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Acute alcohol use linked to one quarter of New Zealand suicide deaths - study

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Friday 15 July 2022

The authors of a ground-breaking University of Otago, Christchurch study are calling for immediate changes to Aotearoa New Zealand’s suicide prevention strategy and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, due to figures showing more than 26 per cent of all suicide deaths in this country involve acute alcohol use.

Christchurch campus redevelopment site blessed

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Wednesday 22 June 2022

Construction of the University of Otago, Christchurch’s new campus building took an important, symbolic step forward last week with an official on-site blessing ceremony.

Study shows strong link between COVID‑19 and worsening mental health

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Wednesday 8 June 2022

The past two years have caused widespread disruption, anxiety, loss and grief worldwide – but a new University of Otago, Christchurch, study has identified a concerning link between ongoing COVID-19 disruption and worsening mental health for those most at risk.

When medicine and literature meet

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Thursday 12 May 2022

Professor Dick Sainsbury has enjoyed a distinguished forty-year career as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine as well as a researcher, teacher and mentor at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Otago boosts economy by $1.79 billion

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Tuesday 10 May 2022

The University of Otago contributed $1.79 billion in total value added to the New Zealand economy last year, a new report has revealed.

Call for pipe upgrades after Asbestos found in Christchurch drinking water

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Wednesday 13 April 2022

A new study concludes ageing underground pipes in many Christchurch suburbs are leaching asbestos fibres into the city’s main water supply; and although raising no immediate concerns for public health, the results are prompting calls for a prioritised pipe replacement programme.

Study calls for urgent regulation of unhealthy home deliveries

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Wednesday 6 April 2022

Ordering an online Uber Eats, other food, alcohol or vaping delivery from the comfort of your couch is hugely popular – but a new study is calling for urgent Government action, due to concerns unregulated, on-demand home deliveries may be damaging the nation’s health.

UOC Shares Painting Gifted to Christchurch Muslim Community

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Thursday 17 March 2022

The University of Otago, Christchurch, has shared a painting with staff and students – artwork which was gifted by the campus to the local Muslim community at a special March 15th 2019 remembrance service held two years ago.

Prestigious award for Associate Professor Khoon Lim

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Tuesday 8 March 2022

Associate Professor Khoon Lim, from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, has been awarded the European Society for Biomaterials' coveted Jean Leray Award for 2022