Excellence in equity

09 October 2012

Congratulations to the winners of the University’s Excellence in Equity Awards for 2012, presented in the Fale Pasifika on 27 September.

Three of a total of ten winning groups or individuals were from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

A Research Collaboration to Put Health Equity on the Agenda

(Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and four district health boards)

This collaborative project brought together a group of researchers from the faculty in cooperation with four district health boards to undertake research which resulted in an unpredicted new equity agenda and ongoing research collaboration.  The “Alleviating the burden of chronic conditions” surveyed New Zealand’s district health boards to examine approaches to the care of New Zealanders with chronic conditions, in particular Maori and Pacific peoples and those with lower socio-economic status. The research collaboration provided a platform to extend clinical thinking and discuss how to build health equity into the country’s health care system.

Key people are Professor Allan Barber, Mary-Ann Boyd, Dr Peter Carswell, Professor Martin Connolly, Associate Professor Janet Clinton, Dr Gerry Devlin, Professor Rob Doughty, Dr Lorna Dyall, Associate Professor Timothy Kenealy, Professor Ngaire Kerse, Professor John Kolbe, Professor Ross Lawrenson, Ms Faith Mahoney, Dr Allan Moffitt and Associate Professor Nicolette Sheridan

To find out more, email Associate-Professor Nicolette Sheridan (Associate Dean Equity, Medical and Health Sciences),


Tatou Tatou/Success for All: Improving Maori Student Success in Health Professional Degree-level Programmes

(Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences)

This is an evidence-based project targeting Maori student success in degree-level tertiary education. The aim was to understanding how the distinctive worldviews of Maori students are critical to the knowledge base that drives teaching and learning practices in tertiary health programmes. This project focused on Maori success in degree-level tertiary education, looking at questions such as how teaching practices in non-lecture contexts helped or hindered that success, and what alterations might be needed in teaching and higher education practices in order to support that success.

Key people are Dr Elana Curtis, Erena Wikaire, Dr Bridget Kool, William Nepia, Michelle Honey, Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor Phillippa Poole; with former University of Auckland colleagues Torise Lualua-Aati and Dr Myra Ruka

To find out more email Elana Curtis,


Life and Living in Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand Te Puawaitanga o Nga Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu

(Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, School of Population Health, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care and Te Kupenga Hauora Maori)

The LILACS initiative is a partnership between Maori and non-Maori to engage 421 Maori aged 80-90 years and 520 non-Maori aged 85 years in a cohort study aiming to identify predictors of successful advanced ageing. The project has involved Maori thesis and doctorial students, engaged communities to conduct the research and build research capacity in the community, and has resulted in knowledge transfer, with local organisation’s involvement in feedback hui and ongoing research design. Results show that Maori cultural practices may be related to quality of life, along with health and social support. The research helps to  build a picture of success in advanced age.

Key people are Professor Ngaire Kerse, Dr Lorna Dyall, Mere Kepa, Tina Elliott, Karen Hayman, Ruth Teh and members of Te Ropu Kaitiaki Tikanga Maori (guardians and protectors of Maori culture and practices)

For more information email Lorna Dyall,


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