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Meet The Researcher – Dr Stephanie D’Souza

Dr Stephanie D'Souza is a researcher with A Better Start's Big Data team. She talks about her current project which looks at whether Māori tamariki screened for ADHD concerns are less likely to receive medication than non-Māori, the best piece of advice she was...

NZ’s child obesity rates continue to decline: new study

New Zealand preschoolers have resisted the global obesity trend, with an important new study showing rates of child obesity continuing to decline across Aotearoa. The study, led by researchers for A Better Start National Science Challenge, looked at measurements of...

Webinar postponement

Thank you to all those who have registered for our webinar, Help Me Breathe: The RSV Epidemic, which was due to be held today. Unfortunately, due to a last-minute technical issue which is out of our control, we have been forced to postpone this webinar. This is the...

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Help Me Breathe – The RSV Epidemic

When: Wednesday May 4 at 12.30pm A Better Start E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge, Cure Kids and The Paediatric Society of New Zealand invite you to a free webinar looking at the RSV epidemic in Aotearoa on Wednesday May 4 at 12.30pm.  A Better Start's...

Literacy teaching methods need to be evidence-based

Past literacy teaching methods that don’t have a strong evidence base have disadvantaged our learners who need help the most, says NZ literacy expert Professor Gail Gillon. Talking to 1 News following the launch of the Government’s Literacy & Communication...

Proposed ban on sugary drinks welcomed

A Better Start National Science Challenge has welcomed a Government proposal to ban fizzy and sugary drinks in primary schools. Under the new initiative, announced by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins yesterday, pupils will only be allowed to drink water, milk...

Kia ora to our new board member

Welcome to our new board member, Professor Barry Borman. Professor Borman is an expert in the epidemiology of congenital anomalies and based at Massey University, where he is a Professor of Epidemiology. He has been the Director of the New Zealand Congenital...

Farewell to Dr Bruce Scoggins

A Better Start National Science Challenge Director Wayne Cutfield has paid tribute to one of New Zealand’s top health research administrators, who passed away on March 18. Dr Bruce Scoggins was Chair of Cure Kids’ Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee and has...