HealthTech Capability Programme

The HealthTech Capability Programme is a new nationally focused strategic programme funded by the University of Auckland to help develop and advance Aotearoa New Zealand’s expertise in healthtech research translation. It is underpinned by the MedTech Research Network and the Aotearoa Brain Network, and supported by the CMDT partnership.


The Programme comprises the five modules below, with each led by a dedicated team to deliver strategic activities that will progress that particular area of capability.  The Module Teams are supported by an Operations Team and report to the Executive Team responsible for overseeing the entire Programme. 


More information on each module and its activities is available via the links below. Contact us today if you would like to be involved.

Builds and improves the capacity for researchers to work with Māori communities and on building student capability from school through to university.

Current initiatives include 10 Māori summer studentships.

2. Pacific Engagement

Increases engagement between Pacific communities and the Aotearoa NZ healthtech sector.

Current initiatives include 11 Pacific summer studentships.


Supports early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) in healthtech.


Events and initiatives planned for 2022 include:

  • Networking events

  • Cultural competency workshops

  • Practical advice workshops for EMCRs

4. Clinical Translation

Supports the development of medical devices and digital health technologies by facilitating excellent clinical trials and upskilling the workforce regarding clinical trials.

Current initiatives include the establishment of a. Expert Advisory Group and the Clinical Healthtech Research Network which provide access to tools, templates, networking, and support.


5. MedTech Translation

Builds capability for taking health technology research into the commercial arena by providing resources, programmes and networks to support better navigation of the commercialisation process.

Events and initiatives planned for 2022 include:

  • Workshops and training 

  • Internships for business students to work with research groups for innovation and enterprise case studies

  • International connections via the Trans-Tasman BioBridge


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