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CARE research

Woman reading a book on a couch imageCARE conducts research in gerontology—the study of ageing in all its aspects. Gerontology is becoming increasingly important in developed countries, including New Zealand, because of our ageing populations.

The CARE network concentrates on three areas of research strength:

  • Physical health
  • Brain health
  • Social and policy development

Our network of CARE researchers have expertise in:

  • Coastal community church imageBiomedical sciences
  • Clinical practice
  • Population and community health
  • Indigenous health
  • Social sciences
  • Rural health
  • Health service provision

Researchers have comprehensive local, national, and international collaborative relationships. This will bring significant benefit to New Zealand in public policy, commerce, the health sector and local communities.

View Our people to learn more about our researchers' fields, and depth of expertise.

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Current funded research

Ageing and work: Best practices for supporting individuals to work longer

Dr Paula O'Kane, along with Co-Investigators Associate Professor Sara Walton and Dr Diane Ruwhiu have a University of Otago Research Grant to support this work.

An exploration of how one small rural town responds to health challenges and generates health and well-being: A pilot study

Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye, Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble, and Associate Professor Lincoln Woods have secured a University of Otago Research Grant to investigate.

Does high-intensity exercise improve markers of osteosarcopenia in middle-aged adults?

Professor Debra Waters has attracted a University of Otago Research Grant to explore this hypothesis.

Predictors and impact of driving cessation on older adults and whānau/families (NZPATHS)

Dr Rebecca McLean, Principal Investigator, and Co-Investigators Professor Jennie Connor, Professor Ngaire Kerse, Professor Jean Shope, Professor Sue Crengle, Associate Professor Joanne Taylor and Dr Claire Cameron have been awarded a Health Research Council of New Zealand Project Grant to explore this topic.

Taurite Tū–Falls Prevention exercise programme targeting and engaging Māori

Professor Debra Waters has attracted Health Research Council of New Zealand Ngā Kanohi Kitea Full Project funding in collaboration with Dr Katrina Bryant, Professor Leigh Hale and Te Rūnanga ō Ōtākou Marae.

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Research students

CARE researchers provide academic supervision to a number of students conducting research studies.

Associate Professor Chrystal Jaye, CARE Director

  • Anna Askerud, PhD: The impact of personalised care plans on delivery of long term condition care
  • Sharnee Diamond, 2019 Summer Scholarship: Ageing in rural communities: Access to specialized support
  • Paula Whitelock, PhD: The impact of pet euthanasia on attitudes toward human euthanasia
  • Dr Janine Winters, PhD: The effects to the doctor of administering euthanasia
  • Jessica Young, PhD: Agency, power and the reasoning of dying New Zealanders considering assisted dying

Associate Professor Yoram Barak

  • Claudia Ammann, PhD: The Intergenerational Moral Contract
  • Dana Fridman, PhD: Designing Web-Based Interventions to Reduce Loneliness
  • Nurrul Johari, MD College Project: Successful Ageing
  • Yvette Hall, DSM Summer Research: Older Adults Abuse

Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble

  • Rhonda Johnson, MHealSc: How can hospitals plan for utilisation expectancy for resident adults over 65 years for the next 10 years in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes regions?
  • Hui Xiao, PhD: Factors influencing ageing well amongst older New Zealand men: A study of urban and rural areas of Otago and Southland Regions. (Primary Supervisor Professor David Baxter, Advisor Lizhou Liu)

Dr Meredith Perry

  • Julia Law: Pre-registration health professionals’ attitudes and behaviours towards tangata whaikaha (Māori with disability)
  • Duncan Drysdale: Developing a supported playgroup for children of Pacific families
  • Saskia van der Wilt: Physiotherapists use of green-space for life long health conditions
  • Sadhana Ravichandran: Pre-registration health professionals’ knowledge and understanding of disability concepts
  • Donna Smith: Sharing the burden – Do caregivers with children with disability find babywearing a useful tool?
  • Miranda Vriend: What support is helpful in managing concussion? Exploring the views of New Zealand adults with concussion experience
  • Celia Monk: Physiotherapists supporting self-management in people with low back pain
  • Lizz Carrington: Determining the utility of play based exercise programmes in green and blue spaces for children with disabilities
  • Gail Donaldson: Use of silicone oil for the management of hand injuries

Professor Debra Waters

  • Renee Hamel, PhD International student: Impact of cardiovascular and respiratory deconditioning on physical activity in outpatient adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury
  • Sarah Rhodes, PhD: Can physical activity intervention and/or text messaging improve functional exercise capacity and self-efficacy in adults with OSA?
  • Lara Vlietstra, PhD International student: Screening and treating pro-dromal sarcopenia in middle-aged adults
  • Troy Ruhe, PhD HRC PhD Pacific Student Scholarship: Physical activity and health within Pacific communities: The Niu Movement

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Postgraduate research opportunities

Pacific graduate with family imageIf you are a postgraduate student with an interest in ageing-related research visit our database for research opportunities across all our University of Otago campuses:

Postgraduate research opportunities database