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Student support

Department support for specific groups

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

Louise186pxThe Department's Kaiāwhina Māori / Māori Support role is shared by Dr Louise Parr-Brownlie (Ngãti Maniapoto, Ngãti Pikiao) and Dr Rebecca Bird.

Louise is a Senior Lecturer and researcher. Her research looks at how the brain controls movement and changes in brain activity with Parkinson's disease. She's as passionate about getting more wāhine Māori into pursuing science as she is about the human brain.

RebeccaBird186pxRebecca is a Teaching Fellow for 100 and 200 level Anatomy. Her research interests revolve largely around first year experience, particularly in large-scale classes, and the use of educational technology to enhance learning.

You can contact Louise 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.

Latika is a Professional Practice Fellow, teaching into 2nd, 3rd and 5th year Medicine; 2nd year Dentistry, 2nd year Physiotherapy, and 4th year Pharmacy. She also teachers into ANAT457 and 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.

You can contact Latika at

The University's Pacific Islands Centre helps students of Pacific descent to make the most of their time at the University of Otago.

Links to University student support information

Career Development Centre

The Career Development Centre can help you to explore career ideas and give related course advice. They also provide information about specific jobs, employers and further study.


Information about all scholarships available to students at the University of Otago.

Student exchange

You can study overseas and count the credit towards your Otago degree.

Student Learning Centre

The Student Learning Centre can help you take control of your learning. If it all seems too hard, too much or you just don’t know where to start, Student Learning Advisors are ready to help. If you’re an enrolled student, it's free!

Thesis information guide

The Thesis Information Guide offers useful advice and support for your research thesis journey.

International Office

The International Office assists international students with any issues or questions that may arise during their time at Otago.