Friday, 9 — Saturday, 10 September 2022

Keynote speakers

Ngā mihi nui to our keynote speakers

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Lydia Bradey ONZM

Lydia grew up in New Zealand, and lives with her partner Dean and her cat Koshka, by the side of Lake Hawea, near Wanaka, New Zealand.

In the early ‘80s (1981-1982) Lydia spent nine months of her life in Yosemite Valley, Ca, USA, then the world Mecca for “Aid” rock climbing. She climbed 10 “Big Walls” - cliffs taking up to nine days to climb; and made seven first female ascents.

In 1987 she became the first woman in the Southern Hemisphere to climb one of the world’s fourteen 8000m peaks. On that ascent Lydia most probably became the first woman in the world to climb an “8000er” alpine-style, (with one push, bottom to summit, carrying everything) and without oxygen.

In 1988 Lydia became the first woman in the world to climb Mt Everest without supplementary oxygen. To date she remains the only New Zealander to have climbed Everest without oxygen, has climbed Everest six times, is the only New Zealand woman to have climbed Everest more than once, and has guided it successfully five times.

Collectively, with her partner Dean Staples, they have made 15 ascents of Everest, the highest number of shared ascents of any household in the world. In the 2020 New Years Honours (NZ) Lydia was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to mountaineering.

In 2015, Lydia co-authored a book, “Going up is easy”, which details the events surrounding her historic first female ascent of Everest, as well as her many hair-raising expeditions through Alaska, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, India, China, Europe, and New Zealand.

Lydia holds a BHSc (Physiotherapy), a certificate in Acupuncture, and most of her physio professional life has been spent working in chronic pain treatment and rehabilitation.

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Prof Sue Crengle

Sue (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe and Kāi Tahu) obtained her medical degrees, MPH and PhD from the University of Auckland. She holds specialty qualifications in general practice and public health medicine. Sue was a recipient of a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy 1999–2000.

Her research interests include inequities in health, health services research, youth health, quality of care, lung cancer screening, cardiovascular disease.

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Dr Sven Hansen

Sven, (MBChB, MBA) has been working to help business master mental health, wellbeing and resilience for the past 25 years. He has worked with multinationals, professionals, education, entrepreneurship and sports.

With a background in Special Forces and Sports Medicine, Sven is the founder of the Resilience Institute with teams in New Zealand, UK, Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. Based on their own research, they created a Resilience App to measure, learn achieve growth. Sven lives in Noosa and is a keen outdoor sports enthusiast.

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Dr Ihirangi Heke

Ihirangi, of Waikato-Tainui descent, was raised in the South Island mountain adventure environment of Queenstown, before it was popularly known as such. Over the past 10 years he has been active in helping Māori and other indigenous groups abroad, build their own health and wellness activities based on their traditional environmental knowledge. Dr Heke was awarded a research grant to compare Systems Science and Whakapapa (Maori Genealogical Connections) by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and retains an Honorary Research Fellow position to the University of Auckland’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr Heke has a particular interest in

  • Maori concepts of health using ancestral environmental knowledge
  • Tribally centred, physical activity and nutrition programmes
  • Using environmental signs from birds, insects, fish, trees and weather patterns as an alternative to mainstream safety action plans.
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Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan

Lucy and Denise are founding directors of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience and both have been trained by the thought-leaders in wellbeing science, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lucy went on to attain her PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She now assists organisations – from government departments, to leading law firms and schools – to design and implement wellbeing and resilience initiatives creating sustained and meaningful change. She is also an Adjunct Senior Professor at the University of Canterbury University a published academic researcher and best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today.

A member of the NZAPP Executive Committee, conference convenor for Wellbeing in Education NZ, and New Zealand’s only representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Lucy’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology, Social Indicators Research, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the International Journal of Wellbeing and NZ Journal of Human Resources Management.

Denise went on to attain her PhD in psychological wellbeing from the University of Otago. She is an adjunct fellow at University of Canterbury and an Adjunct Professor at one of Europe’s leading business schools and facilitator of the only accredited Diploma in Wellbeing Science in Australia and NZ, she has taught global business leaders and educators around the world how use wellbeing science for peak performance and wellbeing.

Denise is acknowledged nationally and internationally as an outstanding presenter and facilitator. Her humour and honesty make for engaging and entertaining learning. These same qualities have made her award-winning podcast Bringing Wellbeing To Life popular with a broad audience. Denise is the co-author of The Educators’ Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing, published internationally in 2020.

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A/Prof Garry Nixon

Garry has been a rural hospital generalist at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde since 1992. He now combines this with teaching and research at the University of Otago. His research interests include measuring rural-urban variation in health outcomes and access to health services in New Zealand.

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Adjunct Prof Ruth Stewart

Ruth was appointed as the second National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia in July 2020. She brings to this role nearly 30 years of work as a rural generalist doctor with the advanced skills of a general practice obstetrician and 20 years’ experience in rural medical education.

Professor Stewart lives in the rural and remote town of Roma in Queensland, Australia. She has extensive experience in the field of rural health, including roles as:

  • Associate Professor of Rural Medicine and Director of Rural Clinical Training (James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Senior Medical Officer at Mareeba Hospital (Queensland) and Thursday Island Hospital (Queensland)
  • Director of Medical Training with the Queensland Rural Generalist Program
  • President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (2016 to 2018)
  • Board member for rural hospitals and regional training providers.