The Human Potential Centre (HPC), 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.
The Centre’s academic and research experts have been awarded external research funding from Health Research Council, Sport New Zealand, World Health Organization, local authorities, and commercial partners.
HPC has established, and is recognised for, expertise in a number of key health research areas, with a focus on positive health and wellbeing. HPC work collaboratively with researchers from associated NZ and international academic and government institutions. The Centre is part of the Sports Performance Research Institute of New Zealand (SPRINZ) group, which is based at the AUT Millennium facility in the North Shore, Auckland.
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