George Abbott Symposium combines with the Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand (SYHPANZ) to organize a national youth conference

Youth health professionals, researchers, community health agencies, the Chief Children’s Commissioner and other experts gathered at this year’s George Abbott Symposium to get latest information and discuss topics impacting young people, such as vaping, gambling and mental distress. The Paediatric Department at the University of Otago Otakou Whakaihu Waka’s Christchurch campus has long hosted the […]

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Research for Children Aotearoa celebrates Te Papa Hauora 10 year anniversary

“The support and governance of Te Papa Hauora has been absolutely crucial for the development of the Research for Children Aotearoa collaborative. With the encouragement they provide we hope to continue to make an impact by developing quality research programmes that are responsive to our community.” Professor Tony Walls, Co-Leader of Research for Children Aotearoa […]

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Medical student with Papa New Guinean heritage beginning research on what is known about autism among Pacific Peoples

Portrait photo of Josh Smith.

Fourth Year medical student Joshua Smith says he is honoured to be part of the first stage of this research to identify what is known about services and supports for Autistic Pacific People’ and their understanding and perspectives of autism.   His 10-week project involved reviewing existing literature. He hopes the project he began will one […]

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Researcher studying disease identified by World Health Organization as an ’emerging threat’ to children

Portait photo of Taliah Su'a

Samoan medical student Taliah Su’a understands the harsh reality of a diagnosis of rheumatic fever. Her aunt contracted the highly infectious disease and required intensive, ongoing drug treatment and surgery to replace the damaged valves of her heart. Su’a is also keen to play her part in addressing inequities in health care so jumped at […]

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Experts unite to ‘supercharge’ children’s health, wellbeing & education

Canterbury health and wellbeing experts, educationalists, tangata whenua and Pacific Island health and community groups have come together in a ground-breaking collaboration to improve outcomes for the region’s youngest and most vulnerable. Research for Children Aotearoa is a collaboration led by Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct. It includes researchers from the Universities of Canterbury and […]

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Diabetes disparity – Improving type 1 diabetes control in Pasifika children

Growing up in a village near the Fijian city of Lautoka, Dr Isaiah Immanuel witnessed first-hand the poorer outcomes for people living with chronic disease caused by delays in care and treatment. Now, the medical graduate and father-of-five is shining a light on the inequities of care that Pasifika youth in Aotearoa New Zealand are […]

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