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The Selwyn Institute

In the spirit of ageing well

2018 Gerontology Nursing Conference

Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, Auckland
Monday, 1 October 2018 - Auckland


7.30am Registration, tea and coffee

Welcome & Karakia  


Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts (Director, Selwyn Institute) 

Opening Address 


Dr Sally Keeling (Senior lecturer, University of Otago) 

Loneliness in later Life in New Zealand                                                                 


Dr Jill Clendon (Acting Chief Nursing Officer, MOH)

Loneliness: What is a nurse’s duty of care?


Morning Tea


Dr Michal Boyd (Nurse Practitioner, Waitemata DHB)

How to promote resilience in ageing by recognising frailty                                       


Professor Merryn Gott 

Cultural perspectives (title tbc)     

12.15pm Lunch

Ruth Busch

The older person’s perspective



Solutions to loneliness: Professional perspectives


Michelle Lee (Founder & CEO, I'm Soul Inc.)

How music makes a difference

3.00pm Afternoon tea

Nigel Latta (Clinical Psychologist) 

The Neuroscience of Loneliness


Closing Address

Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Mt Wellington

58 Waipuna Rd, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060

As gerontology nurses are we prepared for New Zealand's looming loneliness crisis?

‘Loneliness epidemic’ set to become a public health crisis 

The above is an actual headline. One of hundreds indicating a problem that has gone beyond being solely a matter of social isolation. 

Loneliness has become a 21st Century killer.    

The evidence is overwhelming: a lonely person is significantly more likely to suffer an early death than an individual who is not lonely by anywhere from 30% to 60%. A long list of additional, and ongoing, health problems is now part of the loneliness epidemiology. 

Little wonder that forecasts indicate the problem will be more critical, and more taxing on health resources, than smoking or obesity.

Simply put: wherever there are people involved there is the potential for loneliness to take hold.This includes older people in retirement communities and rest homes where, with so many people around, loneliness seemingly shouldn’t exist.    

Looking after the health and wellbeing of older people in your care is a nurse’s over-arching responsibility. So when a particular ‘problem’ erupts into a full-blown crisis people at the front line of protection, such as nurses, need to be ready.    

Are you and is the sector? The 2018 Gerontology Nursing Conference is a call to action in making nurses aware of the challenges that lie ahead as well as giving you the tools to make a difference.  

It is designed to help professionals identify, understand and then deal with  this complex problem and the risks it poses for older people – whether in residential aged care settings or in the wider community. Your input is welcomed. The focus will be on knowledge sharing and providing practical pathways to prepare people for what lies ahead. 

We are most grateful for the support of our 2018 sponsors and donors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donor for the 2018 Gerontology Nursing Conference please contact us at selwyninstitute@selwynfoundation.org.nz