Improving health and wellbeing

Victoria is working to improve New Zealanders’ health and wellbeing, drawing on our research and connections with government, District Health Boards, and NGOs, including Māori and Pacific organisations.

What we do

Victoria researchers are improving health and wellbeing in communities through research and engagement—watch the video from theme chair Professor Gregor Coster.

Improving health and wellbeing in our communities

“Health and wellbeing” means much more than simply the absence of illness and infirmity, encompassing a broader state of mental and social wellbeing.

Victoria already has many academic units involved in health and wellbeing research. Thanks to our proximity to central government, District Health Boards, and many NGOs, we are also making major contributions to understanding how health outcomes can be improved by better policy settings, increased education, new technology, and reduced inequality.

Our capability is multidisciplinary. We are working to improve health and wellbeing in our communities by coordinating research and teaching across three key areas: Science, Engineering and Design; Health Services and Policy; Arts, Education, Business and Society.

Past events

13 October 2016


Wellbeing as a Business Framework

Dr Paul Litchfield

Workplace wellbeing has traditionally focused on minimising physical hazards to workers, but is this approach adequate given the changing nature of work in the modern world?

23 November 2016


Beyond Clinical Data: Creativity and Wellbeing from a Māori, Holistic Perspective

Develop a deeper understanding of Māori constructs of health and wellbeing. Dr Karen Vercoe in conversation with Prof Gregor Coster will discusshow wellbeing can be understood and measured within Māori culture and life.

29 November 2016


The social life of diagnosis

In this lecture, Professor Jutel will consider diagnosis as a social phenomenon; explore the social-clinical interface; and identify the social promise and pitfalls of diagnosis.