Wednesday March 21, 2018   Last updated 17:57PM

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Maori and Pasifika with long-term health conditions such as diabetes and respiratory conditions could benefit for new research projects funded through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.

Professor Jim Mann, the challenge director, says Healthier Lives is employing innovative and world-leading research methodologies, such as co-designing research with Maori and Pacific communities, to ensure that the results of its research will have enduring benefits for the communities most affected by high rates of chronic diseases.

In addition to the $5.7 million for diabetes research announced in February, there is an additional $1 million to allow Massey University research fellow Dr Ridvan (Riz) Firestonen to work with Pasifika youth in South Waikato and Auckland on a community-based intervention programme to reduce prediabetes.

Another $1 million is going to Canterbury Respiratory Research Group director Dr Michael Epton for a 24-month study to address New Zealand’s low referral and attendance rates for rehabilitation programmes for people with multiple long-term conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, arthritis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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