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New Zealand housing lacking basic amenities, new report finds

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Thursday 13 May 2021

Five per cent of New Zealand houses lack at least one of six basic amenities including drinkable tap water, electricity, a toilet, and a kitchen sink, a new report from the He Kāinga Oranga Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

Investigating epilepsy in Māori

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Wednesday 5 May 2021

Understanding the reasons behind the higher burden of epilepsy experienced by Māori children is the focus of a Health Research Council (HRC) funded research project at the University of Otago, Wellington, led by PhD student and paediatric registrar Dr Ngaire Keenan.

Pūtea Tautoko steps up for Otago’s students

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Tuesday 4 May 2021

International PhD students Grace Duke and Jessica Valisa say the support they received from Otago’s Pūtea Tautoko fund has made it possible for them to finish their degrees.

Health sector not ready to provide best practice abortion care

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Friday 30 April 2021

Aotearoa achieved a major milestone in sexual and reproductive health and rights with the decriminalisation of abortion, but a University of Otago academic argues abortion care is still not being provided within the full extent of the law.

Summer research

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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Forty-five students from across the University have taken part in research projects on the Wellington campus over summer, tacking a wide range of projects, from researching green transport solutions to working with the Ministry of Health contributing to research on the COVID-19 response.

He Kete Kōrero – Autumn 2021

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Tuesday 27 April 2021

Welcome to the Autumn 2021 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

EDOR welcomes health system reforms

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Thursday 22 April 2021

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre welcomes the NZ Health system reforms announced on the 21 April, 2021.

Researchers welcome Smokefree 2025 Action Plan

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Thursday 15 April 2021

Researchers from the University of Otago’s ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre, which carries out research to support the Smokefree 2025 goal, have welcomed and endorsed the action plan for achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 released by Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall today.

Silver linings in lockdown

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Wednesday 7 April 2021

Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were ‘silver linings’ to the country’s Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.

Christchurch ceremony celebrates values and success from 2020

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Thursday 1 April 2021

A long-serving head of department was celebrated along with researchers, educators, staff and students who showed excellence and a commitment to the values of the Christchurch campus during its annual Academic Welcome ceremony.

Action needed on Type 2 Diabetes

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Thursday 25 March 2021

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research advisory board member, Dr Ofa Dewes, is calling for communities to work together to implement the findings of the Economic and Social Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report, launched at Parliament on 15 March 2021.

Honest answers, clear communication valued by pregnant patients

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Tuesday 23 March 2021

Clear, honest communication and a good rapport with doctors are key factors in the high levels of satisfaction reported by patients with high risk pregnancies following consultation with specialist obstetricians, researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have found.

Cost of Type 2 Diabetes report launched at Parliament

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Monday 15 March 2021

The Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre (EDOR), Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, and Diabetes New Zealand have released a hard-hitting report into the cost of type 2 diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand.

EDOR researchers collaborate with the Riddet Institute

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Monday 15 March 2021

EDOR researchers collaborate with many other research organisations. Here we profile the work being done in collaboration with the Riddet Institute, as part of the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funding.

Pump up the volume on quality school PE, researchers urge

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Friday 12 March 2021

Increasing the amount of time schools devote to physical education each week could dramatically reduce the number of children who are doing only minimal levels of exercise, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and Sport New Zealand have found.

We must have a better plan for the next pandemic, say Otago researchers

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Wednesday 10 March 2021

Aotearoa New Zealand’s next pandemic plan needs a completely different approach to our previous plan that was focussed on influenza, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington in a new article that identifies key lessons from the COVID-19 response for managing future major outbreaks and pandemics.

Christchurch doctors develop fat-firming plastic surgery technique

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Monday 8 March 2021

The University of Otago’s Dr Khoon Lim and Mr Jeremy Simcock speak on TV’s NewsHub about their innovative fat grafting research, promising another option for reconstructive plastic surgery. Their research proposal recently won a Translational Research Grant and $50,000 funding from the University.

Private health patients costing public system $11.5m a year

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Wednesday 24 February 2021

Taxpayers are footing an annual bill of up to $11.5 million – the cost of 760 hip replacements - for patients who need public hospital care after private inpatient treatment, a new University of Otago study reveals.

Technology accelerates advances in brain research

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Thursday 18 February 2021

The development of new brain stimulation devices, new stimulation designs and artificial intelligence is accelerating advances in the field of brain stimulation research. University of Otago Professor Dirk de Ridder says he has never been so excited about the potential to develop new treatments for debilitating conditions.

Women supporting women in making change to energy poverty

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Thursday 18 February 2021

When Dr Kim O’Sullivan returned to her high school to speak with students as part of her post-doctoral research; it was the beginning of a new chapter for (then) high school student Isobel Harris Clark.