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Gerontology Nursing Conference 2017

Speaker Bios and Synopsis

A professional development conference for nurses, clinicians and health professionals in the field of gerontology, to be held on Thursday, 24 August 2017, Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland.

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

Dr Michal Boyd

Michal Boyd - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2017

Dr Michal Boyd is a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and the Freemasons’ Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland. She also practices clinically in a residential aged care. She has been a provider, leader and researcher of healthcare innovations for older people since the early 1990s.  Dr Boyd developed the “Residential Aged Care Integration Programme” at Waitemata District Health Board. She led the evaluation for Waitemata DHB Cognitive Impairment Pathway and is currently involved in researching primary health care for people with dementia and palliative care in residential aged care facilities. 

Pragmatic care planning

Dr Michal Boyd is also staying on to be a part of the Silver Rainbow panel discussion: LGBTTIQ+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatapui, intersexual, queer, plus) older people in aged care

InterRAI assessments are here to stay. But, how do we translate the assessment data into meaningful care plans that can be used on a daily basis. Without this link, assessments become pointless paperwork. However, integrating assessment data into practical care plans can often be difficult. This presentation will discuss ways to integrate data from InterRAI assessments into care plans that are practical and useful. This will include integration of the CAPS and also the InterRAI sub-scales and how these sub-scales relate to other commonly used assessment tools.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2017

Chris Murphy is a Registered Nurse who has practised in England, Wales, and New Zealand.

Her experience and specialist post graduate qualifications include; palliative care, hospice care, community practice, caring for older people, quality, and education. She is passionate about improving access to palliative and end of life care for older people and people with non-malignant disease; ensuring care is available at the right time, in the right place and by the right people.

Chris is a Project Leader with Hospice New Zealand. Her role involves leadership and support for the member hospices on a number of education and quality projects and programmes.

Palliative and end of life care for older people: The options

We know the world’s population is ageing. People are living longer and the number of older people is increasing. Across the world, countries face major challenges to ensure that their health and social systems are ready for this significant demographic shift. Health professionals face the day-to-day challenge of working with, and caring for, an ageing population with stretched health and social resources. The challenge for people and communities includes; increasing frailty, multiple and complex co-morbidities, and a changing demographic and availability of families and carers.

Positive ageing, living well, independence and respect are goals underpinning the Healthy Ageing Strategy. Alongside this Strategy, the Palliative Care Action Plan sets a vision that people and their loved ones who need palliative care will live and die well with access to quality palliative care that is consistent across all settings. Various other New Zealand strategies are aligned and complement these important visions and goals.

What does this mean for older people living and dying in New Zealand? How can services for older people and specialist hospice palliative care services plan and work together to provide palliative care and achieve respectful end of life care for older people and their family and whānau in the setting of choice? What does it mean for the front-line health professionals and carers? This presentation will explore some of the options and possibilities.

Mark Henrickson

Mark Henrickson - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2017

Mark Henrickson is Associate Professor in Social Work at Massey University, Auckland, where he has been since 2003. He worked for many years in HIV-related health and mental health care before coming into the academic sector. He has published on HIV prevention, care delivery, and programme design and evaluation. He has also published extensively on sexual and gender minorities and on Black African new settlers in New Zealand. His interest in HIV has led him to a passion for international social work. Over the last six years he has provided technical advice on HIV in the Pacific for international NGOs, and has carried out in-country research and consultations in Tonga, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. His recent major publications include Getting to Zero: Global Social Work Responds to HIV (available free to download on the UNAIDS website) released in March 2017, and Vulnerability and Marginality in Human Services (with Christa Fouché; Routledge), published in June. Mark has master’s degrees in theology and in social work, and earned his PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. He is a registered social worker in New Zealand.

Restoring the ‘human’ to human services

There is a clear consensus in the international literature that sexuality is an intrinsic part of human identity, and that intimacy and sexuality in aged care in particular is a troubling, misunderstood and frequently contentious issue. There is also strong support in the literature that there is no age limit on sexual responsiveness, or on the need for intimacy. Few of us could imagine living the rest of our lives without a caring touch or caress. Yet many care facilities prioritise a risk-management approach to intimacy and sexuality in order to manage the anxiety these issues can evoke. A risk-management perspective can result in clients, patients and residents themselves being problematised by practitioners, staff and management as policies and ‘safety’ are prioritised. The approach to the care of older persons has shifted from a focus on deficits and palliation to one that emphasises strengths, resilience and wellbeing. Nevertheless, for persons in care who are living with dementias, risk is still a foreground issue. The challenge for care providers is to balance notions of consent with an ethics of wellbeing. This is not a simple matter as facilities and agencies must manage the often competing interests of the person, their families, staff and institutional interests, and legal and policy mandates. A response to this is to reconsider our ethical priorities, and to adopt a radically person-centred approach to care.

Julie Watson

Julie Watson - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2017

Julie Watson is an educator and facilitator, an investigator of harassment and bullying, and a programme and resource developer. After two decades of working with the Human Rights Commission she became the programme lead for Silver Rainbow and running her own business Tap In, doing education and consultancy around relationship and LGBTTIQ issues. 

Julie is part of the Rainbow Panel Advisory group to Auckland City Council, and is the programme director for samesame but different, LGBTTIQ literary festival, as part of Auckland’s Pride festival.

Julie is the artistic director for Auckland Playback Theatre. She is the mother of two daughters, partner to one, and staff to a cat and two chooks.

Presentation/workshop: Silver Rainbow - LGBTTIQ+ in aged care

Julie Watson is also staying on to be a part of the Silver Rainbow panel discussion: LGBTTIQ+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatapui, intersexual, queer, plus) older people in aged care

Silver Rainbow, the workshop, and the organisational analysis, aim to make aged care places safe and appreciative of older LGBTTIQ+ people. At the end of our lives we should be who we really are and know we will be welcomed and appreciated. Our partners, friends and those we call family should be able to feel accepted in our new home, and all the people who care for us should be trained in the special considerations our sexual orientation and gender identities require.

Dr Kathy Peri

Dr Kathy Peri is a registered nurse, and holds a joint appointment as a senior lecturer at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland, and Director of Nursing, Totara Hospice, South Auckland. Her research interests are centred on improving health outcomes and quality of life and care for older people residing in aged residential care and community. She is involved in a number of research studies in this area including dementia, health robotics how older people are aging in retirement villages. Kathy, with another colleague Dr Gary Cheung, has been instrumental in introducing and training facilitators in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy an evidenced based intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia over the past two years.

See me as who I am 

When caring for older people we often forget that these individuals come to our services with a rich life story, someone who has family and friends, and who has traversed the adversities of life and lived through many challenging and exciting times. They are not just that gentlemen or woman who can no longer dress or wash themselves, take themselves to the toilet, or remember where they are. This presentation will explore how we as ‘partners in care’ can better address these issues in order to see the older person once more. 

Billie Jordan

Billie Jordan - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2017

Billie Jordan survived an abusive childhood and repeated trauma in the Christchurch Earthquake, and used these experiences as a catalyst for improving the lives of people in her community. She established The Hip Op-eration Crew; a hip hop dance group consisting of members aged 72 to 97 years old. They are in the Guinness World Records as the oldest dance group in the world and have performed at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas, to an audience of 15,000 at the Taipei Arena in Taiwan and to crowds of fans in Japan. They have competed in the NZ National Hip Hop Championships three times and won their division at the Auckland Regional Hip Hop Championships in 2016. A feature documentary film called Hip Hoperation about Billie's mission to get her elderly neighbours to the World Hip Hop championships has been playing in cinemas all over the world and has won many prestigious awards.

Billie is the current NEXT magazine Woman of the Year, a recipient of a Queens Honour (MNZM) in 2016 and received the New Zealander of the Year award in the Local Hero category in 2015. She has done a Ted Talk to critical acclaim and been a guest speaker at the Beehive and at many corporate events around NZ. She has now launched her Hip Op-eration Dance Academy in every country in the world. Hollywood have just purchased her life rights and plan on making a block buster film about her. Hear the inspiring story of how Billie changed the lives of her elderly neighbours and how they changed hers.

The Granny Whisperer

Billie is the Founder and Manager of the Hip Op-eration Crew; the oldest dance group in the world. The hip hop dance group members are aged 72 to 97 years old. Hear how Billie used her traumatic past to change the lives of the elderly people in her neighbourhood and how they changed hers. Following Billie’s presentation, Leila Gilchrist, the 73-year-old lead dancer will share some of her experiences.

Matthew Hodgson

Matthew Hodgson - Gerontology Nursing Conference 2017

Matthew Hodgson has 25 years’ experience working as a Physiotherapist in aged care neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He highly values patient empowerment and self-efficacy, which he brings to his daily practice along with a lifelong passion for exercise and movement. His particular interest is in Science Based Medicine and how we incorporate the research clinically to achieve successful treatment outcomes.

Over the past year Matthew has been involved as a group facilitator for the ‘Forever Young’ exercise and falls prevention programme which Inviga is introducing to NZ.

Falls prevention: Putting evidence into practice  

How do we take the evidence from recent Systematic reviews of falls prevention and put that into practice?

This presentation will discuss who falls, why they fall, and what fall prevention strategies/interventions are successful for specific populations.

Mardi Postill

Mardi Postill is a Design and Delivery Specialist for the nation-wide Falls and Fracture programme for ACC, working in partnership with DHBs throughout the country to fund and design falls and fracture prevention for older people. She was seconded to this role from the Canterbury DHB Planning and Funding team, where she was the Health of Older People Portfolio Manager - Community Services.

Mardi graduated from Otago University in 2000 and has a background in occupational therapy, specialising in Older Persons Health. 

When she is not travelling around the country she is at home in Christchurch where she is kept busy by her three school aged children, mainly as their personal driver.  

Mardi can be contacted at mardi.postill@acc.co.nz

We are most grateful for the support of our 2017 sponsors and donors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donor for the 2017 Gerontology Nursing Conference please contact us at selwyninstitute@selwyncare.org.nz