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)
Research Fellow, Principle Investigator, Pae Herenga Study, School of Nursing, University of Auckland

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki) is a Research Fellow for the Te Ārai Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group, School of Nursing, University of Auckland. Tess’s research interests include palliative care research with an emphasis on Māori whānau perspectives of end of life care. Tess would like to see whānau supported to provide well-resourced end of life care to ill and dying family members. Her PhD developed a post-colonial analysis of Māori women’s cultural hybridity. Tess sits on Hospice New Zealand’s Governance Board to develop the Foundations of Spiritual Care Training Programme which she recently helped to evaluate. She has worked as an ACC Registered Sexual Abuse Clinician in the BoP region. In 2017 she was awarded a Health Research Grant to lead the Pae Herenga study; this is a three year qualitative study to gather and share information about traditional Māori end of life customs.


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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