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16 Nov 2023

Study highlights discrimination of mental health patients due to clinician bias

A survey, carried out by University of Otago researchers, reveals a significant...

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02 Nov 2023

Otago 2023 Marsden recipients announced

Established and emerging Otago researchers have won prestigious research funding...

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27 Oct 2023

Fellowships awarded to five Otago researchers

Five University of Otago researchers are being celebrated with Royal Society Te...

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26 Oct 2023

Early career researchers committed to making a difference

Areas ranging from pain management to the rise of pseudolaw are the focus for th...

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20 Oct 2023

WWI study reveals true toll on Kiwi soldiers’ health

New Zealand soldiers serving in the First World War endured much higher rates of...

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06 Oct 2023

Minimising harms from COVID‑19 and other respiratory infections

Aotearoa New Zealand should implement a comprehensive respiratory infectious dis...

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02 Oct 2023

Action on alcohol produces significant health gains, modelling shows

Increasing taxes on alcohol, reducing its availability and banning alcohol marke...

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29 Sep 2023

New Zealand teens’ physical activity: what can it tell us about staying active for longer?

The level of physical activity among young people in New Zealand varies widely b...

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28 Sep 2023

Two pandemics more than 100 years apart – comparison reveals best strategies for the future

A vigorous elimination strategy should be considered and equity needs to be top...

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22 Sep 2023

A sound junkie working for the public good

Department of Public Health epidemiologist Associate Professor Amanda Kvalsvig h...

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19 Sep 2023

Otago researchers rewarded for excellence

The breadth and strengths of University of Otago research were on display when t...

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21 Jul 2023

Vaping regulations failing children and young people – research letter

As the number of vape retailers in Aotearoa continues to grow – there are now mo...

07 Jul 2023

Kids spending one-third of after-school time on screens, study finds

Regulations are urgently needed to protect children from harm in the unregulated...

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04 Jul 2023

HRC grants $51 million to Otago researchers

Otago researchers have received a significant $51 million funding boost from the...

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12 Jun 2023

Promoting physical activity in young adults

Encouraging adolescents to develop good physical activity behaviours is the focu...

25 May 2023

Why high school kids are saying ‘yeah, nah’ to alcohol

Striking differences in the way high school students socialise may be one of the...

10 Mar 2023

Cloak of protection against infectious diseases needed for schools

A group of health and education experts have published seven key goals in a miss...

07 Feb 2023

NZ one of few island nations with potential to produce enough food in a nuclear winter

New Zealand is one of only a few island nations that could continue to produce e...

02 Feb 2023

Locating for recovery: acute mental health units remain in the shadows

Acute mental health care units remain in the shadows, neither fully integrated i...

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19 Dec 2022

Sovereign rights to health and wellbeing

A passion for upholding sovereign rights to health and wellbeing for tangata whe...

15 Dec 2022

Housing the homeless is the first step

Providing unconditional access to housing is the first step towards improving th...

14 Dec 2022

Wednesday 14 December 2022, New smokefree policy will improve Aotearoa health: Otago experts

University of Otago experts welcome a new smokefree legislation which they say w...

28 Nov 2022

Otago researchers set to tackle health issues with Career Development Awards

From a global health crisis to Aotearoa’s health inequity – University of Otago...

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23 Nov 2022

Two more prestigious awards for Otago researchers

Two of the University of Otago’s leading researchers have been honoured for thei...

09 Nov 2022

Youth support for smokefree generation policy

Young people have shown strong support for the Government’s proposal to introduc...

28 Oct 2022

Local councils inadequately fluoridating water over past 30 years, researchers find

Local councils have only achieved fluoride targets for drinking water 54 per cen...

06 Oct 2022

Call to end harmful marketing after study reveals children’s exposure

An end to outdoor marketing of gambling, alcohol and junk food is urgently neede...

04 Oct 2022

Greater proportion of public housing in communities supports tenant health, researchers find

Arbitrarily limiting the proportion of public housing in new housing development...

22 Sep 2022

Government urged to start official inquiry into pandemic response

Leading University of Otago academics are calling for the launch of an official...

07 Sep 2022

Respiratory diseases lower in homes with retrofitted insulation

Retrofitting home insulation can reduce the onset of chronic respiratory disease...

05 Aug 2022

What does poverty look like from a child’s perspective?

New research has revealed the “shameful” extent of child poverty in Aotearoa New...

27 Jul 2022

New Bill marks the beginning of the end for cigarettes and tobacco in Aotearoa

Researchers from the University of Otago’s ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre, which ca...

17 Apr 2020

Otago researchers making major contribution to Covid-19 response

Otago researchers making major contribution to Covid-19 response...

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30 Jan 2020

Damp and mouldy housing new measure in latest deprivation index

Damp and mouldy housing new measure in latest deprivation index...

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01 Jun 2018

New Zealand leads call to improve health for indigenous people globally

New Zealand leads call to improve health for indigenous people globally...

30 Mar 2017


Archived media releases from the Department of Public Health, University of Otag...

04 May 2015

Reducing salt in food good for the heart and health budgets

New Otago University research shows that introducing strategies that reduce the...

11 Mar 2013

Lowering salt intake in diets important and very feasible

A newly published study has found that it would be relatively easy for New Zeala...

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