May 17, 2017
Otago boosts support for Tairawhiti medical training
The University of Otago, Wellington has highlighted the importance it places on its programmes on the East Coast by appointing a new associate dean.
Dr Diana Kopua will provide support for all its health professional students in the Tairawhiti region, including Gisborne and Wairoa.
Head of campus Professor Sunny Collings says she will also make links in the community to foster workforce development.
Dr Kopua, who is the head of the psychiatry department at Hauora Tairawhiti, began her career as a mental health nurse in the Porirua, Wellington region before training at the University of Otago in medicine, specialising in psychiatry.
As well as offering courses in the region, Otago runs the Tairawhiti Interprofessional Education programme.
Since 2012, the programme have given more than 300 final year dental, dietetic, medical, nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, physiotherapy and pharmacy students clinical experience in rural New Zealand, particularly with Maori health service providers.
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