Registered Health Professional, Palmerston North Hospital
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) (First Class)
Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)
Alex Lee recommends the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) as a great way of deciding whether to pursue a master’s degree or doctorate in the future.
“The honours degree is a great way to obtain an enormous amount of knowledge, experience and insight in a short period of time. I gained greater confidence and a better understanding of how to progress a research project. If you’re considering studying for PhD or master’s degree in the future, this can be a great help.”
Helping his community
Alex, who is of Korean descent, wants to use the knowledge of his culture to help older members of his community with the healthcare issues they face in New Zealand.
“I always had a desire to look into occupational health and the wellbeing of older populations in community settings. In particular, I identified older immigrants as some of the most vulnerable, as the healthcare system in New Zealand is often completely different from the system they were familiar with in their home countries.”
His research focused on an assessment tool commonly used in Korea, which is familiar to his older patients.
“My project provided a great opportunity to understand different activities that older Korean immigrants used to engage in in Korea, and how those activities changed post-immigration. This information then led to a demonstration of how this assessment tool can be improved.”
Help and support
Alex says the knowledgeable staff at AUT supported him throughout his project.
“They were always approachable and communicative, and gave me accurate advice in regards to the areas where I needed further development. They shared research articles, workshop information and forum opportunities relevant to my project.”
AUT’s strong links with researchers in his fields also helped with his project, adds Alex who recently started working at Palmerston North Hospital.
“I was able to contact a number of research institutes, and through these organisations I was able to attend various research forums. They helped me shape my research topic and gave me better insights about my research target population,” he says.