Tuesday, 28 April 2020 11:02am
With a lack of CoVID-19 circulating in our community, fewer other viruses and bacteria than usual, and good systems for detection and contact tracing in place, it is as safe as it has ever been for children to attend school.
Friday, 24 April 2020 12:15pm
The first wide-ranging survey of New Zealand military personnel shows many suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) though greater length of service, psychological flexibility (resilience) and quality sleep may be protective factors.
Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:15am
Most infectious diseases have an Achilles heel, the secret is to find it. The question is, if we don’t have a drug or a vaccine for COVID-19, is there something else we can do to beat it?
Friday, 13 March 2020 4:17pm
China, Taiwan and other Asian countries have shown that a massive public health response to COVID-19 works. Now is the time for New Zealand to do the same.
Thursday, 23 January 2020 9:34am
Increased uptake of plant-based diets in New Zealand could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while greatly improving population health and saving the healthcare system billions of dollars in the coming decades, according to a new University of Otago study.
Monday, 13 January 2020 9:16am
The Otago Global Health Institute, a flagship research centre of the University of Otago, is investing in new research initiatives in collaboration with the Fiji National University and the National University of East Timor to help address health problems in these countries.
Thursday, 9 January 2020 2:39pm
The sale of tobacco only through liquor stores, petrol stations or pharmacies would considerably reduce the overall availability of tobacco and assist the Government in achieving its 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research shows.
Monday, 23 December 2019 4:02pm
Sometimes things happen that are so tragic, so traumatic, there is no way to forget them.
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 4:51pm
Thirty University of Otago academics have been promoted to the position of professor this year.
Monday, 9 December 2019 10:11am
We are super proud to announce that our Director Dr Emma Wyeth has been promoted to Associate Professor!
Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:15am
Introducing flexible sigmoidoscopy screening into the national bowel screening programme would significantly reduce both the incidence and mortality of bowel cancer in New Zealand, new University of Otago research reveals.
Thursday, 7 November 2019 9:14am
Convenience store owners who lack knowledge of the e-cigarettes they sell may undermine, rather than support, smoking cessation.
Friday, 25 October 2019 9:38am
The cost of diabetes-related hospital admissions to Dunedin and Southland Hospitals for the 2016/2017 financial year was $41 million, new University of Otago research reveals.
Social audit as a social accountability mechanism for strengthening governance and service delivery in Nepal
Friday, 11 October 2019 9:57am
Social audit is a mechanism used to hold frontline health service providers accountable. This study explored the role of social audit in facilitating direct accountability between service providers and community.
Friday, 13 September 2019 12:23pm
Having a clear goal to make people’s lives better has helped earn Professor Richie Poulton Otago's prestigious Distinguished Research Medal for 2019.
Monday, 9 September 2019 12:02pm
I tērā wiki i whakanui mātou Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.
Tuesday, 27 August 2019 8:55am
New Zealand’s adult-centred health system appears ill-equipped to meet the needs of chronically sick young people, a University of Otago study has found.
Monday, 5 August 2019 2:50pm
RNZ interview with Dr Kaaren Mathias CIH Adjunct Research Fellow based in India. Dr Kaaren Mathias is medical doctor who's been living in India since 2006. She's working in community health and development as well as being involved in a number of other projects helping to improve both the physical and mental health of the people in communities in Uttarakhand.
Friday, 26 July 2019 12:31pm
A ground-breaking University of Otago study has found Māori experience disproportionately higher rates of subsequent injuries within two years of their initial injury.
Friday, 19 July 2019 9:23am
New research about an old vaccine – one that has been in use for nearly 100 years – has not only shown how effective it is but also suggests it improves our immune response to a wider range of bacteria than originally intended.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 8:59am
National Bowel Screening age limit harms Māori - Dr Sue Crengle talks to the ODT
Thursday, 27 June 2019 1:49pm
Māori researchers from the University of Otago have been granted more than $3 million in funding from the Health Research Council (HRC) to tackle a wide range of projects ranging from water safety to disability support access for Māori - including our very own Dr Emma Wyeth.
Monday, 24 June 2019 1:44pm
We were so privileged to host the fantastic Dr Donna Cormack last Monday who presented about data (in)justice and Māori data sovereignty in a datafied world.
Friday, 7 June 2019 9:50am
Employees turning up to work hungover, or not turning up at all, cost New Zealand $1.65 billion per year, a University of Otago study has found.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:56pm
An occupational therapist who aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities is one of several University of Otago early-stage researchers who have together been awarded more than $1.7 million in Health Research Council funding.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 2:42pm
For the second year in a row there has been a reduction in the number of confirmed cases of HIV in New Zealand.
Friday, 10 May 2019 10:52am
Joyce Guo and Noeline Venter were among 10 University of Otago students who were selected to present their research at the 248th scientific meeting of the Otago Medical School Research Society.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019 2:14pm
Our two assistant research fellows Vicky Nelson and Georgia McCarty flew the ditch last week to go the the 17th Qualitative Methods Conference in Brisbane.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 2:33pm
Researchers from the Otago Global Health Institute have secured funding from the e-Asia Joint Research Programme and the Health Research Council of New Zealand to help improve the management of tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia.
Friday, 5 April 2019 11:41am
We held our inaugural Annual Departmental Awards Dinner in February. At this event, seven members of staff were acknowledged for their contributions within the Department to improving and protecting public health, locally and globally, through excellence in teaching, research, or service.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:28pm
Local governments are failing to consult meaningfully with Māori when it comes to liquor licensing legislation, new research from the University of Otago has found.
Monday, 25 March 2019 9:14am
NTMHRU Assistant Research Fellow - Māori health, Ms Vicky Nelson (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Ruanui), presented at the In-house Convention. Vicky presented on a research project that herself and Associate Professor Sue Crengle (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) are conducting this year, titled 'Rangatahi Primary Mental Health - A Kaupapa Māori Approach to Identifying the Gaps and Needs'
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:46am
We hosted the fantastic Dr Rawiri Jansen today who gave a talk to our PUBH304 tauira on the hauora kaupapa Waitangi Tribunal Claim.
Monday, 18 February 2019 10:40am
Last week, our director, Dr Emma Wyeth, was fortunate enough to attend the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Principal Investigators' Wānanga at the beautiful Rānana up the Whanganui River.
Thursday, 13 December 2018 9:05am
The first PhD student to graduate from the University of Otago’s Centre for International Health (CIH) has been named the most influential woman in the education and training sector of business and government in part of Africa.
Friday, 7 December 2018 11:41am
A study spanning ten years has found alcohol policy reform implemented by the University of Otago probably contributed to a change in the drinking culture of the student population.
Thursday, 6 December 2018 12:26pm
Samuel Carrington is currently underway with his master’s project exploring Māori understandings of antimicrobial resistance using a One Health approach.
Thursday, 29 November 2018 9:45am
Older adults diagnosed with dementia are frequently being prescribed potentially inappropriate medications, which leaves them at risk of delirium, worsening cognitive impairment, and increased mortality, a University of Otago study has found.
Thursday, 22 November 2018 5:05pm
The true burden of rheumatic fever in New Zealand may be underestimated because serology cut-off guidelines are too high resulting in undercounting about 16 cases annually, new collaborative research has found.
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 4:11pm
Spiritual care must be integrated into health system care plans, policies and training in order to reflect national guidelines and strategies more effectively, according to University of Otago researchers.
Monday, 5 November 2018 9:15am
Driving anxiety is experienced by many older adults in New Zealand, especially among women and those aged over 70, recent collaborative research shows.
Thursday, 1 November 2018 9:21am
Most New Zealanders support some form of euthanasia or assisted dying, a review of 20 years’ research into Kiwis’ attitudes to euthanasia by University of Otago researchers reveals.
Friday, 5 October 2018 12:44pm
There are often delays in diagnosis for New Zealanders with bowel cancer with people aged under 60, Māori and those with less formal education most at risk, new research reveals.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 10:16am
New University of Otago research shows infants using popular anti-reflux medicines like omeprazole are not at increased risk of pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections, contrary to findings from other international studies.
Thursday, 13 September 2018 9:38am
Congratulations to our Director Emma Wyeth who has been promoted to Senior Lecturer above the bar in Hauora Māori.
Thursday, 13 September 2018 4:41pm
Earlier this week the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit’s new space was officially opened.
Friday, 7 September 2018 11:57am
A poster summarising the longitudinal studies of Māori Injury and Disability.
Friday, 7 September 2018 11:56am
We are so excited that this week is te reo o te wiki (te reo Māori language week). The week runs from September 10th – 16th and we are all challenging each other and you to kōrero te reo Māori (speak te reo Māori) as much as possible not only this week but all year!
Thursday, 6 September 2018 4:02pm
Changing the way tobacco is sold is a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research suggests.
Thursday, 2 August 2018 9:36am
The McAuley Professor of International Health at the University of Otago is labelling the findings of new international collaborative research a step forward in the fight to eliminate the world’s top infectious disease killer, tuberculosis.
Friday, 27 July 2018 9:40am
University of Otago experts in addiction medicine and the health effects of alcohol are questioning what the barriers are to Government action on reducing alcohol-related harm and calling for change.
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 2:48pm
Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:46am
The Primary Care Exhibition was showcased at the Hocken Library this month focusing on "different areas such as health promotion, disease prevention, disgnosis, treatment, deinstitutionalisation - thinking about hospitals like Seacliff - mental health, community health and Māori health".
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:03am
There has been a significant reduction in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand over the past year.
Monday, 18 June 2018 1:21pm
Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates our outstanding researchers on their HRC funding success
Friday, 15 June 2018 11:48am
We are pleased to welcome Fran to the NTMHRU team as a Professional Practice Fellow.
Monday, 11 June 2018 11:49am
The Expert Advisory Rōpū met for the first time today.
Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:07pm
Sarah Donald has received a prize in the 2018 Dunedin School of Medicine postgraduate poster competition for a poster which outlines the process of generating a pregnancy cohort for medicine utilisation and safety studies in New Zealand.
Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:59am
A University of Otago-led Citizens’ Jury on euthanasia could not reach agreement about whether it should be legalised, highlighting complexities around the debate.
Monday, 21 May 2018 3:23pm
The goal of eliminating the top infectious disease killer in the world, tuberculosis, among Māori has earned University of Otago researcher Professor Philip Hill $250,000 from the Health Research Council to undertake a feasibility study.
Thursday, 17 May 2018 7:59am
A researcher aiming to develop an early-detection genetic-based test for bowel cancer is one of several University of Otago researchers who have been awarded almost $1.5 million in Health Research Council funding.
Monday, 14 May 2018 11:58am
Emma Wyeth and Georgia McCarty recently attended the Toi Tū Te Whānau, Toi Tū Te Kāwai Whakapapa: A Workshop on Whānau and Whakapapa for Public Policy.
Saturday, 12 May 2018 11:50am
Congratulations to Shawnee for graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.
Friday, 4 May 2018 10:40am
New Zealand prescribers do not always follow guidelines when prescribing other medicines to patients taking simvastatin, according to University of Otago researchers from the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network.
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 9:21am
Injuries impact on the financial well-being of older workers with substantial lost earnings of between 20 and 30 per cent of their work income, new University of Otago research reveals.
Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:37am
There needs to be more commitment by local government to help achieve central government’s Smokefree 2025 goal, new University of Otago research shows.
Friday, 9 March 2018 11:05am
Otago researchers are helping lead a major international project to determine what the main causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are and how they should be treated.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 9:41pm
The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:24am
The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.
Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:56pm
School teachers were among the majority of frontline workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the Christchurch earthquakes, new University of Otago research shows.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 2:48pm
Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 10:38am
A final report on the unethical clinical study conducted by Dr Herbert Green at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland from the 1960s to the 1980s, known widely as the “Unfortunate Experiment”, has just been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 11:42am
Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.
Thursday, 1 February 2018 2:49pm
Fit children whose fitness improves during childhood and adolescence have better lung function as young adults, according to a University of Otago-led study.
Thursday, 1 February 2018 11:50am
We are pleased to welcome on board two new Assistant Research Fellows, Vicky Nelson and Georgia McCarty.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 1:52pm
Otago Medical School graduates undertook their oath on 9 December 2017 as part of their graduation ceremonies.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 10:39am
A University of Otago survey of 1000 employers and employees in New Zealand has found that many things can go wrong at work social events when alcohol is involved.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 3:22pm
DSM warmly congratulates recipients of Dean's Bequest Round 2018
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:53am
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.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:03am
New Zealand regulations around commercial sunbeds have been tightened in recent years, but they can be purchased on TradeMe where no regulations apply at all, according on to ongoing University of Otago research.
Friday, 8 September 2017 3:32pm
A Healthier Lives National Science Challenge study using New Zealand linked datasets reveals the impact of residential housing damage from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease.
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 4:23pm
The first annual symposium of the Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST) took place at Hunter Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, on 29 August 2017. The theme was "Implementing Integrated Care".
Monday, 28 August 2017 11:28am
A national study is being used to consider a liquor store proposal close to the University of Otago
Tuesday, 8 August 2017 4:29pm
Nicola Beatson of the Department of Accountancy and Finance clearly has a knack for presenting her research in just 180 seconds.
Monday, 31 July 2017 3:37pm
New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, do not appear to have a higher risk of acute kidney damage than those taking a lower dose, according to University of Otago researchers from the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network.
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:18pm
Young people more often discourage smoking among their peers than encourage it, new University of Otago research suggests.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 4:31pm
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.
Thursday, 15 June 2017 9:23am
The University of Otago’s Dr Lianne Parkin and colleagues will receive a Health Research Council grant to investigate whether particular drugs used to treat a common lung disease put people at greater risk of heart attacks.
Friday, 2 June 2017 4:48pm
Dramatically changing the way tobacco is sold will be a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, according to new University of Otago research that examined the views of smokefree experts throughout New Zealand.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 9:28am
Figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago show that in 2016, 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand – the highest number ever diagnosed in any one year since monitoring of the epidemic began in 1985.
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:46am
One in three New Zealand women have had the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia by the age of 38 as have one in five men, based on estimates from a new study.
Thursday, 4 May 2017 12:09pm
Off-label use of proton pump inhibitors is common among New Zealand infants, according to new University of Otago research.
Sunday, 23 April 2017 4:44pm
The health of migrants moving to New Zealand from South Asian countries is the focus for a University of Otago research fellow.
Sunday, 16 April 2017 4:47pm
David McBride speaks out about supporting front-line workers dealing with earthquakes and other disasters.
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 2:36pm
Māori experience considerable longer-term disability after injury, new University of Otago analysis of patient-reported and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) data shows.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 4:49pm
A study of the support and treatment of Māori men with prostate cancer involving University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers has received more than $500,000.
Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm
University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:49pm
The NZ AIDS Foundation has just announced staff cut-backs as it struggles with effects of the eight-year funding freeze forced on it by the Ministry of Health which hasn't allowed for the erosion of capacity by inflation.
Friday, 3 March 2017 3:14pm
A world expert in cancer screening based at the University of Otago says new evidence from the United Kingdom strongly supports the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for bowel cancer in New Zealand rather than the currently planned screening approach.
Thursday, 2 March 2017 4:32pm
Researchers from University of Otago are among the first recipients of two new grants from PHARMAC and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).
Monday, 27 February 2017 4:44pm
The Timor-Leste Prime Minister, who is a University of Otago alumnus, will visit the campus this week to explore possible collaborative projects.
Thursday, 23 February 2017 2:59pm
The University’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study has settled into a new purpose-built home ready to begin another round of testing as the first of its cohort of Study Members turns 45.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 9:38am
The study, led by Dr Rose Richards of the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit, shows a third of women and a quarter of men searching for cancer information over the past year.
Sunday, 8 January 2017 3:39pm
Doctors are at loggerheads over changes to New Zealand's cervical screening programme, with one saying more women will die.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 4:28pm
A generous University of Otago Department has issued a challenge for next Christmas: instead of holding a “Secret Santa”, why not instead donate something to those less fortunate.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:16am
The mystery of why Southland has the highest rates of bowel cancer in New Zealand, and among the highest in the world, may soon be revealed.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 2:25pm
Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.
Sunday, 11 December 2016 4:51pm
Dr Richard Egan, fresh from the NZ Gerontology Nursing Conference, joins Wallace Chapman on RNZ National to talk about how we care for our elderly and what we should be doing differently.
Friday, 9 December 2016 12:28pm
A 20-minute procedure called flexible sigmoidoscopy can reduce the subsequent risk of bowel cancer by 43 per cent.
Monday, 5 December 2016 4:03pm
A novel Otago-led prediabetes pilot project has won an Excellence in Innovation award at the recent Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Health Awards.
Friday, 2 December 2016 3:24pm
There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.
Friday, 2 December 2016 3:18pm
Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 4:03pm
Southerners have one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world and a bowel cancer screening programme will be rolled out in the region in 2017–18. The screening program will be for people aged 60–74, but Bowel Cancer New Zealand believes it should be for people aged 50–74.
Monday, 28 November 2016 1:17pm
The University of Otago received a three-year NZD $439,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Professor John Crump and collaborators at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Duke University to study severe typhoid fever in northern Tanzania.
Friday, 11 November 2016 1:49pm
A public health academic is warning the government's Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms could cause more emergencies like Havelock North's water contamination.
Thursday, 10 November 2016 1:48pm
Media release from University of Otago Environmental Health lecturer Alex MacMillanUniversity of Otago senior lecturer in Environmental Health Dr Alex Macmillan comments on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill before Parliament
Monday, 7 November 2016 4:10pm
An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.
Friday, 23 September 2016 11:32am
There are significant demographic and regional disparities in the use of insulin pumps in New Zealand, according to new University of Otago research.
Friday, 23 September 2016 10:32am
The provision of publicly-funded hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) procedures varies between District Health Boards (DHBs) and national rates have not increased since 2007, new University of Otago research has found.
Thursday, 22 September 2016 2:28pm
The "appalling fiasco" in Havelock North where thousands of people became ill from contaminated water is likely to be repeated in other parts of New Zealand, Professor Sir David Skegg said yesterday before giving an inaugural lecture on the state of public health in New Zealand.
Monday, 29 August 2016 11:11am
Despite major achievements arising from the past use of vaccines, including the eradication of smallpox, there is no room for complacency over the continuing need to vaccinate.
Monday, 29 August 2016 10:38am
Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests.
Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:35am
Alcohol consumption has a direct link to the cause of cancer, according to University of Otago professors.
Friday, 5 August 2016 12:26pm
Weight control attempts by middle-aged New Zealand women are not linked with change in weight three years later, according to new University of Otago research.
Friday, 22 July 2016 2:34pm
University of Otago researcher Professor Jennie Connor’s new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast.
Monday, 11 July 2016 4:21pm
Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies, according to a new University of Otago study.
Monday, 11 July 2016 9:08am
A coalition of experts on tropical infectious diseases led by the University of Otago’s Professor John Crump, Co-Director of the Centre for International Health, has secured around NZD $450,000 to study causes of fever and how patients with fever are managed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).
Monday, 11 July 2016 10:05am
Associate Professor Tony Reeder presents 'Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid' in both Wellington and Auckland, in August as part of the University of Otago 2016 Winter Lecture Series.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 4:16pm
As a volunteer on the Bowel Cancer New Zealand executive, Preventive and Social Medicine’s Associate Professor Sarah Derrett has discovered the motivating power of being part of a passionate group of people with clear, shared goals.
Monday, 27 June 2016 3:05pm
Drinking alcohol increases the risk of several types of cancer, and was responsible for 236 cancer deaths under 80 years of age in New Zealand in 2012, according to a new study at the University of Otago.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 2:30pm
University of Otago researchers have been awarded around $43.8M in new health research funding to support their world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.
Thursday, 9 June 2016 9:12am
A world-renowned New Zealand longitudinal study researcher; a molecular biology pioneer and mentor; and two talented up-and-coming researchers from the University of Otago have received Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) awards for an outstanding contribution to health research excellence, leadership, and impact last evening.
Monday, 6 June 2016 11:36am
Professor John Broughton has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori health, theatre, and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 9:23am
224 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand in 2015 — a similarly high figure to last year — according to data released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group based at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 3:05pm
Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit is delighted with our recent success at the Health Research Excellence Awards ceremony highlighting our strong reputation for research excellence.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:58pm
Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.
Sunday, 1 May 2016 4:09pm
Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:59am
Central government agencies on both sides of the Tasman have scored poorly in a University of Otago study of e-government responsiveness published online by Government Information Quarterly, the top ranked journal in the field.
Friday, 1 April 2016 2:39pm
The "explicit rationing" of joint-replacement surgery in Otago is worsening, and patients should look to other methods of funding their surgery, a research paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal says.
Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:25am
A University of Otago study that involved unobtrusively observing the sun-protective practices of students and staff at the sports days of 10 Dunedin secondary schools last summer has found them sorely lacking.
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 9:07am
Otago research into the health of Kiwi Vietnam War veterans is sparking hope it will help them get better treatment.
Friday, 11 March 2016 9:10am
The Minister of Health’s announcement of the introduction within two years of a new test for cervical cancer to replace the current screening method poses a risk to “our well-established, high-quality” screening programme, say leading New Zealand experts and researchers in the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) this week.
Monday, 7 March 2016 12:20pm
A vaccine against pneumococcal disease, which is a major killer of children in Africa, has cut the disease rate by more than half, new research has found.
Friday, 19 February 2016 12:29pm
An effective national bowel screening programme involving a single test, a sigmoidoscopy, could be introduced in New Zealand within 12 months.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 4:16pm
A new study has found almost twice the number of people who served in Vietnam have been admitted to hospital with alcohol related mental disorders, compared with people who didn't go to the war.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 4:17pm
New Zealand should do more to protect the health of Vietnam War veterans, after new research showed they face much higher risks of chronic kidney failure and a damaging lung disease.
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:20pm
The University of Otago is joining forces with Queen’s University in Canada to collaborate in research aimed at enhancing veterans’ health.
Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:08pm
New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 16 November 2015 1:48pm
Mass throat swabbing will not be enough to combat rheumatic fever and might not even work, a report says.
Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:01pm
Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed.
Friday, 25 September 2015 12:34pm
A twelve-month University of Otago evaluation study of people being treated for alcohol and drug dependency at The Salvation Army Bridge Treatment Programme reports that client recovery outcomes match leading treatment programmes internationally.
Friday, 4 September 2015 11:14am
New University of Otago research suggests a need for greater monitoring of pharmaceutical advertising in New Zealand to ensure that the therapeutic claims they make are justified.
Thursday, 13 August 2015 1:37pm
Mixing alcohol and sex then regretting the consequences sounds like young people’s behaviour. However, a new study from the University of Otago shows that drinking alcohol before sex is still common as people approach middle age, and it still has an impact on their health and wellbeing.
Thursday, 6 August 2015 1:59pm
Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new University of Otago research.
Tuesday, 4 August 2015 3:39pm
Young New Zealand drivers who gain a time discount on their restricted licences for taking a defensive driving course (DDC) are more likely to be caught committing traffic offences once they are fully licensed, according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 3 August 2015 12:03pm
University of Otago researchers have been awarded $450,000 for research into the genetics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia and Myanmar.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 8:39am
An independent review of the population-based health funding formula is necessary to determine if there is systematic constraining of the Southern District Health Board, says health systems authority Professor Robin Gauld
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 8:46am
Responding to leaked documents obtained by the Labour party, Professor Robin Gauld of the Centre for Health Systems has highlighted the contradiction in the role of elected representatives on district health boards: they are elected by the public, but are legally accountable to the Minister of Health, not to the people who elect them.
Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:04pm
A systematic review involving researchers from the Centre of International Health and Department of Pathology, Christchurch, has identified major gaps in understanding the causes of severe febrile illness around the world
Monday, 6 July 2015 2:37pm
New Zealand’s largest tobacco company is not keeping the recommended retail pricing for its leading budget brand in line with tobacco excise tax increases, according to a new University of Otago study.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 4:02pm
A commissioner has been appointed to oversee the Southern District Health Board's financial position, but part of the board's deficit could arise out of discrepancies in the way funding is distributed between district health boards.
Friday, 19 June 2015 3:22pm
Staff at the National Poisons Centre based at the University of Otago are delighted to learn that the Ministry of Health has chosen Homecare Medical as the preferred provider for the National Telehealth Service.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 3:57pm
In a public lecture, Professor Robin Gauld of the Centre for Health Systems questions the cost and vulnerability of New Zealand's reliance on foreign-trained health professionals
Thursday, 4 June 2015 4:21pm
A study that will investigate older drivers in New Zealand, and the complex balance between maintaining mobility and maximising safety, is one 18 Health Research Council of New Zealand funding contracts granted to Otago.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 2:27pm
People who smoke cannabis as little as once a week are more likely to suffer respiratory symptoms such as morning cough, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing, according to University of Otago research.
Monday, 11 May 2015 5:25pm
Zoonoses - infectious diseases that can be passed between animals and humans - can have a substantial effect on both human and animal health, and yet the health burden due to these conditions in the tropics is often overlooked
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:50am
Edible gardens are taking off in New Zealand primary and secondary schools, presenting important new opportunities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption, new University of Otago research has found.
Friday, 6 March 2015 1:25pm
The University of Otago announced today that it has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to coordinate efforts in determining the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella disease, which are major causes of child death in sub-Saharan Africa.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:39am
The progress public tertiary education institutions (TEIs) have made towards becoming completely smokefree should encourage other New Zealand workplaces and institutions to follow suit, new University of Otago research suggests.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:00am
A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s health status, too, according to latest research out of the University of Otago.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 2:58pm
Infectious diseases and other health concerns arising at the interface between people, animals, and the environment, are the focus of the 7th annual conference of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) that begins tomorrow.
Friday, 19 September 2014 12:57pm
University of Otago researchers have contributed to evidence that cannabis smoking may increase the risk of lung cancer in heavy users.
Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:39pm
Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:36am
A randomised controlled trial conducted by staff at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine failed to show any effect of hand sanitiser use on school sick days.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 3:22pm
A global health expert says there is little risk of Ebola reaching New Zealand, but if the virus does arrive on our shores the country is prepared to deal with it.
Friday, 8 August 2014 3:31pm
New Zealand medical experts insist there's little chance of an Ebola outbreak in NZ.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 4:19pm
Schoolchildren who combine schoolwork with a part-time job do not appear to suffer from any long-term disadvantage, University of Otago research suggests.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 9:16am
University of Otago researchers’ analysis of 12 months of coverage of tobacco-control issues in New Zealand newspapers has found that these media outlets use a positive tone when covering actions to reduce smoking.
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:28am
Robin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, has been named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor.
Friday, 20 June 2014 3:52pm
A University of Otago researcher, along with only three other New Zealand scientists, has been included in a new list of the top 1% most-cited researchers in science around the globe.
Thursday, 19 June 2014 8:46am
New research from the University of Otago shows that reducing the minimum alcohol purchasing age to 18 in December 1999, was associated with an increase in assaults of 15-19 year-old males in New Zealand.
Monday, 9 June 2014 2:15pm
Researchers from the University of Otago have been awarded $1.19 million by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand to study the effects of the country’s new alcohol legislation.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014 5:00pm
A group of University of Otago health policy researchers, based in Dunedin and Christchurch, has called on the leading medical journal BMJ to be much more even handed in scrutinising the transparency of what it publishes.
International research coalition secures major funding for ‘One Health’ approach tackling animal-human disease spread
Thursday, 22 May 2014 3:25pm
A coalition of researchers working in northern Tanzania, including leading University of Otago and Massey University experts, has been awarded three grants collectively worth around NZ$8.8 million to study zoonotic infectious diseases among poor livestock keepers.
Monday, 19 May 2014 2:10pm
New University of Otago research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ.
Serious muscle damage risk from widely used cholesterol lowering drug very low in general population: Otago research
Friday, 16 May 2014 3:25pm
New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, have a greater risk of rhabdomyolysis than people taking a lower dose according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 12 May 2014 11:16am
Four University of Otago researchers have gained a total of around $550,000 to support their innovative studies in the latest funding announcement by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).
Thursday, 10 April 2014 4:46pm
Working with children in the Gambia, Dr Uzochukwu Egere is doing what he loves: caring for children and easing “the intolerable burden of disease” around him.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 3:25pm
New research from the University of Otago shows that a web-based self-assessment and feedback programme for students who drink hazardously produced only a modest reduction in alcohol consumption.
Widely used heartburn and peptic ulcer medicines increase risk of rare kidney disease: Otago research
Monday, 24 March 2014 3:25pm
New Zealanders taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a type of medicine used to treat gastric acid reflux disorders and peptic ulcer disease, are at an increased risk of a rare kidney disease, according to new findings by University of Otago researchers.
Friday, 21 March 2014 3:24pm
An international partnership forged by the University of Otago and University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in late 2012 is moving ahead in several directions, including research into the genetics of tuberculosis drug resistance.
Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:46am
In an article published today in the Otago Daily Times, Professor Jennie Connor explains that education and persuasian strategies are popular but ineffective ways to address alcohol problems.
Monday, 27 January 2014 11:46am
Smokers wanting to kick the habit needn’t be too worried about gaining a lot of weight after quitting, according to newly published University of Otago research.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 2:48pm
Introducing a highly effective one-off bowel cancer screening test could reduce rates of the deadly disease and alleviate the current over-supply of nursing graduates in New Zealand, according to a University of Otago researcher.
Saturday, 9 November 2013 3:21pm
Professor Kim Mulholland says Western governments and other organisations that are supporting vaccination programmes in developing countries should also ensure some key related research is undertaken.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 4:30pm
The internet could become a useful tool to improve the mental health and wellbeing of some New Zealand veterans after military service abroad, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine researcher Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja believes.
Monday, 2 September 2013 11:27am
Vietnam veterans who served from 1962-1971 have double the rate of chronic lymphatic leukaemia compared to the general population according to a new study by the University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.
Friday, 2 August 2013 3:25pm
Researchers at the University of Otago have found that many Māori are experiencing adverse outcomes three months after being injured.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 2:08pm
A leading University of Otago injury prevention researcher’s policy brief is casting doubt on increased penalties as the answer to reducing careless driving causing injury to vulnerable road users** (VRU) such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Friday, 19 July 2013 9:35am
People hospitalised with fever in Africa are most likely to be treated for malaria but, in some areas, nearly all of these patients are ill from a different infection, a new collaborative study led by a University of Otago researcher suggests.
Monday, 15 July 2013 10:02am
Alcohol is responsible for more than one-in-twenty deaths of New Zealanders aged under 80, new University of Otago research suggests.
Friday, 28 June 2013 11:36am
Genetic risk assessments could be used to predict which children with asthma are likely to grow out of the condition, and which will continue having symptoms as they grow older, new research emerging from the University of Otago’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggests.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 4:07pm
New Zealand is out of step with other countries in a lack of transparency about how some $9 billion of health funding is distributed each year, Centre for Health Systems researchers suggest.
Friday, 21 June 2013 1:09am
The University of Otago’s commercialisation arm, Otago Innovation Limited, has won a national award for its commercialisation of the National Poison Centre’s database, TOXINZ.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 2:20pm
The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Stephen Sowerby will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Portable soil-transmitted helminth monitoring to combat gastrointestinal parasites".
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 8:50am
New Zealand outdoor workers are generally poorly protected from solar UV radiation, with only around one-third wearing sunscreen or a suitably protective hat, according to a University of Otago study published in the latest issue of the international Journal of Occupational Health.
Monday, 18 March 2013 9:13am
New Zealanders who fall ill experience significantly worse financial and work outcomes than those with a comparable injury, according to new University of Otago research. Dr Sue McAllister of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine led the research for her PhD, conducting a comparative study of 109 people under the age of 65 years who had a stroke and compared their outcomes with 429 people who had a similarly debilitating injury.
Friday, 15 March 2013 9:04am
Before the Christchurch earthquakes, emergency preparedness at district health board-level in New Zealand faced challenges that they needed to overcome, suggests a University of Otago study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today. However, the study – the first to address the issue of strategic healthcare emergency preparedness in New Zealand - found that disaster preparedness was adequate to deal with a major emergency– as occurred in Christchurch.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 4:19pm
The private healthcare system relies on the public system when things go wrong, and should be more transparent about its fees, Prof Robin Gauld said in a lecture in Dunedin last night.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:04am
Motor vehicle crashes involving mothers-to-be account for more than half of all New Zealand’s foetal deaths due to maternal injury, new University of Otago research reveals. In the first-ever study to describe foetal mortality due to vehicle crashes in this country, an Otago injury prevention researcher shows that of the 41 foetal and newborn deaths due to maternal injury between 1997 and 2008, 21 involved motor vehicle collisions, according to narrative data on the foetal death certificate.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 9:52am
Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.
Friday, 15 February 2013 3:25pm
The more sex partners young adults have the more likely they are to go on to develop alcohol or cannabis dependence disorders in young adulthood, according to new University of Otago research.
Thursday, 7 February 2013 9:48am
A searchable online map showing where in New Zealand cyclists have been injured as a result of car doors opening has been created by University of Otago injury prevention researchers.
Friday, 14 December 2012 4:55pm
Storage foods for an emergency such as an earthquake that meet all daily energy requirements can cost as little as $2.22 per day according to a new study by the University of Otago, Wellington.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 9:58am
Public health researcher Professor Tony Blakely from the University of Otago, Wellington says the time for prevaricating about obesity is over with the release of latest child obesity figures by the Ministry of Health.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 3:25pm
Violent acts in James Bond films were more than twice as common in Quantum of Solace (2008) than in the original 1962 movie Dr No, University of Otago researchers have found.
Thursday, 6 December 2012 2:10pm
The largest and most complex survey of the New Zealand health workforce has just been completed showing good progress across many DHBs in the development and implementation of clinical governance by health professionals in public hospitals.
Friday, 23 November 2012 8:31am
Front-line rescue workers in Christchurch put their own needs and those of their families to one side to play a vital role during the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks, early results from a study into the occupational health of 600 emergency workers shows.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 7:59am
Many New Zealanders are not getting free prescriptions when they should and these people are likely to include our most vulnerable, new findings from an ongoing University of Otago and Victoria University study into equity in prescription medicine use suggest.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 3:25pm
A new in-depth analysis of sexual health clinic attendance and diagnoses during last year’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) reveals increased risk and harm for attendees who had sex related to this sporting event.
Friday, 12 October 2012 8:34am
University of Otago researchers have found that serious assaults in New Zealand have been steadily rising and are now at disturbingly high levels, especially among young males, Maori and Pacific people, and those from deprived neighbourhoods.
Friday, 5 October 2012 1:43pm
Around one-quarter of injury deaths in New Zealand could be prevented if alcohol use was removed from the combination of factors causing these injuries, a University of Otago researcher told the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held in Wellington this week.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:30am
Central government needs to take more responsibility for ensuring that New Zealand children are sun-safe while at school, according to University of Otago researchers.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 3:58pm
A major study by researchers from the Universities of Otago and Oxford has found that overweight and obese middle-aged women are at much higher risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots than women who are a healthy weight.
Friday, 10 February 2012 3:43pm
While New Zealand primary school students are benefiting from improved sun protection efforts over recent years, our schools still lag behind those of Australia in the ‘sun smart’ stakes, according to latest University of Otago research.
Thursday, 2 February 2012 3:47pm
New University of Otago research suggests that 6.5% of gay and bisexual men in Auckland have HIV, with a fifth (21%) of these unaware of their infection.
Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:49pm
Fourteen of the University of Otago’s leading academics are being promoted to full professorships.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 4:30pm
Upgrading playgrounds does not appear to be sufficient to help children become more active.
Friday, 9 December 2011 9:20am
New Zealand is named in a major international study involving the University of Otago as one of six states and countries which have no clear evidence of a decrease in child maltreatment over the past two decades.
Monday, 14 November 2011 9:21am
A University of Otago study has offered a working definition of spirituality to help healthcare professionals better understand its importance for those faced with illness and death in an age when fatal illnesses are often prolonged.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 9:22am
University of Otago researchers have received a Health Research Council of New Zealand and Ministry of Health partnership research grant to conduct an epidemiological study of the former Fruitgrowers Chemical Company site in Mapua.
Monday, 11 July 2011 9:24am
A promising University of Otago student who developed an innovative screening procedure to identify New Zealand army personnel most at risk of lower leg and back injuries has been recognised with a scholarship to develop her concept further.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011 9:13am
Little is known about the number of women in New Zealand who experience infertility; their use of health services and their knowledge and attitudes towards the condition and its treatment. Now, a University of Otago PhD student is seeking to shed some light on the situation through a survey of 2000 randomly selected women in Otago and Southland.
Tuesday, 5 July 2011 9:16am
Drinking by one or both partners increases levels of severity, anger and fear reported by victims of intimate partner aggression, according to a new study by University of Otago researchers.
Monday, 2 May 2011 8:51am
A paper published in the international scientific journal Drug & Alcohol Review examining the alcohol bill presently before Parliament argues that it falls well short of the major reform promised by government.
Friday, 22 April 2011 8:52am
New evidence that a combined oral contraceptive pill containing the progestogen hormone drospirenone appears to put women at higher risk of blood clots than older types containing levonorgestrel has just been published by researchers at the University of Otago and Boston University.
Monday, 17 January 2011 9:02am
Scientists at the University of Otago have found that regular consumption of school milk significantly reduced the risk of bowel cancer in adulthood.
Higher density of alcohol outlets related to increased risk of binge drinking and alcohol-related harm
Monday, 1 November 2010 4:04pm
University of Otago researchers have discovered an association between the number of liquor outlets within easy walking distance of home (1km) and the level of binge drinking and alcohol related harm reported in the community.
Friday, 8 October 2010 4:12pm
New Zealand university students who drink heavily report considerably more unsafe sex, unhappy sexual experiences and unwanted advances than their lightly drinking peers, according to a new survey of students at five universities.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 3:55pm
An informed public does not place personal privacy above societal benefits when it comes to using and linking health information for research, according to the outcome of deliberations by a citizens’ jury.
Monday, 29 March 2010 3:56pm
An innovative University of Otago research project aimed at improving the oral health of Māori children has gained $2,352,328 in funding from the New Zealand Health Research Council.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010 3:58pm
A new study at the University of Otago has some good news for parents worried that restricting TV viewing might make it more difficult for their children to relate to their friends.
Wednesday, 8 July 2009 3:29pm
Research points to need for greater awareness of melanoma risk for Māori.
Thursday, 2 July 2009 9:10am
The longstanding practice of wearing socks over shoes to prevent falls on icy slopes has been supported by an innovative study from the University of Otago.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009 3:37pm
Private surgery system works against the poor, study shows.
Thursday, 26 March 2009 4:22pm
The period before age 21 is a time of special risk for sexually transmitted infections for women, but not men, according to a new paper published by researchers from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.