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Waikato DHB welcomes $3 million plus in grants for important Waikato health research projects

Professor Ross Lawrenson

Photo: Prof Ross Lawrenson

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is proud that three research projects it has strong links with are recipients of major grants from the last Health Research Council funding round.

Ross Lawrenson, Waikato University professor of population health and Waikato DHB’s clinical director of strategy and funding, leads the research to examine ways of improving early diagnosis of lung cancer among Māori and rural communities. A second project will focus on finding ways to avoid delays in diagnosis in colorectal cancer.

Another project led by Waikato DHB public health physician Dr Nina Scott and involving a group of Waikato health professionals, will examine the effectiveness of a health screening tool Harti Hauora Tamariki, designed to improve Māori children’s wellbeing. The tool has been piloted at Waikato Hospital, and the study will be based at the hospital and conducted over three years. Dr Scott will be working with public health physician and associate professor Dr Polly Atatoa Carr and community psychologist Dr Bridgette Masters-Awatere.

Drs Polly Atatoa Carr, Nina Scott and Bridgette Masters-Awatere, working to improve health outcomes for tamariki Māori. Photo courtesy University of Waikato.


Read more about these projects in the links below. 

Waikato health projects get funding boost
Waikato health researchers win major grants
Better results for tamariki


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