Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

CARE News and Events

Upcoming events, opportunities and news

Pain and Older Adults Research Symposium

CARE is working with Pain@Otago to cohost this research symposium.
28 June 2019, 10:30-4pm
7th Floor, Room 704, University of Otago - CHRISTCHURCH
zoom link:

Join us for this one day symposium to discuss research in pain among older adults.  We will address pharmacological and psycho-social-behavioural-cultural frameworks of pain management including innovative models of care.  The outcome of this event is to develop an inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional research platform on pain in older adults.  It is open to academics and clinicians. 
To Register email:

2019 Funding Opportunities: Conference Funding and Student Project Support

CARE is offering scholarships to attend a 2019 gerontology conference in New Zealand or Australia.  Please view the guidelines and application form here.

CARE is also offering 1-2 student project grants.  Please see the guidelines and application here.

Fit for Life! 25th November 

Sunday 25th November. 
Come along for an afternoon full of engaging activities and educational presentations, held and organized by students and emerging researchers. Have the opportunity to test your muscle mass and strength, and take your results home.  For further information about the event see our dedicated page. 

Positive Ageing Strategy and a Constitution for older New Zealanders: Informing the discussion in 2018

15 August, 2018. CQ Hotels Wellington: 223 Cuba Street, Wellington

A number of excellent guest speakers and panelists have been lined up from around New Zealand. The purpose of this event is to facilitate informed discussion around the new Positive Ageing Strategy and contemplate the role of a Constitution for older New Zealanders.

The event is free but registration required. 

For more event details, including the programme and list of speakers, please see:

Funding opportunities

CARE Student Project Grants - Two at NZ$4,000 (or one at NZ$8,000).
Period: 1 July 2018 – 28 February 2019
Due date for submitting an application: 31 May 2018 (money must be spent by 28 February 2019).
Eligibility details and application guidelines

CARE Conference Scholarships -
CARE is offering scholarships to attend a relevant 2018 Gerontology Conferences.  A maximum of NZ$1,000 can be applied for towards conference registration, airfares and accommodation.
Applications are considered when received. The last date for any 2018 applications to be submitted by is Friday 28th September 2018.
In addition, this year we also have Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust funding to be used towards student registration to attend the ANZSSFR conference. Preference will be for students based in Dunedin.
Eligibility details and application guidelines

Workshop: Addressing the Challenges of Migrant Elder Care

13 July 2018
Co-hosted by CARE and the Centre for Global Migrations, this is a one-day workshop bringing together academics, practitioners and the general public to address the challenges of migrant elder care. There will be formal presentations in the morning with break-out brainstorming sessions in the afternoon.  Lunch and morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
For more details please see:
Flyer: Addressing the Challenges of Migrant Elder Care

Caregivers, support workers, and carers in the aged care sector

7 June 2018
1pm–5pm Rm 1.02, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago.
Available for live streaming via Zoom.

Caregivers, carers, and support workers are critical to supporting older adults with cognitive decline (i.e. dementia, stroke). This event is an opportunity to hear from teams researching and working in the area, and to have an opportunity to feedback into the future direction of support worker and caregiver research. Limited funds are available to support transport costs for caregivers, carers, or support workers to attend. Please RSVP to

For more information, please see:
Event Poster: Caregivers, support workers and carers in the aged care sector

Course: Osteosarcopenia: Preventing falls and fractures in older persons

July 2018, Online through University of Melbourne
The course is specifically designed for medical practitioners. It provides a comprehensive education on osteoporosis, sarcopenia and the newer condition ‘osteosarcopenia’ in older persons.
For more information please see the course website.

New Zealand Association of Gerontology - 2018 Conference

NZAG2018_Conference_resized  NZAG2018_Conference_Logo resized
"The Mosiac of Ageing"
6-8 September 2018.  Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland.
Please see the NZAG website.

Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research. 

23-25 November 2018.  Dunedin, New Zealand
For more information please see:
For abstract submission please see:

Links to two recent reports of interest

Age UK - Healthy Ageing Evidence Review
World Health Organization: Integrated Care for Older People.  Guidelines on community-level interventions to manage declines in intrinsic capacity

^ Top of page

Past events, opportunities and news


Colloquium: "Ageing Well: Bio, Psycho, and Social Dimensions"

21 March 10:00-4:00 (Dunedin Public Art Gallery)

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 Please see the event program at:

CARE Seminar:  Ageing and ageing populations in rural and urban areas: health system considerations – a case study from Finland

CARE joins with Centre for Health Systems and Technology (CHeST) in welcoming Dr Minna Kaarakainen, from University of Helsinki.
Light complimentary lunch 11:30
Seminar: 12pm–1pm, School of Business Boardroom, 2.19/20

Brain Research Week

12–18 March 2018.  For the full week's details, see:

CARE is collaborating with Brain Research New Zealand at the conclusion of Brain Research Week on Sunday, 11 March 2018 with "The Importance of Social Engagement in Ageing". 
• 12pm - Complimentary light lunch, courtesy of Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence (CARE)
• 1pm - The movie "Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont"
The movie will be followed by a discussion led by Associate Professor Debra Waters, who is the director of CARE, and psychogeriatrician Associate Professor Yoram Barak, from the Dunedin School of Medicine.
• 3.30pm - “How to optimise Brain Health”
Healthy aging is associated with some decline in cognition and social understanding. Such changes are linked to naturally occurring changes in the brain involving reductions in brain volume or neurotransmitters. Professor Ted Ruffman, from the University of Otago's Department of Psychology, explains how research has shown that there are ways to offset or reduce such declines.
• 4.30pm - Entertainment
Performance from “Dunedin 60+ Club” Entertainers Group
12pm - 5pm, Sunday 11 March
Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum

This is a free event and open to the public.

Funding opportunities at Monash in Melbourne - deadline: 23 February 2018

Two full PhD scholarships on migration policy are currently available in Monash Human Geography.
Please send inquiries to

Previous Years (2014-2017)

Funding opportunity: Three Innovation Fellowships at the University of Sheffield
Closing date: 7 December 2017

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 2017 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 - 8 September 2017

For further information on the event, see Dementia Symposium

VICTA (Vision Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa, NZ) Seminar - 30 August 2017

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.

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 2017: 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

CARE seminar: Making a difference the Green Prescription Way

16 May 2017: 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 2017, 12pm
Room 1.02, School of physiotherapy Building

2 May 2017: Event - CARE student symposium for higher degree students conducting research in the field of ageing,

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

IAGG Newsletter,

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

Wednesday 25 January 2017: 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 2017: Enjoyment through movement: Creating sustainability in communities

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

1 November 2017: 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 2017: 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 2017 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 2017: 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)