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Disability information and support


The Department's Disability Support person is Ms Kathryn McClea.

Kathryn is an Administrative Assistant and Bequest Administrator. She is responsible for a wide variety of Departmental administrative functions including the administrative aspects of the Department's body bequest programme, the Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy programme, the recording of examination results, updating Departmental publicity material and coordinating open days and special events in the Department.

You can contact Kathryn at

The University's Disability Information and Support provides learning support, advice, advocacy and information to students with permanent, recurring or temporary impairments.

Kaiāwhina Māori/Māori support

BradHurrenThe Department's Kaiāwhina Māori / Māori Support role is shared by Dr Brad Hurren and Dr Rebecca Bird.

Kōrero with Dr Brad Hurren

Tēnā koutou – i tipu ake au ki Whakātane, ko Ōtepoti tāku kāinga ināianei, ko Brad Hurren ahau. Hi, my name is Brad – I’m originally from Whakatāne in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, but I moved to Dunedin in 2001 for BSc in Anatomy, and have never left this awesome city. I’ve been a Teaching Fellow here since 2007, after doing my Masters in developmental neurobiology. Since then, I’ve also done a PhD, where I investigated the role that the nerve plays in the early establishment of skeletal muscles of the limbs.

In recent years, my research interests have moved away from the lab bench – I now look at the how students approach learning anatomy, and how we as teaching staff can improve the learning experience and comfort levels of students as they face potentially challenging scenarios such as dissection, handling donated human tissues and working with animals in teaching and research.

Brad is a Professional Practice Fellow / Kaiāwhina Māori (Anatomy). He teaches in HUBS191/192 and 200-level Anatomy & Physiotherapy & other ANAT papers.

RebeccaBirdKōrero with Dr Rebecca Bird

Kia ora koutou katoa. I whānau mai au i Te Whanganui-a-Tara, kei Ōtepoti tōku kāinga ināianei. Ko Rebecca Bird tōku ingoa. Hi! My name is Rebecca and I was born and raised in Wellington. I studied biology and biochemistry in the UK and eventually completed a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Glasgow. I moved to Dunedin in 2011 for my current role as a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy. Since then, I’ve also done a Masters in Higher Education, and recently began also working at Office of Student Success.

Although originally my research focused on cellular signalling, I discovered a love for learning about the entire body, from cellular to gross structures, and I enjoy helping students learn how the human body works! My current research focus is student-centric, looking at first year experience, student belonging, retention of knowledge, and educational technology.

Rebecca is a Teaching Fellow / Kaiāwhina Māori (Anatomy) & Research Fellow (Office of Student Success). She teaches in HUBS191/192 & 100- & 200-level Anatomy papers.

You can contact Brad or Rebecca at

The University's Māori Centre encourages Iwi Māori to participate and succeed in tertiary education. The Centre offers support for academic, cultural and social needs from a kaupapa Māori base.

Pacific Islands support

LatikaSamalia186pxThe Department's Pacific Island Support person is Dr Latika Samalia who comes from the island of Fiji.

Latika is a Professional Practice Fellow, teaching into 2nd, 3rd and 5th year Medicine; 2nd year Dentistry, and 2nd year Physiotherapy. She also teachers into the Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy. Her passion for teaching is evident in everything she does and she is well loved by all her students. Latika is part of the BMS Pacific Strategic Framework Group and the University of Otago Pacific Students' Liaison Group.

You can contact Latika at

The University's Pacific Islands Centre and The Pacific Islands Research & Student Support Unit (PIRSSU) helps students of Pacific descent to make the most of their time at the University of Otago.

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Student exchange

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Student Learning Centre

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Thesis information guide

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International Office

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