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Niki NewmanSimulation Centre Director
Professional Practice Fellow
Convenor of Clinical Skills Module for years 4 and 5

MBChB DipPaed(Auck) MPH(Otago)

Tel +64 3 364 3892

Niki attended medical school in Auckland where she qualified MBChB in 1994 and subsequently worked as a medical officer in Auckland and Christchurch.

After completing a Master of Public Health she worked as a medical officer at Community and Public Health in Christchurch.

Niki has been working at the University of Otago, Christchurch (UOC) since 2009 as clinical skills professional practice fellow and manager of the Simulation Centre. From 2018 she took up the role of director of the Simulation Centre as well as continuing as a professional practice fellow and Clinical Skills Module convenor for years 4 and 5 of the undergraduate medical programme. Her primary area of interest is the use of simulation-based medical education to develop clinical and professional skills.

The UOC Simulation Centre (UOCSC) was developed as part of a Faculty of Medicine initiative to expand clinical skills programmes and facilities at the Christchurch campus of the University of Otago, Division of Health Sciences.

Clinical Skills encompasses all the skills used in the processes of consultation and management of patients. They specifically include communication skills, consultation, problem-solving and procedural skills.

Niki is responsible for overseeing and supporting the use of the facility by all students and teaching staff but has direct teaching responsibility for the undergraduate medical programme.

She completed the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program, Paediatric Simulation Instructors Workshop in Auckland in 2012 and the ESME Certificate in Medical Education in 2017.

Current roles

  • Professional Practice Fellow, Clinical Skills
  • UOC Simulation Centre Director
  • Clinical Skills Director
  • Lead Convenor Clinical Skills Vertical Module years 4 and 5