Welcome to the School of Health Sciences


We offer undergrad qualifications in Health Sciences as well as postgraduate Health Sciences, Counselling, Child and Family Psychology, Nursing, Specialist Teaching and PhD in Health Sciences.

Student Profiles

Read about the successes of some of our current students, recent graduates, as well as the inspirational research being conducted by our postgraduate students.


School of Health Sciences PHA Scholarship students attend PHA Conference

School of Health Sciences under-graduate and post-graduate students were awarded scholarships to attend this year's NZ Public Health Association Conference in September held in Dunedin. Pictured below are (L to R) Amelia, Charlotte, Suzanne and Thomas.

SHS students at PHA conference

In the news

School of Health Sciences staff member Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll was on Radio NZ talking about her research into Māori traditional healing practices. Read more

Master of Counselling applications for 2016 now open

Applications for limited entry papers close on October 1 2015.  Check out the website now

Application forms for limited-entry papers
Master of Counselling Application Form (DOC, 40KB)
Master of Counselling Personal Statement (DOC, 129KB)
Master of Counselling Referee Report (DOC, 32KB)

Please note: if you want to enrol in open-entry papers (HLTH 481, COUN 678, COUN 679) you can do this anytime from now.

Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll joins the executive of the Canterbury West Coast Division of the CanceAnnabel Ahuriri-Driscollr Society

School of Health Sciences staff member, Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll has recently been elected as an Executive Member of the Canterbury West Coast Division of the Cancer Society for a 3 year term. Annabel will perform a  variety of tasks within this role, but initially will focus on her appointment to the Research and Grants subcommittee.


In the news

Associate Professor Kathleen LibertyAssociate Professor Kathleen Liberty was on Radio NZ talking about her research into post-traumatic stress in children. The study indicated if children experienced a chronic period of stress while their brain was developing during the age of two and three, their ability to respond to stress was altered.

"We call them stress-sensitive children, for example a small thing like loosing their sun-hat becomes a big deal to them, they are becoming stressed over something that they otherwise wouldn't have."

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Research Aims to Improve Elderly Patient CareProf Philip Schulter

Canterbury District Health Board is teaming up with key experts from South Island universities, including Prof Philip Schluter from the School of Health Sciences, to conduct research aimed at better understanding aging to help improve patient care.


Graeme Davey Doctoral Scholarship in Cancer Epidemiology

The School of Health Sciences is delighted to be able to offer the Graeme Davey Doctoral Scholarship for Doctoral study in Cancer Epidemiology. Below is the application form and regulations for your information. If you require further information please contact Professor Ann Richardson Ann.Richardson@canterbury.ac.nz

Graeme Davey Doctoral Scholarship Application

Graeme Davey Doctoral Scholarship Regulations

Pukemanu-Dovedale Child and Family Psychology Centre.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Karyn France & Suzi Hall, and the rest of the team for obtaining a $180,00 donation from Sir Campbell and Lady Leita Wylie Foundation to support the Pukemanu-Dovedale Child and Family Psychology Centre. The donation is a recognition of the quality and value of service provided to the community. The money will be distributed over a 3-year period.