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Health Futures finalists announced

AUT has committed $20 million over 5 years for new ideas contributing to solving New Zealand’s biggest challenges. From over 100 applications, six Health Futures finalists have been selected. They include:

  • A project to address vaccine hesitancy and resulting increase in cruel but preventable diseases. Led by Professor Judy McGregor and working closely with the Northland District Health Board, the work will focus on a Kaupapa Māori approach and include experts in social sciences, data analytics, policy, psychology, and human rights.
  • Using digital literacy to improve Māori community health will be explored by a team lead by researcher Hohepa Spooner that includes experts from our Te Ara Poutama (Māori and Indigenous Development) faculty and a network of Wairoa based community groups.
  • Co-designing ways to address social isolation among older people is a research programme in collaboration with both the New Zealand Silverline Charitable Trust and Silverline UK, age care business Metlife Care, the National Telehealth Service, and the e-Mental Health Implementation Service. It is led by Professor Valerie Wright-St Clair: Co-director AUT Centre for Active Ageing and Professor of Occupational Science and Social Gerontology and includes Mātauranga Māori expertise.
  • Creative Capabilities for Health Futures with South Auckland's Youth brings together a wide range of disciplines including future environments, art and design, education, and public health. It is led by Associate Professor Ricardo Sosa and will work with The Southern Initiative's Health Families South Auckland and Auckland Co-Design Lab.
  • Bringing about radical change in the way health professionals are educated to address workforce issues and ensure greater access to healthcare is the aim of a the newly funded research lead by Dr Susan Shaw who will work with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and research experts from clinical science, paramedicine, physiotherapy and sport and recreation.
  • Development of a leukaemia therapeutic (KV-62)

Part of AUT's vision is to contribute to our community, country and beyond through the discovery and application of knowledge for wellbeing and prosperity. Health Futures has been co-designed to help us do this. We hope to extend the number of projects funded in the coming years and will continue to seek partners to help us achieve this.