An information-filled, full day professional development conference specifically for clinical coordinators, registered nurses and enrolled nurses working in the field of gerontology was held on 5 August 2015.
The following speakers presented fascinating perspectives on a range of pressing issues.
Dr Michal Boyd
Dementia and depression
Dr Michal Boyd is a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and the Freemasons’ Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland. She has been a provider, leader and researcher of care management for older people since the early 1990s. She developed the “Residential Aged Care Integration Programme” at Waitemata DHB and the RN and Medicines Care Guides for residential aged care. She is currently co-investigator of the ARCHUS study researching a primary and secondary multi-disciplinary team intervention in aged residential care. Her continued research aims are the development and evaluation of innovative models of care for older people.
Andy has clinical experience in long-term condition support and management, acute cardiology and adult cardiac intensive care nursing. He leads a team of nurses at Middlemore Hospital managing a range of cardiac nursing interventions including nurse clinics, a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programme and supporting patients with heart failure. Andy runs a number of nurse clinics helping support people back to health following cardiac events, interventions or surgery. He has published and presented research, papers, posters and abstracts in a number of forums over the years and is passionate about the role nurses have in improving the care and management of people living with heart disease.
Linda is one of New Zealand’s leading adult educators. Primarily working in health, education and local government she works with emerging and existing leaders to develop the vision, passion and skills needed to lead both for today and for tomorrow! She has the gift of turning dry research and theory into practical everyday skills and tools. She is described as an outstanding ‘method trainer’ because you leave her presentations with a range of practical how-to’s, real methods to address everyday workplace challenges. Linda has over 25 years’ experience as a catalyst for learning. She has a phenomenal reputation for making learning thought provoking, life changing and heaven forbid… even enjoyable!
Age-related comorbidities that impact on wound healing: Wound management workshop
Isabella has worked within the aged care sector for more than 20 years. Having originally trained and practised as a registered nurse in Australia, she holds a Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing), a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), a Master of Public Health and Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing. She has previously worked in a number of senior management roles in rest home, dementia and hospital-level geriatric care facilities both in Australia and New Zealand. Isabella completed the Nurse Practitioner academic and training pathway in 2012, and she was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner (Older Adult) with prescribing rights in September 2013. Isabella has specific interest in dementia care, palliative care and wound management.
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