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The Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality Gerontology Nursing Conference 2016
07 Dec 2016

Gerontology Nursing Conference 2016

Speaker Bios

A professional development conference for clinicians in the field of gerontology, ageing and spirituality with guest speaker Dr Jean Watson was held on 7 December 2016.

See below for the speaker line-up and their presentations on a range of thought-provoking subjects.

Dr Jean Watson

Spirituality and the Foundations of Human Caring: A Professional guide to authentic caring-healing practices

Dr Jean Watson is a Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past President of the National League for Nursing; founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. Her latest activities include Founder and Director of non-profit foundation: Watson Caring Science Institute.

Dr Watson has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric mental health nursing and holds her PhD in educational psychology and counseling. She is a widely published author and recipient of many awards and honours.

Michal Boyd - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2016

Dr Michal Boyd

Building confidence in your own clinical reasoning

Dr Michal Boyd is a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland. She has been a provider, leader and researcher of innovative care programmes for older people since the early 1990’s.  She developed the “Residential Aged Care Integration Programme” at Waitemata District Health Board and co-editor of the “Care Home Handbook” (Wiley Publishing).  She is currently involved in implementing and researching innovative models of care for people with dementia and end of life care for older people in residential aged care facilities.

Richard Egan - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2016

Dr Richard Egan

Nursing, spiritual care and spiritual needs in Aotearoa New Zealand: initial results of a national

Dr Richard Egan is a lecturer in health promotion, based in the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit, Department of Preventive & Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago. His background includes five years working as a health promoter / professional advisor in a Public Health Unit and five years secondary school teaching. Dr Egan’s Master’s thesis examined spirituality in New Zealand state schools, his PhD thesis explored spirituality in end-of-life care and he has qualifications in theology, English literature, religious studies, and public health. Dr Egan’s academic interests centre on supportive care in cancer, health promotion and the place of spirituality in health and well-being. Dr Egan is a mixed methods researcher, with a particular focus on qualitative research. Dr Egan is a past-president of the NZ Public Health Association and currently on the Board of the Health Promotion Forum.

Chris Perkins - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2016

Dr Chris Perkins

Spirituality in Dementia

Dr Perkins is the current chair of the New Zealand Dementia Co-operative and author of the book: Dementia: What you need to know: A guide for People with Dementia, and their Caregivers. Dr Perkins is the former Director of the Selwyn Centre for Ageing (now known as The Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality). The Centre was set up by The Selwyn Foundation in recognition of spirituality as being central to holistic care; the key areas of focus are education, research and advocacy.

Thomas Petschner  - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2016

Prof Thomas Petschner

Using humour in care 

Professor Thomas Petschner is a published author and playwright, former theatre director, stage & interior designer and musician. He also has twin PhD’s in nutritional and complementary medicine and is one of the renowned leaders in the field of integrated diagnostics (specialised in facial diagnostics, micro expressions and body language). As an internationally acknowledged researcher of human behaviour and the therapeutic use of humour he is perfectly suited for the wonderful Clown Doctors initiative, to spread fun and happiness to those who need it most.

He created the world's first specialised academic education for Clown Doctors and founded the International Institute for Medical Clowning, a social enterprise at Steinbeis University Berlin. As the founder and CEO of Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust, he brings the sound of laughter to New Zealand's hospitals and put smiles on the faces of those dealing with challenging illnesses. Thomas is also co-founder and artistic director of the Clown Doctors Singapore.

Maree Bernoth - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2016

Dr Maree Bernoth

Participatory Care - the possibilities and challenges

Maree Bernoth is a senior lecturer at Charles Sturt University. Her interest in aged care began with her initial hospital based training in 1971 and was formalised when she completed her postgraduate gerontic nursing registration in 1985. She has worked in the clinical, management, education and research areas of ageing and aged care in metropolitan and rural facilities in Australia, and in the community and residential aged care. Trying to improve the provision of support for older people is her impetus for becoming an academic, for presenting at national and international conferences and for being a strong advocate in relation to Australian Commonwealth and State Government policy.