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Win a copy of Rising from the Rubble

Rising from the Rubble: A health system’s extraordinary response to the Canterbury Earthquakes by Dr Michael Ardagh and Dr Joanne Deely was launched on Thursday 22 November at the University Bookshop, writes CUP publisher Catherine Montgomery.

Based on many hours of interviews with people in the Canterbury health system, Rising from the Rubble presents an important aspect of our recent history that isn’t widely or well known.

We were lucky to have two launch speakers whose stories feature in the book: Jan Bone, Emergency Medicine specialist at Christchurch Hospital and Alan Bavis, Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) manager for Canterbury DHB at the time of the quakes.

Their speeches provided fascinating insights into some of the challenges faced by those who fought to ensure continuity of care in the aftermath: the medical staff managing an influx of hundreds of patients, and those who fought to support them by keeping the hospital functioning despite the damage to buildings and infrastructure.

In their response, authors Dr Jo Deely and Dr Mike Ardagh acknowledged the massive contribution of all the staff working in a variety of roles in the health system, not just in the immediate aftermath but in the challenging years that followed.

Wrapping up the speeches Canterbury DHB CEO David Meates said that Rising from the Rubble deserved to reach a wide audience – a true story about real people who achieved extraordinary things.

Be in to win

You can purchase your own copy of Rising from the Rubble from UBS (University Bookshop), or go in the draw to win a copy by answering the following question.

Question: Who wrote the foreword for the book?  

Send your answer to by 12noon Wednesday 5 December. 

UC Travel Assistance Programme

Throughout this year the Risk Manager (VCO) and the Procurement Team (Financial Services) have been working with our travel insurer, Allianz, and other partners on an enhanced travel assistance programme that will provide greater support and assurances for our UC population while travelling. We have in excess of 50,000 travel days each year and at any one time 140 UC staff and students are travelling, working, researching and studying in over 75 international destinations.

While we have always had a comprehensive travel insurance programme in place, our travel insurer, Allianz, can now provide a more comprehensive travel, medical and security response (in conjunction with its partners, First Assistance and Healix). The security response is a new feature and includes:

  • the Healix Travel Oracle App,
  • security advice and assistance, and
  • traveller tracking and monitoring.

Details are here. Key points are:

  • We ‘go-live’ tomorrow. Travel coordinators have been invited to a briefing on the new features tomorrow so please raise any questions for your travel coordinator to bring to the session.
  • All UC travellers (staff and students) are encouraged to download the Healix Travel Oracle app to their mobiles.  Details on how to do this are on page two of the attached document and also on the UC Travel Insurance intranet site. The app provides up-to-date travel information and advice and real time alerts on breaking news globally, as well as a direct line to the 24/7 Allianz partners assistance team.
  • When you book international travel with Orbit, you will now receive a Pre-Travel Advisory (PTA) by email from Healix for your destination if the location is rated as moderate, high or extreme risk.  Please ensure that this messaging does not get caught in your spam filter; see attachment for an example of what the PTA looks like.
  • A travel tracking and monitoring service has been implemented which will allow us to better support travellers impacted by delays, disruptions or disasters.  For events that pose an imminent threat to life (level 4), Healix will contact Orbit-booked travellers to check status and offer support.  Regardless of the threat level, UC travellers can contact Allianz partners if a local incident affects them.

It is not only high and extreme risk destinations that have posed a threat to international travel in recent years, there is also increasing evidence that popular lower risk destinations are being targeted by individuals or groups. These initiatives will support you while travelling and enable UC and Allianz partners to respond to your needs.

Jeff Field

University Registrar | Pouroki

Amorangi Ako me te Hauora | Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education, Health and Human Development

I would like to advise that Professor Gail Gillon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Amorangi Ako me te Hauora, has decided to resign from her PVC position to further her research leadership role within UC.

Effective from 1 January 2019, Professor Gillon will become the Director of the Child Well-Being Research Institute within the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora. Professor Gillon is also Co-Director of one of the National Science Challenges, A Better Start, E Tipu E Rea, which the Government recently announced will continue to be funded for a further five years.   

The timing for this change will align with the College’s move to Rehua as Prof Gillon is keen to ensure a successful transition for the College.

Prof Gillon has been the PVC for the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Amorangi Ako me te Hauora for the past 11 years and has successfully led the College through some challenging periods. She leaves the College in a strong financial position and with promising student growth projections for 2019.  

Professor Gillon has been an influential member of the Senior Management Team and we all wish her every success in her new role.

Consequently, I am pleased to advise that Professor Letitia Fickel will temporarily resume the Acting PVC position for 12 months effective1 January 2019. This will enable the new Vice-Chancellor time to transition into UC and undertake the recruitment process for this position.   

There will be an opportunity to formally thank Professor Gillon, but I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Professor Gillon for her excellent contribution to the Senior Management team and the College, and look forward to her continuing her success as a research leader at UC.  

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

VC and USCA reps’ marathon success

UCSA President Josh Proctor provides an account of fundraising efforts for the new UCSA building Haere-roa at the recent Queenstown Marathon. 

(From left to right: UCSA President Josh Proctor, USAC exec member Alex Holmes, VC Dr Rod Carr, UCSA exec members Shayne Goldingham and Sam Broshnahan.)

The Queenstown Marathon was a fantastic event that those involved will remember for a long time.

Rod completed his twenty-first marathon and was accompanied by UCSA exec members Shayne Goldingham and Alex Holmes who were both completing their first.

Alex and Rod ended up passing each other a few times throughout the race, with Alex eventually finishing slightly in front.

Shayne chugged away and his halftime Facebook message stating he was on track to achieve a PB was accurate, and despite the pain, he was all smiles crossing the finish line.

 Sam Brosnahan and I were entered in the half marathon, Sam’s second and my first.

All in all, we had a lot of fun and are glad to have been able to run in support of Rod who raised over $11,000 for Haere-roa. The UCSA Fundraising campaign is etching closer to $3 million and we’re very excited to be opening our new home next year.

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