Whiria ngā tāngata, Weave the people together is the premier conference of 2020 for any health professional involved in palliative care.

Whiria ngā tāngata honours the concept that we must all weave together in partnership to ensure the best outcome for people who are dying.  There is a role for a range of health care services and professions in andaround a person’s end of life journey, supporting the person and their family, whānau and the wider community both before and after death.

During Conference 2020 you’ll be encouraged to think about how we can weave people and services together to ensure equity of access whilst also considering how our services reflect and support the diversity of the people requiring end of life care.

Our Keynote speakers:


Prof. Heather Richardson
Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher’s Hospice, London, UK.

Prof. Lieve Van den Block
Professor of Communication and Education in Family Medicine, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Chair of the “Ageing and Palliative Care” Research Programme at the End of Life Care Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University.

Conjoint A/Prof. Colm Cunningham
Director, the Dementia Centre, HammondCare, Sydney, Australia.

A/Prof. Stephen Macfarlane
Head of Clinical Services, The Dementia Centre, HammondCare


Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki)
Research Fellow, Principle Investigator, Pae Herenga Study, School of Nursing, University of Auckland

Dr Rawiri David Jansen
Clinical Director, National Hauora Coalition and General Practitioner, Auckland, NZ.

Dr Matt Wright
Clinical Lead at Synergia and practising doctor at Middlemore Emergency Department, Auckland.

Sir Roy McKenzie Guest Lecture

Prof. Merryn Gott
Professor of Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, NZ.

Key dates:

Call for abstracts – Open now – closing 20 March 2020.

Early bird registrations open – May 2020

Early bird registrations close – End of July 2020

(Conference starts from midday on Tuesday 15th September & closes at 4.30pm on Thursday 17th September)

©2020 Hospice New Zealand

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