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On the ground in Cyclone Gabrielle: trainee interns share their experiences

Tuesday, 4 April 2023

When Cyclone Gabrielle hit the North Island in February, trainee interns from the University of Otago, Wellington, on placements in hospitals and general practices in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay were caught up in the worst storm to hit the country in decades.

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Cloak of protection against infectious diseases needed for schools

Friday, 10 March 2023

A group of health and education experts have published seven key goals in a mission to protect schools from COVID‑19 and other infectious disease outbreaks.

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Otago kaimahi and tauira recognised with Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa awards

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa – Māori Medical Practitioners Association's (Te ORA) membership have gathered online to celebrate the significant achievements of tākuta Māori (Māori doctors) and Māori medical students.

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Positive reintegration of ex-prisoners' focus of HRC grant project

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Improving the health and wellbeing of Māori who re-enter society from prisons, alongside their whānau and communities, is the aim of a University of Otago project which received Health Research Council of New Zealand funding today.

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University gathers to celebrate Matariki

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

A warm atmosphere bubbling with life kept the midwinter chill at bay as the University held its first Matariki night market.

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Otago student wins $160,000 at Māori Career Development in Cancer Research Awards

Friday 18 March 2022

An Otago PhD candidate is one of three researchers to win $160,000 at the inaugural Māori Early Career Development in Cancer Research Awards.

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Kaupapa Māori at the heart of new cancer screening research

Wednesday 21 July 2021

A University of Otago researcher is using a kaupapa Māori approach to break down barriers surrounding access to gastric and colon cancer screening for Māori.

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Inequities facing tāngata whaikaha during COVID‑19 raised

Wednesday 12 May 2021

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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Investigating epilepsy in Māori

Wednesday 5 May 2021

Understanding the reasons behind the higher burden of epilepsy experienced by Māori children is the focus of a Health Research Council (HRC) funded research project at the University of Otago, Wellington, led by PhD student and paediatric registrar Dr Ngaire Keenan.

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The most exciting times for cancer care in our nation's history

Friday 23 April 2021

Māori epidemiologist, Jason Gurney, welcomes the health system shake-up to the 'greater good' approach that's been so disadvantageous for Māori. “The metastatic inertia in our health system that has been a complicit driver of inequities in health outcomes for Māori is finally getting a proper shake-up.”

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SYMBIOTIC public health research programme launched at Kōkiri Marae

Tuesday, 20 April 2020

Kōkiri Marae hosted an all-day hui on Tuesday to launch the SYMBIOTIC Programme, a five-year research programme that focuses on finding ways of reducing the burden of infectious diseases, long-term conditions, and poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Māori researchers welcome Smokefree 2025 Action Plan

Thursday 15 April 2021

ASPIRE 2025 co-director, Andrew Waa, welcomes the action plan for achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025 released by Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall. “This action plan at last sets out a realistic approach to meet the desire of Māori communities and leaders to eliminate the availability of tobacco products in Aotearoa and end the terrible health impacts they have on Māori.”

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Otago farewells Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne

Thursday 18 March 2021

Toa Waaka, Rautaki Hononga Māori, presented Professor Hayne with two kete mātauranga, blue and gold hand woven flax baskets containing treasures in the form of specially designed cards featuring whakatauki to be passed on to the Indigenous peoples associated with Curtin University in Perth.

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Māori patients may be missing out on optimal secondary stroke prevention

Friday 20 November 2020

Early findings from the REGIONS Care study suggest that more Māori stroke patients may be missing out on optimal secondary stroke prevention and culturally appropriate support services are not being accessed consistently by Māori and Pasifika patients.

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Bubble concept goes viral

Dr Tristram Ingham's bubble' concept was initially intended for the disabled community, but it quickly captured the nation's imagination, framing our lives under lockdown.

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New insights into vaping uptake among Māori and Pacific peoples

Monday 25 May 2020

Māori and Pasifika who have not been able to quit smoking may need more support to move from smoking to vaping, researchers from the University of Otago and Māori public health collective Hāpai Te Hauora have found.

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COVID‑19 and Māori health – when equity is more than a word

10 April 2020

Māori academics, researchers and health professionals are extremely concerned about the impacts of the COVID‑19 pandemic on our whānau and communities and the inadequate focus on Māori health equity in pandemic planning. “Saying, 'equity is important' is different from actually making equity important via intentional actions to achieve it.”

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University of Otago and Ngāti Toa Rangatira renew partnership

Monday, 17 October 2016

The University of Otago this week renewed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira. The MoU was signed at a ceremony at the University of Otago Wellington by Te Taku Parai, chair of Te Rūnanga, Sir Matiu Rei, Te Rūnanga Executive Director, and John Ward, Chancellor of the University.


Memorandum of Agreement acknowledges important and enduring relationship

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Kōkiri Marae Seaview and Tū Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust and the University of Otago next week will formalise a relationship that began more than 30 years ago.


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