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About the Health, Ageing and Research Team

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The Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) was established in 2006 to undertake a programme of research related to understanding the status and determinants of health and wellbeing for older New Zealand adults. 

Our studies

HART is an interdisciplinary group that does research projects related to health and ageing in New Zealand employing quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study (NZHWR) is the flagship project of HART and is a longitudinal study incorporating a biennial quantitative survey of older New Zealand residents, as well as qualitative interviews and face to face cognitive interviews.

As HART has collaborated with other partners on particular projects, the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study has also been known as the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZSLA) and the Independence Contribution Connection (ICC) study. These projects have been led or co-led by HART and have fallen under the broader focus, resources and participant base of the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study.