AUT Health Futures is a bold new approach to tackling significant societal problems facing Aotearoa New Zealand. Launched in 2020, the AUT Health Futures Funding Programme is investing $20 million in research with external partners that has the potential for real-world application.
Collaborating across and beyond the university, AUT researchers are tackling pressing issues confronting the communities we serve. Solutions and innovations will stretch beyond clinical or traditional health fields. The global pandemic has highlighted the need for new thinking to address old problems and Health Futures provides a platform to do this.
AUT is already home to New Zealand’s largest health faculty, preparing thousands of healthcare professionals each year. Health Futures builds on this and helps AUT extend its contribution by funding research where external partners help define the challenge and co-design solutions - often spanning multiple disciplines.