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

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.

NIHI researchers feature in top 5 Cochrane Reviews for 2015

The Cochrane Library has just announced the most popular Cochrane Reviews from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2015 and the work of NIHI researchers features in the top 5.

  • Associate Professors Andrew Jull and Natalie Walker are authors of the systematic review “Honey as a topical treatment for wounds”, one of the top five most frequently downloaded updated Cochrane Reviews published in 2015.  See here for free access: Honey as a topical treatment for wounds
  • NIHI Director Professor Chris Bullen is a co-author of the systematic review “Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation and reduction”, one of the most read Cochrane Reviews from the Cochrane Library iPad edition in 2015. See here for free access: Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation and reduction

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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