As well as our usual mix of research stories, we are very pleased to share that we were awarded two Health Research Council grants in 2021. The first grant is to investigate the experience of pregnant trans, non-binary and takatapui users of maternity services in New Zealand. This project will be led by George Parker, formerly of Otago Polytechnic and now with Victoria University of Wellington, who will work with other researchers at Otago Polytechnic and Waikato University.
The second grant, announced just before Christmas, is for Ema Tokolahi in our Occupational Therapy team to work with the Waikato District Health Board. This project will identify research priorities for occupational therapy services in the Waikato.
These are both important projects that will strengthen the delivery of health services in New Zealand, and we are delighted that they have been funded.
Prof Leoni Schmidt
Director: Research and Postgraduate Studies