Alzheimer's Taranaki public forum - Dr Phil Wood

20 September 2016

On the 20th of September Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Taranaki presented a Positive Ageing Forum involving one of our foremost experts in dementia and clinical care for older people, Dr Phil Wood. Associate Professor Lynette Tippett who (along with Dr Phil Wood) directs the Dementia Prevention Research Clinic network also visited Alzheimer's Taranaki and took part in the Alzheimer's Taranaki Memory Walk on the 18th of September.   

 

Assoc Professor Lynette Tippett gives a rousing speech over the megaphone on her home turf in Taranaki during the Memory Walk

On the 20th of September Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Taranaki are pleased to present a Positive Ageing Forum involving one of our foremost experts in dementia and clinical care for older people, Dr Phil Wood. 

Assoc Professor Lynette Tippett gives a rousing speech over the megaphone on her home turf in Taranaki during the Memory Walk

On the 20th of September Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa and Alzheimer’s Taranaki are pleased to present a Positive Ageing Forum involving one of our foremost experts in dementia and clinical care for older people, Dr Phil Wood. 

Assoc Professor Lynette Tippett gave a rousing speech over the megaphone on her home turf in Taranaki during the Memory Walk
Assoc Professor Lynette Tippett gave a rousing speech over the megaphone on her home turf in Taranaki during the Memory Walk

Alzheimer's Taranaki visiting researcher: Dr Phil Wood

 

“I believe it went well. I talked about prevention for about 50 minutes, then for the next hour there was solid questions on a range of topics. Nobody completely fell asleep. There was a minor repetition of questions, but this could be expected if people didn’t hear the question being asked initially. I'm happy to do another community talk on the same topic or a similar topic in the future should the need arise.”  

 

Alzheimer's Taranaki Manager: Ana Parks 

 

"Now that the dust has settled here I’m writing to thank you, and Brain Research New Zealand for all your assistance with arranging Dr Wood’s visit to New Plymouth last week.

"I really enjoyed meeting Phil and his talk on risk minimisation was excellent and very well received by a crowd of around 150 people. I know too that his visit to the Mental Health for Older People team at Base Hospital was also very useful and appreciated. It was wonderful for us to be able to host such a knowledgeable (and entertaining) speaker.

"And also, thank you for supporting Lynette Tippett in leading our Memory Walk. She too was a lovely person and, while her visit was fleeting, those who got to speak with her were very impressed with her knowledge and enthusiasm. Our Memory Walk, with over 200 people, was, I’m told, the largest in the country (unfortunately all the others were plagued with heavy rain).

"I would be very keen on inviting the young Maori researcher from Taranaki that you mentioned for our walk next year – or even to come and give a public talk sometime. We are noticing a significant increase in Maori accessing our services and want to continue to encourage this." 

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Alzheimer's Taranaki Manager Ana Parkes at the Memory Walk in Taranaki
Alzheimer's Taranaki Manager Ana Parkes at the Memory Walk in Taranaki


Bio: Dr Phil Wood BMedSci, MBChB, FRACP

Dr Phil Wood is a Geriatrician and Principal Investigator with Brain Research New Zealand. He is the Clinical Director of the new national network of Dementia Prevention Research Clinics and is retains a role of Clinical Service Leader of Waikato DHB’s older persons and rehabilitation services.

 

From 2014 onwards Dr Phil Wood was seconded to the Ministry of Health as Chief Advisor, Health of Older Persons from Waikato DHB. He continues to provide clinical leadership to develop services key to the health and wellbeing of older people, and undertakes broad sector engagement.

 

Dr Wood works closely with staff at the Ministry of Health and external agencies such as ACC and the Health Quality & Safety Commission, to help better develop services for older people nationwide.

 

His work will particularly focus on areas such as interRAI assessments and other aspects of aged residential care and home and community support services.
On top of all that, he also maintains a research and private practice on Auckland’s North Shore and the Memory Clinic at North Shore Hospital.