U21 Health Sciences Summer School
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.
- Ground transport in New Zealand
- Some catering
- Social events
- Optional tour to Rotorua
- 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.
- 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.