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Effectiveness of primary care delivery in New Zealand

July 2018

The Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand have jointly awarded a two-year research project that will evaluate the effectiveness of primary care models in New Zealand. It will be the first comprehensive evaluation of general practice models of care since primary health organisations were introduced in 2001. Associate Professor Tim Kenealy is involved in the project that involves a multi-disciplinary team of primary care clinicians and academics from five universities – Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Otago, Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and Karolinska Institute (Sweden), and organisations with specialist knowledge. Read more.


Dr Okesene-Gafa receives award at Counties Manukau Health Research Week

June 2018

Dr Karaponi Okesene-Gafa was awarded the Best Student / Emerging Researcher Presentation award at the Research Week 2018 for her presentation: 'Dietary interventions with, or without, probiotics in women with obesity during pregnancy in Counties Manukau Health – The Healthy Mums and Babies (HUMBA) randomised controlled demonstration trial.

The aim of her PhD research was to determine whether a culturally tailored dietary intervention delivered by community health workers and supportive text messages with or without probiotics in women with obesity in pregnancy can reduce the rates of excessive gestational weight gain and optimise infant birth weight. The study found that, although the interventions did not affect the main primary outcomes (proportion of women with excessive weight gain and infant birth weight), it was encouraging that the dietary interventions reduced total pregnancy weight gain (by 1.76kg) in the mother, which may have long term health benefits. Some of the dietary resources from this trial have supported the development of another intervention project called Healthy Mums and Babies 4 Life which is currently ongoing.


Campus staff present at Counties Manukau Health Research Week

June 2018

The annual Counties Manukau Health Research Week celebrates research taking place across the District Health Board. View the presentations of the following South Auckland Clinical Campus staff: 


Health Research Council grant awarded to Dr Sarah Cullum

21 May 2018

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Cullum who was awarded a Health Research Council Feasibility Study grant. Her research will test the feasibility of conducting a full scale national New Zealand prevalence study of dementia. Read more.


How can new technologies enhance research into the ageing brain?

April 2018

At the 2nd Annual Brain and Technology Symposium held on 11-12 April 2018 in the Fale Pasifika at the University of Auckland Dr Sarah Cullum and her colleagues, Dr Margaret Dudley, Dr Susan Yates, Dr Alexander Merkin, Sharon Olsen, Marcus King, Associate Professor Suranga Nanayakkara, Pablo Gallego Cascon and Associate Professor Edgar Rodriguez participated in a clinical challenge to determine how new technologies could enhance research into the ageing brain. Their winning proposal Ōranga Ō Te Roro: Cognitive Assessment and Preventative Tool for Dementiaan app designed to promote dementia awareness and prevention, received funding from MedTech Centre of Research Excellence and Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa to continue working on their project. Read more.


Breast reconstruction after radiotherapy less risky without implants

23 February 2018

New research has found women who use their own tissue in breast reconstruction have fewer post-op complications than women who receive implants. Read more about Dr Michelle Locke’s research.


New appointment for Dr Alec Ekeroma

February 2018

Congratulations to Dr Alec Ekeroma who was recently appointed by the University of Auckland as Associate Professor in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Read more.


New development in Samoan medical sector

11 December 2017

A private health specialist centre in Moto’otua, Samoa will open its doors in early 2018 under the patronage of Dr Alec Ekeroma. Dr Ekeroma saw a need to develop a health specialist service that was sustainable so he set about creating a social enterprise based on a unique model that would provide Samoans with access to specialist services. Read more in the Samoa Observer.


Health Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowships awarded

November 2017

Congratulations to Dr Ahmed Barazanchi and Dr Wiremu MacFater who were recipients of Health Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowships.    

Dr Barazanchi’s multicentre prospective cohort study aims to develop a reliable and easy-to-use risk prediction tool for emergency laparotomy. Read more.

Dr MacFater’s randomised clinical trial aims to optimise post-operative pain and functional recovery after major abdominal surgery. The analgesic benefit of intra-abdominal local anaesthetic will be compared to intravenous local anaesthetic. Read more.


Dr Ekeroma announced as new Editor in Chief for Pacific Health Dialog

20 August 2017

Senior Lecturer, Dr Ekeroma will take on the new role as Editor in Chief for Pacific Health Dialog. This is a medical and public health journal published specifically for Pacific Island countries. Read more about his new role on the Pasifika Medical Association website.


Professor Hill new president of International Society of Surgery

17 August 2017

At the 47th World Congress of Surgery in Basel, Switzerland (August 2017) Professor Hill addressed the assembly as the new president of the International Society of Surgery / Société Internationale de Chirurgie (ISS/SIC) and 2019 World Congresss of Surgery.

The ISS/SIC is considered one of the most distinguished and prestigious international surgical societies in the world. It represents six collective member societies and surgeons from more than 100 countries. Its goal is to work for international teaching in surgery, both specialized and general surgery, in developed and developing countries. The official journal of ISS/SIC is the World Journal of Surgery and it holds the World Congress of Surgery every two years.


Perioperative care and enhanced recovery after surgery

July 2017

A discussion between Professor Andrew Hill (Head of South Auckland Clinical Campus and Colorectal Surgeon) and Dr Nick Lightfoot (Anaesthetist, Middlemore Hospital) about perioperative care and enhanced recovery after surgery. View the podcast on the Research Review website.


Bariatric Surgery Registry launches in New Zealand

20 July 2017

New Zealand’s first Bariatric Surgery Registry launches nation-wide this week, an initiative that will allow surgeons to accurately compare outcomes for patients who have undergone an operation for obesity across public and private hospitals in New Zealand and Australia. Dr Andrew MacCormick, a general and bariatric surgeon at Counties Manukau Health and Senior Lecturer at the South Auckland Clinical Campus, said that the Bariatric Surgery Registry would be a powerful tool for improving clinical quality and patient safety. Read more.


Dr Okesene-Gafa elected as vice president of Pacific Society for Reproductive Health

20 July 2017

Dr Kara Okesene-Gafa, senior lecturer at the South Auckland Clinical Campus and obstetrician-gynaecologist at Middlemore Hospital was elected as vice president of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health. The Society is a non-governmental organisation which encourages the professional development of reproductive and neonatal health care workers across Pacific Island countries.


Health Research Council project grants awarded

July 2017

Professor Andrew Hill (Principal Investigator), Mr Ashish Taneja (Consultant, ADHB) and Dr Ahmed Barazanchi (PhD Candidate) were awarded a Health Research Council project grant in the latest funding round for the study, development and application of a risk prediction tool for emergency laparotomy. Read more about the study.

Associate Professor Tim Kenealy is part of a team of researchers awarded a Health Research Council Pacific project grant that will look at how to help practitioners and planners more deeply understand how Pacific individuals and families relate to our health system. Read more about the study


Presentations at Counties Manukau Health Research Week

July 2017

Research Week is an annual Counties Manukau Health event, organised by Ko Awatea, which celebrates the great research taking place across the District Health Board. The following South Auckland Clinical Campus staff and PhD student presented their research findings. View their presentations.



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