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The Selwyn Institute

In the spirit of ageing well

Gerontology Nursing Conference 2018

A professional development conference for nurses, clinicians and health professionals in the field of gerontology, to be held on Monday, 1 October 2018, Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland.

See below for the speaker line-up.

Nigel Latta  

Clinical Psychologist | M.Sc., M.Phil. (Hons), P.G.Dip.Clin.Psych.

Photo credit: Jonathan Suckling

Nigel has had a varied and colourful career which spans all the way from a brief episode as a busker in the eighties, to over two decades working as a clinical psychologist, an author, speaker and more recently, a documentary maker.

In his clinical career he worked in sex offender treatment programmes, schools, alcohol and drug treatment programmes, prisons, and with many thousands of families. He also consulted with the police, child youth and family, and the prison service.

In more recent years he has written books on both parenting and his work as a forensic psychologist which have now been published in nineteen countries.

In 2012 was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 

His television career has included documentaries on subjects ranging from parenting, his work in the field of forensic psychology, to inequality, sugar, alcohol, talking safely about suicide, Antarctic science and the science series ‘Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up’’.

In 2016, Nigel and two of his colleagues who were instrumental in the making of many of these documentary series, started a production company called Ruckus Media. Ruckus Media’s first production ‘Mind Over Money’ screened on TVNZ in February 2017. ‘Mind Over Money’ looked in to our behaviour around the decisions we make about money. Ruckus Media also produced a five part live and interactive TV series called ‘What Next’ which explored how technology could impact our jobs, our economy and our lives within the next twenty years. Nigel co-hosted this series with one of New Zealand’s most respected and award winning journalists, John Campbell. Nigel and the team at Ruckus are currently working on a number of new productions.

Dr Sally Keeling

Senior lecturer University of Otago | BA(hons) PhD(Otago) 

A social scientist by background, Dr Sally Keeling was a senior service manager in aged care, prior to completing a PhD in Anthropology. In the last 20 years, she has worked with researchers from Otago, Auckland, Victoria and Massey Universities on longitudinal studies of ageing, and research relevant to social and health policy in ageing. Dr Keeling has published widely in social gerontology, public health, health service development and nursing journals, often in collaboration with graduate research students she has supervised. In addition, Sally has been an Associate Editor for Cambridge University Press, on the journal Ageing and Society since 2010, so has had a real opportunity to maintain currency in international research on social aspects of ageing. 

Setting the scene: loneliness in later life in New Zealand

Dr Jill Clendon

Acting Chief Nursing Officer | Ministry of Health

Jill’s role is to make a proactive strategic contribution across the Ministry of Health, the public sector and the wider health and social system, providing expert advice [or facilitating the delivery of such advice] to inform policy, decision-making and delivery of relevant activities relating to nursing and the wider objectives of the Ministry.

She is a registered nurse with experience in primary health care nursing, education, research and policy and has worked as a public health nurse, practice nurse, volunteer community nurse, in paediatrics and in the special care baby unit. Jill has worked in education, teaching at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, and has been working in policy and research for the past 7 years.

Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in politics, and Masters and PhD degrees in nursing. She has published widely on primary health care and nursing workforce issues in a range of journals and is co-author of the text book Community health and wellness: Primary health care in practice with Emeritus Professor Anne McMurray.

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

Dr Michal Boyd

Nurse Practitioner RN, NP, ND | Waitemata District Health Board 

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 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 older people with physical and cognitive frailty and end of life care in residential aged care facilities. 

Assessments and care planning for loneliness and depression in care for the elderly                                         

Professor Merryn Gott

MA (Oxon), PhD

Merryn Gott has been conducting research with older people for over 20 years and has a particular interest in developing models of palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of ageing populations. Her research programme has been supported by substantial grants from the HRC, UK Department of Health, Research Councils and Health Charities. She has published over 180 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as a number of books, including International Perspectives on Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People, published by Oxford University Press. 

Merryn sits on the Health Research Council, Public Health Assessing Committee. She has recently completed a five year term as Associate Editor, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and is an Editorial Board member for Progress in Palliative Care.

In 2014 Merryn was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists' Research Medal, an annual award which recognises 'outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences'. She was also recognised as the 2016 NEXT Woman of the Year for Health and Science.

Merryn directs the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group. The group conducts multi-disciplinary bicultural research using creative social research methods to inform practice, policy, and teaching in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.

Culturally diverse experiences of social connectedness and befriending services in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Michelle Lee

Founder & CEO | I’m Soul Inc.

Michelle has 30 years’ experience heading business strategy and organisational development in both the public and private sector in Singapore where she was awarded for her contributions to innovation and excellence. She founded I’m Soul Inc in 2013 as a social enterprise that uses intuitive music technology called The Soundbeam which enables everyone and anyone to create music.

The use of this technology has seen people young and old, with significant health challenges, to be happier, recover early, and make connections with others.  Research found participants general wellbeing significantly improved.

Her programme won multiple awards in Asia and she is now looking to spread the programme outside of Asia into the Pacific, in Australia and New Zealand.

How music makes a difference

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