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News from the University of Otago, Wellington

Out of prison and back to smoking?

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Friday, 23 February 2018

A lack of support means many prisoners relapse back to smoking on release, despite many wanting to stay smokefree, a new study has found.

Considering public health issues- the 22nd Public Health Summer School

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Leading international and New Zealand health experts will be in Wellington to participate in the 22nd Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington in February. The Public Health Summer School will be officially opened by the Minister of Health, Hon Dr David Clark on 7 February.

Predator Free 2050 has major benefits for human health


Monday, 15 January 2018

The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says University of Otago, Wellington public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre.

Revelations on International Pathology Day at the Wellington campus


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Wellington campus systems engineer Ricardo Batista, took time out from investigating the innards of computers to find out more about what made him tick from colleagues in that campus’ Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine on International Pathology Day.

How do firearms, floods and flu impact public health?


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Firearms and public health, impacts of New Zealand’s most common natural hazard - flooding, and lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic are just some of the courses and seminar talks being offered by the University of Otago, Wellington’s Public Health Summer School.

Students scoop awards in Wellington ceremony


Monday, 11 December 2017

Top-ranking medical and radiation therapy students enjoyed their own version of the red carpet at the University’s Wellington campus 2017 Awards Ceremony at the Roxy Theatre last month.

Otago health researchers gain career development awards


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international progress in these areas.

Improving assessment of acute abdominal pain


Friday, 6 October 2017

Surgical admissions for people with abdominal pain to Wellington Hospital’s department of general surgery have nearly doubled over the past decade, a University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) study has found.

Book shines spotlight on our cities

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A new book sets out important ideas for helping New Zealand cities resolve the challenges of providing quality, affordable housing, designing healthy transport systems and dealing with climate change.

New medical device for brain monitoring at the bedside

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Monday, 18 September 2017

A University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) team has been awarded an MBIE Endeavour grant this week to develop a non-invasive and cost-effective device to diagnose and treat stroke and other brain injuries.

Study shows most NZ playgrounds lack smokefree signs

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

A new study of the smokefree signs at 63 New Zealand playgrounds has found that less than half of the playgrounds (44 per cent) had any such signs. Even when present, many of the signs were small and poorly designed, with some being only postcard sized.

Quitline is good value-for-money - new study

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Monday, 21 August 2017

A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found New Zealand’s Quitline service is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and even saves the health system money.

Rental Warrant of Fitness for Wellington

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced.

Obstetric providers need greater support for new prenatal screening test

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Friday, 4 August 2017

A new study shows most New Zealand obstetric providers need more support when providing a revolutionary genetic prenatal screening test because of its complexity and because it is not publicly funded.

Centre for Translational Physiology launched at Wellington campus


Thursday, 3 August 2017

The University of Otago officially opened its Centre for Translational Physiology (CTP)/Te Whaiaroaro Whakawhiti at the Wellington campus this week – with those involved believing the facility could help Otago researchers lead the world in solving major health problems.

New Centre for Translational Physiology launched in Wellington

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Monday, 31 July 2017

A unique centre that will forge new links between health researchers and clinicians, working on solutions for complex diseases such as diabetes, obesity and stroke, is being launched at the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) this week.

Research to help patients with acute abdominal pain


Monday, 17 July 2017

A PhD candidate at the University’s Wellington campus believes the way acute abdominal pain is diagnosed can be improved, and that the process for patients who need surgery can be sped up.

Pathways to achieve Smokefree NZ – new study

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

New modelling research has shown the major ways for reducing smoking on the path to New Zealand’s smokefree goal by 2025. University of Otago, Wellington researchers are calling for these new measures to be considered by the New Zealand Government.

Stomach cancer programme part of HRC funding haul


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A five-year programme to examine ways of reducing the burden of stomach cancer in New Zealand has received support in the latest Health Research Council (HRC) funding round announced last week, along with 18 other Otago projects.

Setting the world on a course toward sustainable development

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Not all good policies, in isolation, lead to an overall good outcome. Interactions and linkages between policies are what will lead us towards a more sustainable world, according to a new International Council for Science (ICSU) report.

New appointment for the University of Otago in Tairāwhiti

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Dr Diana Kopua (nee Rangihuna) has been appointed to the new part-time role of Associate Dean, Tairāwhiti, by the University of Otago, Wellington. She will be providing support for all Otago students in the Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) region, including Wairoa. 

Improvements to healthcare system needed to manage multimorbidity

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Living with multiple health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, is a challenge for increasing numbers of New Zealanders. New research led by the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified issues and improvements needed in the health care system to help patients with multimorbidity (multiple health conditions), their supporters and health care providers.

Probiotics may reduce risk of gestational diabetes

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington has found that a ‘home-grown’ naturally occurring probiotic reduces the risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and lowers fasting blood sugar.

Health Research Council supports Otago researchers

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Several University of Otago researchers have gained feasibility grants from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) in its latest funding round. The HRC yesterday announced a combined total of $2 million worth of these grants, up from $1.05 million in 2016.

New research towards a Smokefree Wellington

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers.