Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust

The life span of any civilisation can be measured by the respect and care that is given to its elderly citizens, and those societies which treat the elderly with contempt have the seeds of their own destruction within them.
- Arnold Toynbee

Why Do We Exist?

Well, we all know that people are living longer. You may say ‘So what, we’ll just be dependent for longer’. But this is not true. Research tells us that there has been also a marked reduction in the period of dependency of one’s last few years. In other words, we are living longer, healthier and more independently! We have more time to accomplish personal goals.

The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust is here:

Who Are We?

The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust is a Christchurch based charitable trust. We aim to improve the education of young doctors and other health workers in the field of older persons’ health care.

We are:

What Are Our Long-term Goals?

The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust seeks to make our older persons’ health care teams the best available. Their training must have priority, they must be aware of the latest research, and must apply this to their day-to-day practice.

We aim:

What Have We Done?

Already the Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust has made major contributions to the support of older persons’ health care and we are making sure that we may continue to do so, with your help.

We have:

The following are our recent research publications:

Our Summer Studentships

Each year the Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust sponsors summer students. Each of the young persons listed below has done a 10-week study relating to elderly health care over their summer vacation in Christchurch. These projects expose students to the disciplines and excitement of research and require them to present their findings to their peers. Some go on to become formal research publications.

Even better, some of these summer students have taken on older persons’ health care as their speciality!

2010/11 Aindrea Brown What is the clinical value of SPECT brain scanning in psychiatry of old age
2009/10 Nathan Van Rij A settling effect at a difficult time of the day? Short term effects of Tai Chi in an Inpatient Psychogeriatric Ward
2008/09 Lauren Cumberpatch The views of older adults on medicine use in treatment and prevention
2007/08 Brigette Larkins Improving the training of health professionals assessing older people: a training need analysis
2006/7 Ali Abu-Hijleh The influence of olfaction on swallowing: Respiratory coordination and submental muscle contraction
2005/6 Neelam McGrane Is reaching function independent of saccadic function in Parkinson’s Disease?
2004/5 Rebecca Cathro Referral patterns to a psychiatric service for the elderly
2003/4 Tracy Haitana From waiting list to GP managed care: A consumer perspective
2002/3 Christy Allen Older people in the Emergency Department: Patterns of use and users’ experience
2001/2 Yuranga Weerakkody Preliminary evaluation of new stroke service: The Elder Care Canterbury Project
2000/1 Scott Wilson Follow up study of older people who have a significant drop in blood pressure on standing
2000/1 Justine Bradley Validation of a short form social network questionnaire
1999/0 Allan J Brown Outcomes for anticoagulant related intracerebral haemorrhages and the risk of recurrence
1998/9 Clinton Turner Acute stroke management at Christchurch Hospital
1998/9 Mary Warren What is the prognosis of mild normocytic anaemia in older people?
1997/8 Janet Louw Follow up of people who have received advice on management of swallowing problems
1997/8

MR Warren

Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in subjects with hypoxemic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
1997/8 Amira Lynch Improving the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis
1996/7 Sarita Bishop Prolonged dysphagia and enteral feeding: A retrospective longitudinal analysis
1996/7 Bridget Fogarty Outcome preference in stroke patients
1996/7 Danielle Brown & Judy Cullens Establishing the mental health status of the elderly
(Co-funded with Age Concern)
1995/6 James Preddy Flying spot laser eye scanner
1995/6 Anna Bruce Risk factors for hyponatraemia induced by Fluoxetine and Paroxetine in the elderly – A cohort study
1994/5 Justine Roots A combined orthopaedic/geriatric audit of hip fractures
1994/5 Daniel Watson The opinions of elderly people regarding Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Graham Riley Prize Winners

This annual prize is to the memory of Dr Riley who was first director of the North Canterbury Hospital Board Dept of Geriatrics. The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust awards it to the student with best grades in elderly health care while training for MBChB at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Overseas Visitors

We value the experience, research and knowledge of these folk and do our utmost to expose them to the wider community of workers in older person’s health. They help us remain at the worldwide forefront. The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust assisted these experts.

Sponsorship

The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust provides limited sponsorship, as our funds allow, to activities that promote interest in and the practice of older person’s health care.

How Can You Help?

The Trust helps itself by generating income from our investments within the University of Otago trust funds portfolio. But this is not sufficient to meet our long-term goals. The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust desperately needs your support to grow our capital.

You can:

Donations

The Trustees ask you to make a difference to the health of thousands of older people in Canterbury by sending your donation/cheques to:

Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust
C/- Finance and Administration Manager
University of Otago, Christchurch
P O Box 4345
CHRISTCHURCH

Legacies

You may consult your solicitor about making a bequest to the Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust. Most law offices have our brochure; if not, we would be pleased to send some.

Please contact:

The Secretary, Department of Medicine,
The Princess Margaret Hospital,
PO Box 800, Christchurch

Email: robyn.blyth@cdhb.govt.nz.

Friends of the Trust

To be a Friend of the Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust and be kept in touch with our work.

Please contact:

The Secretary, Department of Medicine,
The Princess Margaret Hospital,
PO Box 800, Christchurch

Email: robyn.blyth@cdhb.govt.nz.

Our Close Links With Our ‘Relations’

We are not alone! The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust links closely with others interested in older persons’ health care:

Our Overall Achievements

Looking back

We haven’t been in existence very long but already the Trust has successfully carried out a wide range of promotional activities, education and research. The Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust is helping to improve the health status of the elderly in Canterbury, the wider community, hospitals and other institutions.

These projects have provided vital information for health professionals and others involved in caring for older people.

And looking forward

We all know that people are living longer. You may say ‘So what, we’ll just be dependent for longer’. But this is not true. There has been a marked reduction in the period of dependency of later years. In other words, we are living longer and healthier. We have more time to accomplish personal goals!

We at the Trust are committed to ensure that this trend continues by helping professionals help you.

We will have done our job when the full potential of our older population is realised, maintained and recognised.

Can you help the Canterbury Health Care of the Elderly Education Trust?