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News from the Department of Medicine


Māori dished out pills to mask chronic pain, study finds

Friday, 8 October 2021 1:25pm

Māori adults who experience chronic pain are being prescribed painkillers at the expense of best practice treatments and are not being offered referrals to specialists, research from the Māori community health provider, Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust and the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

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$1.74 million for Otago feasibility studies

Friday, 11 June 2021 4:21pm

Dr Joanne Choi’s research will fill holes – in the market and in children’s teeth.

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Inequities facing tāngata whaikaha during COVID-19 raised

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 11:55am

A new University of Otago, Wellington article has shone a light on the risks and difficulties faced by tāngata whaikaha, the disabled Māori community, during COVID-19.

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Trainee intern working for health equality

Monday, 3 May 2021 8:41am

Sophie Papali’i, a trainee intern from Porirua, has a rich heritage which enables her to bring a range of cultural perspectives to the board.

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Medical Student overcomes challenges on path to dream

Thursday, 4 February 2021 10:37am

With her eyes on the future and using her past experience to guide her, medical student Brenetta Pogi has big plans to make a difference to her community.

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Significantly worse outcomes after stroke for rural New Zealanders and Māori, research finds

Friday, 20 November 2020 11:38am

New Zealanders who live outside the major urban centres are significantly more likely to experience adverse long-term health outcomes after a stroke than those managed in urban hospitals, research from the University of Otago, Wellington has found.

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Liley Medal for ground-breaking asthma research

Monday, 16 November 2020 2:48pm

University of Otago researcher Professor Mark Weatherall has been jointly awarded the prestigious Health Research Council’s Liley Medal, awarded annually for outstanding contributions to the health and medical sciences

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