Newsletter #2                                       July 2016
Contestable funding for long-term health conditions research
A new Long-Term Conditions partnership between Healthier Lives, Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) was recently announced by Ministers Hon Steven Joyce and Hon Jonathan Coleman.
Applicants may apply for funding of up to $2.5 million (fully costed, exclusive of GST) over three years.
A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued by the HRC, details of which may be downloaded from the HRC at: or via the Healthier Lives website homepage:
  • Registrations of Interest (ROI) due:1pm, Wednesday, 20 July 2016
  • Applications close:1pm, Friday, 2 September 2016
The funding partners will host an open discussion meeting in Wellington on 18 August 2016 to discuss the RFP requirements, and the application and assessment process. For more information about this meeting and other key dates, please see the RFP.
He Oranga Hauora Kāhui Māori
Dr Jenny McMahon, Chair of the Healthier Lives Governance Group, has invited four high profile people who have an involvement in research or health care in New Zealand to join the Healthier Lives family as members of He Oranga Hauora Kāhui Māori.  We are delighted that they have all accepted, and are pleased to introduce them here:


Donna Matahaere-Atariki
Ngāti Porou, Ngāriki ki Mangatū, Te Aitanga-A-Mahaki, Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Pikiao
Donna is Chair of the Otākou Runanga and Executive Director of Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora, an independent community provider of integrated health, education and social services.


Dr Lorraine Brooking
Ngāti Porou, Ngāriki ki Mangatū, Te Aitanga-A-Mahaki, Ngāi Tuhoe, Ngāti Pikiao
Lorraine is a GP working in Taupo.  She has a special interest in diabetes management and care.

Dr Amohia Boulton
Ngāti Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Ngāti Mutunga
Amohia is Research Centre Director of Whakauae Research Services based in Whanganui, and a Member of the Māori Health Committee of the Health Research Council.
Andrew Sporle
Andrew is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics. He was a member of the Trends in wellbeing for Māori families 1981–2006 project team.

Breaking news: New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Collaboration Centre
The three health-related National Science Challenges – Healthier Lives, Ageing Well and A Better Start – will collaborate in a new centre to enhance linkages between New Zealand and China related to research into non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The grant of $1.25M has been made through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Catalyst Fund, which supports activities that initiate, develop and foster collaborations leveraging international science and innovation for New Zealand’s benefit.

The new centre’s activities will focus around six research themes relevant to researchers from both countries: diabetes/obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, rare inherited diseases, big data, and gene-environment interactions.

For more information, read the story on our website.
Diary dates
Otago Spotlight Series: Cardiovascular Disease
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
9am-3.30pm, Nordmeyer Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington, 23A Mein St, Newtown
Three Healthier Lives researchers will be among those in the spotlight providing short, easy-to-understand outlines of their work on cardiovascular disease to fellow researchers and guests.
Registrations are welcome from funders, policymakers, clinicians, research institutions, community and government agencies, and members of the public (no cost to attend).  During the meeting attendees will be invited to contribute to discussion about priorities for CVD research.
Registrations are now open by email to:
For more information visit:

Healthier Lives 2016 research colloquium
Researchers, communities, practitioners and policymakers building healthier communities together
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
9.30am-4.00pm, Nordmeyer Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington, 23A Mein St, Newtown
Healthier Lives will introduce its research projects and outline plans for its growth.   For each of the four major non-communicable diseases within our remit – cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity – we will describe the landscape in New Zealand, outline how Healthier Lives is working to reduce not only the burden of disease but also inequity in health outcomes, and discuss where to focus our collective efforts in the future.
Registrations will open shortly.

The Diabesity Tsunami: can we make a difference?
Not just another meeting about diabetes and obesity
Friday, 17 March 2017
Clinical Education Centre, Auckland Hospital
Together with A Better Start National Science Challenge and Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research, Healthier Lives will host this event for health policymakers, practitioners and interested members of the community to discuss what the evidence tells us about how we can make a difference to the tidal wave of diabetes and obesity in New Zealand.  A line-up of national experts will be joined by three international speakers to share knowledge about this global health crisis:

Prof Louise Baur, a paediatrician and internationally renowned childhood obesity researcher (University of Sydney);

Prof Alex Brown, an Aboriginal medical doctor and world recognised leader in Indigenous health who has established a unique research program focused on chronic disease in vulnerable communities (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute);

Prof Rachel Batterham, a clinician scientist who leads one of the largest obesity/bariatric centres in the UK (University College London).

Registrations will open shortly.

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Healthier Lives - He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge is hosted by the University of Otago and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The Challenge partners are AgResearch, Auckland University of Technology, ESR, Malaghan Institute, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, and University of Waikato.
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