About the Waikato Clinical School
The Waikato Clinical School is an academic division of The University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. The school provides clinical teaching and research for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and allied health science students.
The main purpose of the school is to provide an outstanding environment in which medical students can undergo their clinical training. We aim to pursue excellence in teaching and learning through exposure of our students to high quality clinical teachers. The school is also committed to developing and increasing its research performance and the number and quality of its postgraduate students in line with The University of Auckland's strategy.
Affiliations and collaborations
The Waikato Clinical School could not operate without the support and input from
a number of key collaborators. In particular, we need to recognise the considerable
support we receive from the Waikato District Health Board. We also have strong links
with Lakes and the Bay of Plenty DHB's and Pinnacle Group Limited.
Over the years the school has had considerable funding from the Waikato Medical
Research Foundation whilst our two Senior Lecturers in Rural Healthcare are supported
by the New Zealand Institute of Rural Health. The school has strong research links
with AgResearch, Ruakura.
Our mission statement
The Waikato Clinical School first and foremost aims to provide an excellent clinical
learning environment for students. The school also aims to increase both its clinical
and basic research, and encourage increasing liaisons with researchers in New Zealand
The agreement concerning the formation of the Waikato Academic Division (renamed
the Waikato Clinical School in 2001) was signed by Prof Peter Gluckman from The
University of Auckland and Dr Tony Cull, the Health Waikato CEO in 1994.
The school grew rapidly under the leadership of Dr Peter Rothwell and became a clinical
teaching centre with an excellent reputation for providing clinical experience and
a supportive environment for students. In 2001, a new building incorporating the
Waikato Clinical School, Clinical Skills Centre and library was opened and named
the 'Peter Rothwell Academic Centre'. Dr Rothwell was succeeded by Dr Jack Havill
in 2003 and Prof Ross Lawrenson in 2005.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Waikato DHB from 1998 to 2005 was Dr Jan White
who not only supported the Waikato Clinical School as a teaching centre, but also
supported research with the establishment of Chairs in Medicine, Anaesthetics, Psychiatry
and Primary Healthcare. The University of Auckland greatly values their strategic
partnership with the Waikato DHB and formally signed a 'Strategic Alliance Agreement'
in November 2005.