Students will find it easier to visit a nurse or doctor on Massey’s Wellington campus thanks to an exciting new partnership with a local practice.
Massey University in Wellington is now running its student health service as a satellite of Newtown Union Health Centre.
As part of the partnership, Newtown Union is providing a GP and a nurse who will work out of the health and counselling space on Massey’s Wellington campus. It is the first of its kind in the country.
Associate Director for Student Services, Amy Heise, says the university has struggled to find staff for its clinic, which is on the smaller scale with just 1800 patients.
“It’s a really hard market in Wellington,” she says. “We have a limited scope of practice [staff] encounter if they come and work with us.
“We wondered if there was different way of doing it and we thought there must be other options out there.”
Heise says the university spoke to several practices nearby to the Wellington campus before coming to an agreement with Newtown Union.
Because staff will work from both Newtown Union and the satellite clinic at the Massey campus, they will retain a broader set of skills, Heise says.
She says the new partnership will allow students access to more services. There will now be longer opening hours and maternity services and minor surgeries will also be on offer to students,
Students will still be charged $10 to see a doctor or $5 to see a nurse, with the subsidy still being paid through student levy funding.
Heise says no staff will lose their jobs, and Massey University will continue to employ counsellors, who meet with students for free as part of an initiative that was introduced this year.
Massey at Wellington Students’ Association President Emma Pearce says she thinks the partnership will be of great benefit to students.
“It now means that students have more than one place to see a health professional and that there are more services now available to them.
“I believe the changes will positively impact students - with more services it means that students can now make sure that they can find a doctor that suits their needs as opposed to having to settle for whoever they can get an appointment with at the time,” she says.
Pearce says she is also hoping wait times will decrease.
“I believe Massey is making decisions based on the wants and needs of students and it's great being able to see Massey taking initiative to make changes to positive impact student's health and wellbeing.”