Tuesday, 30 June 2020
University of Otago, Wellington infectious diseases expert Professor Michael Baker has received almost $5 million from the Health Research Council for a programme investigating the connection between infectious diseases and long-term conditions, something he was planning well prior to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Thursday, 18 June 2020
University of Otago researchers have discovered some of the secrets to longevity with new research revealing not smoking and being social engaged throughout older age are common traits of New Zealand centenarians.
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
There continues to be a high rate of suicide among older New Zealand men and an Otago psychogeriatrician says more needs to be done to understand why and to help prevent this occurring.
Friday, 6 December 2019
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care shows New Zealand has failed to protect a generation of children and alternatives to foster care need to be seriously considered, an Otago researcher says.
Thursday, 17 October 2019
The impact of legalising euthanasia will be devastating on older people, the poor and disabled, according to two University of Otago psychiatrists who are calling on their colleagues both in New Zealand and internationally to oppose the move.
Thursday, 8 August 2019
Stereotypically viewed as passive and immobile, a University of Otago pilot study has shown the powerful influence music and dance can have on older adults with dementia.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
University of Otago psychiatry experts are concerned some medications used to treat anxiety may appear ineffective because they are not being tested in appropriate patients.
Friday, 21 December 2018
A University of Otago study examining the ability of measures to predict death-by-suicide highlights multiple problems with current mental health treatment models.
Friday, 30 November 2018
Pain is an extremely common condition and increasing in prevalence in New Zealand, University of Otago researchers say.
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people’s mental health.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Society must take collective responsibility to reduce the harm caused by alcohol use disorders, a University of Otago academic says.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
As New Zealand’s population gets older, the number of people with dementia will rise, but also the number of older people with other mental health issues and addiction problems, a Dunedin geriatrician says.
Friday, 23 February 2018
Ongoing contact between health professionals and patients is likely to have more of an impact in helping to reduce suicide death rates than a perfectly completed risk assessment tool, University of Otago psychological experts say.
Friday, 25 September 2015
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.
Monday, 28 July 2014
An online video-based system that allows students and tutors to separately critique a patient interview won the second annual CALT awards held recently.
Friday, 16 September 2011
A pilot University of Otago study investigating factors that contribute to birth satisfaction for first time New Zealand mothers has led to a bigger nationwide study examining how birth preparation impacts on birth satisfaction.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
A new wide-ranging study by the University of Otago, Wellington has shown that men with common mental disorders, such as depression or anxiety, are more likely than women with those disorders to have difficulties with social and role functioning.