Hospice New Zealand

Sir Roy McKenzie Guest Lecture

2018 Guest Lecture - Liese Groot-Alberts

Liese.jpgLiese Groot-Alberts, born in Fryslân, part of the Netherlands, is a mother and grandmother, works as a grief-therapist, workshop presenter and palliative care trainer with over 40 years of experience in the field of grief, loss and trauma. She moved to Aotearoa, New Zealand with her family in 1981.

In 1972 her eldest daughter, aged nearly 3, died suddenly 2 days after the birth of her son. Hope and despair, joy and sorrow! Out of this life transforming experience came her passion for working with death and dying, healing loss and grief.

Over a period of many years she worked with and for Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross as a workshop leader and staff member in New Zealand, Australia, USA and Europe. After Dr. Ross’s retirement she has continued presenting workshops and seminars on topics related to palliative care, grief, trauma and working with difference in New Zealand, USA, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Samoa and Zimbabwe.

She has a passion for bridging difference between individual based cultures and community based cultures, exploring ways to learn from each other, finding hope and strengthening resilience needed to move forward together.



Guest Lecture Honouring Sir Roy McKenzie

Sir Roy McKenzie was a strong supporter of hospice for more than 30 years; Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt was established under his leadership, during his time as 

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Chairman of the Board. At a national level Sir Roy was instrumental in the establishment of Hospice New Zealand, with the McKenzie Education Trust helping to fund the inaugural meeting and conference held in 1986.

Sir Roy’s leadership, strategic vision and drive helped shape hospice as it exists today. The Sir Roy McKenzie Guest Lecture has been created to honour Sir Roy and others who demonstrate leadership, dedication and innovation at a national and international level in the hospice sector.

Previous presenters:

2016 - Yvonne Bray, University of Auckland

2014 - Jo Seagar, Ambassador and Patron Hospice NZ

2012 - Jan Nichols, Chief Executive, Hospice North Shore

2010 - Inaugural address - Professor Rod McLeod

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