Honorary Medical Doctor.
62% increase in AUT researchers

62% increase in AUT researchers

30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
Associate Professor Alice Theadom

Social interaction impaired by mild-TBI

Health sciences
17 Apr, 2019
AUT research shows that even a mild brain injury can impair social cognition, which may cause difficulties in communication, relationships and employment.
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Digital divide for aged care residents

Health sciences
26 Mar, 2019
A new study funded by InternetNZ shows that aged care residents are dependent on family and friends to keep them digitally connected.
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Christchurch

15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
Eloise Wilson helping a child in Burundi

Volunteering sparks a flame for Eloise

Health sciences
15 Mar, 2019
Physiotherapy student Eloise Wilson's time volunteering in Burundi affirmed her decision to pursue a career in the health sector and make a difference.
Dr Pani Farvid

Education key to fight gender inequality

Health sciences
08 Mar, 2019
Dr Pani Farvid recommends an educational primary prevention approach that seeks to stop the manifestations of gender inequality before they occur.
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Marginalisation on health policy groups

Health sciences
08 Mar, 2019
A new study, which explores Māori and Pasifika leaders’ experiences on government advisory groups, indicates ongoing inequities in the development of New Z
Associate Professor Dong-Xu Liu

Research lift for breast cancer treatment

Health sciences
01 Mar, 2019
Study discovers potential new tool to help doctors select the best treatment.
Isaac Warbrick

Fat-shaming in public health

Health sciences
01 Feb, 2019
Dr Isaac Warbrick argues that societal and institutional racism affect nutrition, physical activity and weight loss in indigenous communities.
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