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All the latest news and media releases from the Health Research Council.
  • "It's about making a difference to our people" - Iwi health research medal winner

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    Hauora Māori researcher Dr Amohia Boulton has been rewarded for her mahi with one of the country’s top health research awards – the Health Research Council's Te Tohu Rapuora Medal – for her leadership, excellence and contribution to advancing Māori health.
  • Decrease in late stillbirths possibly linked to more pregnant women sleeping on their side

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    The research team behind the public awareness campaign to get pregnant women sleeping on their side from 28 weeks of pregnancy has received one of New Zealand’s top awards for translational health research. Their research and campaign may have contributed to a decrease in late stillbirths over recent years in New Zealand.
  • COVID-19 research team earns Liley Medal for landmark study on NZ’s pandemic response

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    Public health expert Dr Sarah Jefferies and team have been awarded the Health Research Council’s prestigious Liley Medal as part of the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Research Honours for their landmark paper analysing the impact of New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Funding for emerging researchers prepares workforce for future health challenges

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    New Zealand’s most promising emerging researchers have been awarded $11.3 million to undertake high-quality research and develop the skills to address current and future health challenges.
  • HRC updates during COVID-19 outbreak

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    Check here for our latest updates and guidance to support HRC-funded researchers during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The HRC is on the move

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    From early September, the HRC office will be located in new premises at 110 Symonds Street (Level 1, South Tower), Grafton, Auckland.
  • Developing the knowledge for a health system shift towards equity

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    2021 PROJECT AND PROGRAMME FUNDING:
    The leadership shown by Māori in managing the health and wellbeing needs of their own communities during the COVID-19 outbreak was one of the drivers for newly funded research into a ‘much-needed shift in the health system’. That's the focus of one of the research programmes announced today.
  • Study aims to improve mental health services for NZ’s Pacific youth

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    2021 PROJECT AND PROGRAMME FUNDING: Associate Professor El-Shadan Tautolo's research to improve mental health services for Pacific youth involving almost 1000 Pacific youth living mainly in South Auckland is one of a record five Pacific Project grants announced today by Health Minister Andrew Little.