September / Hepetema 2020
Message from the Dean
Welcome to our September-October 2020 newsletter.
Since the return to our building in June we have been focused on returning to the “new normal” of teaching and clinical practice under COVID restrictions. It has been great to have the students return to campus in July and be able to offer them a hands-on teaching experience.
Our staff and students have enjoyed being back and appreciating how much we all enjoy our clinical education and “hands-on” roles.
With the return to L2 and 3 restrictions in August we adjusted to new guidelines for social distancing, use of masks, and a return to making sure we can deliver our classes on line and in person. Likewise, we readjusted our research activities to ensure we met regulations but kept our research progressing. A big thank you to all our staff, students, and colleagues who support our students (under-graduate, post-graduate and graduate research students) for making this transition as easy as possible.
Research staff have also been incredibly busy (and successful) writing grants applications and publications. We recently acquired two HRC activations grants and three University of Otago Research grants. And we've still managed some celebration! Dr Carrie Falling graduated from her PhD in August. However, the ceremony she was due to graduate in was cancelled due to the new restrictions. With the use of our lab allowing social distancing we were able to celebrate Carrie's 'graduation' with a small mock ceremony.
We have our fingers crossed for the graduation ceremony to run in December for our graduating 4th years, but if not, we'll be sure to find a way to celebrate and mark this important occasion for the students and the profession.
All the best, and especially for our alumni in Auckland, take care of yourself.
Leigh Hale, Dean of School
News from the School
Keeping an eye on vulnerable Kiwis under virus restrictions
Dr Meredith Perry from the School of Physiotherapy in Wellington New Zealand is engaged with the well-being of our disabled living under active COVID19 alert conditions.
Meet the staff
ICU physiotherapist Sarah Rhodes
The arrival of COVID19 has propelled cardio-respiratory physiotherapists, particularly those working in intensive care, into the spotlight on the global stage.
The School of Physiotherapy's Sarah Rhodes and her skilled cardio-respiratory team geared up rapidly for acute care work and to up-skill members of ICU teams.
Bright vistas for Daniel Tan
Third-year student at the School of Physiotherapy Daniel Tan has adapted well to shifting circumstances with some help from friends, nature, and whānau.
New study sheds light on sports concussion
Ongoing disruptions have done little to hamper working physios studying at Otago by distance. Postgraduate sports physiotherapy student Rebecca Blyth is developing tactics which might better help manage concussion.
Research and knowledge transfer are key to activities at the School of Physiotherapy.
Researchers at the School reflect the international texture of the profession.
More research news
CHARR researchers are awarded HRC activation grants to support health delivery research
Graduates from the School often lead intrepid lives and contribute much to the growth of physiotherapy in New Zealand and internationally.
Physiotherapist Janice Masur was born in Eritrea and raised in Uganda, graduated from the School in 1965 and later forged her physiotherapy career in Vancouver, Canada.
Susie Simcock, June Gardiner and Pam Bell were well respected New Zealand physiotherapists all educated in Dunedin.
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