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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Ms Lis Latta

PositionLecturer, Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care Module Convener, and Ambulatory Medicine Convener
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (Dunedin)
QualificationsMN RN
Research summaryPalliative care education and graduates’ self efficacy in caring for people who are dying
TeachingI co-ordinate, develop, and teach alongside colleagues in the Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care vertical module which is integrated into medcial student learning from year 2–6 in all clinical schools. I also oversee the Ambulatory Medicine programme in ALM4 and ALM5, and am the Lead Tutor for the Early Professional Experience Programme in ELM3.
Memberships
  • Member, Department of Medicine Teaching Committee
  • Member, Aotearoa National Palliative Medicine Curriculum Committee
  • Member, Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand
ClinicalI have many years’ experience working in acute hospital settings (neurosurgery/neurology) and Hospice Palliative care. I maintain close contact with the Otago Community Hospice, including an annual clinical update on-service.

Research

I am currently undertaking a PhD exploring medical and nursing graduates' self efficacy in caring for people who are dying. This is a mixed methods study that includes a national survey of undergraduate medical and nursing training programmes, a survey of graduates one year post-qualification, and interviews with clinical teaching staff about factors that affect learning about palliative and end of life care in clinical settings. This research is timely considering the aging population, impending shortage of palliative care specialists, and the need for all healthcare professionals to be prepared to provide primary palliative care.

Publications

Latta, L., & MacLeod, R. (2018). Palliative care education: An overview. In R. D. MacLeod & L. Van den Block (Eds.), Textbook of palliative care. (Online ed.) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-31738-0_95-1

Latta, L., Tordoff, D., Manning, P., & Dent, J. (2013). Enhancing clinical skill development through an Ambulatory Medicine Teaching Programme: An evaluation study. Medical Teacher, 35(8), 648-654. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.801553

Latta, L., & Ross, J. (2010). Exploring the impact of palliative care education for care assistants employed in residential aged care facilities in Otago, New Zealand. Sites, 7(2), 30-52.

Chapter in Book - Other

Latta, L., & MacLeod, R. (2018). Palliative care education: An overview. In R. D. MacLeod & L. Van den Block (Eds.), Textbook of palliative care. (Online ed.) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-31738-0_95-1

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Journal - Research Article

Latta, L., Tordoff, D., Manning, P., & Dent, J. (2013). Enhancing clinical skill development through an Ambulatory Medicine Teaching Programme: An evaluation study. Medical Teacher, 35(8), 648-654. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.801553

Latta, L., & Ross, J. (2010). Exploring the impact of palliative care education for care assistants employed in residential aged care facilities in Otago, New Zealand. Sites, 7(2), 30-52.

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