A Message from the Dean, Peter Crampton
Tēnā koutou kātoa
I write this as the country basks in a heat wave. Summer is here, the Christmas break is just around the corner, and it is time for me to write some end-of-year comments by way of sign-off for 2017.
Rural health has been very much in the spot light over the past year. Our plan for a National School of Rural Health is well developed. The process of developing the plan in collaboration with other partner organisations was an enjoyable and fruitful exercise. Whether or not this initiative proceeds will be to a large extent dependent on the Minister of Health and the Minister of Tertiary Education as they address the priorities of their large and diverse portfolios.
OMS has been a key player in helping the Division to achieve excellent progress with the implementation of its shared research infrastructure plan and the Divisional Interprofessional Education plan. In the wider Pacific region we are continuing to work closely with our colleagues in the new medical school at the National University of Samoa, the Ministry of Health in the Cook Islands, and the Fiji National University medical school.
The University is a partner in Te Kāika, the new iwi-led whānau ora centre in Caversham in the southern part of Dunedin. The medical clinic and health promotion services are now open and are busy seeing whānau and patients. The dental and physiotherapy services will be up and running by February. There will be a formal opening ceremony for Te Kāika early in the New Year.
As has been the case for quite some time and will continue to be the case for many years to come, the Otago Medical School faces exciting and challenging building projects. The new research support facility is now rising above ground-level on Great King St adjacent to the Physiotherapy building (directly opposite the rapidly rising new Dental School building). We are in the process of completing the business case for the Christchurch campus where, seven years following the devastating earthquakes of 2011, our buildings and infrastructure are urgently needing a rethink. We are also in the early stages of planning a new home for the Dunedin School of Medicine that will link closely with the planned new Dunedin Hospital.
Many people have been involved in preparing the OMS portfolio in preparation for our ten-year Australian Medical Council accreditation visit next year. This is a major exercise. The accreditation panel will visit all our campuses in August prior to writing their accreditation report.
I would like to thank everyone—staff, students, community partners, and partners in other organisations—for contributing your time, energy, expertise and enthusiasm to such a productive and fruitful year.
Please take the holiday break as an opportunity to recharge your batteries and share time with family and friends.
I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Professor Peter Crampton
Dean Otago Medical School
and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Health Sciences
Congratulations to the Class of 2017, who received their MB ChB degrees at the University graduation ceremony on Saturday 9 December.
This year the Reading of the Oath was conducted in the Colquhoun Lecture theatre and a recording of the ceremony can be VIEWED HERE
Or watch on YOUTUBE HERE