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Dr Matthew J Croucher

Matthew Croucher

BSc (Cant) MB ChB (Auck) FRANZCP Cert POA

Email matthew.croucher@cdhb.health.nz

Matthew is a Psychiatrist of Old Age and Senior Clinical Lecturer with mixed clinical and academic roles in the University of Otago, Christchurch and the Canterbury District Health Board.

His main research interests in psychiatry of old age are currently in service development, outcomes measurement, and antipsychotic medicines.

For the university, he is responsible for 4th year medical student psychiatry teaching and Masters course teaching in psychiatry of old age.

He is the founder and Director of the CDHB’s Psychiatry of Old Age Academic Unit, which provides teaching, training, research and service management advice in the older persons mental health sector. For the CDHB, he also carries out clinical work and leads the South Island regional Dementia Initiative.

Dr Croucher received his specialist training in Christchurch and Oxford, UK, and has been working in a consultant / senior clinical lecturer capacity since 2003.

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Publications

Moebs, I., Gee, S., Miyahara, M., Paton, H., & Croucher, M. (2017). Perceptions of a cognitive rehabilitation group by older people living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers: A qualitative interview study. Dementia, 16(4), 513-522. doi: 10.1177/1471301215609738

Croucher, M., Plopsky, I., Pridan, S., & Barak, Y. (2017). Treatment options for psychotic depression in older people: Focused literature review by New Zealand Psychogeriatric Team. Annals of Psychiatry & Mental Health, 5(1), 1094.

Croucher, M. (2017). What can we offer to help staff experiencing challenging behaviour from people living with dementia? An update [Invited]. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 36(Suppl. 2), (pp. 13). doi: 10.1111/ajag.12427

Penny, K., Barron, A., Higgins, A.-M., Gee, S., Croucher, M., & Cheung, G. (2016). Convergent validity, concurrent validity, and diagnostic accuracy of the interRAI Depression Rating Scale. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry & Neurology, 29(6), 361-368. doi: 10.1177/0891988716666376

Ndukwe, H. C., Wang, T., Tordoff, J. M., Croucher, M. J., & Nishtala, P. S. (2016). Geographic variation in psychotropic drug utilisation among older people in New Zealand. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35(4), 242-248. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12298

Commissioned Report for External Body

Gee, S., Scott-Multani, M., Gilmour, K., Medina, G., Croucher, M., & Evans, N. (2014). "Be there with us": An appreciative inquiry into supporting culturally diverse dementia-care workers as learners. Ako Aotearoa. 12p. Retrieved from https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/be-there-with-us

Gee, S., Scott, M., & Croucher, M. (2013). Walking in another's shoes: Encouraging person-centred care through an experiential education programme. Ako Aotearoa. 10p. Retrieved from https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-hub/good-practice-publication-grants-e-book/person-centred-care

Gee, S. B., & Croucher, M. (2011). Older New Zealanders and antipsychotic medications knowledge project: Understanding current prescribing practice. Commissioned by PHARMAC. Wellington, New Zealand: PHARMAC. 52p.

Croucher, M., Duncan, C., Fisher, M., Fox, C., Hosford, I., Malone, D., … Holmes, A. (2008). The use of antipsychotics in residential aged care: Clinical recommendations developed by the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (New Zealand). Commissioned by Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. RANZCP. 18p.

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Other Research Output

Croucher, M., & Gee, S. (2014, September). Validation of a cognitive test New Zealand version: More than one way to skin the proverbial cat. Department of Psychological Medicine Research Meeting, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Croucher, M. (2010, September). Coercive treatments in mental health: What is the proper legal basis for their use? Department of Psychological Medicine Clinical Meeting, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Croucher, M. (2009, October). How to do an assessment of cognitive impairment with an adult patient with a mental illness. Department of Psychological Medicine Clinical Meeting, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Croucher, M. (2009, March). Teaching and mental health work: Have you thought of yourself as a teacher working for an educational institution? Department of Psychological Medicine Clinical Meeting, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Chapter in Book - Research

Croucher, M. (2007). Psychiatric emergencies. In M. Scott-Brown, R. A. J. Spence & P. G. Johnston (Eds.), Emergencies in oncology. (pp. 303-317). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Moebs, I., Gee, S., Miyahara, M., Paton, H., & Croucher, M. (2017). Perceptions of a cognitive rehabilitation group by older people living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers: A qualitative interview study. Dementia, 16(4), 513-522. doi: 10.1177/1471301215609738

Penny, K., Barron, A., Higgins, A.-M., Gee, S., Croucher, M., & Cheung, G. (2016). Convergent validity, concurrent validity, and diagnostic accuracy of the interRAI Depression Rating Scale. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry & Neurology, 29(6), 361-368. doi: 10.1177/0891988716666376

Ndukwe, H. C., Wang, T., Tordoff, J. M., Croucher, M. J., & Nishtala, P. S. (2016). Geographic variation in psychotropic drug utilisation among older people in New Zealand. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35(4), 242-248. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12298

Croucher, M. (2016). Should a CT Head be a standard part of the diagnostic process for dementia in New Zealand? New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1445), 15-22. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Smith, K., Gee, S., Sharrock, T., & Croucher, M. (2016). Developing a dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35(3), 188-192. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12287

Cheung, G., Clugston, A., Croucher, M., Malone, D., Mau, E., Sims, A., & Gee, S. (2015). Performance of three cognitive screening tools in a sample of older New Zealanders. International Psychogeriatrics, 27(6), 981-989. doi: 10.1017/S1041610214002889

Partington, J., Gee, S., Leith, A.-M., & Croucher, M. (2012). "Talking in a new way": Older individuals' experiences of group work in an acute psychiatric ward. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55(1), 72-86. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2011.625595

Hoggarth, P., Innes, C., Dalrymple-Alford, J., Croucher, M., Severinsen, J., Gray, J., … Jones, R. (2011). Assessment of older drivers in New Zealand: The current system, research and recommendations. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 30(3), 148-155. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00478.x

Gee, S. B., Croucher, M. J., & Beveridge, J. (2010). Measuring outcomes in mental health services for older people: An evaluation of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for elderly people (HoNOS65+). International Journal of Disability, Development & Education, 57(2), 155-174. doi: 10.1080/10349121003750711

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Journal - Research Other

Croucher, M., Plopsky, I., Pridan, S., & Barak, Y. (2017). Treatment options for psychotic depression in older people: Focused literature review by New Zealand Psychogeriatric Team. Annals of Psychiatry & Mental Health, 5(1), 1094.

Croucher, M. J. (2016). The prevalence of late-life mental disorders in New Zealand and Australia is still unknown. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(3), 285-287. doi: 10.1177/0004867415595716

Aldridge, G., Collins, C., & Croucher, M. (2013). Clozapine-induced pneumonitis. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(12), 1215-1216. doi: 10.1177/0004867413502095

Collins, C., Copeland, B., & Croucher, M. (2011). Bipolar affective disorder, type II, apparently precipitated by donepezil [Case report]. International Psychogeriatrics, 23(3), 503-504. doi: 10.1017/s1041610210002206

Croucher, M. (2011). Prescribing antipsychotic medications to people with dementia [Letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1333). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1333/4642/content.pdf

Croucher, M. (2010). Geriatric medicine is becoming the core of hospital business [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1317). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1317/4190/content.pdf

Croucher, M. (2008). Psychotropic medications for elders in residential care [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1274). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1274/3067/content.pdf

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Croucher, M. (2017). What can we offer to help staff experiencing challenging behaviour from people living with dementia? An update [Invited]. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 36(Suppl. 2), (pp. 13). doi: 10.1111/ajag.12427

Croucher, M., & Pullan, V. (2014). Timely diagnosis of dementia: Good reasons for positive and proactive primary health care for those affected. Proceedings of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Conference for General Practice: Making Connections: Are You Plugged In? Retrieved from http://www.conference.co.nz/gp14/programme

Sharrock, T., Smith, K., Gee, S., & Croucher, M. (2014). Developing a dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia. Proceedings of the New Zealand Population Health Congress: Connecting Communities, Policy and Science. (pp. 92). Retrieved from http://www.pophealthcongress.org.nz/nzphc14/programme/programme

Bharathan, S., Gee, S., & Croucher, M. (2011). OAK: Older New Zealanders and Antipsychotic medications Knowledge project: Understanding current practice. Proceedings of the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Annual Scientific Meeting. Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Retrieved from http://www.ranzcp.org/images/stories/ranzcp-attachments/Conference/FPOA2011_Material/Sires_Bharathan.pdf

Croucher, M. (2011). The 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes: Mental health costs and service responses for older people. Proceedings of the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Annual Scientific Meeting. Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Retrieved from http://www.ranzcp.org/latest-news/faculty-of-psychiatry-of-old-age-conference-17-19-november.html

van Rij, N., & Croucher, M. (2010). "A settling effects at a difficult time of the day?" Short-term effects of Tai Chi in an inpatient psychogeriatric ward. Proceedings of the Whose Challenging Behaviours Seminar: Meeting the Needs of Older People with Dementia. The Junction, NSW: Change Champions. [Abstract]

Gallrach, F., Kirk, R., Hornblow, A., & Croucher, M. (2009). Quality of life in dementia: Money matters. Alzheimer's and Dementia. 5(4, Suppl. 1), (pp. P91). doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2009.05.239

Gallrach, F., Kirk, R., Hornblow, A., & Croucher, M. (2009). Quality of life in dementia: Clinical and economic findings from New Zealand. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 13(Suppl. 1), (pp. S229). doi: 10.1007/s12603-009-0095-9

Gallrach, F., Kirk, R., Hornblow, A., & Croucher, M. (2009). Clinical and economic predictors of quality of life in dementia. Proceedings of the 24th Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International. Retrieved from http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/2646

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Croucher, M. (2016, August). Assessment and management of dementia in primary care. Workshop presentation at the South General Practice Conference & Medical Exhibition (GP CME), Christchurch, New Zealand.

Croucher, M. (2016, November). A better world for people affected by dementia: How do we measure up and what should be our next steps? Keynote presentation at the Alzheimers New Zealand Biennial Conference and 19th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International, Wellington, New Zealand.

Croucher, M. (2016, August). Don't bother diagnosing dementia: There's nothing you can do and it just upsets people. Verbal presentation at the South General Practice Conference & Medical Exhibition (GP CME), Christchurch, New Zealand.

Walsh, L., Clugston, A., Croucher, M., Gee, S., Malone, D., Mau, E., … Cheung, G. (2014, October). Performance of three commonly used bedside cognitive screening tools. Verbal presentation at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) New Zealand Conference: Deep South Psychiatry, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Sharrock, T., Smith, K., Gee, S., & Croucher, M. (2014, September). Developing a dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference: The Age of Ageing, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Croucher, M. (2011, November). The 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes: Mental health costs and service responses for older people. Keynote presentation at the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, Australia.

Croucher, M. (2010, May). What's behind the KPI? Determinants of length of stay amongst older psychiatric patients. Verbal presentation at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Congress: A shared endeavour, Auckland, New Zealand.

Croucher, M. (2010, November). Service reform: Lessons learnt in New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Annual Scientific Meeting: Towards a Common Goal, Hobart, Australia.

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