About A Better StartHealthy and successful lives for tamariki
Science Advisory Panel
A Better Start has appointed an international Science Advisory Panel, to provide critical appraisal, guidance and global benchmarking for our research.
Professor Ken Ong
Chair | Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology
Professor Martin Wabitsch
Dr Robert Savage
Professor James Chapman
Professor of Education Psychology
Professor Maree Teesson
Professor John Lynch
Professor Lynch is an epidemiologist and Professor of Public Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.
Professor Harriet Hiscock
Professor Hiscock is a consultant paediatrician and National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellow based in Melbourne. She is Associate Director of Research at the Centre for Community Child Health; Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Health Services Research Unit; and Group Leader, Health Services at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her research focuses on developing, testing and implementing novel approaches to: (i) keep children out of hospital; (ii) reduce low value (wasteful) care; and (iii) integrate health, social and education services to improve health and wellbeing for children, including those living with family adversity.
Professor Terryann Clark
Terryann Clark (Ngāpuhi) is a registered comprehensive nurse with extensive experience in youth health, community health, sexual health, health promotion, youth mental health, and Māori health. She works part-time as a Professor in the School of Nursing and is the Director of the Doctor of Health Science Programme (DHSc).
Māori and Pacific
Our kāhui of Māori researchers and clinicians offers strategic advice into the Challenge’s research and alignment with Vision Mātauranga.
School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury
Dr Rawiri (David) Jansen
National Hauora Coalition.
Ngati Raukawa descent.
Dr Rees Tapsell
Forensic psychiatrist and the Director of Clinical Services for the Mental Health and Addictions Services of the Waikato District Health Board.
Specialises in indigenous language and culture regeneration and chairs the Kia Ata Mai Educational Trust
The group of Pasifika researchers advises the Challenge on its research, engagement with Pasifika communities and alignment with Pasifika health research guidelines
Dr Gerhard Sundborn
Senior Research Fellow
Epidemiology and biostatistics, Faculty of Medical and Health Science, University of Auckland.ry
Pacific Health, Ministry of Health
Dr Mele Taumoepeau
Chairperson Health Research Council Pacific Committee
Lecturer, University of Otago
Pasifika Regional Co-ordinator
(South Island) MOE Canterbury
We would like to acknowledge the contributions of those who helped in our set-up phase:
Distinguished Professor Dame Jane Harding of the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, Distinguished Professor Niki Davis of the University of Canterbury, Distinguished Professor Richard Faull of the University of Auckland, the late Emeritus Professor David Fergusson of the University of Otago and Cathy Wiley of the New Zealand Institute of Educational Research.