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The Student Affairs Office provides support to students to work at the best of their ability throughout their training.

Students should contact the office if they have any issues impacting on their academic performance or wellbeing.

These issues include:

  • Financial hardship
  • Mental health issues
  • Intimidating behaviour
  • Learning difficulties
  • English as a second language.

The office also follows up and assists on such matters as:

  • Leave from the course
  • Exam results
  • Withdrawals and readmission to the medical course
  • TI transfers


Kim PasleyAssociate Dean (Student Affairs)

Dr Kim Pasley


placeholder imageHealth Sciences Associate Dean (South Canterbury)

Ben Simpson


Services for medical students

Free counselling

Available through MPS (for all medical students). Freephone 0800 225 5677, option 3. The EAP counselling service is available 24/7 for all University of Otago students. Freephone 0800 787 286.

More about counselling services

GP visits at Christchurch doctors

Free for Commnunity Services Card holders, otherwise NZ$20. Referrals available for free psychologist appointments.

More about GP services

Campus Chaplain

Glenda Hicks is available to meet with all staff and students. Email

More about pastoral and spiritual support (PDF)

Prayer rooms

A Muslim prayer space is on the 7th floor of the UOC building. A prayer room is between wards 11 and 20 (level 3, Parkside East).

Report a concern

Confidential concerns regarding poor professional behaviour can be submitted through the 'report a concern' tab on the Student Affairs page on Moodle.

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