New health research funding welcomed

52 days ago
By: Daphne Atkinson

The NZSA has welcomed the announcement from the Health Minister about new health research funding for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and health equity. Read the STUFF article here

More than $68.3 million in funding has been allocated through the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Among the recipients of this funding is Whakauae Research Services which has received $5 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) for a five-year programme to build knowledge on what is needed for better health outcomes for Māori and therefore Aotearoa.

It’s the first time Whakauae, has applied for HRC’s programme grant. It’s also the first time the programme fund has been awarded to an iwi-owned health research centre. 

Whakauae Research Centre Director Amohia Boulton says the research is critical to effect the changes needed to improve health outcomes for Māori. 

“Equity is a right enshrined within Te Tiriti o Waitangi, however, Māori do not get to exercise rangatiratanga over the most fundamental of human rights – their health and wellbeing.

“This programme seeks to fundamentally challenge the way the health system works – or doesn’t work – for Māori.

“We must develop and lead our own solutions if we are to realise the aspirations of our tupuna to flourish as Māori. " Read the full release on Scoop