U21 Health Sciences Summer School

Start Date
07 July 2014
End Date
18 July 2014
University of Auckland, New Zealand
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The inaugural Health Sciences Summer School will run from 7-18 July 2014 and will be hosted by The University of Auckland in New Zealand.

The theme of the Summer School will be: Substance Misuse Studies: A Harm Reduction Approach.


Worldwide, the use of legally available and illegal psychoactive substances is associated with a range of poor health outcomes, and negative consequences for families and communities. Costs are incurred by healthcare systems, justice, police and social services.

The U21 HS Summer School will focus on the issue of substance misuse and its consequences from a public health perspective. A harm reduction philosophy will underpin the programme, which is one which accepts that many people are unable or unwilling to be abstinent, and puts in place interventions which reduce harm to the individual, the community and society.

The Summer School will take an interprofessional learning approach, with students learning in multiprofessional teams. The programme will also include a focus on cultural issues of New Zealand Maori and Pacific peoples in the context of substance misuse and harm reduction interventions, and the need for a culturally competent health workforce. 


  • Focus on the issue of substance misuse and its consequences from a public health perspective.
  • Students assigned to multiprofesisonal teams, in which they will work for the duration of the Summer School
  • Each team will develop an intervention which they will present to a group of experts in substance misuse issues
  • Experiental leanring.
  • Ten days study, with optional weekend in Rotorua.
  • National and international experts as speakers and facilitators.
  • Focus on teamwork skills.
  • Indigenous populations and other cultural perspectives.
Programme Fee 
The programme fee is NZ$900 per delegate and includes:
  • Accommodation
  • Ground transport in New Zealand
  • Some catering
  • Social events
  • Optional tour to Rotorua 
Student participants will be responsible for all other costs including airfares to and from Auckland, visas, insurance and any other associated costs.
Scholarships are available to help to reduce the fee cost for all members. Please read below for more details.
The U21 HS Executive Committee has approved a scholarship programme for the Health Sciences Summer School. This programme is two-fold:
  • Each U21 HS member university sending at least one student to the U21 HS Summer School will be entitled to a US$500 subsidy that will be deducted from the invoice sent by The University of Auckland. 
  • In addition, the U21 HSG will provide funding for four ‘Executive Scholarships’ (US$750). The scholarships will be competitive and based on merit. 
The Health Sciences Summer School is aimed at:
  • Undergraduates who have completed at least two years of study in the following disciplines:
  • Dentistry, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Population Health, Public Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Nomination Process
Each U21 HS institution will carry out their own internal application process and will be able to nominate up to three students. Nominations will have to be sent to The University of Auckland before 21 March, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 28 March, 2014. The University of Auckland will only accept up to 20 international students to the programme.  
Academics may apply to attend the Summer School. They will be invited to facilitate groups during the summer school but will not be teaching.
The University of Auckland will only accept up to five academics for the programme. Academics should provide a CV and expression of interest to the U21 HS Summer School Selection Panel by email to Caroline Voisine (caroline.voisine@ubc.ca) no later than 14 March 2014.
Academics should make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The cost for attending is NZ$1,300 and covers transfers, transport, some catering and some social events. It also includes the optional tour to Rotorua but it does not cover airfares or accommodation. Academics are responsible for all costs including airfares to and from Auckland, visas, insurance and any other associated costs.
More information about the Summer School is available at www.u21health.org/summer-school-2014
Please contact Caroline Voisine (caroline.voisine@ubc.ca) with any queries.
Caroline Voisine