Ara Institute of Canterbury
Ara is committed to becoming a major health sector training provider in the South Island. This commitment encompasses working in conjunction with stakeholders to ensure that all opportunities for integrated learning are developed to offer programmes that produce high quality health graduates. This commitment lead to Ara’s participation in Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct.
Indications of extended demand on health services in the future is recognised by Ara as a catalyst for ensuring that the delivery of training is redeveloped to provide greater ease of access and continuing high quality at all levels. Ara understands that healthcare changes and constraints will drive future education towards; collaboration, team work, communication, global perspective, flexible course delivery, increased use of information and communication technology and simulation. Training in the health area at Ara specialises in quality, under-graduate provision although Ara is committed to responding to increasing demand for the provision of on-going graduate and post graduate training, and research which is essential to the vitality of the health sector.
Ara nursing, midwifery and medical imaging students train in the Health Precinct flagship building Manawa. Students learn from leading health professionals in the purpose built facility, right next to Christchurch Hospital. Situating training in the Health Precinct has meant greater integration of training with ‘real life’ experiences in the hospital. Students have access to high tech simulation environments and facilities and work alongside professionals and potential employers. Ara Staff and students are provided with opportunities to innovate and collaborate with individuals from the Canterbury District Health Board and the University of Canterbury, who also occupy Manawa.
Ara’s participation in Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct allows it to build on existing health sector relationships and expand the current nursing and allied health programmes. Ara can take full advantage of innovations in health and education, and ensure Ara graduates are work ready and highly competent to serve all the communities of Canterbury.