Shifting O-Week events to Forsyth Barr Stadium last year
resulted in a decline in the number of admissions to Dunedin
Hospital's emergency department, with the trend expected to
continue this year.
Emergency department charge nurse manager Justin Moore said
that in past years O-Week had impacted ''heavily'' on the
''However, last year we noticed a decrease in presentations
with events being held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium,'' Mr
In previous years, the department had put on extra staff
during the week, but because of the reduced number of
admissions last year they were ''taking a more conservative
approach'' this O-Week.
While it was still too early to comment on O-Week overall,
admissions to the department on Monday night were not out of
''The numbers of people presenting to the ED for treatment
from the age of 17 to 25 on the first day of O-Week was
similar to the number presenting the previous Monday,'' he
His message to students was to: ''Enjoy yourselves [and] keep
everything in moderation.''
Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) was last year
praised by police for the way it ran O-Week events at Forsyth
OUSA president Francisco Hernandez said in an opinion piece
published in the Otago Daily Times yesterday that its events
reduced the risks of ''negative outcomes'' during O-Week.