Our speaker line up is taking shape and speakers will appear as they are confirmed.
If you would like to present at the 'Age Concerns Everyone' conference please submit your abstract to Stephanie Clare.

Dr Kay Saville- Smith

Kay is the director of CRESA and has undertaken extensive research into housing markets, housing demand, retirement villages, accessible housing, sustainable housing, the residential building industry and neighbourhood built environments. She is curr... Read more

Gemma Wong

Ageing in Japan... Read more

Helen Rigby

Helen is the Advance Care Planning Facilitator for Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast Districts. The role was established in 2015 in order to help further embed advance care planning and processes into practice across the sub-region and alig... Read more

Dr Valerie Wright-St Clair

What’s known about older adult loneliness and social isolation in Aotearoa/New Zealand? This paper presents a systematic review of New Zealand research that has examined older people’s social isolation and/or loneliness.... Read more

Bronwyn Groot

Bronwyn will talk about the latest frauds and scams targeting New Zealanders of all ages, and how they are becoming increasingly sophisticated as they grow in number globally. She will share her tips on how to spot scams, and how to protect yourself,... Read more

Michele McCreadie

Michele McCreadie is the General Manager, interRAI Services at TAS, a health shared services agency. She is a Physiotherapist by background with many years’ experience in health and public sector management. Most recently, she led the transformation... Read more

Julie Watson

Julie is addressing the invisibility of the LGBTIQ+ communities in aged care and how that population is about make itself known, increasingly and insistently, in the immediate future.... Read more

Melissa Simpson

Melissa will be talking about the Health Care Home model of care, and the benefits and support it offers older patients. She’s delighted to be offered the chance to talk at this conference, as better supporting an ageing and older population was one... Read more

Pauline Grogan

As a motivational speaker for over 25 years Pauline is excited about being part of AGE CONCERNS EYERYONE conference because she has witnessed the need for age- friendly communities to work together embracing individual and group strengths regardless... Read more

Colin McGregor

My name is Colin McGregor and I’m the Director, Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa and I will be talking about the importance of Lifelong Learning especially for the older learner. I have spent most of my career in the Public Service in ed... Read more

Desigin Thulkanam

Desigin leads Age Concern New Zealand’s Policy and Health Promotion portfolios. With a background in human rights and participatory development, Desigin’s work seeks to ensure that older New Zealanders are treated with respect and dignity. This means... Read more

Merryn Gott

Merryn Gott is from the UK originally, but has worked at the University of Auckland for nearly nine years as Professor of Health Sciences. She directs the bicultural 'Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group' (www.tearairesearchgroup.or... Read more

Margaret Pittaway

Margaret completed her nursing training at Balclutha Hospital and then moved on to further her career, beginning with gaining a Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing at Wellington Hospital. A three year stint overseas involved her in ICU work in Edinburg... Read more

Craig Young

Craig is passionate about the communications industry and the opportunity it offers for improving business and personal lives in New Zealand. He is currently the Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of NZ (TUANZ) which as a member b... Read more

Hanny Naus

My role is to support and encourage the professionalism of workers in elder abuse and neglect prevention throughout the country.... Read more

Colin James

Keynote Speaker - The 2020's will be different... Read more

Caroline Budge

Caroline will be talking about the journey of AgeConnect Nelson Tasman – how a spark of a conversation led to great community connections, a new project and eventually a staff member solely looking at how Age Concern can help reduce social isolation... Read more

Stella Black

Stella Black (BA/LLB, PhD candidate), is of Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Whakaue, Whakatōhea descent and lives in Mount Maunganui. She has worked as a Researcher in the School of Nursing, since 2011 on a number of research projects in the fields of mental heal... Read more

Mark Eager

Mark Eager has a background in nursing, he has worked in the commercial sector, and has been Mobile Health’s Chief Executive for ten years. Mobile Health brings healthcare closer to home with the mobile surgical unit. The ‘bus’ travels on a five-week... Read more

Jim Nicolson

Jim is with the Ministry of Health and is Manager, Healthy Ageing Policy, in the Ministry’s Strategy and Policy Business Unit. He heads the Ministry’s policy work in relation to the health of older people and has been in this role for a bit over 4 y... Read more

Dr Jackie Blue

Jackie is a Human Rights Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and has the Equal Employment Opportunities and Women’s Rights portfolio.... Read more

Dr Jed Montayre

New Zealand is rapidly becoming the host to an increasing number of ageing Filipino immigrants. Despite this sizeable population growth of ageing Filipinos in New Zealand, still very little is known about this ethnic group’s needs and living arrangem... Read more

Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam is the General Manager and a Director of Eldernet and Care Publications – New Zealand’s leading information providers about services relating to older people. Working in both digital and print media ensures Esther, and the rest of the... Read more

Dr Judith Davey

Judith’s personal focus for research is the ageing of the population and its policy implications. She has researched income, transport, care and housing issues for older people, workforce ageing, equity release and intergenerational issues. She is a... Read more

Louise Rees

My role is all about social connection. This involves coordinating our Accredited Visiting Service. The service provides company for older people and volunteering roles for people aged from 18 to over 90.... Read more

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