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Otago delegation forges closer collaboration with National University of Samoa

Thursday 29 June 2017 4:41pm

In May, the Division of Health Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Crampton was the Special Guest Speaker at the 70th anniversary of the Samoan Medical Association's AGM in Apia.

While in Samoa, Professor Crampton also facilitated the Medical Education and Workforce Capacity Building workshop with Associate Dean (Pacific) Faumuina Associate Professor Fa'afetai Sopoaga.

The visit was in response to the invitation extended by Namulauulu Dr Potoi, President of the Samoan Medical Association, during the inaugural International Pacific Health Symposium, which was hosted by the Office of the Associate Dean (Pacific) in Dunedin last year. Professor David Murdoch (Dean, UOC) facilitated the Community Integrated Medicine session during the conference.

Professor Crampton also met with the Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Samoa (NUS), Professor Fui Le'apai Tu'ua 'Īlaoa Asofou So'o; Dean of NUS' Faculty of Medicine, Le Mamea Lemalu Dr Limbo Fui; the New Zealand High Commissioner, Mr David Nicholson; and Director General of Health, Leausa Toleafoa Dr Take Naseri.

The focus of the meetings was to build on the strengths both the Division of Health Sciences and NUS' Faculty of Medicine bring to the collaboration. This included an environment of shared expertise to provide a better service to students that would in turn extend to their communities. Further collaboration in teaching, curriculum development, and opportunities for students to share their knowledge and experiences, are some of the expected outcomes.

Delegation in Samoa
From left: Faumuina Associate Professor Fa'afetai Sopoaga, Namulauulu Dr Potoi, Professor Peter Crampton, Mr David Nicholson, Dr Debbie Ryan.

Thank you to 'Pulse' for providing the material for this story.