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Southern Health Symposium and Health Research Excellence Awards 2017

Each year we proudly acknowledge and celebrate the Dunedin School of Medicine's and Southern District Health Board's research excellence. For 2017, we are pleased to combine our two premiere events on the same day at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Complimentary refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Information as below, or please contact Sophia McKay for further enquiries.


The Southern Health Symposium: 29 June 8.30am - 4.30pm Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Commencing at 8.30am and finishing at 4.30pm (prior to the Health Research Excellence Awards), this event will highlight some of the best research happening across the Dunedin School of Medicine, including a number of our top postgraduate students. 

Confirmed speakers:

PLUS many postgraduate speakers!

Download the full Symposium programme (PDF 1MB)

Intermission: Postgraduate poster viewing and refreshments 4pm to 5.45pm

Join us for drinks and nibbles in between events whilst viewing the Dunedin School of Medicine's postgraduate community's research posters.

Health Research Excellence Awards  29 June 5.50pm - 7.30pm Dunedin Public Art Gallery

We invite you to join us for complimentary refreshments from 4.30pm till 5.45pm, before attending the Health Research Excellence Awards where we celebrate DSM and the Southern DHB's top achievers.

Download the full Awards programme (PDF 873KB)

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • The Dunedin School of Medicine Research Development Investment 2017 Haumi Whakawhanake Rangahau - Hauora Māori

Each year the Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM) seeks to invest in up to two research development strategies which demonstrate the ability to achieve strategic advancement for research in the DSM. This funding is not intended for specific projects, rather, a research development strategy. The successful applicant will receive funding of up to $50,000 for one year, with the potential for renewal.

  • Best Collaboration

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge and encourage collaborative research initiated by Dunedin School of Medicine and/or Southern DHB staff. The award is aimed at early career researchers and research which demonstrates leadership by the applicant and has a strategic focus. The successful applicant will receive $1,000 towards professional development

  • Research Support Person Award

This award is to acknowledge the excellent support provided by general staff to research groups, units and departments within both the Southern District Health Board and the Dunedin School of Medicine. Application for this award should be made by the research team leader. The successful applicant will receive up to $3,000 for travel to a specified conference, or other appropriate travel.

  • Research Publication Award

This award is to recognise excellence in research by acknowledging the research calibre and effort required to produce a paper for the highest ranking journals of science and medicine. The successful applicant will receive $1,000 towards professional development.

  • Award for Best Student Publication

This award is to encourage Masters or PhD students to produce and present a publication to enhance their research portfolio. The successful applicant will receive $2,000 towards the cost of presenting the work at a conference attended by the student

  • Awards for Best Postgraduate Poster Presentations

Sponsored by the Otago Postgraduate Medical Society, these awards are in recognition of the best postgraduate research poster presentations from the exhibition and competition held on the 28th June.