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The University of Otago offers a high level of support to all students, so that you have every chance of success during your time at Otago.

The School of Physiotherapy support team can help and guide you. You are always welcome to contact any staff member who you feel comfortable to approach and discuss your concerns.

Meet your student support coordinator

Profile silhouetteDr Olivia Galea

Olivia is the School of Physiotherapy's Student Support Coordinator, and provides support for all students at the School.

She is your first point of contact if you are not sure who to ask or where to look for helpful advice.


Olivia can help with queries or concerns affecting your well-being and success, and can connect you with established student services, some of which we list below.

Student services

Career Development Centre

For advice, and some of the tools you need to plan your future


Otago Tertiary Chaplains provide a range of pastoral care and spiritual services


The university's early childhood education association provides early learning for children aged 0 to 5 years

Disability Information and Support

For more information, advice and assistance on disability-related study support

Health Science Division (International students)

For support and advice related to accommodation, visas, arrival information and help with orientation

Help at campuses outside Dunedin

Cathy is your first point of contact if you are at another Otago campus or working offsite

Information Technology Services

Provides students, staff and visitors with the best possible IT services, products and support

International office

Offers confidential assistance for international students with any issues or questions


Provides high quality information resources and services

Physiotherapy Subject Librarian Thelma Fisher

Māori Centre

The Māori Centre Te Huka Mātauraka offers a home away from home for students of Māori descent

Pacific Centre

For a range of services including academic assistance, scholarships and accommodation, legal and immigration matters


Provides members with representation, welfare, advocacy, recreation, fun events and media

Proctor and Campus Watch/Campus Cop

The Proctor's office works throughout the University to help ensure the safety of students and staff

Student Accommodation Centre

For help finding your own flat or room in Dunedin or nearby

Student Learning Development Centre

If you are working hard to get a pass mark, or seeking to gain a top result, you may find this link helpful

Student Health Services

This team of qualified professionals provides high quality physical and mental health care to all students at Otago

Meet your support team

These team members can offer you confidential support, help to assess your needs and provide guidance on matters as varied as:

  • Communication and decision-making skills
  • Complaints
  • Cultural adjustment and transition
  • Disengagement
  • Grievances
  • Illness and injury
  • Motivation and direction
  • Staff / student relationships
  • Stress
  • Diversity

Profile silhouetteOwen Draper

Kaiarahi Māori, Māori Student Support


Charleen Silcock imageCharleen Silcock

Pacific Student Support


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International Student Support


Academic support or performance

physio_prasath jayarakan cropped 2018Prasath Jayarakan

Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies

If you have any queries or issues relating to academic support and performance for undergraduate students please contact Prasath.


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Associate Dean Postgraduate Studies

If you have any queries or issues relating to academic support and performance for postgraduate students, please contact Associate Professor Perry.



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