Health and wellness

Massey has a formidable and growing record in health research. Focuses include optimal nutrition for the aged or the role of vitamin D in disease prevention, innovative psychology tools for managing anxiety and depression, nursing training for the e-generation, refining nutrition needs for endurance cyclists, or empowering and upskilling Māori health workers through whanau development courses.

Researchers at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health (IFNHH) study the food value chain and innovation in ‘food for life’, with emphasis on the impact of nutrition on human health and performance.

Intent on improving people’s wellness and wellbeing, they work closely with the food and health industries in New Zealand and abroad. They provide first-class science for clinical trials, dietary assessments and nutrition interventions involving omega-3 fatty acids, iron and vitamin D. With state-of-the-art facilities and tools, health and nutrition researchers are working with a range of health providers and population groups, from premature babies to the elderly, the healthy to the critically ill, and with different ethnicities. 

Health is not just about what we eat. It is also about where we live, work and play. Workplace hazards faced by farmers, fire fighters, builders, meat and wood industry workers, and the impacts on their health are among key studies undertaken by the Centre for Public Health Research. Our researchers are discovering more about the links between occupational hazards and illnesses such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory and skin diseases. Other teams include the Wellington-based Research Centre for Māori Health and Development and the Sleep/Wake Research Centre.

Children’s physical activity and wellbeing in high-density urban environments are the focus of just one of many studies under way at the Auckland-based centre for Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE) and Te Ropu Whariki.

Alcohol and substance abuse, gambling, and Māori and Pacifika health are the focus of collaborative, community-based programmes with an innovative approach to finding solutions for emerging lifestyle and health issues.