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Gerontology nursing conference to focus on ageing well

The Selwyn Institute’s 2017 gerontology nursing conference to focus on ageing well
How can you help those you care for improve their wellbeing as they age?

Find out at the eighth annual Gerontology Nursing Conference on 24 August 2017, hosted by The Selwyn Foundation’s Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality.

With just eight days left to register, don’t miss the chance to hear top gerontology specialists speak on the theme of helping older people to age well in an aged care setting and in the public health sector. This is a great opportunity for nurses, clinicians and health professionals to knowledge-share, explore new ideas and network with leading academics and other healthcare practitioners.

The full-day programme will include a presentation by Billy Jordan, founder and manager of The Hip Op-eration Crew – a hip hop dance group consisting of members aged 72 to 97 years old, which features in the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest dance troupe. Billie is the current NEXT magazine Woman of the Year, a recipient of a Queen’s Honour (MNZM) in 2016 and received the New Zealander of the Year award in the Local Hero category in 2015. She has now launched her Hip Op-eration Dance Academy internationally and is to be the subject of a Hollywood blockbuster on how she changed the lives of her elderly neighbours and they hers.
Following Billie’s presentation, Leila Gilchrist, the 73-year-old lead dancer of The Hip Op-eration Crew, will share some of her experiences.
The full conference line-up is:
• Dr Michal Boyd (Nurse Practitioner, Waitemata DHB), who will speak on ‘Pragmatic care planning’
• Chris Murphy (Project Leader, Hospice New Zealand), who will focus on ‘Palliative and end of life care for older people: the options’
• Matthew Hodgson (Physiotherapist, The Selwyn Foundation): ‘Falls prevention: putting evidence into practice’
• Mardi Postill (ACC’s Design & Delivery Specialist for its nationwide Falls and Fracture programme): ‘Improving outcomes for older people: Prevention and rehabilitation’
• Mark Henrickson (Associate Professor in Social Work, Massey University): ‘Restoring the ‘human’ to human services’
• Julie Watson (Programme Lead, Silver Rainbow), who will speak on LGBTTIQ+ older people in aged care and will be part of the Silver Rainbow panel discussion afterwards
• Dr Kathy Peri (Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland School of Nursing, and Director of Nursing, Totara Hospice): ‘See me as who I am’
• Billie Jordan (Founder and Manager of the Hip Op-eration Crew): The Granny Whisperer.
The conference will be held on Thursday, 24 August 2017, at the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Mt Wellington, Auckland, from 8:30am to 5:00pm. It provides 6.5 hours of certified professional development.
Tickets cost $170 and include attendance at the conference, lunch, tea/coffee, conference notes and delegates' satchel. Register at or contact the Selwyn Institute at, (09) 849 9245.
The main sponsors of the event are: USL Medical, Invacare, Cubro healthcare equipment solutions, Walls & Roche Medicine Management, Leecare Solutions, Cavalier Bremworth, interRai and 360 Hygiene New Zealand. Thank you also to ACC, Nivea, Lion Breweries and Sanitarium for their support.
Notes to editors:

The Selwyn Institute has been established by The Selwyn Foundation to advance the understanding of ageing and spirituality and improve the outcomes for older people through knowledge exchange, research and education.

The Selwyn Foundation is a New Zealand independent charitable trust, providing services to older people and their families and has led the way in improving the quality of life of senior citizens for over sixty years. As pioneers of the retirement village model and of rest home care in New Zealand, it is uniquely experienced in providing residential care (rest homes, hospitals and dementia care), independent retirement living and community day services for older people, and owns or manages a total of nine retirement villages across the upper North Island.

As a not-for-profit organisation, the Foundation reinvests any financial surpluses into the provision of charitable activities aimed at helping ageing people, with its charitable goals centred on alleviating the key problems of the lack of affordable housing, loneliness and social isolation and the effects of financial hardship.

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