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SYMBIOTIC: Integrated prevention of infectious diseases and long-term conditions

Poverty, infectious diseases, and serious long-term conditions such as stomach cancer and diabetes tend to occur together (termed ‘syndemics’). The SYMBIOTIC Programme team will work in partnership with communities, practitioners, Māori health providers, and policymakers to create practical, effective solutions to break syndemic cycles and advance health and equity. The Programme will both use and further develop New Zealand's rich data environment to inform action against syndemics, with a focus on better vaccination policy; improved safety of the food supply and drinking water; reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics; screening and treatment for H. pylori stomach infection; and improved understanding and management of patients with multiple long-term conditions. Whānau-centred care offers the integrated approach that is essential to address syndemics. A key strength of the Programme is the community co-design model that will guide development of the research evidence and its implementation in policy and practice.

This project is a programme grant hosted by the University of Otago.

Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Baker

 

July 2020

COLLABORATORS

  • Professor Michael Baker
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Professor Andrew Day
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Professor Diana Sarfati
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Professor Peter McIntyre
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Associate Professor Nikki Turner
  • University of Auckland, NZ
  • Ms Cheryl Davies
  • Tu Kotahi Maori Asthma Trust, NZ
  • Dr Amanda Kvalsvig
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Associate Professor James Stanley
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Jason Gurney
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Ayesha Verrall
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Andrea Teng
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Sheree Gibb
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Virginia Signal
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Stephen Inns
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Associate Professor Helen Petousis-Harris
  • University of Auckland, NZ
  • Dr Kirsty Danielson
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Dougal Thorburn
  • Te Awakairangi Health Network, NZ
  • Dr Jonathan Kennedy
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Ms Jane Zhang
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Mr William Leung
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Ms Carmen Timu-Parata
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Jeffrey Cannon
  • Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Mr Andrew Waa
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Dr Melissa McLeod
  • University of Otago, NZ

FUNDING

  • Health Research Council of New Zealand