Significant association between use of long-acting contraceptives and unprecedented decline in abortion rate, study finds
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 12:24pm
A shift towards the use of long-acting reversible contraceptives, particularly by young women, is associated with declining abortion rates in New Zealand, new research has found.
Friday, 25 October 2019 9:38am
The cost of diabetes-related hospital admissions to Dunedin and Southland Hospitals for the 2016/2017 financial year was $41 million, new University of Otago research reveals.
Social audit as a social accountability mechanism for strengthening governance and service delivery in Nepal
Friday, 11 October 2019 9:57am
Social audit is a mechanism used to hold frontline health service providers accountable. This study explored the role of social audit in facilitating direct accountability between service providers and community.
New Zealand could be lifeboat to save humanity from extinction in a catastrophic pandemic, researchers say
Tuesday, 1 October 2019 10:32am
New Zealand, Australia and Iceland could act as island refuges to save humanity from extinction in the event of a catastrophic global pandemic, researchers have found.
Monday, 30 September 2019 3:22pm
In a new initiative, the University is celebrating its internationally acclaimed scholars by creating a prestigious new role - the Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chair (Poutoko Taiea).
Monday, 23 September 2019 3:10pm
Patrons and workers continue to be exposed to hazardous tobacco smoke in bars, restaurants and cafés, despite legislation designed to protect them, researchers have found.
Monday, 16 September 2019 10:35am
New Zealand smokers overwhelmingly support removing the nicotine from cigarettes to make them less addictive, a national survey has found.
Friday, 13 September 2019 12:23pm
Having a clear goal to make people’s lives better has helped earn Professor Richie Poulton Otago's prestigious Distinguished Research Medal for 2019.
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:48am
Smokers are less likely to display packs of cigarettes and tobacco on tables at cafés and bars now that standardised packs with larger graphic health warnings have been introduced, according to a new study.
Monday, 9 September 2019 12:02pm
I tērā wiki i whakanui mātou Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.
Monday, 2 September 2019 12:33pm
The new interim National Director of Cancer Control, University of Otago academic Professor Diana Sarfati, believes lives will be saved as a result of the new National Cancer Action Plan.
Tuesday, 27 August 2019 8:55am
New Zealand’s adult-centred health system appears ill-equipped to meet the needs of chronically sick young people, a University of Otago study has found.
Thursday, 22 August 2019 10:34pm
It was quite a weekend for Dr John White who celebrated his 74th birthday last Friday and then donned cap and gown to receive his PhD at the Dunedin Town Hall on Saturday.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 8:57am
University of Otago cancer researchers are coming together in a new collaboration awarded a $2 million grant by the Cancer Society in a bid to better tackle a leading cause of death in New Zealand.
Monday, 19 August 2019 10:21pm
A major research series on cancer control in small island nations led by Professor Diana Sarfati from the University of Otago, Wellington, has been welcomed at the Pacific Health Ministers Meeting in Tahiti.
Friday, 16 August 2019 11:18am
New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has shed light on the declining use of cannabis use by teens.
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:02pm
Moving house is linked with increases in emotional and behavioural difficulties in four-year-olds, with the problems compounding each time a family moves, researchers have found.
Monday, 5 August 2019 2:50pm
RNZ interview with Dr Kaaren Mathias CIH Adjunct Research Fellow based in India. Dr Kaaren Mathias is medical doctor who's been living in India since 2006. She's working in community health and development as well as being involved in a number of other projects helping to improve both the physical and mental health of the people in communities in Uttarakhand.
Friday, 26 July 2019 12:31pm
A ground-breaking University of Otago study has found Māori experience disproportionately higher rates of subsequent injuries within two years of their initial injury.
Friday, 19 July 2019 9:23am
New research about an old vaccine – one that has been in use for nearly 100 years – has not only shown how effective it is but also suggests it improves our immune response to a wider range of bacteria than originally intended.
Thursday, 18 July 2019 12:24pm
Swapping short car trips for walking or biking could achieve as much health gain as ongoing tobacco tax increases, according to a study from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 8:59am
National Bowel Screening age limit harms Māori - Dr Sue Crengle talks to the ODT
Monday, 15 July 2019 12:59pm
Around one in six New Zealand adults have tried e-cigarettes but only 2 per cent are using them currently, a national survey has found.
Thursday, 4 July 2019 11:21am
Eliminating waiting times for cataract surgery would be a cost-effective health system intervention, largely driven by the falls prevention benefits related to improved vision, a just-published New Zealand study has found.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 1:49pm
Māori researchers from the University of Otago have been granted more than $3 million in funding from the Health Research Council (HRC) to tackle a wide range of projects ranging from water safety to disability support access for Māori - including our very own Dr Emma Wyeth.
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 2:32pm
A 10 per cent tax on sugary drinks has cut the purchase and consumption of sugary drinks by an average of 10 per cent in places it has been introduced, a just published major review shows.
Monday, 24 June 2019 1:44pm
We were so privileged to host the fantastic Dr Donna Cormack last Monday who presented about data (in)justice and Māori data sovereignty in a datafied world.
Friday, 14 June 2019 11:25am
Requiring cigarettes to contain biodegradable filters, fining smokers who litter cigarette butts and expanding smoke free outdoor areas are measures the public considers are most likely to reduce tobacco product waste, new University of Otago research reveals.
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 3:10pm
Researchers are warning that lead-based ammunition is posing a risk to firearms’ users and their families, with a culture of denial about the issue among the firearms community.
Friday, 7 June 2019 9:50am
Employees turning up to work hungover, or not turning up at all, cost New Zealand $1.65 billion per year, a University of Otago study has found.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 11:33am
OPINION: Online comment from some local gun lobbyists after the Christchurch shooting bypassed sympathy and jumped straight to worries about government "taking our guns away". Despite such attitudes, firearm owners are happy for the rest of us to subsidise them through our taxes.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:56pm
An occupational therapist who aims to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities is one of several University of Otago early-stage researchers who have together been awarded more than $1.7 million in Health Research Council funding.
Thursday, 16 May 2019 2:42pm
For the second year in a row there has been a reduction in the number of confirmed cases of HIV in New Zealand.
Friday, 10 May 2019 10:52am
Joyce Guo and Noeline Venter were among 10 University of Otago students who were selected to present their research at the 248th scientific meeting of the Otago Medical School Research Society.
Thursday, 9 May 2019 12:02pm
When Dr Kate Amore began researching homelessness for her PhD at the University of Otago, Wellington, the country was in denial that the issue was even a problem, she says.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019 2:14pm
Our two assistant research fellows Vicky Nelson and Georgia McCarty flew the ditch last week to go the the 17th Qualitative Methods Conference in Brisbane.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019 8:32am
An Otago alumna has led a study into spinal surgery for children with cerebral palsy in the UK, which has proven it helps them walk and reduces pain, triggering the UK Government to fund the procedure.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 2:33pm
Researchers from the Otago Global Health Institute have secured funding from the e-Asia Joint Research Programme and the Health Research Council of New Zealand to help improve the management of tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia.
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:52am
New research has found that only three per cent of deaths in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake occurred in people’s homes, almost all of which were at that time constructed from wood.
Friday, 12 April 2019 11:31am
A University of Otago public health physician and researcher and her Australian colleague welcome news that the use of “tie-down” practice will be abolished in New Zealand prisons.
Tuesday, 9 April 2019 11:01am
Alongside funding and regulatory support, understanding how housing affects health and safety can spur owners to make improvements to their properties, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington and WISE Better Homes have found.
Monday, 8 April 2019 1:24pm
You can view an introduction to a paper where Professor Louise Signal is a lead author. Her research used cameras on children to study their exposure to food marketing.
Friday, 5 April 2019 11:41am
We held our inaugural Annual Departmental Awards Dinner in February. At this event, seven members of staff were acknowledged for their contributions within the Department to improving and protecting public health, locally and globally, through excellence in teaching, research, or service.
Wednesday, 3 April 2019 4:28pm
University of Otago firearms researchers are encouraging New Zealanders who are not gun owners to support MPs and political parties with the Arms Amendment Bill.
Friday, 29 March 2019 4:06pm
If Kiwi kids had the Prime Minister’s job for a day, many would ban junk food marketing, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:28pm
Local governments are failing to consult meaningfully with Māori when it comes to liquor licensing legislation, new research from the University of Otago has found.
Monday, 25 March 2019 9:14am
NTMHRU Assistant Research Fellow - Māori health, Ms Vicky Nelson (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Ruanui), presented at the In-house Convention. Vicky presented on a research project that herself and Associate Professor Sue Crengle (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) are conducting this year, titled 'Rangatahi Primary Mental Health - A Kaupapa Māori Approach to Identifying the Gaps and Needs'
Sunday, 17 March 2019 12:25pm
Firearms law changes promised by the Prime Minister are long overdue, according to experts in the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, Dr Marie Russell and Dr Hera Cook.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:16am
New Zealand’s approach of allowing wide access to e-cigarettes is likely to be bringing overall health gains and cost savings for the health system, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington have found.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 10:46am
We hosted the fantastic Dr Rawiri Jansen today who gave a talk to our PUBH304 tauira on the hauora kaupapa Waitangi Tribunal Claim.
Friday, 8 March 2019 9:08am
Kiwi men who were veterans of World War II appear to have had a shorter lifespan than other New Zealand men who were born at the same time, new research shows.
Monday, 25 February 2019 3:00pm
Preventable injuries and hospitalisations due solely to poor housing conditions in New Zealand could be costing more than $145 million annually in ACC claims and hospitalisation costs, according to new research.
Friday, 22 February 2019 9:58am
More than 20 per cent of the 54 railway stations in the lower North Island have no smokefree signs at all and many others have signs of poor quality, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington have found.
Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:58am
Listen to Professor Louise Signal, Director of the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit, participate in a radio panel interview considering progress in addressing health inequities.
Monday, 18 February 2019 2:27pm
New research from the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge has found people who speak te reo Māori have a reduced risk of progressing from pre-diabetes to diabetes.
Monday, 18 February 2019 10:40am
Last week, our director, Dr Emma Wyeth, was fortunate enough to attend the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Principal Investigators' Wānanga at the beautiful Rānana up the Whanganui River.
Monday, 11 February 2019 4:20pm
A three-year project aimed at pinpointing the most effective ways to prevent and control rheumatic fever and associated heart disease in New Zealand is being launched tomorrow (Tuesday 12 February) at the University of Otago, Wellington.
One plus one equals more than two for health expenditure in patients with multiple conditions, study finds
Wednesday, 9 January 2019 1:27pm
Caring for patients with two or more chronic diseases costs the health system more than it would to treat each disease in isolation, a new study has shown.
Friday, 14 December 2018 9:11am
Professors from the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington are calling on the government to set up a research fund to help prevent pandemics and increase New Zealand’s preparedness to deal with such disasters.
Thursday, 13 December 2018 9:05am
The first PhD student to graduate from the University of Otago’s Centre for International Health (CIH) has been named the most influential woman in the education and training sector of business and government in part of Africa.
Monday, 10 December 2018 1:17pm
He may be licensed to kill but fictional British secret service agent James Bond has a severe alcohol use disorder, according to an analysis of his drinking behaviour published in the Medical Journal of Australia’s Christmas issue.
Friday, 7 December 2018 11:41am
A study spanning ten years has found alcohol policy reform implemented by the University of Otago probably contributed to a change in the drinking culture of the student population.
Thursday, 6 December 2018 12:26pm
Samuel Carrington is currently underway with his master’s project exploring Māori understandings of antimicrobial resistance using a One Health approach.
Monday, 3 December 2018 3:32pm
Researchers have shown for the first time that investing in cycle lanes and walkways encourages people to drive less and cuts carbon emissions.
Thursday, 29 November 2018 9:45am
Older adults diagnosed with dementia are frequently being prescribed potentially inappropriate medications, which leaves them at risk of delirium, worsening cognitive impairment, and increased mortality, a University of Otago study has found.
Thursday, 22 November 2018 5:05pm
The true burden of rheumatic fever in New Zealand may be underestimated because serology cut-off guidelines are too high resulting in undercounting about 16 cases annually, new collaborative research has found.
Monday, 19 November 2018 2:21pm
The Healthier Lives – He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, hosted by the University of Otago, welcomes the announcement from the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Hon Megan Woods, confirming funding for its 2019-2024 research strategy
Wednesday, 14 November 2018 4:11pm
Spiritual care must be integrated into health system care plans, policies and training in order to reflect national guidelines and strategies more effectively, according to University of Otago researchers.
Monday, 5 November 2018 9:15am
Driving anxiety is experienced by many older adults in New Zealand, especially among women and those aged over 70, recent collaborative research shows.
Thursday, 1 November 2018 9:07am
Innovative camera research has revealed that New Zealand children are exposed to alcohol marketing in their residential and school neighbourhoods. The collaborative research by the Universities of Otago and Auckland, found children’s exposure to alcohol marketing was higher in neighbourhoods with greater numbers of alcohol outlets and for Māori participants.
Thursday, 1 November 2018 9:21am
Most New Zealanders support some form of euthanasia or assisted dying, a review of 20 years’ research into Kiwis’ attitudes to euthanasia by University of Otago researchers reveals.
Thursday, 1 November 2018 12:32pm
One of the country’s leading epidemiologists and public health researchers has been awarded this year’s Chaffer Medal for distinguished performance in health research.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 2:33pm
Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman of the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, stepped into a world of unaccustomed glitz and glamour when she was judged NEXT magazine’s 2018 Woman of the Year at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland earlier this month.
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:42am
World War I cast such a long shadow over New Zealand that the health and social impacts continued through to the next generation, public health researchers say.
Monday, 29 October 2018 12:52pm
Increasing the excise tax on alcohol would likely result in fewer people dying or being injured in vehicle crashes – and generate savings for society, according to a just-published New Zealand study.
Friday, 26 October 2018 10:44am
An alarming proportion of New Zealanders are neither wearing hats nor seeking shade to protect themselves from the sun, University of Otago research reveals.
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 9:17am
New research from ASPIRE2025, a University of Otago research theme, challenges tobacco companies’ claims they are working towards a smokefree world and suggests young people are vulnerable to tobacco companies’ product innovations.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 9:46am
The majority of migrant sex workers in New Zealand who participated in new University of Otago research, are in safe employment situations and working to fund study or travel rather than being desperate, exploited or trafficked, the research shows.
Friday, 5 October 2018 12:44pm
There are often delays in diagnosis for New Zealanders with bowel cancer with people aged under 60, Māori and those with less formal education most at risk, new research reveals.
Wednesday, 3 October 2018 10:30am
Primary school is the correct place to educate girls about periods and provide sanitary bins and pads, say University of Otago researchers.
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 10:16am
New University of Otago research shows infants using popular anti-reflux medicines like omeprazole are not at increased risk of pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections, contrary to findings from other international studies.
Thursday, 13 September 2018 9:38am
Congratulations to our Director Emma Wyeth who has been promoted to Senior Lecturer above the bar in Hauora Māori.
Thursday, 13 September 2018 4:41pm
Earlier this week the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit’s new space was officially opened.
Friday, 7 September 2018 11:56am
We are so excited that this week is te reo o te wiki (te reo Māori language week). The week runs from September 10th – 16th and we are all challenging each other and you to kōrero te reo Māori (speak te reo Māori) as much as possible not only this week but all year!
Friday, 7 September 2018 11:57am
A poster summarising the longitudinal studies of Māori Injury and Disability.
Thursday, 6 September 2018 4:02pm
Changing the way tobacco is sold is a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, new University of Otago research suggests.
Monday, 3 September 2018 9:54am
Unhealthy diet is the leading preventable risk for poor health in New Zealand. Diet-related diseases (and how we manage them) is becoming a pressing issue for the country.
Friday, 24 August 2018 2:31pm
University of Otago researchers believe Government actions may be inconsistent with its tobacco treaty obligations by employing a consulting firm that has worked globally for the tobacco industry, to advise on tobacco taxation.
Thursday, 9 August 2018 7:20am
Closing the border may make sense for New Zealand in some extreme pandemic situations, according to a newly published study of the costs and benefits of taking this step.
Thursday, 2 August 2018 9:36am
The McAuley Professor of International Health at the University of Otago is labelling the findings of new international collaborative research a step forward in the fight to eliminate the world’s top infectious disease killer, tuberculosis.
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:56am
Innovative camera research has revealed New Zealand children are exposed to alcohol marketing on average 4.5 times per day.
Friday, 27 July 2018 9:40am
University of Otago experts in addiction medicine and the health effects of alcohol are questioning what the barriers are to Government action on reducing alcohol-related harm and calling for change.
Monday, 9 July 2018 9:15am
In comparing efforts to address health inequities, researchers in Aotearoa/New Zealand (NZ) and the United States (US) have found that both countries are failing to align policy with evidence-based approaches that could help achieve equity.
Monday, 9 July 2018 9:03am
Junk food dominates New Zealand sport venues, according to new research led by the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 2:48pm
Friday, 22 June 2018 10:17am
A group of tobacco control experts today published an open letter in the New Zealand Medical Journal calling for bold new actions from the New Zealand Government to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal.
Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:46am
The Primary Care Exhibition was showcased at the Hocken Library this month focusing on "different areas such as health promotion, disease prevention, disgnosis, treatment, deinstitutionalisation - thinking about hospitals like Seacliff - mental health, community health and Māori health".
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:03am
There has been a significant reduction in the number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand over the past year.
Monday, 18 June 2018 1:21pm
Dunedin School of Medicine warmly congratulates our outstanding researchers on their HRC funding success
Monday, 18 June 2018 10:21am
A new study investigating for the first time the health of occupants of leaky homes in New Zealand is one of many University of Otago-led projects being funded this year by the Health Research Council to the tune of almost $19 million.
Friday, 15 June 2018 11:48am
We are pleased to welcome Fran to the NTMHRU team as a Professional Practice Fellow.
Monday, 11 June 2018 11:49am
The Expert Advisory Rōpū met for the first time today.
Friday, 1 June 2018 3:59pm
An open letter published today in a leading international medical journal, Lancet Oncology, calls on the World Health Organization (WHO) and Governments to prioritise health improvements for Indigenous peoples worldwide.
Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:07pm
Sarah Donald has received a prize in the 2018 Dunedin School of Medicine postgraduate poster competition for a poster which outlines the process of generating a pregnancy cohort for medicine utilisation and safety studies in New Zealand.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 11:17am
University of Otago, Wellington researchers are advocating for standards to bring all New Zealand housing up to the World Health Organization minimum standard which recommends indoor temperature of 18 degrees celcius.
Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:59am
A University of Otago-led Citizens’ Jury on euthanasia could not reach agreement about whether it should be legalised, highlighting complexities around the debate.
Monday, 21 May 2018 3:23pm
The goal of eliminating the top infectious disease killer in the world, tuberculosis, among Māori has earned University of Otago researcher Professor Philip Hill $250,000 from the Health Research Council to undertake a feasibility study.
Monday, 21 May 2018 2:23pm
Current health warning labels on alcohol beverage containers in New Zealand are highly deficient, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington shows.
Thursday, 17 May 2018 7:59am
A researcher aiming to develop an early-detection genetic-based test for bowel cancer is one of several University of Otago researchers who have been awarded almost $1.5 million in Health Research Council funding.
Monday, 14 May 2018 12:44pm
A team from the University of Otago, Wellington has just published a radical new framework for designing international trade and investment treaties.
Monday, 14 May 2018 11:58am
Emma Wyeth and Georgia McCarty recently attended the Toi Tū Te Whānau, Toi Tū Te Kāwai Whakapapa: A Workshop on Whānau and Whakapapa for Public Policy.
Saturday, 12 May 2018 11:50am
Congratulations to Shawnee for graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health.
Friday, 4 May 2018 10:40am
New Zealand prescribers do not always follow guidelines when prescribing other medicines to patients taking simvastatin, according to University of Otago researchers from the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network.
Thursday, 3 May 2018 1:24pm
University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers are leading a new collaborative study to find out why New Zealand breastfeeding rates are so low and even dropping.
Tuesday, 1 May 2018 9:21am
Injuries impact on the financial well-being of older workers with substantial lost earnings of between 20 and 30 per cent of their work income, new University of Otago research reveals.
Monday, 30 April 2018 2:25pm
Two University of Otago researchers of Ngāpuhi descent are being rewarded with new prestigious four-year fellowships aimed at providing better health and well-being for Māori.
Friday, 20 April 2018 2:25pm
In a New Zealand first, the University of Otago has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 9:07am
New research has found that many New Zealand consumers are unaware of the high levels of Campylobacter contamination of fresh chicken and most want safety labelling about the risks on poultry products.
Friday, 13 April 2018 12:37pm
Threats of lawsuits by the tobacco industry helped delay the New Zealand legislation for plain tobacco packs by at least three years, new University of Otago research suggests.
Thursday, 12 April 2018 11:40am
New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to provide remedial treatment where things have gone wrong for “dental tourists” who travel abroad for dental work.
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 10:24am
On 1 April 2018, the United Kingdom introduced a sugary drinks tax, an important public health measure that University of Otago, Wellington, public health researchers believe should be happening in New Zealand too.
Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:37am
There needs to be more commitment by local government to help achieve central government’s Smokefree 2025 goal, new University of Otago research shows.
Monday, 26 March 2018 10:11am
For the first time, Otago researchers have identified evidence of socio-economic inequalities resulting in different death rates in New Zealand men from 100 years ago.
Friday, 23 March 2018 1:51pm
Can your local council stop you getting heart disease or cancer? Yes, say researchers in a new study led by the University of Otago, Wellington.
Thursday, 22 March 2018 1:52pm
New Zealand children and teens growing up in smokefree homes are less likely to take up smoking, even if their parents are smokers, a University of Otago, Wellington, study has found.
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 2:59pm
Today marks the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products sold in New Zealand.
Friday, 9 March 2018 11:05am
Otago researchers are helping lead a major international project to determine what the main causes of fever in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are and how they should be treated.
Study of smoking among doctors and nurses shows very low smoking prevalence and Smokefree 2025 goal can be achieved
Friday, 9 March 2018 10:57am
A new study on smoking trends among doctors and nurses in New Zealand finds smoking has declined steadily within these healthcare professions. Researchers say this shows that very low smoking rates can be achieved in large occupational groups, suggesting that New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is reachable.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 9:41pm
The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018 11:24am
The new Co-Directors of the Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit, Dr Richard Egan and Dr Louise Marsh, are keen to ensure they make a real difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders through high-quality research.
Thursday, 1 March 2018 2:56pm
School teachers were among the majority of frontline workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the Christchurch earthquakes, new University of Otago research shows.
Friday, 23 February 2018 4:20pm
A lack of support means many prisoners relapse back to smoking on release, despite many wanting to stay smokefree, a new study has found.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 2:48pm
Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 10:38am
A final report on the unethical clinical study conducted by Dr Herbert Green at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland from the 1960s to the 1980s, known widely as the “Unfortunate Experiment”, has just been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Thursday, 8 February 2018 11:42am
Smokers attempting to quit the habit by vaping or using e-cigarettes do not always find the process plain sailing, according to new University of Otago research published in the international journal, Tobacco Control.
Monday, 5 February 2018 9:05am
Leading international and New Zealand health experts will be in Wellington to participate in the 22nd Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington in February. The Public Health Summer School will be officially opened by the Minister of Health, Hon Dr David Clark on 7 February.
Friday, 2 February 2018 2:50pm
New research has found that only a fifth (20 per cent) of childrens’ playgrounds in the lower North Island of New Zealand had drinking fountains (11 out of 54 playgrounds).
Thursday, 1 February 2018 2:49pm
Fit children whose fitness improves during childhood and adolescence have better lung function as young adults, according to a University of Otago-led study.
Thursday, 1 February 2018 11:50am
We are pleased to welcome on board two new Assistant Research Fellows, Vicky Nelson and Georgia McCarty.
Monday, 15 January 2018 9:12am
The Predator Free 2050 campaign to rid New Zealand of rats and possums will have major benefits for human health as well as for native plants and animals, says University of Otago, Wellington public health researcher Dr Mary McIntyre.
Shade shortage in Wellington playgrounds: Otago research highlights the need to ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap’ this summer
Tuesday, 9 January 2018 4:51pm
Children visiting playgrounds this summer may be at high risk of sunburn, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 15 December 2017 12:25pm
The University of Otago will this year promote 23 academics to the position of Professor across its Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses.
Thursday, 14 December 2017 9:31am
In an article published today in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal, New Zealand researchers found that Google laptop searches performed better at finding online sexual health advice than the digital assistants on smartphones.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 8:24am
Firearms and public health, impacts of New Zealand’s most common natural hazard - flooding, and lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic are just some of the courses and seminar talks being offered by the University of Otago, Wellington’s Public Health Summer School.
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 1:52pm
Otago Medical School graduates undertook their oath on 9 December 2017 as part of their graduation ceremonies.
Thursday, 7 December 2017 2:44pm
Many children may not be sun-safe during school lunch breaks, research from the University of Otago, Wellington, reveals.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017 10:39am
A University of Otago survey of 1000 employers and employees in New Zealand has found that many things can go wrong at work social events when alcohol is involved.
Thursday, 23 November 2017 12:05pm
New research has shown governments can help improve health in low and middle income countries, simply by providing cash to people living in poverty.
Thursday, 9 November 2017 9:04am
New Zealand children stick close to home, innovative research from Otago, Auckland and Harvard Universities has revealed.
Friday, 3 November 2017 9:10am
Even minor improvements to new buildings can make a significant difference to tenants’ comfort, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.
Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am
University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 3:22pm
DSM warmly congratulates recipients of Dean's Bequest Round 2018
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:37am
New Zealanders who walk and cycle for transport are much more likely to have adequate levels of physical activity than those who drive cars.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 11:53am
Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international progress in these areas.
Friday, 27 October 2017 12:25pm
A survey of New Zealand racecourses and sports grounds with stands has found no smokefree signs at the racecourses and signage at less than half the sports grounds.
Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:14am
A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that only six per cent of Wellington City children’s playgrounds have drinking water fountains.
Sunday, 15 October 2017 2:42pm
Associate Professor Gillian Abel, who has studied sex work in New Zealand for two decades, says Julie Bindel denies women actively choose to do sex work.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 2:21pm
The signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) at the University of Otago with three leading Shanghai institutions due to be held tomorrow is a welcome sign of the growing collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese health researchers, according to organisers.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 4:19pm
New Zealand children are exposed to alcohol marketing on nearly every visit to the supermarket, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals.
Monday, 9 October 2017 5:25pm
New Zealand children are exposed to around 27 unhealthy food advertisements per day, innovative camera research from Otago and Auckland Universities reveals.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 10:03am
New Zealand regulations around commercial sunbeds have been tightened in recent years, but they can be purchased on TradeMe where no regulations apply at all, according on to ongoing University of Otago research.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 11:38am
Overall today’s adolescents are ‘better behaved’ than teens in the 1990s, says a University of Otago, Wellington researcher.
Friday, 22 September 2017 9:42am
Local outdoor smokefree action is rapidly growing around New Zealand, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:02pm
A new book sets out important ideas for helping New Zealand cities resolve the challenges of providing quality, affordable housing, designing healthy transport systems and dealing with climate change.
Friday, 8 September 2017 3:32pm
A Healthier Lives National Science Challenge study using New Zealand linked datasets reveals the impact of residential housing damage from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes on hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease.
Tuesday, 5 September 2017 4:23pm
The first annual symposium of the Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST) took place at Hunter Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, on 29 August 2017. The theme was "Implementing Integrated Care".
Monday, 28 August 2017 11:28am
A national study is being used to consider a liquor store proposal close to the University of Otago
Thursday, 24 August 2017 3:48pm
A new study of the smokefree signs at 63 New Zealand playgrounds has found that less than half of the playgrounds (44 per cent) had any such signs. Even when present, many of the signs were small and poorly designed, with some being only postcard sized.
Monday, 21 August 2017 10:52am
A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found New Zealand’s Quitline service is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and even saves the health system money.
Thursday, 17 August 2017 9:15am
Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced.
Tuesday, 8 August 2017 4:29pm
Nicola Beatson of the Department of Accountancy and Finance clearly has a knack for presenting her research in just 180 seconds.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017 12:02pm
Smokefree 2025 will be Smokefree 2065 unless urgent government action is taken.
Monday, 31 July 2017 3:37pm
New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, do not appear to have a higher risk of acute kidney damage than those taking a lower dose, according to University of Otago researchers from the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network.
Friday, 28 July 2017 12:18pm
Young people more often discourage smoking among their peers than encourage it, new University of Otago research suggests.
Thursday, 20 July 2017 9:13am
Bowel-cancer screening in New Zealand will improve health cost effectively, according to University of Otago research just published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
Friday, 7 July 2017 11:28am
New evidence shows one in five children continue to be exposed to smoking in cars, and that exposure even increased in 2015.
Thursday, 29 June 2017 9:04am
New modelling research has shown the major ways for reducing smoking on the path to New Zealand’s smokefree goal by 2025. University of Otago, Wellington researchers are calling for these new measures to be considered by the New Zealand Government.
Monday, 26 June 2017 1:07pm
It may sometimes make sense for island nations like New Zealand to temporarily close their borders in extreme pandemic situations, a new study by Wellington researchers suggests.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 4:31pm
A five-year programme to examine ways of reducing the burden of stomach cancer in New Zealand has received support in the latest Health Research Council (HRC) funding round announced last week, along with 18 other Otago projects.
Thursday, 15 June 2017 9:23am
The University of Otago’s Dr Lianne Parkin and colleagues will receive a Health Research Council grant to investigate whether particular drugs used to treat a common lung disease put people at greater risk of heart attacks.
Research finds flu is a major killer in New Zealand with Māori, Pasifika and low-income earners most vulnerable
Friday, 9 June 2017 12:27pm
New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, shows that influenza kills about 500 New Zealanders each year, and the risk of premature death is much higher for Māori, Pasifika, men and those living in relative poverty.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017 12:26pm
Not all good policies, in isolation, lead to an overall good outcome. Interactions and linkages between policies are what will lead us towards a more sustainable world, according to a new International Council for Science (ICSU) report.
Friday, 2 June 2017 4:48pm
Dramatically changing the way tobacco is sold will be a crucial step in achieving the Government’s 2025 smokefree goal, according to new University of Otago research that examined the views of smokefree experts throughout New Zealand.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 9:28am
Figures released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group at the University of Otago show that in 2016, 244 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand – the highest number ever diagnosed in any one year since monitoring of the epidemic began in 1985.
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:46am
One in three New Zealand women have had the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia by the age of 38 as have one in five men, based on estimates from a new study.
Friday, 12 May 2017 9:06am
Living with multiple health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, is a challenge for increasing numbers of New Zealanders. New research led by the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified issues and improvements needed in the health care system to help patients with multimorbidity (multiple health conditions), their supporters and health care providers.
Thursday, 4 May 2017 12:09pm
Off-label use of proton pump inhibitors is common among New Zealand infants, according to new University of Otago research.
Thursday, 4 May 2017 11:58am
Better understanding tensions between street-based sex workers and communities is part of a new study by a University of Otago, Christchurch, researcher into the impact of decriminalisation.
Sunday, 23 April 2017 4:44pm
The health of migrants moving to New Zealand from South Asian countries is the focus for a University of Otago research fellow.
Sunday, 16 April 2017 4:47pm
David McBride speaks out about supporting front-line workers dealing with earthquakes and other disasters.
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 2:36pm
Māori experience considerable longer-term disability after injury, new University of Otago analysis of patient-reported and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) data shows.
Thursday, 30 March 2017 8:46am
Progress towards smokefree inner cities in New Zealand requires specific policies for places like building entrances, family areas, public seating, outdoor dining and for city events, say researchers.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 2:28pm
New evidence from the University of Otago, Wellington shows that government social investment in safer housing would be justified to prevent falls.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 4:49pm
A study of the support and treatment of Māori men with prostate cancer involving University of Otago and University of Auckland researchers has received more than $500,000.
Thursday, 9 March 2017 1:57pm
University of Otago researchers have gained more than $2.6m in funding from the Lottery Grants Board to support studies aimed at improving the health status of New Zealanders.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:49pm
The NZ AIDS Foundation has just announced staff cut-backs as it struggles with effects of the eight-year funding freeze forced on it by the Ministry of Health which hasn't allowed for the erosion of capacity by inflation.
Friday, 3 March 2017 3:14pm
A world expert in cancer screening based at the University of Otago says new evidence from the United Kingdom strongly supports the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for bowel cancer in New Zealand rather than the currently planned screening approach.
Thursday, 2 March 2017 4:32pm
Researchers from University of Otago are among the first recipients of two new grants from PHARMAC and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).
Thursday, 2 March 2017 7:45am
Fewer New Zealanders are now dying in large-scale disaster events but that is not the case across the Tasman, a University of Otago, Wellington study has found.
Monday, 27 February 2017 4:44pm
The Timor-Leste Prime Minister, who is a University of Otago alumnus, will visit the campus this week to explore possible collaborative projects.
Thursday, 23 February 2017 2:59pm
The University’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study has settled into a new purpose-built home ready to begin another round of testing as the first of its cohort of Study Members turns 45.
Monday, 13 February 2017 11:29am
A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that young people are experiencing increased health problems, stress, and adverse social effects from cold housing.
Thursday, 9 February 2017 10:32pm
Otago research which examines the smoking habits of James Bond and his associates has gained widespread media attention, and is the subject of a British Medical Journal (BMJ) podcast.
Thursday, 9 February 2017 9:07am
Diabetes is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing long-term health conditions with enormous costs for individuals, the health care system and society. This was recognised in today’s announcement by the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith for multi-million dollar funding on research to tackle diabetes.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 9:08am
The 21st Public Health Summer School starts at the University of Otago, Wellington today. As part of the Public Health Summer School, the University will host four free evening talks by leading international public health experts throughout February. The Wellington lectures are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 9:38am
The study, led by Dr Rose Richards of the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit, shows a third of women and a quarter of men searching for cancer information over the past year.
Friday, 13 January 2017 9:01am
Watching televised sport means watching advertisements for alcohol, say researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).
Sunday, 8 January 2017 3:39pm
Doctors are at loggerheads over changes to New Zealand's cervical screening programme, with one saying more women will die.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 4:28pm
A generous University of Otago Department has issued a challenge for next Christmas: instead of holding a “Secret Santa”, why not instead donate something to those less fortunate.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:16am
The mystery of why Southland has the highest rates of bowel cancer in New Zealand, and among the highest in the world, may soon be revealed.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 2:25pm
Seventeen leading academics from across the University of Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses are being promoted to full professor.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 4:40pm
What has art got to do with public health? How can people be “nudged” to better health using behavioural economics? And what emerging infectious diseases should we really worry about?
Sunday, 11 December 2016 4:51pm
Dr Richard Egan, fresh from the NZ Gerontology Nursing Conference, joins Wallace Chapman on RNZ National to talk about how we care for our elderly and what we should be doing differently.
Friday, 9 December 2016 12:28pm
A 20-minute procedure called flexible sigmoidoscopy can reduce the subsequent risk of bowel cancer by 43 per cent.
Monday, 5 December 2016 4:03pm
A novel Otago-led prediabetes pilot project has won an Excellence in Innovation award at the recent Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Health Awards.
Friday, 2 December 2016 3:24pm
There is considerable demand for cancer information resources in New Zealand, with a third of women and a quarter of men deliberately searching for these over the past year, according to a new University of Otago study.
Friday, 2 December 2016 3:18pm
Banning sunbed services in New Zealand would help reduce skin cancer rates and only have a minimal impact on businesses and jobs, new University of Otago research suggests.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 4:03pm
Southerners have one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world and a bowel cancer screening programme will be rolled out in the region in 2017–18. The screening program will be for people aged 60–74, but Bowel Cancer New Zealand believes it should be for people aged 50–74.
Monday, 28 November 2016 1:17pm
The University of Otago received a three-year NZD $439,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Professor John Crump and collaborators at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Duke University to study severe typhoid fever in northern Tanzania.
Friday, 11 November 2016 1:49pm
A public health academic is warning the government's Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms could cause more emergencies like Havelock North's water contamination.
Thursday, 10 November 2016 1:48pm
Media release from University of Otago Environmental Health lecturer Alex MacMillanUniversity of Otago senior lecturer in Environmental Health Dr Alex Macmillan comments on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill before Parliament
Monday, 7 November 2016 4:10pm
An Otago academic was one of five people to be recognised by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) during the weekend, receiving honorary Life Membership – the highest honour the organisation bestows.
Tuesday, 1 November 2016 1:54pm
Viewing eyeballs through a microscope and discovering the huge numbers of cells in a “single eyeball slice” was one of the highlights for Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna students on a recent visit to the University of Otago, Wellington.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 9:33am
A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) found that the cost-effectiveness of the drug trastuzumab (known more commonly as Herceptin®) in treating early stage breast cancer was highly variable depending on the disease characteristics and age of the woman.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 8:55am
Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, have recently completed a study in Porirua City that found better facilities and affordable activities for youth are urgently needed to achieve social sector change.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 7:38am
Researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington, have released the findings of a major five-year study of New Zealand’s maternity outcomes.
Friday, 23 September 2016 11:32am
There are significant demographic and regional disparities in the use of insulin pumps in New Zealand, according to new University of Otago research.
Friday, 23 September 2016 10:32am
The provision of publicly-funded hip and knee total joint replacement (TJR) procedures varies between District Health Boards (DHBs) and national rates have not increased since 2007, new University of Otago research has found.
Thursday, 22 September 2016 2:28pm
The "appalling fiasco" in Havelock North where thousands of people became ill from contaminated water is likely to be repeated in other parts of New Zealand, Professor Sir David Skegg said yesterday before giving an inaugural lecture on the state of public health in New Zealand.
Monday, 19 September 2016 1:38pm
A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, with a unique angle and focus in Porirua city has found that better facilities and affordable activities for youth are urgently needed to achieve social sector change.
Monday, 29 August 2016 11:11am
Despite major achievements arising from the past use of vaccines, including the eradication of smallpox, there is no room for complacency over the continuing need to vaccinate.
Monday, 29 August 2016 10:38am
Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests.
Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:00am
Cities with higher levels of cycling and walking have better overall population health, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Thursday, 25 August 2016 12:42pm
University of Otago scientists have been awarded nearly $572,000 in research funding in the National Heart Foundation’s latest funding round.
Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:35am
Alcohol consumption has a direct link to the cause of cancer, according to University of Otago professors.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 2:02pm
More than half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 4:11pm
Now available as an e-book... a must-read for all in health promotion.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 4:14pm
Researchers from the University’s Wellington campus have started working with camera and GPS-wearing children in Tonga.
Friday, 5 August 2016 12:26pm
Weight control attempts by middle-aged New Zealand women are not linked with change in weight three years later, according to new University of Otago research.
Friday, 5 August 2016 2:37pm
Sweeping changes to the Smokefree Environments legislation are proposed by University of Otago researchers in a newly published article in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
Friday, 22 July 2016 2:34pm
University of Otago researcher Professor Jennie Connor’s new review of epidemiological evidence supports a causal association between alcohol consumption and cancers at seven sites in the body: oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum and female breast.
Monday, 11 July 2016 4:21pm
Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may be less likely to develop allergies, according to a new University of Otago study.
Monday, 11 July 2016 9:08am
A coalition of experts on tropical infectious diseases led by the University of Otago’s Professor John Crump, Co-Director of the Centre for International Health, has secured around NZD $450,000 to study causes of fever and how patients with fever are managed in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).
Monday, 11 July 2016 10:05am
Associate Professor Tony Reeder presents 'Ultra Violet and the sun-smart kid' in both Wellington and Auckland, in August as part of the University of Otago 2016 Winter Lecture Series.
Friday, 8 July 2016 3:02pm
I whakaputaina e Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, he rīpoata whakarāpopoto i ngā tatauranga hauora Māori mō ngā Poari Hauora a-Rohe o te motu nei. Koinei te wā tuatahi kua puta ēnei momo tatauranga i roto i te reo Māori.
Tuesday, 5 July 2016 12:06pm
A new study led by University of Otago researchers suggests that July 2012 legislation that removed all point-of-sale tobacco displays from shops selling cigarettes has helped reduce smoking among New Zealand school students to record low levels.
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 4:16pm
As a volunteer on the Bowel Cancer New Zealand executive, Preventive and Social Medicine’s Associate Professor Sarah Derrett has discovered the motivating power of being part of a passionate group of people with clear, shared goals.
Monday, 27 June 2016 3:05pm
Drinking alcohol increases the risk of several types of cancer, and was responsible for 236 cancer deaths under 80 years of age in New Zealand in 2012, according to a new study at the University of Otago.
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 2:30pm
University of Otago researchers have been awarded around $43.8M in new health research funding to support their world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.
Thursday, 9 June 2016 9:12am
A world-renowned New Zealand longitudinal study researcher; a molecular biology pioneer and mentor; and two talented up-and-coming researchers from the University of Otago have received Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) awards for an outstanding contribution to health research excellence, leadership, and impact last evening.
Wednesday, 8 June 2016 9:39am
Calls for government restrictions on fast food sponsorship deals
Monday, 6 June 2016 11:36am
Professor John Broughton has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Māori health, theatre, and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Friday, 3 June 2016 11:54am
At least one in every 100 New Zealanders were homeless at the latest census in 2013, compared with 1 in 120 in 2006, and 1 in 130 in 2001, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 9:23am
224 people were diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand in 2015 — a similarly high figure to last year — according to data released today by the AIDS Epidemiology Group based at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 3:05pm
Cancer Society Social & Behavioural Research Unit is delighted with our recent success at the Health Research Excellence Awards ceremony highlighting our strong reputation for research excellence.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 8:58pm
Health Research Council ‘Emerging Researcher First Grants’ have been won by two up-and-coming University of Otago, Christchurch researchers.
Sunday, 1 May 2016 4:09pm
Thursday, 28 April 2016 9:59am
Central government agencies on both sides of the Tasman have scored poorly in a University of Otago study of e-government responsiveness published online by Government Information Quarterly, the top ranked journal in the field.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 9:09am
A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found that retrofitting insulation to current 2008 standards in existing houses reduces hospitalisation rates for all children by six percent.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 10:02am
Bread design could be substantially improved to better protect heart health according to new research. A team at the University of Otago, Wellington studied bread design from the perspective of reducing risk of heart disease, while keeping ingredient costs down.
Thursday, 21 April 2016 3:05pm
A world-first study into the health and wellbeing of more than 154 million Indigenous and tribal peoples globally was launched today simultaneously in Melbourne and London, by Australia’s Lowitja Institute and the Lancet journal.
Friday, 1 April 2016 2:39pm
The "explicit rationing" of joint-replacement surgery in Otago is worsening, and patients should look to other methods of funding their surgery, a research paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal says.
Thursday, 31 March 2016 9:25am
A University of Otago study that involved unobtrusively observing the sun-protective practices of students and staff at the sports days of 10 Dunedin secondary schools last summer has found them sorely lacking.
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 9:07am
Otago research into the health of Kiwi Vietnam War veterans is sparking hope it will help them get better treatment.
Friday, 11 March 2016 9:10am
The Minister of Health’s announcement of the introduction within two years of a new test for cervical cancer to replace the current screening method poses a risk to “our well-established, high-quality” screening programme, say leading New Zealand experts and researchers in the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) this week.
Monday, 7 March 2016 12:20pm
A vaccine against pneumococcal disease, which is a major killer of children in Africa, has cut the disease rate by more than half, new research has found.
Tuesday, 1 March 2016 3:19pm
Four outstanding lecturers have been honoured by their colleagues and students at the 2016 University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony, held yesterday in council chambers.
Friday, 19 February 2016 12:29pm
An effective national bowel screening programme involving a single test, a sigmoidoscopy, could be introduced in New Zealand within 12 months.
Thursday, 18 February 2016 8:52am
Austerity measures are seriously bad for our health, according to Oxford University Professor David Stuckler, visiting Wellington this week as part of the University of Otago, Wellington Public Health Summer School.
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 3:23pm
Innovative approaches to address traumatised indigenous communities will be described by Australian educators Barbara Wingard and Dr David Denborough from the Dulwich Centre for Narrative Therapy in Wellington tomorrow.
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 12:45pm
Leading health researchers and practitioners are meeting today to work towards preventing and controlling rheumatic fever across New Zealand and Australia. The experts are gathering at a one-day seminar at the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.
Monday, 1 February 2016 1:32pm
Leading international and New Zealand health experts will descend on Wellington throughout February to participate in the 20th Public Health Summer School run by the University of Otago, Wellington.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 4:16pm
A new study has found almost twice the number of people who served in Vietnam have been admitted to hospital with alcohol related mental disorders, compared with people who didn't go to the war.
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 4:17pm
New Zealand should do more to protect the health of Vietnam War veterans, after new research showed they face much higher risks of chronic kidney failure and a damaging lung disease.
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:38pm
Māori smoking rates have barely changed since 2011, and the Government is not doing enough to address tobacco-related harm amongst Māori, say leading tobacco researchers and public health advocates.
Monday, 21 December 2015 1:49pm
A Wellington e-commerce start-up with a unique eco-idea to lower CO2 emissions has been placed second in a worldwide competition to tackle climate change at COP21, the 2015 Climate Conference in Paris.
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:20pm
The University of Otago is joining forces with Queen’s University in Canada to collaborate in research aimed at enhancing veterans’ health.
Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:35am
The University of Otago, Wellington is working with Wellington and Dunedin City Councils on a rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF) to be introduced next year.
Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:08pm
New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are more likely to suffer chronic renal failure (CRF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than their non-serving peers, according to new University of Otago research.
Tuesday, 8 December 2015 9:38am
A new report about the drivers of urban change in New Zealand by the MBIE-funded Resilient Urban Futures Programme has been launched in Parliament by MPs Nicky Wagner and Grant Robertson. The report ‘Drivers of Urban Change’ brings together the views of key decision-makers and cutting-edge research.
Friday, 4 December 2015 11:31am
Innovative research aimed at significantly reducing the death and disease burden of some of New Zealand’s leading health problems will be pursued through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge launched by the Hon Steven Joyce at Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula today.
Monday, 16 November 2015 1:48pm
Mass throat swabbing will not be enough to combat rheumatic fever and might not even work, a report says.
Monday, 2 November 2015 1:38pm
New Zealanders are moving towards the idea of mixed-use development where housing is within walking and cycling distance of key amenities like work, school or shopping, according to a survey carried out by the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.
Thursday, 8 October 2015 5:01pm
Invasive Salmonella infections in sub-Saharan Africa are a major cause of child illness and deaths, a new body of research into this usually overlooked infectious disease has revealed.
Thursday, 1 October 2015 9:04am
The University of Otago, Christchurch’s Population Health Department has developed an innovative programme where medical students write and perform songs about public health topics such as sexual health to at-risk groups.
Friday, 25 September 2015 12:34pm
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.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:39am
A new study has found increasing support in the United States and Canada for smokefree laws for outdoor areas, especially in playgrounds and school grounds.
Friday, 4 September 2015 11:14am
New University of Otago research suggests a need for greater monitoring of pharmaceutical advertising in New Zealand to ensure that the therapeutic claims they make are justified.
Thursday, 13 August 2015 1:37pm
Mixing alcohol and sex then regretting the consequences sounds like young people’s behaviour. However, a new study from the University of Otago shows that drinking alcohol before sex is still common as people approach middle age, and it still has an impact on their health and wellbeing.
Thursday, 6 August 2015 1:59pm
Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new University of Otago research.
Tuesday, 4 August 2015 3:39pm
Young New Zealand drivers who gain a time discount on their restricted licences for taking a defensive driving course (DDC) are more likely to be caught committing traffic offences once they are fully licensed, according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 3 August 2015 12:03pm
University of Otago researchers have been awarded $450,000 for research into the genetics of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Indonesia and Myanmar.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 9:11am
Continuing annual 10% tobacco tax increases in New Zealand until 2031 should lead to health gains, net health-system cost savings and modest reductions of about 2% to 3% in health inequalities between Māori and non-Māori, according to a new study published by University of Otago, Wellington, researchers.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 8:39am
An independent review of the population-based health funding formula is necessary to determine if there is systematic constraining of the Southern District Health Board, says health systems authority Professor Robin Gauld
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 8:46am
Responding to leaked documents obtained by the Labour party, Professor Robin Gauld of the Centre for Health Systems has highlighted the contradiction in the role of elected representatives on district health boards: they are elected by the public, but are legally accountable to the Minister of Health, not to the people who elect them.
Thursday, 9 July 2015 4:04pm
A systematic review involving researchers from the Centre of International Health and Department of Pathology, Christchurch, has identified major gaps in understanding the causes of severe febrile illness around the world
Monday, 6 July 2015 2:37pm
New Zealand’s largest tobacco company is not keeping the recommended retail pricing for its leading budget brand in line with tobacco excise tax increases, according to a new University of Otago study.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 4:02pm
A commissioner has been appointed to oversee the Southern District Health Board's financial position, but part of the board's deficit could arise out of discrepancies in the way funding is distributed between district health boards.
Friday, 19 June 2015 3:22pm
Staff at the National Poisons Centre based at the University of Otago are delighted to learn that the Ministry of Health has chosen Homecare Medical as the preferred provider for the National Telehealth Service.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 3:57pm
In a public lecture, Professor Robin Gauld of the Centre for Health Systems questions the cost and vulnerability of New Zealand's reliance on foreign-trained health professionals
Thursday, 4 June 2015 4:21pm
A study that will investigate older drivers in New Zealand, and the complex balance between maintaining mobility and maximising safety, is one 18 Health Research Council of New Zealand funding contracts granted to Otago.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 2:27pm
People who smoke cannabis as little as once a week are more likely to suffer respiratory symptoms such as morning cough, bringing up phlegm, and wheezing, according to University of Otago research.
Monday, 11 May 2015 5:25pm
Zoonoses - infectious diseases that can be passed between animals and humans - can have a substantial effect on both human and animal health, and yet the health burden due to these conditions in the tropics is often overlooked
Monday, 4 May 2015 3:54pm
New Otago University research shows that introducing strategies that reduce the dietary salt intake of New Zealanders could reduce premature death and save millions of dollars annually for our health sector.
Thursday, 23 April 2015 3:38pm
Smokefree signage, which is required by law, is absent from many North Island schools, according to University of Otago research.
Thursday, 16 April 2015 4:22pm
A law, developed in the 1940s to protect people from living in unhealthy homes, could be used to require landlords to provide housing that is free from dampness, according to researchers from the University of Otago and Victoria University of Wellington.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 3:00pm
The cost of treating cancer in the New Zealand public health sector is more than $800 million annually – hundreds of millions higher than previous estimates, according to University of Otago research.
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:50am
Edible gardens are taking off in New Zealand primary and secondary schools, presenting important new opportunities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption, new University of Otago research has found.
Friday, 6 March 2015 1:25pm
The University of Otago announced today that it has received around NZD$320,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to coordinate efforts in determining the disease burden of typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella disease, which are major causes of child death in sub-Saharan Africa.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:39am
The progress public tertiary education institutions (TEIs) have made towards becoming completely smokefree should encourage other New Zealand workplaces and institutions to follow suit, new University of Otago research suggests.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:05am
New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 4:32pm
The internationally acclaimed housing and health research team at the University of Otago, Wellington, has won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize, valued at $500,000.
Monday, 24 November 2014 9:49am
New Zealand has an average of 401 influenza-associated deaths each year according to estimates published for the first time.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:00am
A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s health status, too, according to latest research out of the University of Otago.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 2:58pm
Infectious diseases and other health concerns arising at the interface between people, animals, and the environment, are the focus of the 7th annual conference of the Otago International Health Research Network (OIHRN) that begins tomorrow.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:59am
Falls in the home could be reduced by a quarter according to the results of a new study just published online in top international medical journal The Lancet.
Friday, 19 September 2014 12:57pm
University of Otago researchers have contributed to evidence that cannabis smoking may increase the risk of lung cancer in heavy users.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:46am
Renters are living in poorer conditions than homeowners and are less empowered to improve their housing situation according to a study by medical students at the University of Otago, Wellington.
Monday, 15 September 2014 11:09am
Flaws in the tobacco industry’s argument that smokers exercise “informed adult choice” when they start smoking have been highlighted in new study.
Monday, 8 September 2014 2:53pm
The Government’s announcement of funding for Science Challenge 11 is welcome recognition that New Zealand is now predominantly an urban country, says the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014 2:33pm
A just-published study suggests tobacco tax increases will need to be supplemented with other new approaches if New Zealand’s Smokefree 2025 goal is to be achieved.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014 9:57am
Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).
Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:39pm
Ending the display and promotion of cigarettes and tobacco in retail shops helps prevent young people taking up smoking and keeps quitters on track, according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 1 September 2014 10:04am
A study to identify and better understand risk factors for rheumatic fever – one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and serious illnesses – starts recruiting participants in Auckland this week.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 2:26pm
New research shows that Māori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Māori, prompting calls for recently-released national stomach cancer standards to prioritise the needs of Māori.
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:36am
A randomised controlled trial conducted by staff at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine failed to show any effect of hand sanitiser use on school sick days.
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 3:22pm
A global health expert says there is little risk of Ebola reaching New Zealand, but if the virus does arrive on our shores the country is prepared to deal with it.
Friday, 8 August 2014 11:47am
Urgent action is needed to help children and parents make healthier choices when it comes to the drinks children consume when playing sport, say University of Otago, Wellington researchers.
Friday, 8 August 2014 3:31pm
New Zealand medical experts insist there's little chance of an Ebola outbreak in NZ.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 4:19pm
Schoolchildren who combine schoolwork with a part-time job do not appear to suffer from any long-term disadvantage, University of Otago research suggests.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:20am
Graffiti, litter, and insufficient lighting and signage on Wellington’s street-connecting walkways are likely to be discouraging their use, researchers say.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:24am
New research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal by ASPIRE 2025 researchers suggests the Government’s goal to achieve a Smokefree New Zealand by 2025 may be failing to gather the political momentum needed to ensure it is achieved.
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:49am
As power prices continue in an upward trend as reported in the latest Consumer Price Index, a new study shows households looking to find ways to make savings could benefit from using prepayment metering.
Monday, 14 July 2014 12:11pm
HPV vaccination of New Zealand school boys is not yet a value-for-money option, according to a study just published by the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 4 July 2014 9:05am
Newly-published research shows the potential for community campaigns to reduce smoking in cars, but legislation is still critical to ensure children are protected the authors say.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014 9:16am
University of Otago researchers’ analysis of 12 months of coverage of tobacco-control issues in New Zealand newspapers has found that these media outlets use a positive tone when covering actions to reduce smoking.
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:28am
Robin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy and director of the Centre for Health Systems at the University of Otago, has been named the 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor.
Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:15pm
New Zealand should re-consider the age at which its breast cancer screening programme starts in light of growing questions about the balance of benefits and harms for women under 50, public health experts from the University of Otago Wellington say.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:43am
A steady decline in funding for mass media campaigns to promote smoking reduction is undermining the Government’s goal to achieve a smokefree New Zealand by 2025, warn ASPIRE 2025 researchers.
Monday, 23 June 2014 7:24am
Five up-and-coming University of Otago staff from across its Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington campuses are the latest recipients of Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.
Friday, 20 June 2014 3:52pm
A University of Otago researcher, along with only three other New Zealand scientists, has been included in a new list of the top 1% most-cited researchers in science around the globe.
Thursday, 19 June 2014 8:46am
New research from the University of Otago shows that reducing the minimum alcohol purchasing age to 18 in December 1999, was associated with an increase in assaults of 15-19 year-old males in New Zealand.
Monday, 9 June 2014 2:15pm
Researchers from the University of Otago have been awarded $1.19 million by the Health Research Council (HRC) of New Zealand to study the effects of the country’s new alcohol legislation.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014 5:00pm
A group of University of Otago health policy researchers, based in Dunedin and Christchurch, has called on the leading medical journal BMJ to be much more even handed in scrutinising the transparency of what it publishes.
Friday, 23 May 2014 9:20am
People using mental health services in New Zealand are dying prematurely from both natural and external causes, a new University of Otago Wellington study has revealed.
International research coalition secures major funding for ‘One Health’ approach tackling animal-human disease spread
Thursday, 22 May 2014 3:25pm
A coalition of researchers working in northern Tanzania, including leading University of Otago and Massey University experts, has been awarded three grants collectively worth around NZ$8.8 million to study zoonotic infectious diseases among poor livestock keepers.
Monday, 19 May 2014 2:10pm
New University of Otago research out of the world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study does not support claims that fluoridating water adversely affects children’s mental development and adult IQ.
Serious muscle damage risk from widely used cholesterol lowering drug very low in general population: Otago research
Friday, 16 May 2014 3:25pm
New Zealanders taking a higher dose of simvastatin, one of the statin drugs used to prevent heart attacks and strokes, have a greater risk of rhabdomyolysis than people taking a lower dose according to new University of Otago research.
Monday, 12 May 2014 11:16am
Four University of Otago researchers have gained a total of around $550,000 to support their innovative studies in the latest funding announcement by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).
Friday, 2 May 2014 10:45am
A just-published study showing how public spending on health varies by age and proximity to death raises interesting questions about the best use of taxpayer funds, the authors say.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 1:12pm
The New Zealand Government’s investment in HPV vaccination for girls is a “good value-for-money” way to protect health, a just-published study by the University of Otago Wellington (UOW) shows.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 4:46pm
Working with children in the Gambia, Dr Uzochukwu Egere is doing what he loves: caring for children and easing “the intolerable burden of disease” around him.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 3:25pm
New research from the University of Otago shows that a web-based self-assessment and feedback programme for students who drink hazardously produced only a modest reduction in alcohol consumption.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 2:10pm
A family of four could save as much as $49 per week by buying their fruit and vegetables at markets other than from a supermarket, a University of Otago Wellington study shows.
Widely used heartburn and peptic ulcer medicines increase risk of rare kidney disease: Otago research
Monday, 24 March 2014 3:25pm
New Zealanders taking a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a type of medicine used to treat gastric acid reflux disorders and peptic ulcer disease, are at an increased risk of a rare kidney disease, according to new findings by University of Otago researchers.
Friday, 21 March 2014 3:24pm
An international partnership forged by the University of Otago and University of Medicine (1) in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in late 2012 is moving ahead in several directions, including research into the genetics of tuberculosis drug resistance.
Friday, 7 March 2014 3:31pm
Find out about the University of Otago Public Health Summer School held in Wellington in 2017.
Friday, 7 March 2014 10:09am
Maori Health promoter in Christchurch more confident after completing Otago diploma in public health.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 10:11am
A study of bus stops in the Wellington Region has identified high levels of smoking around other people and high levels of butt littering.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 8:59am
Poorer smokers may favour “roll your own” and many falsely believe that use of loose tobacco is less dangerous than factory-made cigarettes, according to a University of Otago public health researcher writing in the British Medical Journal.
Tuesday, 4 February 2014 3:25pm
Māori, Pacific and indigenous leaders will next week join youth workers, teachers, community activists and others at a Wellington symposium to examine and inspire new approaches to Māori, Pacific and indigenous suicide prevention.
Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:46am
In an article published today in the Otago Daily Times, Professor Jennie Connor explains that education and persuasian strategies are popular but ineffective ways to address alcohol problems.
Monday, 27 January 2014 11:46am
Smokers wanting to kick the habit needn’t be too worried about gaining a lot of weight after quitting, according to newly published University of Otago research.
Thursday, 23 January 2014 2:48pm
Introducing a highly effective one-off bowel cancer screening test could reduce rates of the deadly disease and alleviate the current over-supply of nursing graduates in New Zealand, according to a University of Otago researcher.
Monday, 16 December 2013 3:00pm
University of Otago, Wellington researchers have been awarded major funding for two projects aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of rheumatic fever in New Zealand.
Friday, 13 December 2013 9:58am
A high proportion of children admitted to Wellington Hospital in winter are exposed to harmful housing conditions, according to a new University of Otago Wellington study.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 2:19pm
New approaches to Māori and indigenous suicide prevention will be examined at a symposium on 10 February as part of the University of Otago Wellington Public Health Summer School.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 4:32pm
Three University of Otago researchers’ outstanding achievements were recognised through the bestowing of prestigious national medals at last night’s 2013 Research Honours Dinner.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:11am
The New Zealand Government is losing up to $89.1 million per annum in tax revenue due to tobacco brought in to the country from overseas, ASPIRE 2025 researchers estimate.
Saturday, 9 November 2013 3:21pm
Professor Kim Mulholland says Western governments and other organisations that are supporting vaccination programmes in developing countries should also ensure some key related research is undertaken.
Thursday, 7 November 2013 3:25pm
New Zealand sport is “awash with junk food” according to researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).
Friday, 1 November 2013 4:43pm
New research on injury-related deaths among New Zealand military forces in the First World War supports the idea that several preventive measures could have significantly reduced the death toll.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013 10:58am
New research published in a leading international journal shows young people’s exposure to secondhand smoke in cars in New Zealand remains high, particularly among Māori and Pacific people, low socio-economic groups and those whose parents smoke.
Monday, 23 September 2013 8:00am
An estimated 34,000 people, or about one in every 120 New Zealanders, were unable to access housing in 2006, according to the latest available census and emergency housing data, say University of Otago, Wellington (UOW) researchers.
Thursday, 12 September 2013 4:50pm
Reducing people’s deprivation through wider social policy should help reduce smoking rates significantly according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 4:30pm
The internet could become a useful tool to improve the mental health and wellbeing of some New Zealand veterans after military service abroad, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine researcher Dr Shyamala Nada-Raja believes.
Monday, 2 September 2013 11:27am
Vietnam veterans who served from 1962-1971 have double the rate of chronic lymphatic leukaemia compared to the general population according to a new study by the University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine.
Monday, 19 August 2013 3:50pm
A decent supply of affordable and social housing requires a concerted effort from government and the private sector as well as community groups, says Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 16 August 2013 9:52am
New findings from the Housing and Health Research Programme/He Kainga Oranga at the University of Otago show even small changes in indoor temperatures affect children’s lungs.
Thursday, 8 August 2013 4:13pm
The Ministry of Health has just released a new “Burden of Disease” study for New Zealand – a culmination of many years of study into disability, disease and premature death.
Thursday, 8 August 2013 4:50pm
A just-published international systematic review has found a small and methodologically limited body of evidence which suggests that in-work tax credits such as the one applied in New Zealand since 2006, may have no discernible effects on the health of parents.
Friday, 2 August 2013 2:25pm
The Housing and Health Research Programme/He Kainga Oranga at the University of Otago, Wellington and the New Zealand Green Building Council are co-operating to develop a new test that could pass or fail houses with a ‘Warrant of Fitness’ (WoF) type assessment.
Friday, 2 August 2013 3:25pm
Researchers at the University of Otago have found that many Māori are experiencing adverse outcomes three months after being injured.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 2:08pm
A leading University of Otago injury prevention researcher’s policy brief is casting doubt on increased penalties as the answer to reducing careless driving causing injury to vulnerable road users** (VRU) such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Friday, 19 July 2013 9:35am
People hospitalised with fever in Africa are most likely to be treated for malaria but, in some areas, nearly all of these patients are ill from a different infection, a new collaborative study led by a University of Otago researcher suggests.
Monday, 15 July 2013 10:02am
Alcohol is responsible for more than one-in-twenty deaths of New Zealanders aged under 80, new University of Otago research suggests.
Friday, 28 June 2013 11:36am
Genetic risk assessments could be used to predict which children with asthma are likely to grow out of the condition, and which will continue having symptoms as they grow older, new research emerging from the University of Otago’s world-renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Study suggests.
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 4:07pm
New Zealand is out of step with other countries in a lack of transparency about how some $9 billion of health funding is distributed each year, Centre for Health Systems researchers suggest.
Friday, 21 June 2013 1:09am
The University of Otago’s commercialisation arm, Otago Innovation Limited, has won a national award for its commercialisation of the National Poison Centre’s database, TOXINZ.
Friday, 7 June 2013 11:47am
One in 10 admissions to hospital in New Zealand to treat infectious diseases such as pneumonia, meningococcal disease and tuberculosis are the direct result of household crowding a new study has found.
Thursday, 30 May 2013 9:23am
Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington have found that the In-Work Tax Credit, which has been applied in New Zealand since 2006, has no discernible effect on the health of parents.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 2:20pm
The University of Otago announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Stephen Sowerby will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Portable soil-transmitted helminth monitoring to combat gastrointestinal parasites".
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 9:49am
A significant proportion of injuries in the home, costing millions of dollars a year, are related to how a house is built and maintained, according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 8:50am
New Zealand outdoor workers are generally poorly protected from solar UV radiation, with only around one-third wearing sunscreen or a suitably protective hat, according to a University of Otago study published in the latest issue of the international Journal of Occupational Health.
Monday, 18 March 2013 9:13am
New Zealanders who fall ill experience significantly worse financial and work outcomes than those with a comparable injury, according to new University of Otago research. Dr Sue McAllister of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine led the research for her PhD, conducting a comparative study of 109 people under the age of 65 years who had a stroke and compared their outcomes with 429 people who had a similarly debilitating injury.
Friday, 15 March 2013 8:55am
A study by the University of Otago, Wellington just published in the New Zealand Medical Journal finds that households with children that use prepayment meters to pay for electricity experience greater levels of economic hardship. Problems reported by families running out of credit, or ‘self-disconnecting’ as the industry describes it, included not being able to heat baby’s bottles, cook for or bathe their children, and increased family tension.
Friday, 15 March 2013 9:04am
Before the Christchurch earthquakes, emergency preparedness at district health board-level in New Zealand faced challenges that they needed to overcome, suggests a University of Otago study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today. However, the study – the first to address the issue of strategic healthcare emergency preparedness in New Zealand - found that disaster preparedness was adequate to deal with a major emergency– as occurred in Christchurch.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 4:19pm
The private healthcare system relies on the public system when things go wrong, and should be more transparent about its fees, Prof Robin Gauld said in a lecture in Dunedin last night.
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:04am
Motor vehicle crashes involving mothers-to-be account for more than half of all New Zealand’s foetal deaths due to maternal injury, new University of Otago research reveals. In the first-ever study to describe foetal mortality due to vehicle crashes in this country, an Otago injury prevention researcher shows that of the 41 foetal and newborn deaths due to maternal injury between 1997 and 2008, 21 involved motor vehicle collisions, according to narrative data on the foetal death certificate.
Monday, 11 March 2013 10:21am
A newly published study has found that it would be relatively easy for New Zealanders to reach recommended levels of lower salt intake to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and stomach cancer. This is even if some meals have occasional high salt ingredients such as sausages or other processed foods.
Monday, 4 March 2013 9:54am
Research just published indicates that New South Wales has one third of the people smoking in cars compared to New Zealand. Of nearly 5000 cars observed in Sydney, only 1% had smokers, compared to 2.9% of 10,000 cars in New Zealand.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 9:52am
Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.
Friday, 15 February 2013 3:25pm
The more sex partners young adults have the more likely they are to go on to develop alcohol or cannabis dependence disorders in young adulthood, according to new University of Otago research.
Thursday, 14 February 2013 9:51am
Public health researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW), are concerned that some food and drink companies selling unhealthy food also sponsor popular, televised sports in New Zealand.
Thursday, 7 February 2013 9:48am
A searchable online map showing where in New Zealand cyclists have been injured as a result of car doors opening has been created by University of Otago injury prevention researchers.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013 9:59am
Leading international researchers and doctors are meeting at the University of Otago, Wellington this week to identify new approaches to reducing the very high levels of rheumatic fever in New Zealand and Australia.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 8:49am
British and New Zealand playgrounds have a significantly smaller proportion of people smoking than other types of public outdoor areas, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 2:17pm
Becoming a parent for the first time may improve mental health and reduce levels of psychological distress, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW).
Friday, 14 December 2012 4:55pm
Storage foods for an emergency such as an earthquake that meet all daily energy requirements can cost as little as $2.22 per day according to a new study by the University of Otago, Wellington.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 9:58am
Public health researcher Professor Tony Blakely from the University of Otago, Wellington says the time for prevaricating about obesity is over with the release of latest child obesity figures by the Ministry of Health.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 3:25pm
Violent acts in James Bond films were more than twice as common in Quantum of Solace (2008) than in the original 1962 movie Dr No, University of Otago researchers have found.
Monday, 10 December 2012 2:05pm
The largest and longest running Public Health Summer School in New Zealand and Australia will provide an exciting line-up of national and international speakers for three weeks next February.
Thursday, 6 December 2012 2:10pm
The largest and most complex survey of the New Zealand health workforce has just been completed showing good progress across many DHBs in the development and implementation of clinical governance by health professionals in public hospitals.
Friday, 23 November 2012 8:31am
Front-line rescue workers in Christchurch put their own needs and those of their families to one side to play a vital role during the Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks, early results from a study into the occupational health of 600 emergency workers shows.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 7:59am
Many New Zealanders are not getting free prescriptions when they should and these people are likely to include our most vulnerable, new findings from an ongoing University of Otago and Victoria University study into equity in prescription medicine use suggest.
Monday, 12 November 2012 4:58pm
A report by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that many young people attracted to more than one gender tend to binge drink because they feel stigmatised and socially excluded.
Friday, 9 November 2012 8:44am
A new study estimates the total cost to the New Zealand hospital sector of the 2009 ‘swine flu’ pandemic at around $31 million.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 3:25pm
A new in-depth analysis of sexual health clinic attendance and diagnoses during last year’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) reveals increased risk and harm for attendees who had sex related to this sporting event.
Friday, 12 October 2012 8:34am
University of Otago researchers have found that serious assaults in New Zealand have been steadily rising and are now at disturbingly high levels, especially among young males, Maori and Pacific people, and those from deprived neighbourhoods.
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 3:51pm
Two research studies led by University of Otago researchers have challenged tobacco companies’ claims about plain packaging. Both studies were conducted by the ASPIRE2025 research group, which includes Professors Janet Hoek and Phil Gendall working from Otago’s Department of Marketing, and Professor Richard Edwards from the University’s Department of Public Health (Wellington).
Friday, 5 October 2012 1:43pm
Around one-quarter of injury deaths in New Zealand could be prevented if alcohol use was removed from the combination of factors causing these injuries, a University of Otago researcher told the 11th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion held in Wellington this week.
Friday, 21 September 2012 11:41am
A sizeable and “difficult to ignore” proportion of New Zealand children have experienced persistent low income and deprivation in recent years, according to a new University of Otago study using seven years of longitudinal survey data.
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:30am
Central government needs to take more responsibility for ensuring that New Zealand children are sun-safe while at school, according to University of Otago researchers.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 3:54pm
An analysis of music videos on New Zealand television shows that the portrayal of alcohol is commonplace.
Friday, 1 June 2012 3:56pm
New Zealand is one of the countries critically examined in a major report on the planning of cities and their impact on population health, released this week. The report ‘Shaping Cities for Health’ was commissioned by a leading UK medical journal The Lancet.
Friday, 1 June 2012 2:47pm
An analysis of hundreds of print media stories on the death of Auckland resident, Mrs Folole Muliaga, after her power was cut off by Mercury Energy in 2007 has found that the wider issue of ‘fuel poverty’ was largely ignored.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 2:49pm
Short term changes in household income have only small effects on health, but have more significant impacts if income is affected by unemployment or chronic health conditions, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington shows.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 3:02pm
The Government’s announcement that it will increase the co-payment for a prescription from $3 to $5 per item, for up to a maximum of 20 items per year, represents a questionable trade-off, says a University of Otago public health researcher.
Monday, 14 May 2012 10:04am
University of Otago, Wellington researchers have just published a study that estimates for the first time the average cost of producing a new law in New Zealand.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012 10:05am
A new study by the University of Otago, Wellington shows how the problem of chronic low income for a significant number of New Zealand households co-exists with high income mobility for the rest.
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:28am
Inheriting gene variants that increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease does not necessarily mean an individual is going to have reduced life expectancy if he or she suffers a heart attack.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:29am
A study from the University of Otago’s long-running Christchurch Health and Development Study (CHDS) throws new light on a current issue; links between family income and other outcomes later in life such as health and educational achievement.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 3:58pm
A major study by researchers from the Universities of Otago and Oxford has found that overweight and obese middle-aged women are at much higher risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots than women who are a healthy weight.
Thursday, 15 March 2012 9:13am
It is well known that nurses and midwives work schedules are often irregular and involve shifts, now new research from the University of Otago, Christchurch in association with the University of Queensland has also shown that long hours and harmful alcohol use are linked.
Friday, 24 February 2012 4:01pm
Population-based screening for often fatal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) should be given serious consideration, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Monday, 20 February 2012 4:21pm
Admissions to New Zealand hospitals from infectious diseases have jumped dramatically over the last two decades according to just published research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 9:26am
A top international influenza researcher, educated at the University of Otago, warns that public health officials responsible for the surveillance of influenza viruses should not be complacent about the development of new viruses that may spread from the animal world to humans.
Friday, 10 February 2012 3:43pm
While New Zealand primary school students are benefiting from improved sun protection efforts over recent years, our schools still lag behind those of Australia in the ‘sun smart’ stakes, according to latest University of Otago research.
Wednesday, 8 February 2012 3:44pm
A recent large decrease in campylobacter infection from fresh poultry in New Zealand has also resulted in a significant drop in a neurological condition which can result in paralysis or death.
Thursday, 2 February 2012 3:47pm
New University of Otago research suggests that 6.5% of gay and bisexual men in Auckland have HIV, with a fifth (21%) of these unaware of their infection.
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 3:49pm
The national nutrition policy formulated by Labour and National-led Governments favours the food industry over public health according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Thursday, 22 December 2011 12:49pm
Fourteen of the University of Otago’s leading academics are being promoted to full professorships.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 4:30pm
Upgrading playgrounds does not appear to be sufficient to help children become more active.
Friday, 9 December 2011 9:20am
New Zealand is named in a major international study involving the University of Otago as one of six states and countries which have no clear evidence of a decrease in child maltreatment over the past two decades.
Friday, 2 December 2011 1:35pm
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of adult New Zealanders are consuming more sodium than current nutrition guidelines recommend, according to analysis of urine samples taken from 3000 people who took part in the latest New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey.
Monday, 14 November 2011 9:21am
A University of Otago study has offered a working definition of spirituality to help healthcare professionals better understand its importance for those faced with illness and death in an age when fatal illnesses are often prolonged.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 9:22am
University of Otago researchers have received a Health Research Council of New Zealand and Ministry of Health partnership research grant to conduct an epidemiological study of the former Fruitgrowers Chemical Company site in Mapua.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 9:23am
There has been a significant increase in necrotising fasciitis (NF) or ‘flesh-eating disease’ in New Zealand between 1990 and 2006 according to the first ever nation-wide assessment of the incidence of this disease.
Monday, 8 August 2011 10:35am
A University of Otago, Christchurch, study has found that working at least 50 hours a week increases the risk of alcohol problems by up to three times.
Monday, 11 July 2011 9:24am
A promising University of Otago student who developed an innovative screening procedure to identify New Zealand army personnel most at risk of lower leg and back injuries has been recognised with a scholarship to develop her concept further.
Friday, 8 July 2011 9:12am
Although progress has been made in reducing health inequities, an editorial in today's New Zealand Medical Journal proposes the next ten most important actions needed to further reduce significant health "gaps‟ based on ethnicity and socio-economic status in New Zealand.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011 9:13am
Little is known about the number of women in New Zealand who experience infertility; their use of health services and their knowledge and attitudes towards the condition and its treatment. Now, a University of Otago PhD student is seeking to shed some light on the situation through a survey of 2000 randomly selected women in Otago and Southland.
Tuesday, 5 July 2011 9:16am
Drinking by one or both partners increases levels of severity, anger and fear reported by victims of intimate partner aggression, according to a new study by University of Otago researchers.
Monday, 13 June 2011 9:17am
Much more effort should be made by NZ government agencies and researchers into the possible increase of infectious diseases because of climate change according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 10 June 2011 9:18am
Research by the University of Otago, Wellington shows that growing numbers of intoxicated people presenting at the Emergency Department of Wellington Hospital verbally and physically abuse staff on a regular basis, and have a negative impact on other patients.
Monday, 16 May 2011 8:50am
New Zealand’s success in reducing its food borne campylobacteriosis epidemic is receiving international attention. In a paper just published in the journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, NZ scientists report how both notified and hospitalised cases of campylobacteriosis declined by more than 50% following interventions to reduce campylobacter contamination of fresh chicken meat.
Monday, 2 May 2011 8:51am
A paper published in the international scientific journal Drug & Alcohol Review examining the alcohol bill presently before Parliament argues that it falls well short of the major reform promised by government.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 2:10pm
Serious skin infection rates in New Zealand children have increased markedly over the last two decades according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 22 April 2011 8:52am
New evidence that a combined oral contraceptive pill containing the progestogen hormone drospirenone appears to put women at higher risk of blood clots than older types containing levonorgestrel has just been published by researchers at the University of Otago and Boston University.
Monday, 4 April 2011 8:55am
Food insecurity appears to be a growing problem in New Zealand and according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington is associated with elevated levels of psychological distress amongst thousands of adults. Food insecurity or the lack of access to safe, nutritious, affordable food, not only affects nutrition and physical health, but also the mental health of New Zealanders.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 8:58am
Māori women have had the highest rates and the largest increase in breast cancer over the last two decades according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Monday, 31 January 2011 9:36am
Accidental injuries and deaths in the home cost New Zealanders three and a half times as much as road injuries, and yet are paid little attention according to new research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Monday, 17 January 2011 9:02am
Scientists at the University of Otago have found that regular consumption of school milk significantly reduced the risk of bowel cancer in adulthood.
Friday, 10 December 2010 9:03am
New Zealand smokers are increasingly saying that ‘setting an example’ for children is an important reason to quit, according to new public health research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010 9:04am
The University of Otago, Wellington, has just launched two major cancer reports, both in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
Friday, 26 November 2010 9:10am
An editorial in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal describes the recent Māori Affairs Select Committee (MASC) report on tobacco as bold and visionary.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:22pm
New Zealand families living with other members suffering from addiction is the focus of a report just released by the Families Commission and carried out by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington.
Monday, 15 November 2010 4:03pm
New Zealand has one of the highest reported rates of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) amongst children and teenagers in the developed world; an infectious disease which can cause chronic rheumatic heart disease through damaged heart valves, and results in over 120 deaths a year.
Higher density of alcohol outlets related to increased risk of binge drinking and alcohol-related harm
Monday, 1 November 2010 4:04pm
University of Otago researchers have discovered an association between the number of liquor outlets within easy walking distance of home (1km) and the level of binge drinking and alcohol related harm reported in the community.
Friday, 15 October 2010 4:11pm
Food manufacturers and the public health sector are at loggerheads over front-of-pack nutrition labelling, according to an editorial in today’s issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal.
Friday, 15 October 2010 4:08pm
Alcohol has become increasingly affordable in New Zealand over the last decade and is now cheaper in some instances than bottled water, and close to the cost of milk, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 8 October 2010 4:12pm
New Zealand university students who drink heavily report considerably more unsafe sex, unhappy sexual experiences and unwanted advances than their lightly drinking peers, according to a new survey of students at five universities.
Thursday, 26 August 2010 3:53pm
Just published research has found an extensive use of leading tobacco brand names and brand images on YouTube, closely associated with pro-smoking content or smoking imagery.
Monday, 23 August 2010 3:54pm
A new report on Māori cancer trends by researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington shows progress in some areas, but that there is considerably more to be done to improve Māori health prospects.
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 3:55pm
An informed public does not place personal privacy above societal benefits when it comes to using and linking health information for research, according to the outcome of deliberations by a citizens’ jury.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 3:55pm
New Zealand has different patterns of testicular cancer occurrence compared to the rest of the developed world, particularly in relation to ethnicity, but also socio-economic status according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Monday, 29 March 2010 3:56pm
An innovative University of Otago research project aimed at improving the oral health of Māori children has gained $2,352,328 in funding from the New Zealand Health Research Council.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010 3:58pm
A new study at the University of Otago has some good news for parents worried that restricting TV viewing might make it more difficult for their children to relate to their friends.
Friday, 29 January 2010 4:00pm
Efforts to reduce smoking in New Zealand have been undermined since 2001 by increased tobacco affordability due to increased average incomes and a failure to raise tobacco taxes above inflation, according to researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Friday, 29 January 2010 3:59pm
New research just published in the New Zealand Medical Journal shows strong support for an end to tobacco sales within 10 years, with significantly more New Zealanders agreeing to this than disagreeing.
Monday, 19 October 2009 3:58pm
Comprehensive recommendations to improve food security and increase physical activity have been made by a University of Otago and University of Auckland research consortium.
Friday, 14 August 2009 4:01pm
One of New Zealand's leading tobacco control researchers has been appointed to the Chair in Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington.
Monday, 10 August 2009 12:15pm
GPs and other primary health care professionals can provide effective care to people suffering from a wide range of mental health problems, a new report has concluded.
Friday, 7 August 2009 12:17pm
A clear majority of New Zealand smokers across all socio-economic and ethnic groups support a ban on smoking in cars carrying pre-school children, according to latest research from the University of Otago, Wellington.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009 11:45am
A study of street-collected cigarette packs indicates the Government is missing out on at least $36 million dollars of tax because of the consumption of foreign duty free cigarettes and those purchased in other countries.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 4:34pm
"Prevention is the best way to address the obesity crisis and reduce demands on the health system," says Dr Louise Signal from the University of Otago Wellington's Department of Public Health.