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

Thank you to all those able to attend the recent seminar workshop; The future is now: Transform your practice for the changing face of disease in Aotearoa. We are pleased to provide the following presentations from the day:

- Bay Education + Behaviour Change for Sharing
 

Register for the free an 8 module e-course on Developmental Origins of Health & Disease, & early life science

If you found Professor Mark Vickers’s talk on the critical window of the first 1,000 days thought-provoking, then we highly recommend you do our free online education programme looking at the role of lifestyle factors in early life for lifelong health. It’s simple to do and you can register for this course here. This 8 module online course will arm you with a knowledge base of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DoHaD) and early life science, as well as the evidence that underpins the Ministry of Health Guidelines in this space. This course is free to complete and is approved for professional development points for GPs, Midwives and Registered Nurses.

This one day seminar was held in September 2018. This one-day seminar for health practitioners explored how the path for chronic disease is laid down in early life and how practitioners can support clients to make lasting lifestyle behaviour change for better health. 

We bring you a range of renowned and talented speakers and practitioners from the University of Auckland: 

  • The epidemiological transition in New Zealand

Professor Wayne Cutfield will set the scene by examining the epidemiological transition in New Zealand and the development of the “diabesity epidemic”. He will talk about 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 explored 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. 

  • A revolution for the traditional healthcare model

Dr Anna Serlachius is a health psychologist who discussed 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. 

  • Healthy Conversation Skills workshop

Susan Miller and Mary Cavanagh 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 behaviour change tools and techniques which it’s possible to introduce at any contact. These skills equip health practitioners to become agents of change.

Seminar qualitifies for seven professional development hours for midwives. 

Speakers:

Professor Wayne Cutfield is a Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland. He leads clinical research looking at how environmental influences in early life can affect childhood growth and development and potentially lead to chronic conditions in adult life.

He is also the 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 is Associate Director–Academic at the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland. His primary interest is 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 andcardiometabolic disorders in offspring in later life.

Dr Anna Serlachius is a health psychologist at the University of Auckland. She specialises in the areas of self-management in chronic illness, stress, cardio-metabolic health. She uses a life course approach to understanding chronic disease.


Susan Miller is the project lead for the Healthy Start Workforce Project and a facilitator for Healthy Conversation Skills. She’s passionate about supporting medical practitioners to become agents of change.


Mary Cavanagh is the project manager for the Healthy Start Workforce Project and a facilitator for Healthy Conversation Skills. She’s passionate about creating a healthier and more active New Z