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Issue 376 | 24 April 2015 | Previous Issues

A personal message from the Dean

A review of the University Clinics has been underway for the past six months with the Steering Group led by Professor Steven Dakin, Head of the School of Optometry.

The clinics provide an essential teaching component for several professional programmes across the University and are also expected to run as a viable commercial service. Much of the review focused on how best to balance commercial demands with the need to provide a quality teaching and learning experience for students.

The review makes nine substantive recommendations:

1.    A revised governance structure by setting up an Operational Management Group.

2.    Expanding the Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic to meet client demand and improve financial sustainability.

3.    Improving the quality of clinical training for students.

4.    Increased focus on fostering research in the clinics.

5.    Differentiating University of Auckland Clinics from other care providers in our communications and marketing to the community.

6.    Planning for increased use of outreach and mobile clinics including any funds required.

7.    Targeting opportunities to enable the CST to focus on providing awesome customer service.

8.    Improving the financial performance of clinics.

9.    Improving client and student feedback.

I wish to thank all those who assisted and contributed positively to this review.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to the inaugural meeting of the FMHS Postdoctoral Society. The Society has been organised by the Research Fellows themselves to provide a professional network for our 200 research scientists within the faculty. I emphasized the importance of having an active and skilled scientific workforce to drive the faculty’s mission as a leading medical research institution. I hope you all support the future efforts and events that have been planned for the Postdoctoral Society.

At the University Senior Leadership Team meeting this week, the next PBRF round (2018) was discussed and plans developed for a support team to assist staff in developing individual evidence portfolios. Although it seems like a long way off, preparations begin now and I urge you all to engage positively with the process and to start thinking about those all-important nominated research outputs.



John Fraser, PhD, FRSNZ

Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

The University of Auckland


New Group Services Manager for Medical Sciences and Pharmacy

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Gillian Nicholson

Please join me in welcoming Gillian Nicholson who has been appointed to the position of Group Services Manager for the Schools of Medical Sciences and Pharmacy.

Gillian comes to us with a wealth of experience; having considerable expertise in both the areas of research management and tertiary administration.

Gillian is well versed with the University of Auckland, having held the position of General Manager for The Liggins Institute from 2006-2009.

Starting on 20 April, this two year appointment will allow Stuart Glasson to undertake his role as our faculty’s Transition Manager.


A first for our faculty

Congratulations to Dr Suresh Muthukumaraswarmy who is the first pharmacy-based recipient of a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship in New Zealand.

Dr Muthukumaraswarmy, a senior research fellow across both the Schools of Pharmacy and Psychology, intends to use the fellowship to continue his research into drugs that are active in the central nervous system and objective management of their actions. Read more


Medical equipment used in Great War exhibition

An exhibition commemorating the First World War will feature historical medical equipment on loan from our Clinical Skills Centre.

Created by Sir Peter Jackson’s company Wingnut Productions, “The Great War Exhibition” is showing at the Dominion Museum in Wellington and will run for about four years (the length of the war). 

Associate Professor Andy Wearn, director of the Clinical Skills Centre says that in the 14 years since the Centre was established it has had two or three donations of old medical equipment. Read more



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In the field surgical kit with amputation saw
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Anaesthetic mask & IV fluid funnel
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Wooden splints
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Auroscope in box