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HRC career development awards

Health sciences
29 Nov, 2022
Seven AUT research projects have received funding in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) annual Career Development Awards.
New professors and associate professors

New professors and associate professors

17 Nov, 2022
AUT is delighted to announce the promotion of 15 of its academics to the position of Professor and 30 to Associate Professor.
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Marsden Fund success for AUT

09 Nov, 2022
The Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences had two grants approved with total funding of $1.6 million in the 2022 round of Marsden funding.
Professor Valery Feigin

AUT expert awarded Liley Medal

Health sciences
09 Nov, 2022
Professor Valery Feigin has been recognised for his role as lead author of the most comprehensive study of the world’s stroke burden and its risk factors.
Record ranking for AUT

Record ranking for AUT

12 Oct, 2022
AUT has claimed its highest-ever place among New Zealand universities in the latest global rankings.
Depression in Pacific adolescents

Depression in Pacific adolescents

Health sciences
30 Sep, 2022
A new study uses network analysis to demonstrate how connectedness with family, friends, and school can prevent depression in Pacific adolescents.
Treating the stigma of chronic pain

Treating the stigma of chronic pain

Health sciences
15 Sep, 2022
AUT researchers found that people will conceal their chronic pain to avoid ‘being seen as drug-seeking, lazy, or mentally unstable’.
Simone Rodda

Over 10 million sought help for gambling

Health sciences
22 Aug, 2022
A systematic review, published in the scientific journal Addiction, has found that globally one in every 400 adults has sought help for gambling problems.
Meet our staff: Sandra Thaggard

Meet our staff: Sandra Thaggard

Health sciences
01 Aug, 2022
A senior lecturer in nursing, Dr Sandra Thaggard is interested in the management of diabetes, violence & abuse, and mental health issues in Pacific people.
Associate Professor Jacquie Kidd

AUT provides expertise in equity

Health sciences
29 Jul, 2022
Associate Professor Jacquie Kidd is the Equity Lead on a five-year HRC funded project exploring accessible interventions for osteoarthritis.
Margaret Sandham

Assisted dying and nursing care

Health sciences
22 Jul, 2022
AUT-led research highlights the need to support nurses, procedurally and psychologically, as they increasingly encounter assisted dying.
Meet our staff: Rita Krishnamurthi

Meet our staff: Rita Krishnamurthi

Health sciences
22 Jul, 2022
Associate Professor Rita Krishnamurthi balances her work as a public health researcher with her role as the deputy director of NISAN at AUT.
Katie Palmer du Preez

Families affected by gambling

Health sciences
21 Jul, 2022
A Ministry of Health funded report on problem gambling shows that more can be done to develop a whānau inclusive offering.
Maria Bellringer

Therapy shown to reduce gambling harms

Health sciences
07 Jul, 2022
A Ministry of Health funded report examines the long-term effectiveness of counselling treatments for gambling disorders.
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HRC funding boosts nGVS research

Health sciences
06 Jul, 2022
AUT-led neurological rehabilitation project investigates brain stimulation intervention for inner ear-related imbalance and blurred vision.
Leon Iusitini

Meet our staff: Leon Iusitini

06 Jul, 2022
As a Pacific researcher at AUT, Dr Leon Iusitini’s role is both research and promoting the interests of Pacific people in New Zealand.
Nicola Kayes

Five Questions: Professor Nicola Kayes

Health sciences
04 Jul, 2022
We asked Nicola five questions ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address
Hon Marama Davidson (left) and Dr Claire Gear (right) with members of the Atawhai research rōpū and study participants.

Atawhai: Responding to family violence

Health sciences
17 Jun, 2022
AUT-led research is making it easier for healthcare workers to respond to family violence, by connecting primary care services with community knowledge.
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For the greater good

Health sciences
09 Jun, 2022
Dr Mangor Pedersen is harnessing the power of AI to revolutionise the treatment of epilepsy, traumatic brain injury and dementia. AUT’s Insight meets him.
Professor Lester Levy

Five questions: Professor Lester Levy

Health sciences
01 Jun, 2022
We asked Lester five questions ahead of his Inaugural Professorial Address.
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Samoa Language Week 2022

31 May, 2022
Episode two of AUT’s 2022 Pacific Language Week Video series – AUT Focus on Sustainability – is live.
Erica Hinckson

Creating healthy and sustainable cities

Health sciences
16 May, 2022
A ground-breaking study has benchmarked urban planning policies that promote health and sustainability in cities around the globe.
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School ban on sugary drinks won't help

Health sciences
11 May, 2022
Professor Grant Schofield thinks a ban on sugary drinks in schools will do nothing measurable and, at worse, it borders on virtue signalling.
Eleanor Holroyd

The legacy of lockdown

Health sciences
04 May, 2022
A new study, which examines the impact of COVID-19 on community healthcare workers in Aotearoa, shows that the negative effects were long-lasting.
Te Tiriti: Two perspectives

Te Tiriti: Two perspectives

Health sciences
15 Mar, 2022
Q+A with ‘Te Tiriti-based futures + Anti-racism 2022’ event organisers – Heather Came (Pākehā activist-scholar) and Eridani Baker (Māori student-activist).
Lead author of the study Dr Margaret Sandham.

Predicting changes in clinical status

Health sciences
21 Feb, 2022
New research in palliative care shows that machine learning can predict changes in patients’ clinical status, enabling early medical interventions.
Lecturer in Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Dr Lorenzo Garcia

SHARP TOOLS REDUCE INFECTION

03 Feb, 2022
Researchers have uncovered a link between the sharpness of surgical implements and the risk of post-surgery infection.
Professor Daniel Shepherd

Deprivation a poor predictor of health

Health sciences
02 Feb, 2022
An AUT study shows that the perceived amenity of your neighbourhood is a better predictor of health-related quality of life than socioeconomic status.
From left to right, Professor Alice Theadom, Assoc. Prof. Gwn Lewis' and Professor Patria Hume.

Health report: NZ male ex-rugby players

Health sciences
01 Feb, 2022
AUT study commissioned by World Rugby to better understand the longer-term impacts of sport’s participation and to inform welfare advances.
Researchers as pictured Top row, Left to Right: Dr Tago Mharapara, Dr Janine Clemons, Assoc. Prof. Katherine Ravenswood, Dr Lesley Dixon. Bottom row, Left to Right: Dr Nimbus Staniland, Mrs Stacey Gillard-Tito, Ms Talei Jackson, Prof. Gill Kirton.

Interdisciplinary team wins health grant

26 Jan, 2022
An interdisciplinary team of AUT researchers has won a major grant from the Health Research Council.
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Small weights strong impact

Health sciences
20 Jan, 2022
Moving with small weights increases your strength as effectively as lifting large loads, AUT professor John Cronin explains wearable resistance.
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AUT X Challenge 2021 – The Final Pitch

09 Dec, 2021
Eight teams pitched to win at X Challenge – The Final, competing for a share of the $20,000 cash prize pool and over $10,000 of goods and services.
Heather Came

Public Health Champion 2021

Health sciences
26 Nov, 2021
Associate Professor Heather Came has been named this year’s Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui Public Health Champion.
Daysha Tonumaipe'a (left) and Dr Dianne Wepa (right)

Funding for emerging researchers

23 Nov, 2021
Three AUT researchers have been acknowledged at the Health Research Council’s annual Career Development Awards.
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Good design and normalising disability

Health sciences
17 Nov, 2021
Harnessing the lived experience of disabled people is key to changing the face of disability and design at both a societal and personal level.
AUT postgraduate student and firefighter Josh Darby

A firefighter wellbeing project

Health sciences
16 Nov, 2021
Firefighter and AUT student, Josh Darby, is part of a core team leading a $500,000 project to improve the psychological wellbeing of firefighters.
Dong-Xu Liu

Epigenetic research in breast cancer

15 Nov, 2021
The International Breast Cancer Consortium for Epigenetic Discovery will be announced at the opening of the AUT-hosted Breast Cancer Research Symposium.
New AUT Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors 3

01 Nov, 2021
Eight AUT academics have been promoted to the position of Professor, and a further 22 have been appointed as Associate Professors.
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Pacific language videos: Tokelau

Health sciences
27 Oct, 2021
The final episode of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series is live.
Associate Professor Jacquie Kidd

Barriers for Māori with prostate cancer

Health sciences
26 Oct, 2021
The Oranga Tū project funded by Movember has mapped ‘the cancer pathway’ for Māori men and their whānau after diagnosis of prostate cancer.
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Pacific language videos: Niue

Health sciences
18 Oct, 2021
Episode eight of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has been released.
Dr Alayne Mikahere-Hall

Child and youth mortality rates

Health sciences
11 Oct, 2021
Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee co-chair Dr Alayne Mikahere-Hall says ‘a higher priority must be placed on reducing shameful statistics’.
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Pacific language videos: Fiji

Health sciences
05 Oct, 2021
It’s Fiji Language Week and episode seven of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has been released.
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Pacific language videos: Tuvalu

Health sciences
28 Sep, 2021
To acknowledge Tuvalu Language Week, episode six of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has been released.
Maria Bellringer

How much, how often, how many?

Health sciences
28 Sep, 2021
New global gambling guidelines could help reduce related harm post-lockdown.
David Rice

EEG Neurofeedback trial for chronic pain

Health sciences
23 Sep, 2021
The world’s biggest clinical trial using Electroencephalography (EEG) Neurofeedback as a therapy to manage chronic pain has been launched in New Zealand.
Professor Valery Feigin

Changing weather heightens stroke risk

Health sciences
08 Sep, 2021
New data from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study shows that low ambient temperature is an increasing stroke risk factor around the world.
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AUT climbs up the global rankings

02 Sep, 2021
AUT continues to climb up the global university rankings joining the University of Otago in second place in NZ and the top 250 universities in the world.
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AUT’s Clinical Medicine first equal

Health sciences
06 Aug, 2021
AUT’s Clinical Medicine has been ranked joint first place amongst New Zealand universities.
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The mahi behind Māori graduates

Health sciences
05 Aug, 2021
In the midst of a global pandemic, unprecedented health sector reform and cultural change, Māori health students are still graduating.
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Supporting Research Recruitment - August

Health sciences
02 Aug, 2021
Can you help our research with impact? Find out about current research at AUT and recommend projects to friends and whānau who may want to get involved.
Dr Heather Came

Realigning competencies with te Tiriti

Health sciences
02 Aug, 2021
A new study examines regulated health professions’ competency documents and their compliance with te Tiriti.
Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo

AUT Pacific youth mental health study

Health sciences
27 Jul, 2021
HRC-funded study aims to improve mental health services for New Zealand’s Pacific youth.
Pacific language videos: Kiribati

Pacific language videos: Kiribati

Health sciences
14 Jul, 2021
It’s Kiribati Language Week in Aotearoa and episode three of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has been released.
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Fulbright NZ award winners 2021

08 Jul, 2021
Congratulations to 2021 Fulbright New Zealand scholarship award winners, AUT staff member Jenni Tupu and AUT alumna Hariata Tai Rakena.
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How body movement changes in pregnancy

05 Jul, 2021
New project to build a greater understanding of the changes pregnant women undergo in body size, shape and balance.
Te Hotonga Hapori

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.
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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.
Mind over matter

Mind over matter

Health sciences
18 Mar, 2021
Insight, AUT’s alumni magazine, talks to health sciences alumna Alexis (Lex) Pritchard who now helps people build the mental skills to smash their goals.
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).
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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.
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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.
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