About the University of Otago, Wellington
Where excellence and leadership in research and teaching happen.
The University of Otago’s Wellington Campus was established by the University in 1974 to provide the range of patients and facilities required to meet modern teaching standards for an expanded intake of medical students.
We offer :
- undergraduate 4th-6th year MBChB,
- New Zealand’s only Bachelor of Radiation Therapy (a three year undergraduate programme)
- host dietetic, physiotherapy, dental and pharmacy undergraduate students.
- A wide range of health related postgraduate programmes for medical and non-medical graduates.
The University of Otago Wellington will take a leadership role in the Aotearoa/New Zealand health system and community, recognising the Treaty of Waitangi as the mandate for the good health of all New Zealanders, through:
- the provision of outstanding research-informed undergraduate and postgraduate health science education;
- contributing nationally and internationally the highest quality scholarship, teaching, research, and clinical practice;
- preparing graduates to meet the diverse and multicultural health needs in Aotearoa/New Zealand and international settings, now and in the future;
- staff and students contributing to knowledge and understanding within the health sciences;
- promoting health and education within the community using the highest quality basic and applied research;
- taking account of its proximity to central government and policy agencies.
The Campus employs a total of 373 staff (174.3 full time equivalents) as follows:
- 112 academic staff (excluding clinical lecturers and joint clinical staff) (79.3 FTEs)
- 27 joint clinical appointments with local District Health Boards (14 FTEs)
- 141 part-time clinical lecturers (7 FTEs)
- 93 administrative staff (74 FTEs)
The University of Otago, Wellington is adjacent the Wellington Hospital. It has nine academic departments:
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Paediatrics and Child Health
- Pathology and Molecular Medicine
- Primary Health Care and General Practice
- Psychological Medicine
- Public Health
- Radiation Therapy
- Surgery and Anaesthesia
The Campus has extensive student support and learning facilities on site. It has recently built award-winning new facilities, including a new medical library, teaching rooms, and computer facility.
Role that the Campus has within the undergraduate MBChB medical course
The role of the Campus is to:
- teach years 4, 5 and 6 of the medical programme, ensuring congruence with Faculty curriculum objectives;
- provide vertical integration of basic sciences in clinical contexts;
- offer students a wide range of clinical experiences; and
- provide leadership within the medical programme.
The Campus has research strengths in a number of areas, spanning the spectrum through biomedical, clinical and public health. All the Campus’s academic departments are research active, and there are a number of well established research groups.
Strong indigenous health research
The Campus’s Māori health research unit, Te Ropu Rangahau Hauora A Eru Pōmare, is a national leader. The strength of this unit, in combination with our well-established and long-term relationships with local iwi groups, provides a strong foundation on which to build the indigenous component of our curriculum.
Hospital services in New Zealand are provided by 21 District Health Boards. A major strength of the Campus’s undergraduate medical programme is its regional approach. This aims to capitalise on the strengths of our local tertiary hospital and on the excellent learning opportunities provided by the region’s general provincial hospitals and primary health care centres. Similarly, the undergraduate medical radiation therapy programme collaborates closely with District Health Boards around the country.
The Campus also has a close working relationship with a private hospital, Bowen Hospital, where the Campus’s Sleep Investigation Centre, WellSleep Sleep Investigation Centre, is located.