Andrea's role provides high level policy and strategy analysis and advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the Divisional Executive. Andrea has responsibility for monitoring the progress and implementation of strategic planning processes within the Division. Her other key duties include developing and refining policy documents, representing the Division on relevant committees and working parties and contributing to policy-forming committees of the University.
Andrea manages the academic area of the Divisional Office. This includes committees, admissions, programmes, and marketing. She also contributes to the Division's Māori and Pacific liaison support and development activities, in collaboration with the relevant Associate Deans.
Director, Policy and Programmes
Tel +64 3 479 7010
Mob +64 21 279 7010
Pat is the Divisional Associate Dean (Academic) for Health Sciences commencing in early 2012 in the last year of 12 years of being Head of the Department of Physiology. She is also the Associate Dean Academic, School of Biomedical Sciences (since 1997) and the Deputy Dean, School of Biomedical Sciences (since 2013). Her quality assurance roles are evident from, for instance, her roles on the University’s Board of Undergraduate Studies (since 1998), Board of Graduate Studies (since 2005), Quality Advancement Committee (since 2009) and as the University of Otago representative on the national Committee on University Academic Programmes (since 2005).
Her research interests have spanned the structure and function of the reptilian lung; control of human breathing and the role of oxygen and carbon dioxide chemoreceptors; cardiorespiratory and renal responses to high altitude; surfactant deficiency in the lungs of the newborn; role of ghrelin, sympathetic nerve activity and chemoreceptors in myocardial dysfunction; and adrenoreceptor regulation of heart rate in type 2 diabetes.
Associate Dean (Academic)
Tel +64 3 479 7334
After completing a PhD at the University of Otago, Raelene was a lecturer at Summer School before heading off to Wellington to spend four years working in the public service undertaking policy development and research. Prior to joining the Division of Health Sciences, Raelene worked in the Department of Anatomy as an Assistant Research Fellow.
Raelene's role is to provide research and analysis to guide and support the strategic information and business planning needs of the Division of Health Sciences.
Strategic Information and Research Analyst
Tel +64 3 479 7123
Philip assists K.C. Worden in the academic administration of the Division, including providing administrative support to the Division's Academic Board. Philip's role also includes providing administrative support to several working groups within the Division.
Tel +64 3 479 4877
Jo has a background in applied linguistics and education, with a PhD in intercultural language teaching and learning, and a Graduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching. Prior to joining the Health Sciences Divisional Office, Jo worked in administration in the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics.
Working now as an Assistant Research Fellow, Jo splits her time between two roles. She is an assistant to the Director of Health Sciences First Year and she provides international student support working with the Associate Dean (International).
Assistant Research Fellow
Tel +64 3 479 3935
John is the Director of the Health Sciences First Year Programme and Professor in Neuroscience in the Department of Anatomy. His research interests are the application of neuroplasticity approaches to Parkinson’s disease and stroke, and the influence of learning styles in performance in undergraduate courses.
John graduated in Medicine in 1994, and then returned to University of Otago after a few years in practice in Whangarei to undertake PhD studies. He has received an international Brain Research Young Investigator Award and a National Tertiary Teaching Award.
Director, Health Sciences First year
Tel +64 3 479 3935
Lois is Divisional Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies) in the Divisional office though is based at the University of Otago, Christchurch campus. As well as Associate Dean duties (.3FTE) she is also Associate Professor in Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch (.5FTE) with the remainder of her time working as a professional advisor for a health regulatory authority.
Lois currently conducts research in the diverse areas of eating / weight disorders, brain injury and health practitioner regulation. She is on the Editorial Board of two international journals and regularly serves on professional and government health practice guideline groups in New Zealand and Australia.
Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies)
Tel +64 3 479 7421
K.C. was a law lecturer and community mediator in San Francisco before moving to Dunedin. She joined the University of Otago in 2006 and worked in the Division of Humanities and the Quality Advancement Unit before moving to the Division of Health Sciences at the end of 2011.
K.C. is responsible for the co-ordination and management of academic administration of the Division, including management of the Division's Academic Board. The role contributes at an executive level to committees / working parties and other initiatives that promote and ensure regulation and policy compliance, and contributes to ensuring effective communication and collaboration across the Division in academic and administrative activities. K.C. works closely with the Director, Policy and Programmes; and the Associate Deans (Academic) and (Postgraduate Studies).