Putting study into action

Each year the University of Otago, Christchurch hosts a Summer Studentship that is made up of a number of research projects. Pegasus Health is a proud supporter of the programme and ‘hosts’ and supports 4th year medical students from the University of Otago, Christchurch to undertake research for Pegasus Health in the community.

The summer studentship programme enables students to gain real world hands-on research experience and helps to provide a launch pad for long term research. These projects can also make a real difference to the care or treatment of patients in our health system.

This year, five students and their projects were chosen as Pegasus Summer Students:

  • Aaspreet Boparai - “Motivators for integrated primary care between general practitioners and pharmacists.
  • Lauren Smith - “Development of Nurse Led Models of Care for People with Heart Failure – a descriptive study.”
  • Jane Reeves - “Meeting cultural competency learning needs of general practice reception staff.”
  • Suli Tuitaupe - “Understanding the ASH rates for Pacific children in Canterbury”.
  • Jamie Go - “Diabetes Care in General Practice – Access to the Retinal Screening Pathway.”

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Di Bos, Pegasus Summer Studentship Programme Co-ordinator says this year’s projects were especially interesting as they covered a range of healthcare services.

“Our students worked with health professionals from across the health spectrum, from general practitioners to pharmacists and practice nurses to district health board personnel,” says Di.

It was also found that even though each project had its own specific outcome and set of recommendations, some common elements were found within them all. Communication between the service and the community was highlighted in each project.

“Jamie’s project identified a real challenge of linking communication type to patient. Sending people with eyesight problems a written letter inviting them to do a retinal screen has not proved effective in the past. New technology needs to be looked at for better ways to get the message to them. Jane’s research on medical receptionists highlighted that they are administrative professionals working in a clinical environment who have to communicate with patients, “says Di.

Jamie Go

This year Suli Tuitaupe's project on understanding the ASH rates for Pacific children in Canterbury was awarded the Community Prize at the official prize giving.

  Jamie Go at work at Pegasus Health.

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