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mediNEWSotago March 2017

The Otago Medical School electronic newsletter keeps staff, students, and other stakeholders up-to-date with developments at Otago Medical School.

PeterCA Message from the Dean, Peter Crampton

Tēnā koutou kātoa

Welcome to the first edition of MediNews for 2017. I have listed below, from a Divisional perspective, some of the major projects we are committed to this year. This is not a complete list, but it gives a flavour, and many of these projects have direct relevance to the Otago Medical School.


  • Research support facility building project - underway
  • Dental school building project - underway
  • Counties Manukau DHB dental facility project – finalise business plan for CDC and Council
  • Finalise UOC business case
  • Finalise UOW business case
  • Implement the Division’s shared research infrastructure plan
  • Finalise business plan for Southland learning centre
  • Commence Dunedin health precinct business case
  • Plan the University’s components of the new Dunedin Hospital campus in collaboration with SDHB
  • Successfully complete the development of the University’s components of Te Kāika in Caversham


  • Implement the recommendations of the HSFY review process
  • Reduce duplication across the Division’s postgraduate offerings
  • Establish a new Department of Hauora Māori
  • Implement the Division’s Interprofessional Education plan
  • Implement the Division’s Internationalisation plan
  • Finalise and implement the Division’s Rural Health plan
  • Establish consistent Pacific health curricula across our health professional programmes
  • Joint teaching initiatives with National University of Samoa

University wide initiatives

  • Contribute to Support Services Review
  • Contribute to review of the resource allocation model
  • Contribute to PBRF success

The combined Heads of Department meeting will be held on 30-31 March.

This meeting is the only opportunity that we have during the academic year for HoDs to gather together as a leadership group to discuss matters of importance and share information. The purpose of the meeting is to provide opportunities for:

  • Information sharing
  • Debating important policy issues
  • Collegial networking
  • Meeting with and hearing from key University and external informants and leaders
  • Showcasing OMS to our stakeholders

Otakou_maraeThe first day of our meeting will be hosted at Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula. This special location provides us with the opportunity to explore a variety of topics that are important for the Otago Medial School, including:

  • The meaning of the OMS’ relationship with Ngāi Tahu and the numerous Māori communities that support OMS
  • Our processes for incorporating te ao Māori into our way of doing our work
  • The opportunities that arise from both our relationships with iwi around the country and from the expertise of our Māori staff within the Division of Health Sciences and within the University
  • Our local history

AMC re-accreditation 2018

One further reminder for everyone – we will have our ten-year major AMC reaccreditation review next year and many of us will be busy with the preparatory work throughout 2017.

Many thanks to everyone for your commitment, hard work and professionalism. Have a great 2017!

Peter Crampton

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Other news:

Appointment of new Associate Dean (Medical Admissions)BHyland-TZaharic-2017

Professor Brian Hyland has been appointed Associate Dean (Medical Admissions) for three years, effective 1 February. Professor Hyland will undertake this part-time role alongside his roles in the Department of Physiology.

Professor Peter Crampton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Otago Medical School, would like to thank Tony Zaharic for his dedicated work in this role for the past five years.

Photo: Brian Hyland (Left) and Tony Zaharic 

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OMS Module Convenors Meeting  - Christchurch 23 June 2017 (TBC)

Planning is underway for a mid-year meeting of MB ChB module convenors in Christchurch, providing a day for convenors from across campuses and disciplines to compare notes about programme and educational developments and catch up with their colleagues from other sites.

Feedback on previous meetings has been positive and the numbers indicating they are keen to attend is encouraging.

Convenors who did not receive an invitation are invited to contact:

Call for expressions of interest from current academic staff for the position of Medical Education Research academic lead

The Otago Medical School is inviting expressions of interest from current academic staff for the position of Medical Education Research academic lead.

This position is 0.3FTE fixed-term for 2 years and may be based on the Dunedin, Christchurch or Wellington campus.

The start time for this position is negotiable but appointment can be made without delay.

The position would suit a current academic staff member with a high level of knowledge, understanding and experience of medical education research with a track record of publications in medical education research. They will have excellent interpersonal skills, an ability to support researchers and foster networks and collaborations.

This role may be additional FTE or taken by reducing FTE in a current academic role. It is expected this role will be service only and the academic staff member would retain their teaching and research roles within their current position.

This is an opportunity to play a key role in a growing and important aspect of the Otago Medical School’s business.

Contact Tim Wilkinson ph 03 378 6272 (, Joy Rudland ph 027 212 9305 ( or Bruce Smith ph 03 479 5057 ( if you would like more information.

A role description and an Expression of Interest application Form can be obtained by contacting Bruce Smith (OMS Manager:

Enquiries and applications will be treated in confidence.

Please send the application form and your CV to Bruce Smith, Manager, Otago Medical School by Friday 31 March 2017.

Professor Peter Crampton
Dean Otago Medical School
and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Health Sciences

For other news see the Division of Health Science PULSE newsletter for this month

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