Research priorities for maternal and perinatal health in New Zealand

Project Code: 10389331

Faculty: Liggins Institute

Department: Liggins Institute

Main Supervisor: Professor Caroline Crowther

Application open date: 09 Nov 2017

Application deadline: 28 Feb 2018

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International


Health research aims to improve the likelihood of healthy lives and wellbeing for all people (Sustained Millenium Development Goal 3).Research prioritisation is needed to assist relevant studies to be undertaken and to enable equitable distribution of the finite funding resources. This project will involve undertaking a research prioritisation initiative using methods adapted from the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative Model (CHNRI) (Ruden).

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

Essential criteria:

1.     A health professional background

2.     An understanding of health research

3.     Eligible for a PhD scholarship from the University of Auckland.

Desirable criteria:

1.     Knowledge of maternal perinatal health care

2.     Understanding of the health care system in New Zealand.


  1. Undertake a wide scoping exercise for potential research questions for maternal and perinatal health in New Zealand.

  2. Collate the received research ideas into research questions.

  3. Using the CHNRI grading, research questions scored by experts into Delivery, Development and Discovery.

  4. Disseminate research priority findings to health professionals, consumers, funders, donors and policy makers.


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