Hospice New Zealand

Keynote speakers - Int

Thank you in anticipation to the following speakers for giving their time and expertise freely to be part of the international key note speakers line up. 

Specific details around each speakers presenation will be circulated prior to Conference.

Sue Hanson

Sue Hanson.jpgSue Hanson has held senior executive roles in clinical governance and patient safety over the past two decades.  In her current role as National Director of Clinical Services at Calvary Little Company of Mary.  Sue is responsible for clinical governance and clinical strategy across Calvary’s aged, community, acute public and private hospitals in six Australian States and Territories.  Sue has a long history in the development and implementation of Palliative Care Standards and Standards Assessment Programs in Australia.  She is currently Co-Chair of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Palliative Care Network.  Her primary interests lie in the areas of patient safety, human factors, patient experience and understanding how people journey through health and social care systems, particularly as they approach and reach the end of life. 

Prof John Swinton

John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland who for more than a decade worked as a registered mental health nurse. He also worked for a number of years as a hospital and community Chaplain. He also spent some time as aJohn Swinton.jpg chaplain in a palliative care unit. John also serves as an honorary professor and researcher at Aberdeen’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing. In 2004, he founded the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability and in 2014 he founded the University’s Centre for Ministry studies. He has published widely within the area of end of life care, dementia, mental health, disability theology, qualitative research and pastoral care. He is the author of a number of books and papers including:

  1. Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End of Life Care (2009)
  2. Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship (2016)
  3. Dementia: Living in the memories of God (2014)
  4. Raging With Compassion: Theological responses to the Problem of Evil (2006)
  5. Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a “Forgotten “Dimension (2001)

In 2016 his book Dementia won the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ramsey Prize for excellence in theological writing. The Archbishop of Canterbury Right Rev. Justin Welby described the book thus: "John has written a book which is deeply challenging and brings to bear a coherent theological approach, with clinical background and understanding, to an issue that has touched many of us, and is one of the great issues of our society. He has done the church and our country a huge service." In 2017 his most recent book Becoming Friends of Time: Time, disability and the art of gentle discipleship won the award of merit for theology and ethics in the Christianity Today book awards for 2017. The book was named as “one of the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.” John is married with five children and lives in the city of Aberdeen.


Prof Max Watson

Max Watson.jpgMax Watson is Director of Project ECHO at Hospice UK in London, former Medical Director of Northern Ireland Hospice, Visiting Professor at University of Ulster and St. Margaret’s Hospice Taunton, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queens University Belfast.  Max is an author and editor with OUP including the Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care and the end of life care series. His research interests include generalist palliative care education, cancer cachexia, dementia care at the end of life, and the use of bedside ultrasound in Palliative care.

Trained in theology and medicine, Max worked in Nepal as a GP before palliative training in London and Belfast. He has developed a range of teaching programmes  for generalists, including the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care, used in the UK, India, Malta, Nepal and Kyrgystan.

Since 2014 he has been pioneering  Project ECHO methodology as a means of “democratising medical knowledge’, tele-mentoring and building communities of practice.

Clinically, Max currently provides a Palliative Medicine Liaison service to acute hospitals in the Western Trust in Northern Ireland.

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