Are we doing enough to tackle loneliness and isolation among older New Zealanders? Is our aged care workforce fit for purpose? Do older Kiwis have equitable access to care? Does this care meet their individual needs?

These are just some of the questions the Health and Care Services for New Zealand’s Ageing Population conference will look to answer. The two-day conference, to be held in Auckland at the end of April, is poised to tackle a range of hard-hitting topics.

Among these will be aged care funding. With the sector funding review well underway and the Wellbeing Budget due to be delivered shortly after, delegates will be interested in what Bupa’s chief operating officer Carolyn Cooper and Arvida’s  chief executive Bill McDonald have to say about the emerging options for funding aged care. Sapere’s managing director David Moore will also look at how the sector is resourced, looking specifically at how we ensure equity in access to care funding.

Another topic to come under scrutiny will be how we prepare for the growing demands of a growing older population. Deputy Government statistician Denise McGregor will look at projected demographic trends and how we prepare to manage the health and social needs and risks of a growing and increasingly complex older population.  Ministry of Health’s Keriana Brooking will look at how we manage this at a strategic level while Professor Des Gorman will look at this from a workforce perspective.

The conference will also tackle the interface between residential care and home and community support. In fact, one of the keynote speakers, Arnold Stroobach, Director of Buurtzorg International will deliver an example of a “revolutionised” approach to community care.

Improving health outcomes for people with dementia and looking at how we provide care for older Maori are also two challenges up for discussion, as well as some new technologies that could be part of the solution.

All in all, it all appears to be on the programme for the Health and Care Services for New Zealand’s Ageing Population conference on the 29th & 30th April 2019 in Auckland. To learn more of the solutions, register conferenz.co.nz/oldagehealthcare

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