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Housing and communities

Housing, our communities, and environment, all contribute to our health and wellbeing. Our research encompasses major health issues of local and global significance.

Ageing Well National Science Challenge

Three seniors thumbnailThe Ageing Well National Science Challenge vision is to add life to years for all older New Zealanders. This will be achieved by harnessing science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life. The mission of Ageing Well is to push back disability thresholds to enable all New Zealanders to reach their full potential through the life course with particular reference to the latter years of life.

Email administrator.ageingwell@otago.ac.nz
Web ageingwellchallenge.co.nz

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Centre for International Health

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The Centre for International Health facilitates and promotes research to contribute to the understanding and improvement of health in under-resourced countries, and focuses on postgraduate training and strategic mentorship of leaders.

Email cih@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/internationalhealth

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Centre for Pacific Health

Pacific wooden pots on blue cloth thumbThe Centre for Pacific Health is home to a dedicated team of Pacific and non-Pacific researchers working in areas of importance to Pacific communities in New Zealand and internationally.

Pacific health is a holistic concept that encompasses broader ideas on well-being to encompass physical, mental, and spiritual aspects. With more than 20 different cultures captured under the umbrella of ‘Pacific’, there are unique approaches to health that mean health care, health systems and health services can be enriched with further understanding of Pacific-specific approaches to health.

Email centre.pacifichealth@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/centre-pacific-health

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Health, Environment and Infection Research Unit (HEIRU)

Blue bacteria thumbnailThe Health, Environment and Infection Research Unit is a collaboration of researchers focused on the impact of infectious diseases and adverse environmental factors on population health. We use a range of research methods to investigate these health concerns; to identify effective interventions to reduce the burden of disease and inequalities; and to support the move to greater environmental sustainability. HEIRU aims to provide evidence-based recommendations and advice to support New Zealand and international agencies and practitioners in their disease prevention and control activities.

Email michael.baker@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/wellington/publichealth/research/heiru

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He Kainga Oranga / Housing and Health Research Programme

Colourful building facade thumbnailHe Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme, examines and clarifies the links between Housing and Health. Although the association between poor housing and ill health is known, the links that make up the causal chain have until recently been poorly understood. Conducting our own studies and examining existing evidence enables us to identify and evaluate housing-related interventions to improve individual, family and community health. Our multi-disciplinary team has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative disciplines.

Email jasmine.xu@otago.ac.nz
Web healthyhousing.org.nz

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Injury Prevention Research Unit

Clocktower thumbnailThe Injury Prevention Research Unit (IPRU) undertakes research that contributes to reducing the incidence, severity and consequences of injury in New Zealand.

Email iprunz@otago.ac.nz
Web blogs.otago.ac.nz/ipru

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New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities

Woman cycling thumbnailThe Centre for Sustainable Cities is an inter-disciplinary research centre dedicated to providing the research base for innovative solutions to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of our urban centres.

Email jasmine.jameson@otago.ac.nz
Web sustainablecities.org.nz

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Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI)

Gambia village thumbnailWe aim to improve global health and save lives, by identifying and evaluating solutions to important health problems in low-resource settings.

We work to address the world's most pressing health problems through research collaborations with low- and middle-income countries, and with disadvantaged groups in New Zealand.

We draw upon New Zealand's unique connections with Asia and the Pacific. Our extensive international partnerships and cross-disciplinary collaborations enable us to carry out innovative and rigorous research to advance global health.

Email jacqui.hadingham@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/global-health

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Pacific Health Research at Otago

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We're celebrating our Pacific health research in the Division of Health Sciences.

Learn about what's going on in Pacific health research, how we can support researchers, and where to start if you're excited about research.

Email pirssu@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/pacific-health-research

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