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Improving Māori and Pacific health inequities by ensuring equitable implementation of evidence based practices, interventions and/or policies

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Health Sciences
Host campus
Preventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin)


This PhD opportunity is located within an implementation science project, funded by the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, called ‘Supporting the health system to implement interventions and improve health equity’. Implementation science focuses on the strategies used to implement evidence based practices, interventions and policies in to health care and public health settings in order to improve the impact of the intervention(s) on population health.

In Aotearoa New Zealand there are persisting inequities in the health of Māori and Pacific peoples when compared with people of other ethnic groups. Systemic factors, such as slow implementation and inequitable delivery of interventions known to improve health, contribute to this. Māori and Pacific peoples are less likely to receive such interventions than other parts of the population.

The funded project aims to develop an equity-focused, systems-based implementation science framework to enhance the translation of research evidence into practice and reduce health inequities experienced by Māori and Pacific peoples.

There is funding to support a PhD student for three years within the project.


Sue Crengle