June 15, 2016
Maori cancer support and smoking cessation win health funding
Massey University research addressing Maori cancer outcomes and Maori smoking cessation are included in the Heath Research Council’s latest $100 million funding round.
Dr Lis Ellison-Loschmann from Massey’s Centre for Public Health Research and Tira Albert, the manager of Mana Wahine, will get just over $1 million over three years to develop and measure the effectiveness of a cancer support programme that will meet the realities of Maori living with cancer and their whanau.
Another project led by Professor John Potter from Massey's Centre for Public Health Research will look at the best ways to get Maori, Pacific and Asian women to screen for the human papillomavirus, which is the main cause of cervical cancer.
There are major ethnic inequalities in cervical cancer screening, incidence, and mortality, and the study will look at a new screening method that women in those communities may find acceptable.
Professor Chris Cunningham from the Research Centre for Maori Health and Development will lead a project to analyse data from the Quitline smoking cessation telephone line to produce new tools to help smoking cessation providers give appropriate advice and support.
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