Health sciences news
HRC career development awards
29 Nov, 2022
Seven AUT research projects have received funding in the Health Research Council’s (HRC) annual Career Development Awards.
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.
AUT expert awarded Liley Medal
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
12 Oct, 2022
AUT has claimed its highest-ever place among New Zealand universities in the latest global rankings.
Depression in Pacific adolescents
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
15 Sep, 2022
AUT researchers found that people will conceal their chronic pain to avoid ‘being seen as drug-seeking, lazy, or mentally unstable’.
Over 10 million sought help for gambling
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
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.
AUT provides expertise in equity
29 Jul, 2022
Associate Professor Jacquie Kidd is the Equity Lead on a five-year HRC funded project exploring accessible interventions for osteoarthritis.
Assisted dying and nursing care
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
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.
Families affected by gambling
21 Jul, 2022
A Ministry of Health funded report on problem gambling shows that more can be done to develop a whānau inclusive offering.
HRC funding boosts nGVS research
06 Jul, 2022
AUT-led neurological rehabilitation project investigates brain stimulation intervention for inner ear-related imbalance and blurred vision.
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.
Atawhai: Responding to family violence
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.
For the greater good
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.
Samoa Language Week 2022
31 May, 2022
Episode two of AUT’s 2022 Pacific Language Week Video series – AUT Focus on Sustainability – is live.
Creating healthy and sustainable cities
16 May, 2022
A ground-breaking study has benchmarked urban planning policies that promote health and sustainability in cities around the globe.
School ban on sugary drinks won't help
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.
The legacy of lockdown
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
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).
Predicting changes in clinical status
21 Feb, 2022
New research in palliative care shows that machine learning can predict changes in patients’ clinical status, enabling early medical interventions.
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.
Deprivation a poor predictor of health
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.
Health report: NZ male ex-rugby players
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.
Small weights strong impact
20 Jan, 2022
Moving with small weights increases your strength as effectively as lifting large loads, AUT professor John Cronin explains wearable resistance.
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.
Public Health Champion 2021
26 Nov, 2021
Associate Professor Heather Came has been named this year’s Kāhui Hauora Tūmatanui Public Health Champion.
Good design and normalising disability
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.
A firefighter wellbeing project
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.
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.
Barriers for Māori with prostate cancer
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.
Child and youth mortality rates
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’.
Pacific language videos: Fiji
05 Oct, 2021
It’s Fiji Language Week and episode seven of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has been released.
Pacific language videos: Tuvalu
28 Sep, 2021
To acknowledge Tuvalu Language Week, episode six of this year’s AUT Pacific Language Week video series has been released.
EEG Neurofeedback trial for chronic pain
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.
Changing weather heightens stroke risk
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.
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.
The mahi behind Māori graduates
05 Aug, 2021
In the midst of a global pandemic, unprecedented health sector reform and cultural change, Māori health students are still graduating.
Supporting Research Recruitment - August
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.
Pacific language videos: Kiribati
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.
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.
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.
AUT Pacific language video series: Samoa
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.
Busting the myths around stroke
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.
Changes in gambling behaviour and health
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.
Te Ara ō Hine – Tapu Ora
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
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.
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.
More help needed for parents
23 Feb, 2021
A new study examines the mental health of parents of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
PHANZ Pasifika Award
11 Dec, 2020
Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo has been recognised for his outstanding achievement and leadership in Pacific public health.
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.
A quiet activist
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.
Language fluency and mental disorders
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
Pacific language videos: Niue
21 Oct, 2020
This week is Niuean Language Week and to celebrate AUT has launched a Niuean instalment of its Pacific language video series.
Election 2020: Māori Health
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.
Pacific language videos Fiji
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.
Understanding changes in grey matter
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.
Pacific language videos: Tuvalu
28 Sep, 2020
The Tuvalu instalment in AUT’s Pacific language video series – ‘Adapting to a changing world, shaping resilient futures’ is out now.
Reimagine wellbeing together
22 Sep, 2020
AUT Professor of Psychotherapy, Keith Tudor, discusses wellbeing for Mental Health Awareness Week (September 21-27).
The public sector ethnic pay gap
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.
Pacific language videos: Tonga
07 Sep, 2020
The Tonga episode in AUT’s Pacific language video series – ‘Adapting to a changing world, shaping resilient futures’ has been released.
Study reveals low stroke awareness
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.
Robot hygiene important too
26 Aug, 2020
AUT nursing lecturer Dr Rhona Winnington, underlines significance of cleaning for robotic support pets used to support people with dementia.
Stroke screening has no real effect
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.
Pacific language videos: Cook Islands
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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