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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%.

DIET Programme website goes live!

The front page of the DIET Origramme web site.

The five-year DIET (Dietary Interventions: Evidence & Translation) Programme, funded by the HRC, and directed by Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu now has its own website at

NIHI supports roll-out of e-therapy tool for young people

Prime Minister John Key with the SPARX project team from NIHI at the launch of the program. From left are Julian Pinfold, Karen Carter, Barry Grey, NIHI Business Development Director Malcolm Pollock, Chris Bullen, Terri Hawke, Louis van Wyk and Stuart Uren.

NIHI is pleased to have been involved in the launch of SPARX – the latest tool to support young people experiencing mild to moderate depression or anxiety.

SPARX is an online e-therapy programme that helps young people develop skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed.

Developed by a team of University of Auckland researchers and clinicians, SPARX is an initiative of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project.

NIHI researchers win awards at the School of Population Health Research Showcase

Leila Pfaeffli, Helen Eyles and Wilma Waterlander with awards

Leila Pfaeffli - post-graduate award for best poster
Wilma Waterlander - emerging researcher award for best poster
Helen Eyles - people's choice award for best poster 

Professor David Nutt discusses regulation of alcohol

Professor David Nutt of the Imperial College London gives his opinion on whether alcohol regulation policy should follow a similar path to tobacco policy.