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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


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Health Sciences
Host campus
Wellington; Dunedin; Christchurch
Preventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin); Population Health (Christchurch); Public Health (Wellington)
Cristina Cleghorn, Christina McKerchar


Applications are invited for a Masters scholarship to undertake research on how to support Māori to have sustainable and healthy kai, what interventions and policies Māori would respond to, as well as any current barriers to shifting dietary intake.

Eating healthy kai is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

Differences in dietary intake have contributed to differences in health outcomes between Māori and non-Māori so it is essential that dietary interventions and policies to be implemented in Aotearoa are as acceptable and effective for Māori as non-Māori.

The successful candidate should have experience or interest in public health, nutrition, health equity or social justice, and have high levels of cultural competence for working with Māori. Ideally, the candidate will have some previous experience in qualitative research.

Applicants must meet University of Otago and Departmental requirements for entry into Masters study.


Christina McKerchar

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