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HRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship awarded

November 2018

Congratulations to Dr Wes Xia who was a recipient of Health Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowships. Dr Xia’s study aims to investigate how to reduce pain following haemorrhoid surgery. Read more.


Academic health alliance between Counties Manukau Health and the University of Auckland

31 October 2018

After working together for many years, Counties Manukau Health and the University of Auckland have officially recognised the partnership. Representatives from the University of Auckland met with Counties Manukau Health Board members and CEO Fepuleai’i Margie Apa to sign an academic health alliance agreement. This alliance formally recognises the benefits of working collaboratively in the areas of research, as well as generally.


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.



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