Tāmaki Innovation Campus
The Health Innovation theme is interdisciplinary and involves research and teaching from three of The University of Auckland faculties – Education, Medical and Health Sciences, and Science.
Tāmaki Campus has developed a strong Health Innovation theme and is the home of the School of Population Health, one of the major Schools of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. As a western developed nation, community health in New Zealand is affected increasingly by the growing average age of the community, by obesity and diabetes, and by many other diseases triggered by modern lifestyle choices that impact adversely on health such as smoking and unhealthy food intake. The School includes Audiology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, General Practice & Primary Health Care, Health Systems, Pacific Health, and Social & Community Health.
In addition, the School hosts the following significant research groups:
- The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) is a multi-disciplinary group of health researchers with expertise in conducting large randomised trials of novel disease prevention and health improvement interventions. NIHI assesses and tests innovative technologies and health information systems with industry, national and international academic groups, and government. The ultimate objective is to benefit health and improve healthcare delivery. NIHI combines the expertise from the Clinical Trials Research Unit with the Informatics group and with Associates with expertise in Quality and Safety in healthcare and Health Systems research.
- The Centre for Longitudinal Research - He Ara ki Mua provides an academic hub of expertise in life course epidemiological approaches to population health issues. One of the major projects within the Centre is Growing Up in New Zealand, a longitudinal study created to give policymakers relevant information about New Zealand families. Involving 7,000 children and their families, it functions as a measurement tool for the effectiveness of current and future policies. The Centre draws together academics from across the Faculties of Medical and Health Sciences, Science, Business, and Education, working on cross-disciplinary research projects.
- The Tōmaiora Māori Health Research Centre is the research focus of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (Department of Māori Health). Tōmaiora is dedicated to quality research and ensures that all research undertaken will be productive for Māori health development and lead to long-term improvements in Māori health.
The Faculty of Science also contributes significantly to the Health Innovation theme, with Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Science located at Tāmaki Campus. Psychology at Tāmaki is involved in research and postgraduate teaching in applied behaviour analysis, clinical psychology and speech science. They have strong links with The University of Auckland Clinics where their students receive practical, real-life experience.
Sport and Exercise Science has four major research focuses: biomechanics, exercise physiology, movement neuroscience, and sport psychology. Their academics are engaged in ground breaking research which is recognised internationally, and they have strong links with the Centre for Brain Research and The University of Auckland Clinics.
The University of Auckland Clinics is a commercial, public, teaching clinic where students undertake client consultations while being supervised by leading academics in their fields. The Clinics provide services in audiology, cardiac and exercise rehabilitation, brain recovery, optometry, psychology, and speech language therapy. It is a joint facility for the Faculties of Science, and Medical & Health Sciences.
Also located on campus and adding another dimension to the Health Innovation theme is the state-of-the-art Simulation Centre for Patient Safety. The facility includes a well-equipped operating theatre, a postoperative recovery area and an airway skills laboratory. Simulation is the primary technique used for teaching and research, with the Simulation Centre being established to fulfil the Department of Anaesthesiology’s objective of continuous improvement in patient safety.