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Entrepreneurial UC students tackle IT business challenge

27 June 2017 Health and safety management software and an online innovation portal are two of the ideas developed in five days by University of Canterbury students to make life easier for small to medium-sized businesses. (read article)

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Bachelor of Health Sciences

A three year non-clinical degree that prepares students for a variety of professional roles in the health sector. Read more >>

Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology

Over the four years of this degree, students gain the knowledge and skills to assist a wide variety of people with communication and swallowing disorders. Read more >>

Bachelor of Sport Coaching

An internationally recognised qualification equipping students with key career skills through a sporting context. Read more >>

Bachelor of Social Work

This highly regarded interdisciplinary degree will immerse you in theory and practice over four years, equipping you thoroughly for a wide range of people-related jobs. Read more >>

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Master of Specialist Teaching

An extension of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, the Masters degree is a further 120 points with the last 60 points of the masters totally from home.
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‘I have become particularly interested in infectious disease trends and pre-hospital emergency medicine...’

Julia O'Sullivan Studying towards a BHSc in Public Health and Society and Policy
Volunteer, St John New Zealand
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Uc Connect Rock ClimbingTo fall or not to fall - The science of rock-climbing

Wednesday 24 May, 7pm - 8pm, C1 Central Lecture Theatures, Ilam Campus
Presenter: Professor Nick Draper

By their very nature, adventure sports involve managing risk, and rock climbing is an archetypal adventure sport. On leaving the ground, a climber has to manage the risk involved in making an ascent. The risks or stresses associated with rock climbing are multifaceted, including aspects such as the height and a potential fall, equipment and safety, the environment and the nature of the climb. This UC Connect public lecture will focus primarily on the psychophysiological stresses associated with climbing which will become an Olympic event in Tokyo in 2020. To secure your place at this free public lecture, register here

Alice McSweeneyStudent Profile - Alice McSweeney has a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Health Education

5 May

The BHSc has taught me countless skills that I can apply to any walk of life, but more specifically, those related to health and wellbeing.

‘I now feel confident to stand up and speak in front of an audience big or small, I feel equipped with the skills required to plan and implement health programmes, and am now more aware of the numerous challenges that the health sector face including funding, staff, and adequate knowledge.’ Read more

Freezing Eggs, what you need to know

26 April

Advances in New Zealand's fertility services are leading to an increasing number of women considering egg freezing. Dr Lois Tonkin, School of Health Sciences, is currently working on a research project, the first of its kind in the world, where she talks to women who have frozen their eggs with the aim of bringing their deeply personal stories to the fore. Some of these women have chosen not to have children, but for others whether or not to have a child depends on other factors, such as being in the right relationship or feeling financially secure. During her research she’s discovered many women have a dream of themselves as a mother, which has very real effects on how they shape their lives. Listen to Dr Lois Tonkin talk to Radio New Zealand

Arran HodgeStudent Profile - Arran Hodge has a Bachelor of Sport Coaching endorsed in Performance Analysis

13 April

Arran’s role with the Crusaders is a dream come true, getting directly involved in the ‘inner workings of the most successful Super Rugby franchise’ reviewing and analysing performances of the team and the opposition. 
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Sibi Boycott Walker talkes to Stephen FlemingPhD Turns Passion for Cricket Into a Career

4 April

Being named after a famous English cricketer made it almost inevitable that Indian PhD student Sibi Boycott Walter would end up involved in the world of cricket. “My Dad was a big fan of the English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, so I was named after him. Then I became a physiotherapist and got interested in cricket injuries, so it all just fell into place,” says Sibi. For his PhD at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, Sibi is working on developing a programme to help fast bowlers avoid shoulder injuries. Read more at New Zealand Education

Associate Professor Kathleen LibertyIn-utero anxiety from Christchurch earthquakes showing up at school

22 March

Principals from eight schools told the Papanui-Innes Community Board last week they were very concerned they were not getting enough support to help children with stress-related behavioural problems. The principals' group said they did not feel the Ministry of Education understood the ongoing effects of the earthquakes on children and families, and more support was needed urgently.

University of Canterbury researchers say their study of children at eight schools confirms in-utero anxiety is playing out years later in children who were not born at the time of the earthquakes. Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty said 300 children born between 2008 and 2011 were being assessed for behavioural changes and compared to a group from an earlier study completed before the earthquakes. Read more

Camping in New ZealandRecreation and tourism to the max: How much love can Aotearoa handle?

An ongoing good news story in New Zealand is the success of our tourism industry - more international visitors than Kiwis are predicted for the near future. This means more work for New Zealanders, and not just in the main centres. Dr Chris North discusses the impact of New Zealand's tourism boom. Read more

Dr Chris North, Deputy Head of UC’s School of Health Sciences, has worked in outdoor education and leadership for 17 years for secondary and tertiary institutions, international outdoor leadership organisations and outdoor clubs, and is a founder of Leave No Trace. 

Neville RodriguesStudent Profile: Neville Rodrigues, studying towards a PhD in Health Sciences

4 November

'My goal is to find meaning in my work by helping others...'

Neville Rodrigues is studying towards a PhD in Health Sciences. "I have always had this desire to understand people and understand what their stories are." Neville’s PhD study analyses how young adult immigrants deal with the stress of natural disasters, which was inspired by the Christchurch earthquakes and period of uncertainty for refugee groups in the area at the time. Read more

Associate Professor Michael Tarren-SweeneyInnovation Medal - work on Psychiatric Scales recognised

21 October

Congratulations to Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney, of the School of Health Sciences, who has been awarded the 2016 University of Canterbury Innovation Medal.

The Innovation Medal recognises Associate Professor Tarren-Sweeney’s work on the development of the Assessment Checklist Series; a set of psychiatric scales which has led to an important breakthrough in the delivery of mental health care for a vulnerable population of children within New Zealand and abroad. Read more

Dr Carl PetersenCricket researcher makes game-changing app

12 October

UC Sports Science lecturer Dr Carl Petersen has released an app, XEQT-Pro, which allows bowlers to track where they bowl and how accurate they are.The bowlers receive immediate feedback on their percentage executed as well as bowling figures, plus more detailed information.

“Bowlers are often asked by their captain to deliver a certain type of delivery and pitch it in a certain area. This app allows the captain to set a particular field, to either maximise wicket taking or run-restricting depending on the match situation”. Bowlers are not often effectively tested or trained on this ability during training, he says. Read more

All right? AmbleIt's about mental health, not mental illness

3 October

The All Right? Amble and Canterbury's Digital Detox were held on Sunday 2 October with 600 people attending. The event was organised by Canterbury University health science students and Canterbury District Health Board's (DHB) All Right? wellbeing campaign. UC Health Education lecturer Tracy Clelland says the focus of the event was to encourage people to “stop and take time out, walk around the gardens, and reflect on how people can utilise the five ways to wellbeing to enhance mental health." There were five activity stations in the gardens, each dedicated to one of the "five ways to wellbeing" – to take notice, be active, connect, keep learning, and give.

"It's about mental health, not mental illness," said Canterbury University health education lecturer Tracy Clelland. Read more

Health and CommunityNew Health and Community endorsement from 2017*

23 September

Communities and social networks are crucial to the health and wellbeing of individuals. The understanding of how communities contribute to health and wellbeing, and the inclusion of this understanding to increase the effectiveness of health promotion, is a necessity. This new endorsement helps students understand the intersections in a community -- between individual health, medicine, and population health. This endorsement is aimed at supporting students to contribute to health at a community level.

The new Health and Community endorsement is available within the Postgraduate Diploma of Health Sciences, the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practive and the research focused Master of Health Sciences.

*Subject to CUAP Approval December 2016

Dhita de LaRocheStudent profile - Dhita de LaRoche

Studying towards a Master of Health Sciences with an endorsement in Health Information Management

Having studied at Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya's Faculty of Medicine in Jakarta, Dhita came to the University of Canterbury to take her master's in Health Sciences. 'I have an interest in the non-clinical field of health, and a degree in Health Sciences, with an endorsement in Health Information Management is exactly the right thing for me to study,' she says. 'Technology is on a fast track in research and development, and has a direct impact on the health field. This is beneficial in providing more efficient and effective health services. Better data management tools are therefore very important and that's what my study is providing.' Read more

Prestige Lecture: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

Watch Professor John Luckner's Prestige Lecture

Prestige Lecture: Children and young people’s experiences of sport and what it means for them

Watch Professor Richard Light's Prestige Lecture

Prestige Lecture: Treatment of Aggressive Behaviour in Individuals with Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disabilities

Watch Professor Robert Didden's Prestige Lecture online here

What if... Cancer screening can cause harm as well as benefit?

Watch Professor Ann Richardson’s What If Wednesday lecture online here

What if... Nutrition could treat mental illness?

Watch Professor Julia Rucklidge’s What if Wednesday public lecture

What if... Critically-ill patients could be helped more?

Watch Professor Geoff Chase’s What if Wednesday public lecture

What if... we could detect type 2 diabetes before it was a problem?

Watch Professor Geoff Chase’s What if Wednesday public lecture

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