The National Institute for Health Innovation

The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) is a leading New Zealand research institute with a focus on prevention and management of common serious diseases and effective healthcare. We provide independent scientific evidence that supports individuals, communities, clinicians, and policy makers to 'get it right'

With research programmes on addictions, nutrition, physical activity, heart health and health technology, NIHI undertakes research on effective delivery of healthcare, technologies to support care delivery and the prevention and management of chronic disease

At NIHI we measure our success by our contribution to improving people's health in New Zealand and around the globe

Four new trials funded in the latest HRC grant round

Professor Chris Bullen, and Associate Professors Natalie Walker and Andrew Jull have each been successful in securing three years of funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to undertake four cutting-edge clinical trials. Three of the newly funded projects focus on smoking cessation, and one focuses on a new treatment for venous leg ulcers.  The trials range in size from 262 participants through to 2,140 .  See below for more detail on each trial.

NIHI researchers succeed with HRC Explorer grants

Sam Marsh and Wilma Waterlander have both been successful with this year’s HRC Explorer Grants round.

Explorer grants are for research projects that are ‘out-there’, but which have a very good chance of making a transformative change to New Zealanders’ health. This year the HRC has awarded a record nine Explorer Grants, five more than the previous highest number of grants in 2014 and 2015.

Published Research

Effects of Health-Related Food Taxes and Subsidies on Mortality from Diet-Related Disease in New Zealand: An Econometric-Epidemiologic Modelling Study

Health-related food taxes and subsidies may promote healthier diets and reduce mortality. Our aim was to estimate the effects of health-related food taxes and subsidies on deaths prevented or postponed in New Zealand. Read More >

Changes in the Sodium Content of New Zealand Processed Foods: 2003–2013

Decreasing population sodium intake has been identified as a "best buy" for reducing non-communicable disease. The aim of this study was to explore 10-year changes in the sodium content of New Zealand processed foods.

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Effect of a Family-Centered, Secondhand Smoke Intervention to Reduce Respiratory Illness in Indigenous Infants in Australia and New Zealand: A Randomized Controlled Trial

A randomised controlled trial of a family-based, second-hand smoke intervention has found that simply having smoke-free homes and cars is not sufficient to protect children from exposure to second-hand smoke nor reduce the occurrence of acute respiratory illness in indigenous infants in Australia and New Zealand.

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