Otago rural health researchers receive significant funding

Dr Rory Miller and Associate Professor Garry Nixon are among 22 University of Otago researchers to receive a share of nearly $34 million in Health Research Council of New Zealand funding.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise Professor Richard Blaikie says the hope is for the interventions that come from this research to help reduce the costs of care and significantly reduce inequities in our health system.

Dr Rory Miller, of the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, will assess a pathway to allow patients who develop chest pain to remain closer to their communities and whānau by accessing blood testing technology which is accurate as those available in urban emergency departments.

Associate Professor Garry Nixon, of the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, is seeking to better understand the impact of rurality on health outcomes and healthcare delivery.