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Interprofessional healthcare education boosts early career skills

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Tuesday 9 August 2022

Health professional students who attended a five-week interprofessional education programme in Tairāwhiti run by the University of Otago several times each year developed better teamwork skills and more positive attitudes to working collaboratively with others, a study has found.

Young people ask for help only once

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Friday 5 August 2022

Psychiatrists are concerned young people in Aotearoa New Zealand are missing out on specialist mental health care with potentially life-long repercussions, according to new research from the Universities of Otago and Auckland.

Master’s degree brings personal and professional rewards


Wednesday 3 August 2022

A supportive family and the knowledge that her research would be of value helped Gill Stotter (65) overcome the challenges of returning to academic study later in life while working as a practising physiotherapist and running her own practice in Wellington.

New Bill marks the beginning of the end for cigarettes and tobacco in Aotearoa

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Wednesday 27 July 2022

Researchers from the University of Otago’s ASPIRE 2025 Research Centre, which carries out research to support the Smokefree 2025 goal, welcome the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill that Associate Health Minister Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall introduced to Parliament today.

Repatriation ceremony 'important part of healing process'


Tuesday 26 July 2022

Acknowledging and apologising for the past at a hokomaurahiri (repatriation ceremony) of Kōimi T’chakat Moriori (Moriori skeletal remains) was an important part of the healing process, the University of Otago’s representative at the ceremony says.

Simple, not embarrassing

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Tuesday 19 July 2022

As a full-time student and a frontline health worker, Annie Geda has a piece of simple but life-saving advice for other students.

Acute alcohol use linked to one quarter of New Zealand suicide deaths - study

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Friday 15 July 2022

The authors of a ground-breaking University of Otago, Christchurch study are calling for immediate changes to Aotearoa New Zealand’s suicide prevention strategy and the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act, due to figures showing more than 26 per cent of all suicide deaths in this country involve acute alcohol use.

Health research another way to contribute for new doctor


Tuesday 5 July 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the door to placements overseas for students in their final year of medical school, it opened another door for Dr Aqeeda Singh, who made the most of the chance to pursue her love of research.

Change needed urgently, practitioners say

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Thursday 30 June 2022

A group of New Zealand health practitioners is calling on the Government to change its approach to the way it cares for people with osteoarthritis, and to do so urgently.

Christchurch campus redevelopment site blessed

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Wednesday 22 June 2022

Construction of the University of Otago, Christchurch’s new campus building took an important, symbolic step forward last week with an official on-site blessing ceremony.

Improving stroke care: what survivors say

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Friday 10 June 2022

New Zealand stroke survivors have told researchers a range of improvements to stroke care is needed, including better access for non-urban residents to specialist stroke care units, improved support and coordination of care after discharge from hospital, better communication, and a focus on providing culturally safe care to Māori.

Portrait honours renowned scientist Dr Leopold Kirschner


Thursday 9 June 2022

A portrait of the late, internationally recognised leptospirosis researcher and survivor of both World Wars, Dr Leopold Kirschner, has been unveiled at the University of Otago’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Study shows strong link between COVID‑19 and worsening mental health

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Wednesday 8 June 2022

The past two years have caused widespread disruption, anxiety, loss and grief worldwide – but a new University of Otago, Christchurch, study has identified a concerning link between ongoing COVID-19 disruption and worsening mental health for those most at risk.

A career celebration in Wellington

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Wednesday 1 June 2022

A Festschrift was held on the Wellington campus on 29 May 2022 to celebrate the career of Professor Dawn Elder, on the occasion of her retirement from her roles as Deputy Dean and Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Otago, Wellington.

College of learning inspires PhD journey


Wednesday 18 May 2022

As someone who researches the importance of sleep to diet, Silke Morrison is quick to highlight that she prioritised maintaining a normal sleeping pattern during her PhD. 

$900,000 funding for Otago health researchers

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Thursday 12 May 2022

Six Otago researchers have each been awarded a $150,000 Health Research Council Explorer Grant to support transformative research ideas that have a good chance of making a revolutionary change to managing New Zealanders’ health.

When medicine and literature meet


Thursday 12 May 2022

Professor Dick Sainsbury has enjoyed a distinguished forty-year career as a consultant physician in geriatric medicine as well as a researcher, teacher and mentor at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Scholarship just the beginning 

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Wednesday 11 May 2022

Anika Moana Kite Perenara is the recipient of a scholarship for Māori students in their second year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy programme.

Otago boosts economy by $1.79 billion

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Tuesday 10 May 2022

The University of Otago contributed $1.79 billion in total value added to the New Zealand economy last year, a new report has revealed.