Clinical School

About Us

The Bay of Plenty Clinical School was established by the District Health Board in 2007 to develop training and research initiatives that would attract healthcare students and encourage them to return as employees once qualified.

Since that time the School has supported the clinical training of some 480 undergraduate medical, nursing and allied health students per year at Tauranga Hospital, Whakatāne Hospital and in general practices in the Bay. These students came from a wide range of national and international tertiary institutions.


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The School has also established a Clinical Trials Unit to coordinate DHB-wide clinical trials and research projects.

On the Tauranga Hospital campus the School is located on the ground floor of Pohutukawa House. In Whakatāne the clinical school building is located by Māori Health Services. These facilities provide a student lounge, tutorial rooms, a skills laboratory/lecture room and IT training facilities. Medical libraries are located in adjoining buildings at Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospital campuses.

The School provides a range of training and research opportunities for all disciplines including:

  • medical student/intern clinical placements in a range of primary care settings and a number of secondary care services; selective and elective placements & summer studentships for medical students access to a twelve month nursing new graduate entry to practice programme; selective and elective placements for Bachelor of Nursing students
  • selective and elective clinical placements for allied health trainees in a range of disciplines and locations
  • access to teaching training for training supervisors and access to management courses for clinical and non-clinical staff
  • a range of postgraduate educational opportunities for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals
  • training and support for staff and students involved in clinical trials and research

Who We Are:

PeterGilling Head of School
Professor Peter Gilling 07 579 8016
SarahStrong Clinical School Business Leader
Sarah Strong 07 579 8022

Clinical Research Development Manager
Charlie Stratton 07 579 8797

 LeonieAlley Student Placement Coordinator
Leonie Alley 07 579 8694

Programme and Site Coordinator, Whakatane
Matt Sinton 07 306 0941

Last updated: August 29, 2018