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2013 Conference Speaker – Chris Perkins

Chris PerkinsChris Perkins is a psychiatrist who has mainly worked with older people for most of her career – as a result she has developed an interest in dementia and is the author of Dementia: What You Need to Know ( 3rd edition of dementia: a New Zealand Guide). She keeps in touch with psychiatric practice by doing occasional locums around New Zealand. She is the chair of the National Dementia Cooperative.

She has been employed by the Selwyn Foundation for nearly 5 years as the Director of the Selwyn Centre for Ageing. The Centre was set up in recognition of spirituality as being central to holistic care; the key areas of focus are education, research and advocacy. Since being in this job it has been a steep learning curve for her! She has also noticed that New Zealanders seem to be more interested in spirituality, though not necessarily in traditional faith terms.

Dr Chris Perkins
Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality

The Selwyn Foundation
PO Box 8203, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150
Level 4, 1 Nugent Street, Grafton, Auckland 1023
DDI: 09 849 9202 | Fax: 09 845 0700


Regional Meetings


25 April  10-3pm   at  17 Westley Place, Bishopdale, Nelson. 

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8TH JUNE   9-12PM  at St Barnabas Church,  Fendalton,  Christchurch.

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NZFCNA conference 2012 Christchurch

The New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association recently held their annual conference in Christchurch. The theme of the conference, which was attended by about 30 delegates from round the country and included three from Australia, was "Called together to bind the broken hearted": sustaining resilience when hope is wavering.

This was especially appropriate as we were in Christchurch. The conference for 2011 was to have been held in Christchurch but had to be cancelled because of the earthquakes. Presentations were given by members of the Board of the NZFCNA; Elaine Tyrrell on reflective practice; learning from our patients and their families, and Elizabeth Niven on Hope – in health and illness; in faith , in our lives.

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NZNO Conference grant

Conference attendance

Offered February 14, June 30th and October 31st


Up to $300.00 will be offered three times per year for Conference attendance (Ref: H212.06).


Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives or Enrolled Nurses are eligible to apply.


  • Conference attendance will benefit nursing/midwifery/healthcare in New Zealand.
  • Evidence of enrolment/attendance is included - receipt required.
  • All applications must be typed – hand written applications will not be accepted.

Conference attendance application form (Word)

NZNO scholarships

Brief Report from the 2nd International Tongan Nurses Conference

The second International conference for Tongan nurses was held in Nuku'alofa Tonga from 30th May 2012 – 3rd June 2012, attended by more than 200 nurses from Australia, New Zealand and Tonga. The conference was joint venture by the Australian Tongan Nurses Association and Tongan Nurses Association. The theme of the conference CARING: The Essence of Practice For better Health Outcomes. We had speakers from different area of health services in Australia, New Zealand and Tonga but our keynote speaker was Mary Chiarella she's the Professor of Nursing at the University of Sydney and she spoke on nurse-led Primary Health Care: a Global Perspective.

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ICN stresses critical need for evidence-based approach to nursing services

Geneva, Switzerland, 11 May 2012 - On the occasion of International Nurses Day 2012, the International Council of Nurses calls for an increase in evidence-informed decision making and practice. Nurses are often best placed to supply important information not only about care but also about context, population health and the role of key policy and social factors. This understanding is vital to local service innovation and the development of new ways of working.

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