Braemar Charitable Trust has investing in medical/health research as a core pillar of our charitable activities. We fund research that has impact, leads to improved health and wellbeing, reduces barriers to access and informs our charitable activities, both now and in the future. We know better health outcomes influence and improve, social outcomes. We are also committed to growing research capability and the next generation of researchers in our region. Through our partnership with the University of Waikato, we funded two summer research students in 2022/23. The first recipient was Wallis Malcom. and his research into- the holistic needs of Maaori patients living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This research was a based on a comprehensive survey to assess the unmet health needs of patients with COPD. Needs were assessed in the Hauora Needs Assessment tool and included reviewing a patients housing and income, mental health and broader range of health determinants. A summary of Wallis' research is set out in this poster. We look forward to showcasing the second scholarship recipient in a future post. Applications for the University of Waikato 2023/24 Summer Research scholarships open soon.