Ara Institute of Canterbury

Ara is committed to becoming the major health sector training provider in the South Island. Ara will work in conjunction with stakeholders to ensure that all opportunities for integrated learning are developed to offer a training regime that produces high quality graduates in all areas of training. Ara is committed to ensuring that all programmes are kept current and future focused through continued involvement in national development processes and connection with international advances.  First steps to this commitment have been taken by participation in the development of the Health Precinct in Christchurch and the delivery of Master Planning Advice to the CCDU.

Delivery at the Precinct would include all Ara Nursing, Medical Imaging and Midwifery immediately and in due course a range of allied health teaching.

Indications of significantly extended demand in the next 5 to 15 years 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. Healthcare changes and constraints will drive future education towards:

  • Collaborations, team work and consortia
  • Community ‘buy-in’
  • 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 vigour of the health sector.

Themes of delivery have been developed to support the changes that accompany the re-siting of delivery to the Health Precinct:

  • Teaching & learning strategies for collaborative active learning
  • Learning as a pervasive and inclusive activity based on social interaction
  • Future-focused physical spaces for learning
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Infrastructure to support learning
  • Student demographics and needs.

Situating nursing and associated health training in the Health Precinct will mean greater integration of that training with ‘real life’ experiences in the hospital. The gap between theory and practical training will be lessened and opportunities for the training to be timetabled in new and accessible ways are a feature of this placement.

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has indicated there are short term and long term changes required in provision of training including: providers needing to manage costs, continuing to seek efficiency gains, ensuring the qualifications they offer best meet student and employer needs, and exploring additional sources of revenue.

The development and economies of scale in costs of the facilities will be enhanced by being a collaborative process with the other stakeholders. Opportunities for development of alternative sources of income will be enhanced by proximity to other health sector activities.

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