The Human Potential Centre (HPC), previously known as the Centre for Physical Activity & Nutrition is a multi-disciplinary research group.
Our mission is to enhance the physical health and mental wellbeing of our communities through high quality and innovative research.
The centres success in designing, implementing and evaluating diverse and relevant projects has established the HPC as a leader in New Zealand health research.
Research undertaken by the HPC helps in understanding and improving the socio-ecological determinants of health behaviours and outcomes, and translating enables cutting-edge research to be translated into teaching, community programmes, and policy. We have an excellent track record of postgraduate student success, external competitive funding, published research, and national and international recognition for our work.
Former All Black Captain Buck Shelford is putting together a whole new team, and this time he's fighting for the state of men's health in New Zealand.
Join Buck and his team of health professionals, Professor Grant Schofield from AUT Millennium's Human Potential Unit, New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O'Sullivan and Nutritionist Hereni Marshall as each week they combat a new health issue faced by the modern Maori man.
Each threat will be different, and each will require a new type of intervention and makeover if the potentially fatal outcome is to be avoided.
The show will air for 10 weeks starting on Saturday September 20th on TV One at 3pm. Each episode will also be available on TVNZ OnDemand.
TV 3's 3rd Degree aired a segment on the increasingly controversial topic of "The Benefits of Saturated Fats". Not surprisingly, as NZ's leading advocate of the Low Carbohydrate High Fat (LCHF) living, Professor Grant Schofield played a major role in the interview. The segment highlights well-founded evidence on the merits of a diet based on the "evolutionary biology and understanding of human metabolism and nutrition".
For the full 3rd Degree interview watch it here.
A chance to view Professor Schofield and his team at the LCHF seminars held in October 2013.
Click here for the Reading List from the LCHF seminar. LCHF Reading List
The Human Potential Clinic bridges the gap between the medical and fitness industry. This unique clinic specialises in providing evidence-based advanced exercise assessment and exercise prescription for people living with a wide range of risk factors and medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The Clinic works closely with referring medical practitioners, specialists and allied-health professionals to provide comprehensive prevention, treatment and management of various health conditions. Services are centred on the principles of progressive self-management and long-term changes in health-behaviours, ranging from intensely-supervised (one-to-one) to home-based (independent) programs. Research clearly shows that individualised exercise programmes based on gold-standard laboratory assessments can offer substantially greater health benefits than standard generic low to moderate intensity exercise programmes whilst minimising risk.
The facility contains the latest exercise equipment to ensure our patients are exercising in a safe environment under constant supervision. As well as having a scientific approach to assessment and prescription, a priority focus of our Clinic services is on equipping clients with the skills to maintain appropriate physical activity habits in the long term. Changes to everyday behaviour including the addition or modification of physical activity habits are not easily achieved. Our qualified clinical exercise physiologists recognise this, and assist clients with achieving independence by helping to identify and work around the barriers to achieving each person's specific health goals.
For more information please contact: HPC@autmillennium.org.nz
If you are interested in gaining experience working in our research centre please contact Julia McPhee on email@example.com.
We have several projects running which would provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge in a variety of research and data collection techniques and to work in an environment that promotes high quality health research experience.
The CPAN website has been rebranding and rebuilt! Stay tuned for more developments and updates over the next month!
CPAN is involved in high-level international research.
Find a list of the latest CPAN publications.