Updates

The latest from A Better Start

Read our August update

Say hello to our August 2022 update. Read it HERE Find out about our new innovative sleep trial for babies; what teachers and schools think of our literacy programme which is being rolled out nationwide; watch our latest child health and wellbeing webinars; read...

Evidence-based support for parents of autistic children

A new research project is underway to provide evidence-based support for parents of autistic children. Researchers will evaluate whether web-based content and online virtual coaching interventions can support autistic children with their social communication, as...

Wanted: 600 babies for innovative sleep trial

Six hundred babies and their whānau are being recruited for an innovative new sleep study in Aotearoa. The Moemoeā study, funded by A Better Start National Science Challenge, will provide babies and their families with a sleep intervention toolkit to test over six...

Watch: Child oral health webinar

WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE Discover the latest research in child oral health in this webinar hosted by A Better Start National Science Challenge and Whānau Āwhina Plunket. Children's oral health is a major issue in NZ, with nearly half of all five year olds showing...

Waikato schools to trial movement skills intervention

A traditional Māori game will be trialled in Waikato schools as a way to improve children’s cognitive and psychosocial development. Researchers will investigate how Ki-o-Rahi – a pre-European Māori team game – can improve early development of fundamental movement...

Young learners benefit from new literacy approach

A comprehensive programme to lift the literacy skills of all learners in their first year at school is having "out of this world" results, says a Waikato principal. The Better Start Literacy Approach (BSLA) was developed by Professors Gail Gillon and Brigid McNeill...

Watch: Beyond the ABCs of Vitamin D webinar

WATCH THE WEBINAR Discover the latest in childhood Vitamin D deficiencies in this webinar hosted by A Better Start National Science Challenge, Cure Kids and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. Vitamin D influences many aspects of a child’s growth and...

Kia ora to our new Science Advisory Panel members

Welcome to our two new Science Advisory Panel members, Professor Terryann Clark and Professor Harriet Hiscock. We are privileged to have them share their knowledge as part of A Better Start's international Science Advisory Panel (SAP). The SAP provides the...

Upcoming webinar: Beyond the ABCs of Vitamin D

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 on Vitamin D deficiencies in children on Wednesday July 27 at 12.30pm. REGISTER HERE Vitamin D influences many aspects of a...

Watch: Help Me Breathe webinar – the RSV epidemic in NZ

WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE Discover the latest on the RSV epidemic in New Zealand in this webinar hosted by A Better Start National Science Challenge, Cure Kids and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. A Better Start’s director, Professor Wayne Cutfield, and Cure...

NZ-China research collaborations

Leading researchers from A Better Start National Science Challenge will present at the 3rd NZ-China Non-Communicable Disease Research Cooperation Forum next month. The annual forum is to present and discuss research collaborations in area of non-communicable...

Read our June update

Say hello to our June 2022 update. Read it HERE Find out about our new innovative digital technology targeting teen mental health, and why NZ's child obesity rates continue to decline; register for our latest webinar on the RSV epidemic; read our latest research...