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Pacific Health Research Committee

The Pacific Health Research Committee provides the HRC with advice about Pacific health research priorities and Pacific health research workforce development. 

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There is also a Pacific Assessing Committee that assesses applications for the HRC's Pacific Health Research Career Development Awards and Pacific Projects, and recommends to the HRC Council which applications to support.

Click here for the committee's Terms of Reference.

Committee members:

  • Dr Ofa Dewes - Chair, Affiliate Investigator, Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, and Research Fellow, School of Nursing, The University of Auckland, Auckland
  • Dr Riz Firestone - Senior Research Fellow/Associate Dean Pacific, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, Wellington Campus, Wellington
  • Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu - Associate Dean Pacific/Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Dr Bruce Su'a - Paediatric Surgeon, Starship Hospital, Auckland
  • Associate Professor Dan Tautolo - Director, Centre for Pacific Health and the Pacific Islands Families Study, AUT University, Auckland
  • Dr Paula Vivili - Director, Public Health Division, The Pacific Community, Noumea

Ex officio members:
Marisa Maepu -
Ministry of Health
Dr Vernon Choy - Acting Chief Executive, Health Research Council of New Zealand

Committee Secretary: Tolotea Lanumata - HRC Manager - Pacific Health Research