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2018 upcoming events, opportunities and news

Funding opporunities at Monash in Melbourne - deadline: 23 February

Two full PhD scholarships on migration policy are currently available in Monash Human Geography.

Follow these links for details on each:

Please send inquiries to

Brain Research Week - 12-18 March (venues TBA)

CARE is collaborating with Brain Research New Zealand during Brain Research Week. The event will kick off with a “movie night”, on a topic relevant to ageing. This is a free event and open to the public. Please see our website later this month for more details.

Colloquium: "Ageing Well: Bio, Psycho, and Social Dimensions" - 21 March 10:00-4:00 (venue TBA)

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Gender & Social Work, CARE, and the Ageing Well National Science Challenge (AWNSC), this event highlights the work of CARE and the Ageing Well challenge, and celebrates the contributions of Professor Amanda Barusch on the occasion of her retirement. For enquires, contact Helen O’Sullivan on 64 3 479-7951 or

2017 upcoming events, opportunities and news

Funding opportunity: Three Innovation Fellowships at the University of Sheffield
Closing date: 7 December

Following ESRC's acceptance of our Business Case for three RCUK Innovation Fellowships linked to the Sustainable Care programme (resourced through the National Productivity Investment Fund and linked to the UK's industrial strategy), we are pleased to announce these positions are now on open advert. These are research positions for graduates with either a recent PhD qualification or other postgraduate research experience, with a significant social science component. They are prestigious, paid positions for strong candidates of any nationality: each Fellowship is available full-time for three years. These positions are linked to the Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems programme directed by Professor Sue Yeandle. The three areas of focus are:
- innovations in the home care sector;
- new technologies which support ageing in place;
- organisational support for working carers.

Full details are available from the following link: Innovation Fellowships at the University of Sheffield
Informal enquiries are welcome, addressed to Dr Kelly Davidge (

Research Impact Conference - 21-22 November

For information, please visit

Student Webinar, "Tips for developing writing skills and submitting publications" - 10 October at 10:00 am

This webinar is free and open to anyone. Speakers include Associate Professor Debra Waters (University of Otago) and Dr Christina Ekegren (Monash University).

Dementia Symposium - 8th September

For further information on the event, see Dementia Symposium

VICTA (Vision Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa, NZ) Seminar - 30 August

We have joined with Otago Polytechnic to organize an event to highlight the lack of services and create an opportunity for people to talk about how a service could be developed. You will have the opportunity to experience a little of what visual impairment means using simulation equipment.

The event is targeted at those who we think need to be part of a conversation about how to bring this service about in Dunedin. It is also aimed at politicians, because we want this to be an election issue. We want to talk to anyone who can help us to realize our vision for a clinic without walls – which serves the needs of people with visual impairment, by training the next generation of professionals (healthcare and others).
The future is going to look different to the present and we need to create pilots that can be examples and metaphors for the future. One way of getting a service is to develop collaborations between educational institutions and the community – and this is what we are doing. Please come and help us to realize this vision. I would like to invite you to the evening that has been organized by third year occupational therapy students.

Venue: Otago Polytechnic Hub, 1st floor of the H block, access from either Union St East or Forth St
Date: Wednesday 30th August
Time: 6:30pm till 8.30pm.

Past events and activities

1 - 13 August: Dr Mylene Aubertin's visit

Dr Aubertin's research investigates the effects of physical training and nutritional interventions on muscle function in frail and non-frail older adults.
Upcoming events:
August 3rd - Workshop: "Frailty in nursing home and following minor injury: Adapted physical activity using gerontechnology as the solution." School of Physiotherapy, Room 1.02, 12-2 pm.
August 8th - Workshop: "Physical activity & Functional Capacities: The same recipe and responsiveness for everyone?’" School of Physiotherapy, Room 1.02, 12-1 pm. Sponsored in partnership with CHARR ‘
August 11th - Workshop: "What is the best clinical indicator of loss of muscle function in older adults." Dunedin Hospital, 9th floor seminar room, 1-2 pm. Sponsored in partnership with the Department of Medicine.

For more detailed information on Dr Aubertin's visit, please visit

Monday 21 August: CARE Seminar, in collaboration with CHARR

Associate Professor Naoko Muramatsu from the University of Illinois at Chicago, presenting “Aging and Place: Building Health Promotion into Long-term Care”. School of Physiotherapy, Room 1.02, 12 -1.

IANA Conference programme 2017

The IANA programme is available. Registration is free for those attending the IAGG Conference.

Sarcopenia and Frailty Interest Group - Prof Gustavo Duque

8 May: Presentation - The Sarcopenia and Frailty Interest Group welcomes Professor Gustavo Duque, Scientific Director of the ANZ Sarcopenia and Frailty Society.
Join us for this informal talk, 3-4pm in the Physiotherapy Boardroom (if you haven’t already, please RSVP to

Making a difference the Green Prescription Way

16 May: Presentation - Making a difference the Green Prescription way, with Diana O'Neill (Senior Advisor, Primary Health Care Implementation, Ministry of Health)
12:00 in Seminar Room 1.02, School of Physiotherapy

CARE seminar: An overview of older driver research that could influence programmes and licensing policies

Prof Jean T. Shope (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)

Wednesday 26th April, 12pm
Room 1.02, School of physiotherapy Building
CARE student symposium 2nd May

2 May: Event - CARE student symposium for higher degree students conducting research in the field of ageing, sponsored by CARE, 10-12:00, in Seminar Room 1.02, School of Physiotherapy.

For any queries,  email Rebecca Abey at

Tuesday 15 February: Continuing Medical Eduation - "Dementia: Achieving Positive Outcomes"

This meeting qualifies for points under the RNZCGP MOPS scheme. Learning outcomes include:

  • Why addressing both the medical and psychosocial aspects of a dementia diagnosis is vital.

  • Recognise that the Alzheimer’s Society is complementary to medical support – a single point of
    contact which provides people with dementia, their carers and families with a practical understand
    of the support, information, education and choices available to them.

  • Be conversant with the support, information and education provided by the Alzheimer’s Society to
    people with dementia, their carers and families whether or not they are members of the Society.

  • If interested, RSVP by Monday 13 February to Janine Lucas at

Wednesday 15 February: Seminar - "Health Communication for Chinese Seniors in New Zealand"

12:00-1:00, School of Physiotherapy, Seminar Room or Board Room (TBA)

IAGG Newsletter, published January 2017

Read about the 2016 conference in Seoul. NOTE: the IAGG student group is accepting nominations for President, VP and Treasurer.

Wednesday 25 January: Making Dunedin a more pedestrian-friendly city (Ministry of Transport)

It’s a war out there. According to Ministry of Transport statistics, between 2006 and 2015 almost four times as many pedestrians (348) as cyclists (90) were killed on New Zealand roads. Elderly pedestrians are at greatest risk. Thirty percent of pedestrians killed between 2006 and 2015 were aged 65 and over (i.e. they came from 13% of the population). Deaths among pedestrians over 65 (104) outnumbered total cyclist deaths (90) during that period. You can read more by clicking here.

Join us for a panel discussion about this problem. Panel of speakers: Chrystal Filep (DCC team leader, urban design); Graeme Rice (investment advisor NZTA Dunedin); Mary O’Brien (regional administration coordinator, CCS Disability Action); Damien Mather (Senior Lecturer, Marketing, University of Otago).

Date: Wednesday 25 January 2017
Time: 1.30 - 3.00 pm
Place: Dunedin City Library - Dunningham Suite, 4th floor

23 November: Enjoyment through movement: Creating sustainability in communities

Korero with Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE) and stakeholders

1 November: Busse Research awards

To promote international research in gerontology, the Busse Research Awards again will be given at the 21th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in San Francisco, CA July 23-27, 2017. Two gerontologists (late junior to mid-career) will be selected. One award will recognize a scientist from the social/behavioral sciences; the other from the biomedical sciences. Awards are $8,000 (USD) each, plus up to $4,000 (USD) for travel/living expenses.

1 November: Post-doctoral opportunities available at the Gérontopôle of Toulouse

The Gérontopôle of Toulouse is an internationally-recognized institution for clinical research on aging. Its research activities are specifically focused on age-related conditions predisposing to disability (in particular, frailty and sarcopenia), Alzheimer's disease and healthcare systems for the elderly.

1 October: Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging seeking Laboratory Director

The Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University is conducting an international search for a Laboratory Director. They are seeking a senior investigator of international stature to lead its research program in nutritional bioactive compounds and functional foods research and healthy aging (formerly the Antioxidants Research Laboratory).

12 - 30th September William Evans Fellow A/Prof Martjin Huisman

Dr. Huisman is the scientific director of the Longitudinal Ageing Study Amsterdam (LASA). His main focus is the role of socioeconomic adversity on health in old age. He is also the research coordinator of the Amsterdam Center on Aging (ACA). He has a MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology, and PhD in Epidemiology. He currently leads several projects that use a combination of qualitative and quantitative research. Examples of specific topics in his research are: perceived control in relation to health care use in older adults (National Program of Care for the Elderly) and resilience in older adults who have been exposed to socioeconomic adversity (NWO, VIDI).  Martijn gave a series of lectures and seminars during his visit to Dunedin.

15-17 September: New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference

The theme of the conference was ‘Making active ageing a reality’. CARE provided travel scholarships for 6 student researchers to attend the event and also hosted a networking function for student researchers and new and emerging staff.

1 June: Sarcopenia, fraility, and pain seminar

Please join us for an event to facilitate knowledge exchange and research collaboration between the CARE and Pain@Otago research themes. This will be an opportunity to hear about current research in these areas and to network with other researchers, stakeholders, and clinicians to explore research ideas.

24 May: Seminar on how a Kiwi teenager is helping older people walk a little faster

Time: 12 noon

Venue: Room 1.02, School of Physiotherapy

Diana O'Neill, Senior Advisor, Primary Health Care Implementation, Ministry of Health, will chart the history of the Green Prescription (GRx) initiative from inception to present day. It will include lessons learnt along the way and how older people have benefited from support to get active and eat healthily.

This presentation is supported by Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR) and Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE).

26 and 27 May: Workshop on reducing harm from falls in aged residential care

Thursday 26 May: 10am-2pm, venue to be advised, Dunedin
Friday 27 May: 10am-2pm, WellSouth PHO rooms, 40 Clyde St, Invercargill

The Southern District Health Board is hosting these workshops. Presenters from the First do no harm programme are Ms Karen O'Keeffe, Clinical Leader, and Mr Peter Leong, Improvement Specialist.
First do no harm presenters profiles

Organisers welcome participants from across the older person health sector.

Registrations close noon on Monday 16 May.

Email to register, please include the following information:

Participants names, designations, and facility
Which location, Dunedin or Invercargill
Any dietary restrictions

28 April: Ryman award, entries now closed

NZ$250,000 prize for improving quality of life for older people was on offer. The search is about the best work around the globe that has enhanced quality of life for older people.

Launched last year, the NZ$250,000 Ryman Prize is one of the world’s richest prizes and is the only award of its kind which is targeted at the health of older people.

The prize winner is selected by an international jury and entry is open to the brightest and best thinkers, scientists, clinicians or inventors anywhere in the world.

The prize will go to the best discovery, invention, medical advance, idea or initiative anywhere on earth that enhances quality of life for older people.

Entries for the 2016 Ryman Prize were open at

Entries closed at midnight on Friday, April 28 2016.

12-15 April: New Zealand Planning Institute Conference

The New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) held a national conference in Dunedin on April 12 to 15 which will helped to shape the future of the country.

The conference attraced over 500 planners, resource managers, urban designers and environmental practitioners from all over the country and discussed major planning issues affecting New Zealand.
CARE Director Associate Professor Debra Waters was a keynote speaker.

13 April: University of Otago launch of Research Themes

The University of Otago offically launched the 13 Research Themes at the Hutton Theatre at the Otago Museum. Each theme provided a brief presentation.

24 February: Bariatric Management Innovation Research Seminar Series

This was an opportunity to meet researchers, network with others, share your experience, and participate in some research.

Anyone working with larger patients in the health and social care sector and/or those interested in improving the care of very large patients was invited to attend.

Read an article about one initiative from the seminar series:
A new take on supporting very large patients (Otago Bulletin)

16 February: Ministry of Health 'Health of Older People Strategy' workshop

The Ministry of Health has held its second round of Health of Older People Strategy workshops. This was an opportunity to provide feedback on the Ministry of Health's vision for the health of older people. It was also an opportunity to share our experience of the Health of Older People, and to help work towards solutions to issues in the current system.

Health of Older People Strategy update (Ministry of Health website)