New projects for emerging Maori health researchers

26 November 2013

Five emerging Maori health researchers have had new projects funded at the University of Auckland for 2014. The grants, totalling nearly half a million dollars, were made by the Health Research Council as part of its 2014 Career Development Awards programme.

Speech-language therapist, Dr Karen McLellan was awarded an Eru Pomare Postdoctoral Fellowship to look at ‘a kaupapa Maori intervention for stroke-related communication disorders’.  She will work with supervisors from the Te Kupenga Hauora Maori unit in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Dr McLellan has just completed her PhD at the University of Auckland on the experiences of Maori with aphasia – a language disorder following a stroke. Karen will use her fellowship to design and create an intervention programme for speech language therapists working with Maori who have stroke-related communication disorders.

The full list of HRC grants for Maori Health Research includes a PhD and a Masters scholarship, as well as two Summer Studentships and a Maori Health Rangahau Hauora Training Award.

Māori Health Research Career Development Awards to the University of Auckland:

Eru Pomare Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr Karen McLellan, University of Auckland A kaupapa Māori intervention for stroke-related communication disorders 42 months, $371,514

Māori Health Research PhD Scholarship Dr Jade Tamatea, University of Auckland Te whakangungu rākau: prevalence, severity, outcome of thrytoxicosis in Māori 24 months, $74,004

Māori Health Research Masters Scholarship

Mr David Patterson, University of Auckland Urban design, mental health and Māori 22 months, $16,204

Māori Health Research Summer Studentships

Miss Janell Dymus, University of Auckland Exploring Māori public health public leadership through a community lens 4 months, $5,000

Mr Steve Waqanivavalagi, University of Auckland An intact approach to architectural characterisation using confocal microscopy 4 months, $5,000

Māori Health Rangahau Hauora Training Award

Ms Brenda Gordon, University of Auckland Exploring barriers and facilitators to midwives delivery of cessation support 6 months. $12,000

For more information contact:

Suzi Phillips , Media Relations Advisor Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences The University of Auckland Email s.phillips@auckland.ac.nz Phone +64 9 923 7383 or Mob 021416396