Wednesday 3 July 2019 11:52am
June has been a month of honours and awards for Otago staff and graduates.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, Christchurch senior lecturer Dr Susan Bagshaw was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her advocacy of youth health, and Roger Hall, former Robert Burns Fellow, was knighted for his services to theatre.
Altogether 14 University of Otago alumni and two staff were included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Dr Bagshaw has been a senior lecturer in paediatrics at the University’s Christchurch campus for more than a decade. Outside her work teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students how to better meet the health needs of adolescents, Dr Bagshaw has fought for better health services for youth in Canterbury and beyond.
Dr Susan Bagshaw was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her advocacy of youth health
She is best known for establishing the 198 Youth Health Centre in Canterbury in 1995. Its model of offering young people free doctor’s appointments, counselling and addiction and social support services under one roof has since been applied around New Zealand.
Head of the University of Otago, Christchurch’s Department of Paediatrics Professor Andrew Day says Dr Bagshaw is a committed advocate for youth health. She has taught medical and postgraduate students about adolescent health and her strong advocacy and passion for the subject had no doubt led to improved services for that group.
Dr Bagshaw says she is definitely not keen for people to call her ‘Dame Sue’ but "hoped the honour led to an increased recognition of the importance of valuing young people".
Jane Prichard QSO received a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to women, and the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) was awarded to Dr Christine Roke, for services to sexual and reproductive health, and Dr Lynn Sadler, for services to maternal and perinatal health.
Seven Otago graduates received MNZM’s including Margaret Cook of Invercargill for services to the community and Dr Fiona Cram for services to Māori health and education.
Dr Cram says she “felt really humbled’ to be nominated for the MNZM.
“When I was asked if I'd accept the nomination I thought about my parents and how supportive they have always been of my work. So really I did it in acknowledgement of them, and also for all the wonderful people I've met and worked with throughout the years.”
(All Otago staff and alumni who received Queen’s Birthday Honours are listed later in the article.)
Fulbright graduate awards
Later in June, seven University of Otago graduates were awarded prestigious Fulbright awards to undertake further study in the United States.
Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award
"I feel really humbled to receive this scholarship from Fulbright and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, two organisations that have had, and continue to have a strong impact across Aotearoa. It is a real privilege to be named alongside so many other deserving recipients, both past and present," says Carrie.
The award will allow Carrie to spend time with leading clinical psychologists in the US who are focused on child and adolescent development. At the University of Colorado and John Hopkins University she will be working alongside Professors from the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health.
"In connecting with Native American scholars, I hope to widen my understanding around indigenous psychology and child development, to improve culturally-responsive clinical practice in Aotearoa and help revitalise Māori approaches to mental health.
"On a personal level, I hope that my time in the US will allow me to create relationships based on utu (reciprocity) and that those I meet in the US feel that they have a whānau member here in Aotearoa."
Carrie Clifford (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu) from Gore is the 2019 recipient of the Fulbright Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award. She will research indigenous conceptualisations of child development, mental health, and treatment at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado and John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The research is towards her PhD with the University of Otago. Carrie graduated with a BSc in Psychology in 2015 and BSc (Hons First Class) in 2016.
Fulbright General Graduate Awards
- Henry Benson-Pope from Dunedin will complete a Masters of Laws specialising in Criminal Law and Human Rights at New York University in New York City, New York.
- Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle (Ngāi Tahu, Te Atihaunui a Pāpārangi ) from Christchurch has a BA (Hons First Class) in Psychology and a BCom in Marketing Management and the award will support his research towards his PhD at Otago. He will research positive educational outcomes through use of brief social psychology interventions at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards
- Injy Johnstone, from Dunedin, will head to University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Injy has a BSc in Physical Geography from Otago and an LLB (Hons First Class) from Victoria University of Wellington. She will complete a Masters of Laws specialising in Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
- Mitchell Chandler from Nelson graduated with a BSc in Oceanography from Otago in 2017 and went on to complete a BSC (Hons) in Geophysics from the University of Auckland in 2018. Mitchell will complete a PhD in Physical Oceanography at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California San Diego in San Diego, California.
- Marise Stuart from Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) graduated with an MBChB in 2014, a BPhEd in 2009 and a BSc in 2006 and will complete a Masters of Medical Science in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Oliver Armstrong-Scott from Wellington graduated with an MBChB from Otago in 2016 and will complete a Masters of Public Health specialising in Global Health at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Fulbright professional development programme
- Susan Peoples from Te Anau has been granted a place on a four- month intensive professional development programme in the US. Sue will research how to develop and implement school-based environmental programmes of learning. She is Head of Social Sciences at Fiordland College in Te Anau and received a PhD in Geography from Otago in 2007.
Otago alumni and staff to receive Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019:
Dr Susan Bagshaw, CNZM, for services to youth health. Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at University of Otago, Christchurch.
Mr Roger Hall, CNZM, QSO, for services to theatre. Robert Burns Fellow, 1977.
Mrs Jane Prichard, QSO, for services to women. (BA, Geography, 1957).
Ms Claire Aitken, for services to rehabilitative programmes. (DipGrad, 1997; PGDipHealSc(End), 2002; MHealSc(End), 2012).
Mrs Margaret Cook, for services to the community. (Dunedin College of Education, 1957).
Dr Fiona Cram, for services to Māori health and education. (BA, Psychology, 1983; DipArts, 1985; PhD, 1990).
Mrs Rachael Dean, for services to governance and the community. (BCom, Accounting & Finance, 1983).
Ms Allison Dobbie, for services to library and information management and the arts. (BA(Hons), History, 1974).
Dr Briar Gordon, for services to the law and the State. (PhD, English, 1985; LLB(Hons), 1990).
Mr Evan Trevor Smith, for services to the community. (BSc(Hons), Zoology, 1973).
Mrs Janice Tofia, for services to education. (Dunedin College of Education, 1969).
Dr Peter Hurly, OStJ, for services to the New Zealand Defence Force and aviation medicine. (DAvMed, 1995; PGCertAeroEv, 2005; MAvMed, 2008).