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Nelson Marlborough Community Health Lecture 2022

Let's talk about dementia / Me Kōrero Tātou Mō Te Mate Wareware

Join us to learn more about the impact of dementia / mate wareware on individuals, our families and whānau, and our communities. This evening of discussion aims to inform, educate and provide some answers about a very important area of health care that is affecting us more widely as our community ages.


Dr Matthew Croucher

Dr Matthew Croucher

Psychiatrist of Old Age and Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Otago

What is dementia / mate wareware and what can be done to help people living with it?

Matthew is a dementia expert, with national leadership and academic roles as well as being a specialist for people affected by dementia at any age. He will shed light on what dementia is, why there seems to be so much of it about, what the main management and treatment options are, and how understanding a traditional Māori perspective on mate wareware might help us all.


Dr Nicky Baxter

Geriatrician, Nelson Marlborough Health - How to get a diagnosis and local referral pathways in Nelson Tasman

Nicky is a geriatrician working at Nelson Hospital and in the Nelson Tasman community. She supports general practitioners and community providers with the care of people living with dementia/mate wareware. She will talk about the process of diagnosing dementia/mate wareware and the referral options available for additional support in the Nelson Tasman region.


Chris Gaul

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nelson Marlborough Health.

Changes to dementia management in Nelson Hospital.



Heather Lackner

Manager / Dementia Educator, Alzheimers Nelson Tasman.

The Support and services Alzheimers Nelson Tasman provides.

 This lecture is the first for 2022, in a series aiming to inform and challenge the Nelson/Marlborough public on current health matters including an equity focus.

About The Care Foundation

The Care Foundation is Nelson Marlborough Health’s charity partner and as partners we identify and fund key health initiatives that Government is unable to fund, at both Wairau and Nelson Hospitals and within the communities of the Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman Regions. Funding comes from our community via bequests and general donations, we appreciate any support so please visit our website – The Care Foundation – to find how to donate to our current initiatives.

Community Health Lecture