We are delighted to welcome our New Zealand based colleagues as keynote speakers headlining this years Conference.  We’re very grateful for their generosity of time, wisdom and knowledge.

Sir Roy McKenzie Guest Lecture 2020
Professor Merryn Gott

Merryn Gott has been conducting research with older people for over 20 years and has a particular interest in developing models of palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of ageing populations. Her research programme has been supported by substantial grants from the HRC, UK Department of Health, Research Councils and Health Charities. She has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as a number of books, including International Perspectives on Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People, published by Oxford University Press.

In 2014 Merryn was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Research Medal, an annual award which recognises ‘outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences’. She was also recognised as the 2016 NEXT Woman of the Year for Health and Science. In 2019 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Te Apārangi.

Merryn directs the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group.  The group conducts multi-disciplinary bi-cultural research using creative social research methods to inform practice, policy, and teaching in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.


Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki Makaurau & Ngāti Porou).

Tess is a Research Fellow and founding member of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group, School of Nursing, University of Auckland, New Zealand.  Her current research interests focus on the end-of-life care customs and preferences of Māori New Zealanders.  Tess is the lead researcher on the HRC funded Pae Herenga study. The study investigates the traditional customs Māori draw on, and adapt, to provide end of life care aligned with their indigenous cultural values and practices. Over sixty interviews have been undertaken and three digital story workshops have produced 16 three minute videos.

Tess has provided advice on the development of a Māori Palliative Care Framework as well as a national Māori Advanced Care Planning resource.  She was also a member of the Governance Group to develop the Hospice NZ Foundations of Spiritual Care Training Programme.  Tess was selected as one of 100 Māori Leaders in 2018 as part of the Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation Leadership Strategy.  Selected for her contributions to indigenous end-of-life care research; the strategy identifies Māori leaders of today who influence and contribute to Māori health and wellbeing. It identifies Māori at the top of health career pathways, to inspire the Māori health workforce and generate interest from others to look at careers in health (https://100maorileaders.com/).

Dr Matt Wright
Clinical Lead at Synergia.

Matt is a practicing doctor at Middlemore Emergency Department with 10 years’ experience in acute primary care.

As well as his medical degree, fellowship in Urgent Care and paediatric diploma, he has an MBA from Cambridge University. His areas of interest are Quality Improvement in systems and Outcomes tracking, and understands the importance of striving for both of these in any health initiative. He has become adept at data collection, aggregation and clinical interpretation, and supports Synergia to provide meaningful analysis back to many projects, often through dashboard visualisations.

He has been the key clinical advisor for Auckland Regional After Hours Network (ARAHN) for several years and has led much of the data analysis that informs the alliance’s decisions. As chair of the clinical subgroup, comprised of the senior clinicians of the EDs, PHOs, UCCs, ACC and St John, he created the Indicators for the After-Hours Quality and Outcomes framework. He has a deep understanding of urgent and afterhours care and has also advised other DHBs in New Zealand, as well as health networks in New South Wales. He has been instrumental in the implementation of the Palliative Outcomes Initiative, and has created a dashboard for the Hospices of Auckland to track performance and review quality indicators. Recently Matt has mentored three junior doctors to complete Quality Improvement projects at their DHBs, to demonstrate that change is achievable in only 12 weeks. He is closely involved with ACC as they aim to change their business models to Outcome focused.

Dr Rawiri Jansen – still to come….

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