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Tim WilkinsonDeputy Dean, University of Otago, Christchurch


Office of the Dean
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
New Zealand


Current roles

  • Acting Dean, Otago Medical School
  • Deputy Dean, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Professor of Medicine and Medical Education
  • Consultant physician in geriatric medicine, Canterbury District Health Board


  • University of Otago, Christchurch, Gold medal for research excellence, 2019
  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) award for outstanding achievement in the field of health professional education in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, 2016
  • University of Otago, Christchurch, Gold medal for teaching excellence, 2009
  • Minister of Education / NZQA Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching), 2002

Research interests

Tim is keen to promote independence in old age as well as independence in his students.


Nicholson, S., & Wilkinson, T. J. (2024). Selecting for medical school entry: Nature or nurture? In V. Wass & V. Ng (Eds.), Family medicine in the undergraduate curriculum: Preparing medical students to work in evolving health care systems. (pp. 107-114). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781003325734-17

Shulruf, B., Tumen-Randal, S., Poole, P., Randall, J., Wrench, D., & Wilkinson, T. (2024). How the Medicine and Science programmes can overcome the impacts of low SES secondary school educational disadvantage. Perspectives, 28(1), 21-27. doi: 10.1080/13603108.2023.2222081

Mannes, M. M., Thornley, D. J., & Wilkinson, T. J. (2023). Cross-cultural code-switching: The impact on international medical graduates in New Zealand. BMC Medical Education, 23, 920. doi: 10.1186/s12909-023-04900-2

Keelan, K., Pitama, S., Wilkinson, T., & Lacey, C. (2023). ‘It’s about having that knowledge, tino rangatiratanga!’ Understanding structural barriers to accessing aged residential care services among older Māori in New Zealand. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2023.2284132

Keelan, K., Pitama, S., Wilkinson, T., & Lacey, C. (2023). It's not special treatment… That's part of the Treaty of Waitangi! Organisational barriers to enhancing the aged residential care environment for older Māori and whānau in New Zealand. International Journal of Health Planning & Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/hpm.3734