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2015 news archives

Pūranga karere 2015

Wellington start-up in top three at Paris Climate Conference

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.

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Rental ‘Warrant of Fitness’ to start in Wellington and Dunedin

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.

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Cancer Society award for Professor Brett Delahunt

Monday, 14 December 2015 4:19pm

Professor Brett Delahunt’s exceptional, long-standing voluntary service and leadership to cancer research has been acknowledged by the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

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What drives urban change in New Zealand?

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.

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Bodies and bugs: Curious kids doing cool science

Friday, 4 December 2015 8:23am

A pilot project that will help connect children’s innate curiosity with real life science is about to start at the University of Otago, Wellington.

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Study identifies new risk factors for stroke

Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:24pm

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has identified new risk factors for secondary stroke in patients who have suffered a ‘mini-stroke’ or transient ischaemic attack (TIA). The findings open the way for developing potential new treatments to prevent subsequent full strokes, the researchers believe.

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Do New Zealanders still want the quarter-acre dream?

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.

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Otago study links midwifery experience to survival chances of babies

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 11:52am

University of Otago researchers have found strong evidence that levels of midwifery experience in New Zealand are associated with baby mortality. The study has been published today in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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Growing public support in the USA and Canada for smokefree outdoor laws

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.

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Unlocking ‘Big Data’ medical information

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 3:25pm

New Zealand researchers have developed a new way of extracting and classifying important information from the ‘Big Data’ stored in hundreds of thousands of electronic health records.

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Portable technology for neurocritical care

Monday, 14 September 2015 12:00pm

Portable technology for neurocritical care

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Health benefits of 20 years of tobacco tax increases modelled

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.

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New care model for Māori children with asthma recommended

Friday, 24 July 2015 4:33pm

A new University of Otago, Wellington, research report has found that the main barriers to optimal health literacy—and therefore optimal care for Māori children with asthma—are structural and endemic to New Zealand’s acute care model of health delivery.

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New Postgraduate Pacific Health paper

Monday, 20 July 2015 2:36pm

We are pleased to announce that a new postgraduate Pacific health paper will be offered from the Wellington campus starting in semester two this year.

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New Pacific Postgraduate Mentoring Co-ordinator

Friday, 17 July 2015 2:37pm

We are delighted to introduce Mary Newman, our new Pacific Postgraduate Mentoring Co-ordinator.

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New Student Learning Advisor

Friday, 17 July 2015 2:35pm

Emma Osborne has joined UOW as the new Student Learning Advisor.

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Self-management techniques helping people manage suicidal thoughts

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:33am

Self-management techniques need to be more widely acknowledged by mental health professionals as an option to help people who felt suicidal and better support provided to help them develop their own self-management strategies, according to new University of Otago research.

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Otago anaesthetist develops unique monitoring software

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 12:07pm

An anaesthetist at the University’s Wellington campus has created a state-of-the-art monitoring system that warns of potential patient issues in plain spoken English.

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Otago study highlights at-risk group leaving hospital without contraception

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:35am

Women with near-fatal illnesses during pregnancy have been leaving New Zealand hospitals without the contraception that could prevent future serious harm to their health, a study by University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

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Innovative health research at Otago receives major funding

Thursday, 4 June 2015 9:54am

University of Otago researchers have been awarded more than $30M in new health research funding to support their world-class studies aimed at improving New Zealanders’ health and well-being.

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Quitting smokers win cash reward

Friday, 29 May 2015 9:40am

It is World Smokefree Day this Sunday, and two former smokers have won money by quitting as part of a University of Otago Wellington trial funded by the Ministry of Health.

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Researchers funded to pursue projects benefiting NZ health

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 8:38am

Three researchers from the University of Otago’s Wellington Campus have been awarded Health Research Council Grants (HRC).

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New Zealand’s maternity statistics should be better – expert

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 8:33am

New Zealand should be one of the safest places in the world to give birth with maternity statistics that are as good as or better than most other countries, says Professor Stacie Geller, an international maternal morbidity and mortality expert.

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High rate of harassment of our MPs, their staff and families

Friday, 8 May 2015 10:26am

Harassment of New Zealand politicians, their families and staff is ‘common and concerning’, according to new Otago University research.

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Reducing salt in food good for the heart and health budgets

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.

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Smokefree signage lacking in schools

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.

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The burgeoning cost of cancer in NZ – study

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.

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Fall prevention findings being presented to Taranaki community

Tuesday, 7 April 2015 10:46am

Fall prevention findings being presented to Taranaki community

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Violence imagery in music videos sparks call for tougher controls

Monday, 30 March 2015 10:12am

Violence imagery in music videos sparks call for tougher controls

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New HRC Pacific health research awards confirmed

Friday, 27 March 2015 2:38pm

The HRC is pleased to announce five new Pacific health research awards, which will be made available this year. Pacific health research helps to build the capacity and capability of Pacific peoples in research, and contributes to the Pacific knowledge base.

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Gift to enhance the future care of our most fragile babies

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 9:58am

Our most vulnerable babies may in the future get an even better start to life and have fewer long-term health problems due to the kindness of The Neonatal Trust New Zealand and ICAP New Zealand.

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Pacific Health Summer School

Friday, 27 February 2015 1:36pm

A big thank you to the attendees of the University of Otago, Wellington Pacific Health Summer School programme.

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Pacific Health Summer School

Friday, 27 February 2015 1:30pm

A big thank you to the attendees of the University of Otago, Wellington Pacific Health Summer School programme.