NZNO Conference & AGM, Nurses - a leading voice, 19-20 September 2018, Te Papa, Wellington

2018 Conference Speakers

Conference Keynote Speaker

Rachel Callander

TEDx Presenter and AuthorRachel Callander

Rachel Callander is a TEDx presenter, and the author of the IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year, New York "Super Power Baby Project".

This book celebrates the lives and abilities of children with chromosomal or genetic conditions, and was inspired by Rachel's late daughter Evie, who was born with a very rare condition herself. In the two and a half years of Evie's life, Rachel learnt a lot about the use of language in the health system, and has spent the subsequent years continuing to explore the impact and implications of how it is used by health professionals - to positive and negative effect.

This book is Evie's legacy, as is Rachel herself, and both have much to teach us about ourselves, and how we negotiate conflict, grief, hope, uniqueness, celebration, and a meaningful life.

Rachel is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around Australia and NZ. Her audiences are mostly made up of health professionals, and she speaks about the need to communicate using open hearted language, especially at diagnosis.

She teaches how the first words used at diagnosis critically shape how a parent perceives their future: the words can allow the parent to be their best and find meaning even in pain; or they can create anger, mistrust, frustration, and can break down the crucial relationship between the parent and the health professional. It's a conversation about empowerment for the patient, and for the health professional.


Guest Speakers

Janet Anderson-Bidois

Chief Legal Adviser, Human Rights CommissionJanet Anderson-Bidois

Janet Anderson-Bidois is the Chief Legal Adviser at the Human Rights Commission. Prior to commencing this position in 2013 Janet spent 15 years providing medico legal advice to clinicians, in her role as a legal adviser at both Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards.

She has also worked as a litigator in private legal practice and as an investigator with the Health and Disability Commissioner’s office.

Janet’s areas of interest include mental health law, informed consent, privacy and the legal frameworks relevant to older people and disabled members of the community.  Janet completed her bachelor’s degree and masters of law at the University of Auckland.


Margaret Brunton

Associate Professor, Massey UniversityMargaret Brunton

Margaret Brunton is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication, Journalism & Marketing at the Auckland campus of Massey University. Before entering academia Margaret practised as an RN in both the public and private health sector.

Her research interests focus on the role of communication in supporting a sustainable healthcare service in NZ. Current research explores the intersection between communication and practice between RNs in culturally diverse healthcare organisations. The goal is to identify ethically responsible, practical initiatives to help health professionals navigate the increasing demands and complexity of a rapidly-changing work environment.

Research has been published in nursing and management journals, including: International Journal of Nursing Studies; Nursing Praxis in New Zealand; Journal of Clinical Nursing; Nursing Inquiry; Journal of Business Ethics; Sociology of Health & Illness and the Journal of Health Organization and Management.