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Category Archives: Aging-related Issues

Events, news and resources about aging and getting older.

It’s Elder Abuse Awareness Week – New Zealand wide 15th – 22 June 2015

2015 commemorates 10 years of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day marked around the world on the 15th June. In New Zealand, this marks the start of an entire week dedicated to this important issue.

Age Concern will be holding events throughout New Zealand and speaking through the media to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect during Elder Abuse Awareness Week.

When: 15th – 22nd June 2015
Where: Nationwide throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand
Find out more about Elder Abuse Awareness Week NZ 2015 on Age Concern’s website

Dr Gwyn Lewis: a modern understanding of arthritis

18th April University of Auckland, 10.00 – 11.00

Presenter Dr Gwyn Lewis:  Gwyn’s presentation will focus on a modern understanding of arthritis related pain, avoiding pain pitfalls and future directions in the treatment of arthritis related pain.

Associate Professor Gwyn Lewis is a neurophysiologist based at AUT University’s North Shore Campus in Auckland. She obtained a PhD in motor control from the University of Auckland in 2003. Gwyn had an extended post-doctoral experience undertaking research in motor control, rehabilitation and neurophysiology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She currently spends half her time teaching in AUT’s physiotherapy programme and the other half undertaking pain research in the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute. Most of her research is in pain neurophysiology and how it relates to persistent pain development, pain modulation pathways, and the cognitive factors and psychosocial influences affecting pain.

Contact: Carol Lovatt, Northern Regional Administrator, Arthritis New Zealand, Kaiponapona Aotearoa
Ph: 09 523 8900
Email:  carol.lovatt@arthritis.org.nz
Support the person in your family who has arthritis.
Phone 0900 33320 OR Donate via our website www.arthritis.org.nz

Health Promotion Workshop

Hauora run a health promotion workshop in Ponsonby.

Topic: Promoting the health and wellbeing of older people

  • Date: Friday 16th May 2014
  • Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St. Ponsonby, Auckland.
  • Cost: $76.50 Member $90.00 Non Member (All prices inclusive of GST)

Registration will be opening soon.

Please go to www.hauora.co.nz to check a Calendar of Events.

Navigating the Health System for Older People | The 4 Senses: 19 June 2013

Age Concern Counties Manukau is holding a series of seminars in Papatoetoe during 2013.

This pilot programme with guest speakers will cover in detail what services are available to support you should your circumstances change in your retirement years. Get prepared – what would you like to know before you need these services?

In June “The 4 Senses” will explore the impact ageing has on vision, hearing, mouth (dental), and the medications we consume. 4 guest speakers will each give a short presentation on their services with plenty of time for questions and answers.

To be held 10am – 12 noon on Wednesday 19th June at St Johns Community Centre, 120 Great South Road, Papatoetoe.

Morning tea is included.

No entry charge, but donations towards costs gratefully received.

Bookings essential, please ring the Age Concern office on 09 279 4331 Ext 800 or email sandya@accm.org.nz

MindNet Issue 31 Out

Issue 31 – part one


In this issue of MindNet Michelle Hull discusses how lack of sleep affects wellbeing and how you can get a better night’s ‘kip’.

Sitting Fit is one way older people can become engaged in exercise. Find out how septuagenarian fitness instructor Shirley Waterfield inspires her classes.

Sophia Graham shares the special meaning ‘neighbourliness’ has for her in light of our recent 3rd annual Neighbours Day (23-24 March).

Vaea Hutchens tells us about a special Christchurch project to empower Māori families who have family members with experience of mental illness.

And, we have a unique opportunity for MindNet readers to view NZ Mental Health Media Grant fellow Guy Frederick’s photojournalism exhibition The Space Between Words. The exhibition is now available online especially for people who have not been able to see it in Christchurch or Wellington.

Guy has the chance to win an Australasian award for this project and would really appreciate your feedback on the exhibition and the inspiring stories that 14 Cantabrians have shared. Once you have viewed the exhibition (or if you have already done so) please share your thoughts by taking the survey.

Finally, the reading list for this issue is about creating a balanced life.

If you can recommend a wellness or mental health promotion service, project or programme that we could feature in MindNet – or would like to contribute an article yourself – please email mindnet@mentalhealth.org.nz

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Volunteer for Age Concern Counties Manukau


Do you have friends, family, colleagues or neighbours who would be interested in becoming am AVS visitor?

All you need is one hour a week and the willingness to provide companionship to an older person

Age Concern are currently in search of new volunteers for the Accredited Visiting Service

Each month Age Concern have around 10 referrals but only 4 new volunteers

Age Concern are looking for volunteers from all over the Counties Manukau DHB area

PLEASE forward this message on to people you think may be interested in volunteering with the Accredited Visiting Service

Want to find out more?

Call Penny Arrowsmith on  279 4331 ext 815

Email margareta@accm.org.nz or  penelopea@accm.org.nz

Or check out the website http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/happiness/keeping-connected/would-you-more-company

Handyman Available for Over-65s from Age Concern

If you are over 65 and need an odd job that will take under an hour (not one you’d pay a tradesman to do) something like changing light bulbs, hanging curtains, fixing hinges, changing washers etc… then give Age Concern Counties Manukau a call to book their handyman/ fieldworker to come and give you a hand.

Phone 2794331 ext 800


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Consumer Collaboration of Aotearoa Strengthens Input to Health and Disability Sector

The Consumer Collaboration of Aotearoa is a fairly new group set up and supported by the Health and Quality Safety Commission to provide consumer input to services and any other interested parties. It is a collaboration of consumer groups from the whole health and disability sector, not only mental health.

If you are not already, your organisation is strongly encouraged (provided it fits the definition of ‘consumer’ organisation) to join up. Individuals can join as ‘associate’ members if they are not with an organisation as such.

What do organisations get for their free membership of the CCA?

  • An information centre for information about consumer organisations
  • ‘Go to’ group/website for consumer reps and other stakeholders
  • Opportunity to retain your organisations own identity but act collaboratively
  • You can profile your organisation on the CCA website Invite organisations to upload their profiles to CCA website

They had an AGM at the end of October and have produced a newsletter outlining the details.

To find out more

  • Visit the website


  • Email Darcey Jane, Project Manager, Consumer Collaboration of Aotearoa


Community Consultation on The Ministry’s Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan

The Ministry of Health is releasing for stakeholder consultation Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012 – 2017.  The purpose of the Plan is to provide direction for mental health and addiction service delivery across the health sector over the next five years, and to clearly articulate Government expectations about what changes are needed to build on and enhance gains made in the delivery of mental health and addictions in recent years. The Plan incorporates key themes from Blueprint II and advances the Government’s focus on better performing public services. The plan has also been informed by input from preliminary sector consultations.

The consultation period will run from 8 October 2012 to 2 November 2012.  Feedback closes on Friday 2 November 2012 at 5.00 pm. Please note that any feedback forms received after this time will not be included in the analysis of feedback.

How to respond

You can respond using the consultation response questionnaire attached to the consultation document. Email your local coordinator to request a consultation document and feedback form.

Attend a regional consultation workshop in your region during October.

You may already be aware of these meetings.  If not, please email the contact person identified for further details if you wish to attend.

Your views and feedback are welcome and can be provided:

a) by email to:  SDP@moh.govt.nz

b)   in writing to:  April-Mae Marshall, Mental Health Service Improvement Group,  Ministry of Health,  PO Box 5013,  Wellington.

All feedback forms will be acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and a summary of feedback will be sent to all those who request a copy. We look forward to your feedback which will assist us to finalise this document.

Caring Counts Report on Aged Care Workforce in NZ

NEON (National Equal Opportunities Network) Special Feature

Caring Counts: Report of the Inquiry into the Aged Care Workforce      

Click the links below to view individual sections from Caring Counts

Part 1
–  Foreword
–  Recommendations

–  Timetable for implementation

Part 2
–  Why this Inquiry?

–  About the Human Rights Commission
–  Terms of Reference
–  How we conducted the Inquiry
–  Terminology
–  Issues looked at in the Inquiry

Part 3
–  Respect and value
–  Workforce supply, recruitment and retention
–  Conditions of work
–  Wages and pay parity
Carers – community and residential facilities
The gendered nature of caring
Pay issues
Financial modelling
Transparency and consistency
Transferring resources
Pay issues for registered nurses and other workers
–  Staff to resident ratios
–  Training and qualifications
–  Changing service models and developing skill sets
–  Minimum training levels for support workers
–  Qualifications and rewards
–  Value of training
–  Career path
–  Challenges
–  Qualifications, training and the regulated workforce
–  Conclusion
Managerial competence
–  Men as carers
–  Migrant workforce
–  Migrant workers in the aged care sector
   –  Overseas trained nurses
–  English language requirements for registration
–  Work visas – the union view

–  Work visas – the employers view
–  Cultural and language differences
–   Conclusion
–  Regulatory frameworks
–  Regulation of the workforce
–  Regulation of services
–  Integration and coordination of services
–  Conclusion

Part 4
–  Diary of a carer
–  Maori in aged care
–  Impact of Christchurch earthquake

Part 5
–  Financial modelling
–  Human rights framework
–  Literature review

–  Appendices