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News from the University of Otago, Wellington

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Elsa wins 2023 photo competition

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Thursday 1 June 2023

Otago’s resident “Elsa” embodied the spirit of Disney’s ‘Let it go’, jumping into a freezing lake with wild abandon for the shot that took top prize at the 2023 Bulletin Photo Competition.

Why high school kids are saying ‘yeah, nah’ to alcohol

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Thursday 25 May 2023

Striking differences in the way high school students socialise may be one of the reasons behind a dramatic drop in youth drinking over the last 20 years, a study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found.

Photos give men a voice to discuss mental distress

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Wednesday 10 May 2023

An innovative research project at the University of Otago, Wellington, is using photography to help men open up about their experiences of living with depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety.

Pathology Article of the Year

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Wednesday 15 March 2023

Professor Brett Delahunt has won the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s Article of the Year award for 2022.

Better targeted prediabetes care needed

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Friday 24 February 2023

A more targeted approach to the screening and treatment of prediabetes is likely to be more effective at preventing type 2 diabetes and to reduce strain on primary health care sector resources, according to researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Wellington summer student showcase

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Wednesday 8 February 2023

After a summer investigating a diverse range of research topics, 24 students presented their work at the summer studentship poster showcase and competition on the Wellington campus at the end of January.

Honour recognises advocacy for equity, social justice and anti-racism

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Monday 23 January 2023

Taking Otago’s distance-learning Certificate in Health Promotion in 1996 helped create the foundations of a career in public health for Dr Heather Came-Friar, who was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori, education and health in the New Year Honours.

Focusing on LGBTIQ+ homelessness

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Friday 6 January 2023

As a young campaigner on social justice and LGBTIQ+ rights, Dr Brodie Fraser has found working as a researcher in the Department of Public Health a perfect mix of their academic and activist interests.

Connecting physical and mental health

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Monday 19 December 2022

Dr Matthew Jenkins is bringing his background in Physical Education and Psychology to his research into helping those living with serious mental illnesses stay physically healthy.

Sovereign rights to health and wellbeing

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Monday 19 December 2022

A passion for upholding sovereign rights to health and wellbeing for tangata whenua has led Dr Paula Toko King to a career in Kaupapa Māori research that encompasses areas of racism, disability, care and protection, youth justice and prison.

He Kete Kōrero – Summer 2022

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Thursday 15 December 2022

Welcome to the Summer 2022 issue of He Kete Kōrero, with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

Housing the homeless is the first step

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Thursday 15 December 2022

Providing unconditional access to housing is the first step towards improving the mental and physical health and wellbeing of those experiencing homelessness, researchers say.

Youth support for smokefree generation policy

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Wednesday 9 November 2022

Young people have shown strong support for the Government’s proposal to introduce a smokefree generation, a study by researchers at the University of Otago has found.

Digital security issue

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Friday 7 October 2022

The University was made aware on Wednesday afternoon of a digital security issue which was found by a student and passed on to Critic Te Ārohi, the Otago University Student Association student magazine.

He Kete Kōrero – Spring 2022

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Friday 9 September 2022

Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of He Kete Kōrero with the latest news from the Wellington campus.

'Great sadness' at Queen's death


Friday 9 September 2022

The University expresses heartfelt condolences to King Charles and the Royal Family on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

September 2022 Digital Calendar


Thursday 1 September 2022

The September 2022 Digital Calendar photo was taken by Ario Smith, former Developer Marketing Content, External Engagement

Unique double honour for Pathology Professor


Wednesday 31 August 2022

Professor Brett Delahunt ONZM KStJ FRSNZ, from the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington, has been awarded the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia’s (RCPA) Silver Medal, the only person in the history of the College to receive both Gold and Silver Medals.

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.

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.

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.