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The Future is Now: Transform your practice for the changing face of disease in New Zealand on 9 April 2019


posted by Research Admin 1 on 13 March 2019



A one-day seminar for health practitioners.

Tue, 9 April 2019

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM NZS

Kohia Centre

Gate 1, 78 Epsom Avenue

Auckland, Auckland 1023


To register, click here

The future is now: Transform your practice for the changing face of disease in New Zealand

Explore the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and what you can do about it!

  • How is the path for chronic lifestyle disease laid down in early life?

  • What can health practitioners do to better support patients/clients to overcome this?

  • Come away understanding the new and emerging science around life course health and with practical skills and tools to support your patients at every point of contact.

New Zealand health practitioners are at the front line of lifestyle diseases such as Type-2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and some cancers. How ready are you to deal with this epidemiological transition?

Healthy Start brings you a range of renowned and talented speakers to share their knowledge and tools, so you can better support clients and patients with chronic lifestyle disorders.

  • The epidemiological transition in New Zealand: Professor Wayne Cutfield examines the epidemiological transition in New Zealand and the development of the “diabesity epidemic”. He will describe how a new approach is needed to address the changing face of disease in New Zealand.
  • The scene for lifestyle disease is set in early life: Professor Mark Vickers will explore the critical window of the first 1,000 days and how it sets the scene for the development of metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease across the lifespan. He’ll explain how interventions prior to conception, during pregnancy and in early life have the potential to dramatically alter the pathway for chronic disease later in life.
  • Healthy Conversation Skills: Susan Miller and Mary Cavanagh will lead a Healthy Conversation Skills workshop which gives practitioners tools to more effectively support clients needing to make lifestyle behaviour change for long-term health. Healthy Conversation Skills incorporates a range of evidenced-based behaviour change tools and techniques that are possible to introduce at any contact.

Professional development points accredited for professional development hours for midwives, nurses and General Pracitioners.

Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided. Once you have registered you you will be able to confirm any dietary requirements for the day.

More about the expert speakers: (more speakers to be announced)

Jacquie Bay, is the founding Director of LENScience, an innovative Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) knowledge translation programme that facilitates school-science partnerships. Jacquie has a PhD in Health Sciences and a MEd (Hons) in Science Education, is a Principal Investigator at the Liggins Institute and leads DOHaD knowledge translation research with an emphasis on adolescent populations. She is a past president of the Biology Educators' Association of New Zealand and a recipient of the NZASE Peter Spratt Medal for sustained contribution to science education in New Zealand.

Professor Wayne Cutfield, Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology, Liggins Institute, the University of Auckland. Prof Cutfield leads clinical research examining the impact of environmental influences in early life on childhood growth and development. He is also Director of the National Science Challenge: A Better Start - a cross-institution research programme looking at better ways to predict, prevent and treat obesity, learning and mental health problems in children and teenagers.

Professor Mark Vickers, Associate Director–Academic, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. Prof Vickers has a primary interest in the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), with a particular focus on the association between poor maternal nutrition and the development of obesity and cardiometabolic disorders in offspring in later life.

Dr Anna Serlachius, A Health Psychologist at the University of Auckland. Dr Serlachius specialises in the areas of self-management in chronic illness, health behaviour change interventions for youth with chronic health conditions, and investigating the role of protective psychosocial factors on health outcomes.

Dr Serlachius will discuss the need for a transformation in our healthcare model to more effectively deal with the changing face of disease in New Zealand. She will explore how our traditional practice, which is focused on treating infectious disease, cannot meet the needs of a population suffering with chronic lifestyle disease.

Mary Cavanagh and Susan Miller, deliver the Healthy Start Workforce Project and facilitate Healthy Conversation Skills workshops nation-wide, on behalf of the Ministry of Health. Both are passionate about supporting medical practitioners as agents of change and helping create a healthier and more active New Zealand.

Register for this seminar now and become a more informed, engaged and effective health practitioner.

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