Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Victoria’s lockdown ‘an endless game of Covid-19 whack-a-mole’
5 August 2020
Opinion: Putting the entire state under stage four restrictions, rather than just Melbourne, would give Victoria the best chance of success, writes Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles.
Four possible scenarios for the Australian and South Korean travellers
4 August 2020
Opinion: Over the last few days, reports have emerged of people travelling from New Zealand and testing positive for Covid-19 upon arrival at their destination. First in South Korea and now in Australia. Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles explains what these positive tests could mean.
Period poverty eased by donations to student well-being fund
3 August 2020
Free sanitary products are available at the University of Auckland in Semester Two, funded by donations from the ‘Staff for Students: Well-being Fund’.
Cannabis referendum: reality check for political promises
31 July 2020
New Zealand’s plan to legalise cannabis is public health-oriented. But the proposed legislation may struggle to achieve goals such as restricting young people’s access to the drug, according to a leading substance use policy expert.
The race for a Covid-19 vaccine explained
30 July 2020
Opinion: Well over 150 vaccine candidates for Covid-19 are in development, and they take a myriad of forms. Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles helps make sense of the different approaches.
University to lead national partnership for nurse practitioner training and placement
22 July 2020
University awards contract worth $18.6m to lead the national training and placement of Nurse Practitioners.
When being brainy comes easily
17 July 2020
Developed and led by Professor Bronwen Connor, 'Being Brainy' is an eight-week inquiry programme for primary and intermediate schools to teach children about the brain.
Thinking beyond the booth
15 July 2020
Untreated hearing loss – a risk factor for cognitive decline – is a growing epidemic: The number of older New Zealanders suffering from hearing loss is predicted to double in the next 50 years.
Biomarker shows reduced risk of gestational diabetes for Maori and Pacific women
15 July 2020
Researchers discover gene that reduces risk of gestational diabetes in Maori and Pacific women by 80 per cent.
Video games and mental health during Covid-19: Opportunities and precautions
13 July 2020
Opinion: Professor Chris Bullen and Jinsong (Jimmy) Chen explore video game engagement during the Covid-19 lockdown and its effect on mental health.
Improving hearing health across the Pacific
10 July 2020
The World Health Organisation estimates that 466 million people have disabling hearing loss. With that figure predicted to double by 2050, Professor Peter Thorne has been working towards providing accessible ear health services in the Pacific for a decade.
Providing a therapy to live well with dementia
8 July 2020
“The first time I came across Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) in a research report, I just thought ‘wow’,” says BRNZ Principal Investigator Dr Gary Cheung.