Summer school offers great choices
The University of Otago’s 2019 Public Health Summer School programme which will offer an outstanding range of courses, including 16 new ones, next year is open for registration. If you are interested in a day of professional development or updating on topical issues in health, then the programme which runs from February 11 – March 1 at the university’s Wellington campus in Newtown is for you. There are courses and symposia for everyone including 14 of the school’s most popular core topics. Fran Wright who is on the PHSS Organising team says many people return for summer school courses every year, so they try hard to constantly refresh the programme and offer new courses on highly topical issues. “We are so delighted with our 2019 programme, people have such great choice. This includes courses on everything from drug policy challenges to child wellbeing, to Pacific and Māori health, to being media savvy, to fostering good partnerships in promoting health. “While most people take just a day or two out to attend a course of interest, we often have people joining us for five or six courses at a time and finding it a great way to start their year,” she says. Ms Wright says Māori and Pacific Islanders who are working or studying in areas contributing to improving the health of Māori and Pacific people, but who may not be able to cover the cost of a course, are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of a one-day course. “There are limited numbers available so please apply early as this is a great opportunity to not just build your knowledge, but to network with people from so many areas to share experiences.” To register or to view more information the courses, which run from one to four days, see the Summer School website. Many courses have limited numbers so don’t miss out and register now to receive a 25 per cent earlybird discount. Also, on offer are a limited number of Maori/Pacific Scholarships. Pictured are contributors to the Indigenous People and Cancer Symposium run by the school in its 2018 programme. This was an amazing event attended by hundreds of people from all over New Zealand and the Pacific region.