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Spirituality in palliative care, with a focus on older people 2015
10 Sep 2015

Spirituality in palliative care, with a focus on older people 2015

Spiritual bodies

Palliative care in aged residential care and effect on staff

Buddhist view of spirituality

Pathways to grace-filled dying

Pae Herenga: An investigation of traditional Māori care customs

Spirituality in later life: policy and place

Dr Rosalie Hudson

Associate Professor, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci, B Theol, M Theol, Grad Dip Geront., PhD Honorary Senior Fellow, School of Nursing & Social Work, The University of Melbourne. Adjunct Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University.

Associate Professor, Rosalie Hudson, is a consultant/educator in aged care and palliative care with 12 years’ experience managing a nursing home, as well as clinical and administrative experience in hospice/palliative care in community and inpatient settings. She has published widely on end-of-life issues, palliative care, pastoral/spiritual care, dementia and the ethics of aged care in nursing and theological journals - the most recent in 2015. Her fourth co-authored book, 'Palliative Care and Aged Care', was published in 2007. Rosalie is engaged in sessional teaching in a variety of contexts, including the Centre for Palliative Care (St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the University of Melbourne).


Ecie Hursthouse

RN, NZ Buddhist Chaplain, Managing Director, Amitabha Hospice, Vice-Chairperson, NZ Buddhist Council

Ecie was born in the USA and attained a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1971. She then travelled through Europe, where she met her future New Zealand husband, and then to Africa and Asia, with both becoming Mahayana Buddhists and returning to NZ in 1973. Ecie was co-founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in NZ, Dorje Chang Institute, in 1976. In 1992, she became a Registered Nurse, which led her to specialise in Palliative care. In 1995, she started Amitabha Hospice and is still the Managing Director. Amitabha Hospice provides free palliative care to the aged and to those with a terminal illness in their own homes over Greater Auckland. Amitabha Hospice also has two day-stay mornings a week, which provide Reiki, music, games and art therapy. Ecie was critically injured in a car accident in 2008, which put her on the other side of the caring equation. She is also Vice-Chairperson of the New Zealand Buddhist Council and a NZ Buddhist Chaplain.

Dr Juliet Batten

BA, MA, PhD in English, Auckland University, Dip Counselling, Dip Psychotherapy (Institute of Psychosynthesis NZ) Cert. Healing, SRMHC, UK

Dr Juliet Batten taught English, Environmental and Women’s Studies for many years at Auckland University, before training as a transpersonal psychotherapist. She has practised meditation for over thirty years. She is the author of many books on spirituality and creativity, including ‘Growing into Wisdom: change and transformation at midlife’ and ‘Dancing with the Seasons: inspiration and resilience through times of change’. Her book ‘A Cup of Sunlight: discovering the sacred in everyday life’ won the Ashton Wylie Book Award for writing in the body-mind-spirit genre. Her most recent publication, ‘Spirited Ageing: cultivating the art of renewal’, was a finalist in the 2013 Ashton Wylie Book Award. The last chapters, in particular on ‘The Last field: old age’ and ‘Culmination’, inspire her talk for this conference. She will speak about working with people in the last stage of their lives, and the potential for embracing a whole new stage of spiritual growth as death approaches.
Spirited Ageing is available from Juliet Batten.

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell

B Soc Sci (First Class Hons) University of Waikato, PhD University of Waikato

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell has led Kaupapa Maori and Maori-centred qualitative research on Maori whanau palliative care since 2010. In 2009, Tess won a Health Research Council post-doctoral award to undertake an ethnographic study on Maori experiences of dying, death and bereavement from a whanau perspective. She is a co-applicant and project lead researcher on the Te Pakeketanga study, a HRC funded sub-study of LiLACs NZ, with principal investigator, Professor Merryn Gott. Tess is currently the academic lead for the Pae Herenga pilot.

Dr Michal Boyd

RN, NP, ND, Nurse Practitioner, Waitemata DHB

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.

Dr Richard Egan

BA(Hons) PhD DPH(Otago) MPhil(Massey) DipTchg(Wgtn), Lecturer in Health Promotion, University of Otago

Dr Richard Egan is a lecturer in health promotion, based in the Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit, Department of Preventive and 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. Richard’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. His academic interests centre on supportive care in cancer, health promotion and the place of spirituality in health and well-being. He is a mixed methods researcher, with a particular focus on qualitative research. Richard is a past-president of the NZ Public Health Association and currently on the Board of the Health Promotion Forum.