Hospice New Zealand

Symposium keynote speakers

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Keynote speakers

We are delighted to have two international keynote speakers at the symposium. Professor Irene Higginson will present remotely from the United Kingdom and Professor Kathy Eagar will join us on the day. Please see their bios below.

We will also hear from New Zealand speakers on the direction and relevant work taking place in our health system in outcomes measurement.

Kathy Eagar web.jpgProfessor Kathy Eagar

Professor of Health Services Research & Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), University of Wollongong Australia.

AHSRI has a team of over 60 researchers covering 20 disciplines and includes eight research centres including the Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD), the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC), the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC), electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC) and the National Casemix and Classification Centre (NCCC).

Prof. Eagar has over thirty five years’ experience in the health and community care systems, during which she has divided her time between being a clinician, a senior manager and a health academic. She has authored over 450 papers on management, quality, outcomes, information systems and funding of the Australia and New Zealand health and community care systems.


IH portrait web.jpgProfessor Irene Higginson 

Head of Department, Head of Division, Kings College London and Director of Cicely Saunders Institute.

Prof. Higginson qualified in medicine from Nottingham University and has worked in wide ranging medical and university positions, including radiotherapy and oncology, in-patient and home hospice care, the Department of Health (England) and various universities. She has been at King's as Professor and Head of Department since October 1996. In 2002 she was appointed Scientific Director of Cicely Saunders International.

Prof. Higginson is responsible for developing the Palliative Care Outcome Scale which is used across the world. She has pioneered the move for Palliative Care to extend beyond Cancer with extensive research into non-cancer conditions. She has conducted extensive research into areas such as how to improve home care and better meet patients choice at the end of life and how to improve the management of breathlessness.

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