Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health


GSNMH October Research Seminar: Dementia

Date: 29 October 2014

Time: 12.00 pm

Does computer gaming therapy contribute to improved quality of life and cognitive functioning for people with mild to moderate dementia? Results of a pilot study

There is evidence in the literature from a limited number of RCTs that some non-pharmacological approaches such as cognitive stimulation therapy and cognitive training have modest but significant benefits in terms of increasing quality of life (QoL) and slowing cognitive decline in people with dementia. Research suggests that more focus should be placed on new innovative modes of delivery of non-pharmacological interventions.
The purpose of this pilot study was to explore if a programme of exer-games, utilising computer gaming technology can deliver improvements in wellbeing, quality of life, and cognitive functioning in people diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia as an adjunct to existing activities and treatments, and as an alternative approach for delivering cognitive stimulation.

Jenny Drury-Ruddlesden is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health (GSNMH), Victoria University of Wellington. Jenny has over 30 years experience working as a nurse in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Jenny has previously worked as a research associate for Dr Kay de Vries, GSNMH, focusing on care of people with dementia in the acute setting and at end of life.

Time:    12.00pm – 1.00pm
Where:  Seminar Room CS801, Level 8 (H), Clinical Services Block, Wellington Regional Hospital
To RSVP please contact: Laura Burnet, School Administrator

Polypharmacy Conference 2014

Date: 6–7 November 2014

Time: 12.00 pm


Managing the risks of polypharmacy for patients with chronic conditions 

Time: Thursday 6 Nov 12pm - 4:30pm, & Friday 7 Nov 9:00am - 4pm

Where: Seminar Room CS801, Level 8 Clinical Services Building, Wellington Regional Hospital, Riddiford Street, Newtown

Cost: $200 excl. GST. Morning tea, afternoon tea & lunch on Friday provided. 

To register: Contact Laura Burnet, School Administrator on 04 463 6144 or Registrations close 31 October.


This workshop was such a success last year, we are doing it all again. Hosted by the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, in collaboration with the Central Regional Multi-interventional Approach to Polypharmacy Working Group. 

The one and a half day workshop will expand core knowledge and capability in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics for LTC Nurses and Clinical Nurse Specialists, caring for persons at high risk from polypharmacy in primary and secondary care. 

Places are limited so register today!

Midwifery Post-Conference Seminar

Date: 4 December 2014

Time: 8.00 am

Where: CS801 Seminar Room, Level 8 Clinical Services Building, Wellington Hospital, Riddiford Street, Newtown

Cost: $100. Morning and afternoon tea provided.

To register: Contact Laura Burnet, School Administrator. Registrations close Wed 1 October.


The Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health is again holding its Post-Conference Seminar this year and we are looking forward to another great learning and sharing experience. 

There will be a range of speakers from the Central Region who presented at the NZCOM conference in Hamilton this year and postgraduate students from the GSNMH.

Mark this date in your calendars as soon as possible and register today. 

GSNMH Graduation

Date: 11 December 2014

Time: 4.30 pm

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