Kia ora and welcome to the HRC's first e-newsletter issue of Pānui. In this issue we provide the latest information on our upcoming Hui Whakapiripiri (8-10 July 2014), including details on keynote speakers, one of whom is 2014 New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O'Sullivan. We also give an overview of the Māori research workforce on current HRC contracts and profile two leading Māori health researchers, Associate Professor Te Kani Kingi and Ms Bernadette Jones.
News and Events
Hui Whakapiripiri: 8-10 July 2014 | Auckland
Website launched and registrations now openHui Whakapiripiri is aimed at all those with a shared interest in Māori health and Māori health research. The theme of this year's hui is 'Research aspiration, inspiration, innovation' - 'Ma te ara auaha he kauanuanu te oranga a te tangata' – Mr Beau Haereroa (Ngāti Porou, Te Aowera). You can now register for Hui Whakapiripiri at http://hui.hrc.govt.nz. Registrations close on Monday, 30 June 2014.
Please note that funding of up to $500.00 is available for community representatives to attend Hui Whakapiripiri 2014. If you would like to submit an application for community funding support, download the Hui Whakapiripiri community funding application form. Applications must be submitted via email to Jaylene Wehipeihana by 5pm on Wednesday, 14 May 2014.
Read about the exciting line up of speakers at Hui Whakapiripiri.
Dr Lance O'Sullivan named New Zealander of the Year 2014
The HRC is pleased to announce that one of the keynote speakers at this year's Hui Whakapiripiri will be renowned Kaitaia-based doctor Lance O'Sullivan, who will speak at the Hui dinner on Wednesday, 9 July.
Dr O'Sullivan and his wife, Tracey, established the low-cost health clinic Te Kohanga Whakaora (The Nest of Wellness) to make basic health care more accessible for people in the Far North. He also set up Northland's first fulltime, school-based health clinic, and his Kainga Ora (Well Home) initiative fixes rundown homes in the community, promoting the idea that wellness begins in warm, safe homes. Earlier this year, Dr O'Sullivan was named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2014 for his outstanding efforts to improve health care and eradicate poverty-related illnesses.
You can hear more about Dr Lance O'Sullivan on the New Zealander of the Year 2014 You Tube video:
An overview of the HRC's Māori research workforce
The HRC's Research Policy, Strategy and Evaluation Group recently analysed all contracts that were active during the 2012/2013 financial year to produce an overview of the HRC Māori health research workforce. A total of 178 named individuals identified as Māori, representing 12 per cent of the total HRC workforce. Here we report on some of the other key findings:
• Highly qualified: 57 per cent of Māori investigators hold a postgraduate research qualification (PhD, Masters degree or equivalent) or are enrolled to complete one (17 per cent), and 43 per cent of Māori researchers have been awarded a Doctor of Science, Doctor of Medicine, or PhD.
• Experienced: almost two-thirds of Māori investigators are classified as either Senior Researchers (21 per cent) or Researchers (38 per cent).
• Clinically trained: of 178 Māori investigators, 51 (29 per cent) are clinically trained and 35 per cent of these clinicians are currently practicing, based at a district health board (DHB) or in private practice.
• Building capacity and capability: nearly one-quarter of named Māori investigators are classified as Emerging Researchers (n=39, 22 per cent), including 12 Masters students, and 19 doctoral candidates.
• Place of employment: A university was named as an employer for 74 per cent of the individuals, and a hospital/DHB for 7.8 per cent (including 3 joint appointments). Other places of employment were listed as Māori Health Provider (4.5 per cent), Charitable Trust (3.4 per cent), Independent Research Institute (2.8 per cent), Rūnanga (2.8 per cent), Iwi Initiative (1.1 per cent), Wānanga (1.1 per cent), Private Contractor (1.1 per cent), and Ministry, Polytechnic, Private Practice (all <1 per cent).
• Gender balance: Two-thirds (68 per cent) of the HRC’s Māori health research workforce is female, and the male-to-female ratio at a Senior Researcher level is 1:1. This contrasts with the wider HRC workforce, for which the overall male-to-female ratio is 1:1; however, the majority (69 per cent) of Senior Researchers are male.
Below: Profile of the HRC workforce who identify as Māori compared with the total HRC workforce, for contracts active during the 2012/2013 financial year. (Analysis includes investigators who are “time only” on contracts).
Sign up for HRC Gateway
The HRC's new online submission system, HRC Gateway, is now open for sign up at https://gateway.hrc.govt.nz. This link can also be found at the top of the HRC's website - just click on the aqua or turquoise 'HRC Gateway (Online Submission System)' button at the top of the homepage. If you’ve previously been an investigator on our old online submission system (EASY) at some point between 2008 and the present day, you will have likely already received an email asking you to sign on to HRC Gateway and reset your password. If you haven’t been an investigator on EASY since before 2008 and you intend to apply for funding this year, you’ll need to sign up for HRC Gateway and provide us with your latest profile details. Our HRC Gateway user guide documentation – and tips on how to sign up – can be found at the bottom of the HRC Gateway website.
If you have any queries about HRC Gateway, please contact Vivien Lovell.
New Career Development Awards in Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm
The HRC is administering the Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Career Development Awards, which are funded by the Ministry of Health. Applicants are invited to apply for Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral awards to support the career development of emerging health researchers seeking to prevent and minimise gambling-related harm for Māori and Pacific populations in New Zealand. Applicants will apply using the standard HRC Maori or Pacific career development forms, which will be available on the HRC's website in June.
Award components: Stipend of $10,000; course fees up to $10,000; working expenses of $1,600
Term of award: 1 year
Number of awards available: 1
Award components: Stipend of $75,000; course fees up to $25,000; working expenses of $15,000
Term of award: 3 years
Number of awards available: 1
Award components: Stipend and working expenses up to a total of $410,000
Term of award: 4 years
Number of awards available: 1
Dr Maureen Holdaway joins Māori Health Research Committee
The HRC welcomes Dr Maureen Holdaway (Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi Ngati Hauiti) to the Maori Health Research Committee. Dr Holdaway will start official duties in June and will replace Dr Amohia Boulton who has served a 6-year term as a valuable member of the committee.
Dr Maureen Holdaway was appointed Associate Director of the Research Centre for Māori Health & Development, Massey University, in 2005. Dr Holdaway’s qualifications include a PhD in Māori Studies, Massey University (2002); Postgraduate Diploma of Social Sciences, Massey University (1995); and a Bachelor of the Arts, majoring in Nursing and Social Anthropology, Massey University (1990).
Dr Holdaway is well experienced in research, assessment, teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her knowledge and skills span across a number of domains that will be beneficial for her role with the Māori Health Research Committee.