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About Wellington


About Wellington

Wellington is the Capital of New Zealand and is situated geographically at the lower tip of the North Island of New Zealand.

It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, sophisticated city with cafes, bars, restaurants, waterfront developments, inner city apartments, new venues and restored cultural centres. The city is jam packed with national treasures like the beautifully restored Parliament Buildings , Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, the original Treaty of Waitangi at National Archives and its biggest showpiece, Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Ballet and the NBR New Zealand Opera all call Wellington home and the city's galleries are held in high regard both nationally and internationally. It is also home to the country's largest cultural extravaganza, the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts

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The University of Otago, Wellington

The Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences is a School of the University of Otago Faculty of Medicine, which also comprises the Otago School of Medical Sciences, the Dunedin School of Medicine and the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Faculty graduates are employed around the world and many have risen to leadership positions at overseas universities and health research institutions.

 The Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences is an acknowledged centre of excellence in medical research and postgraduate training. The School has fostered links with a number of private providers and leading specialists and regularly wins a significant proportion of contestable research funding. Located on the site of Wellington Hospital , the School enjoys a close working relationship with this teaching hospital as well as other hospitals in the region. Clinical members of the academic staff are leaders and innovators in clinical care and contribute to the training of future young specialists and medical researchers. Teaching, research and clinical activity are undertaken within nine departments.
In addition a network of general practitioners provide students with community primary care experience. Three specialist clinics sited at private hospitals provide additional high quality clinical access for students.

Major research areas include infectious diseases and immunity (involves collaboration with the independent Malaghan Institute), asthma, public and environmental health, cancer and mental health. The national undergraduate course in Medical Radiation Therapy is also produced in Wellington.

Research and postgraduate study is clearly linked with doctoral students playing an important part in the intellectual life of the School. The School is committed to providing a high level of research training at all levels. The various departments within the School are also important institutions to the postgraduate clinical training of medical specialists in the region.

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