Dunedin School of Medicine University of Otago Dunedin School of Medicine

Paediatrics & Child Health In Dunedin

The Paediatrics and Child Health Section is part of the Department of Women's and Children's Health and one of three paediatric departments within the University of Otago, the other two being in Christchurch and Wellington. The Dunedin section functions as a tertiary level referral centre for the southern half of the South Island, NZ for both paediatric and neonatal intensive care problems.

baby lying on a mattThe section has special interests in the following areas:

  • Asthma
  • Child abuse and its prevention
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (cot death)
  • Aerosol delivery of drugs to the neonatal lung
  • Neonatal ventilation techniques
  • Genetics of congenital malformations
  • Clinical genetics
  • Ethics and genetics
  • Neonatal and paediatric endocrinology
  • Epidemiology and Community Child Health
  • The prevention of brain injury to the premature infant
  • Adolescent and young adult suicide prevention
  • Sleep disorders in children, their effect on behaviour during the day
  • Autonomic function during sleep.

The section works closely with preclinical departments, especially the Departments of Physiology and Pathology (most notably in the area of developmental genetics) and the Department of Preventive & Social Medicine.

As well as being involved in the education of medical students on paediatric issues (an eight week attachment in the 5th year and a four week attachment in the 6th year of medical training) there are two research fellowships regularly held within the department each year and postgraduate study for both the Master of Medical Science, MD and PhD are encouraged. Joint collaboration with other departments within the basic sciences (biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and neuro-science) have led to strong collaborative research.



University of Otago Dunedin School of Medicine