News & Events

Collaboration on tobacco cessation in Asia

Associate Professor Chris Bullen, Director of the National Institute for Health Innovation spoke at the Asean Regional Workshop on Sustainable Funding for Tobacco Control, held in Bangkok at the end of September. Also in attendance was New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to Thailand, Karen Campbell. The event was jointly organised by UniServices, the Thai Health Foundation Promotion and the Thai National Quitline with Chris and Kelvin having a significant role in terms of seminar content, key messages and desired outcomes. We also received significant in-market support from the local New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) officers.

Media Release: Text message service aids malaria care

A mobile phone text message reminder service has proved to be a successful way of ensuring health workers stick to new protocols for malaria in Papua New Guinea.

Population health expert, Associate Professor Chris Bullen from the University of Auckland, outlined the impact of the mobile phone service, in a seminar on health and development in Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the University recently.

New data may help nutrition monitoring

Congratulations to the NutriSales team for their publication in the New Zealand Medical Journal on the use of electronic household food purchase data to assess population exposure to sodium, saturated fat, and sugar in New Zealand.

Inaugural professorial lecture by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu

Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu“Changing our food environment” was the focus of an inspiring inaugural professorial lecture by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu who leads the nutrition research  programme at the National Institute for Health Innovation in 21st August at the School of Population Health.

 “The food environment is a powerful influence on what we eat and our consequent nutritional health”, says Professor Ni Mhurchu.

 “Our current environment is dominated by energy-dense, nutrient-poor processed foods that are widely available, relatively  inexpensive and heavily promoted,” she says.

SPARX named as finalist in 2014 NZ Project Management Awards

The SOLVE Project Team

A project to launch an online version of a ground breaking e-therapy program that aims to help young people deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed has been selected as a finalist in the Project Management Institute of New Zealand’s (PMINZ) 2014 NZ Project Management Awards.

Lecture on changing food environments

Changing our food environment will be focus of a lecture by NIHI’s Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu to be held on Thursday, 21 August from 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Are e-cigarettes a health innovation or a risk?

NIHI director Associate Professor Chris Bullen appeared on Radio New Zealand's Nine To Noon programme recently to discuss whether e-cigarettes are a health innovation or a risk.

He was joined in the discussion by Pamela Ling, Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, whose research is on tobacco prevention among young people, and the marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes.

Click here to listen to the talk.

SaltSwitch is now recruiting

Using SlatSwitch at the SupermarketThe SaltSwitch study aims to help people with heart disease eat less salt. High salt intake is linked with high blood pressure and risk of heart attack and stroke. This study will look to see whether a smartphone application (app) called SaltSwitch can help people with heart disease make lower salt food choices.

NIHI’s Cliona Ni Mhurchu shines spotlight reducing health inequalities

Professor Cliona Ni MhurchuAs one of the key speakers at the recent ‘Tackling Determinants, Changing Behaviours’ symposium, NIHI’s Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu shared her insights on population health improvements.

The free symposium, organised by NIHI and held at the University of Auckland, focused on local and global perspectives on population health improvement.

Results from NIHI’s IMPACT study published in British Medical Journal

Dr Vanessa SelakResults from a study by the National Institute for Health Innovation, just published in the British Medical Journal, may soon make the fight against heart attacks and strokes, New Zealand’s number one killer, significantly easier to treat.  

International guidelines recommend treating patients affected by cardiovascular disease with a combination of aspirin, blood pressure lowering drugs and statins (which lower cholesterol) to help reduce their risk of having a second heart attack or stroke by over 50%.