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Dr Jed Montayre - Chairperson

Jed MontayreJed is a lecturer and gerontology researcher at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)-Nursing Department in Auckland.

His nursing background focusses on the care of older adults in both long-term and acute care settings. His work within the aged care sector involves quality case management and consultation for educational and workforce issues within aged related residential care settings (ARRCs).

For his current role at AUT he oversees and ensures the integration of gerontology in the nursing curriculum. He delivers gerontology-related lectures to graduating students each year, providing insights about the ageing population and its impact on nurses and the nursing profession in general. These lectures are some of the things Jed has undertaken to open students’ interest of pursuing a gerontology specialty.

He also leads a project focussed on issues surrounding older migrants in New Zealand. Jed is a member of the New Zealand Gerontology Association (NZAG). He is a steering committee member for AUT Centre for Active Ageing.

In 2016, Jed was the co-recipient of the NZNO Young Nurse of the Year Award.

Read Jed’s extended profile on the AUT website

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Emma Collins - Treasurer

Emma CollinsEmma Collins is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Nursing, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin. She began working for OP in 2011 and holds a Master of Nursing, specialising in Child Health. Her background is in paediatric nursing and community child and family health, in particular, school nursing and public health.

Emma’s current research interests include ePortfolios and nursing informatics. She is also on a research group with the University of Otago exploring creating positive learning environments for health students.

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Dr Ruth Crawford - Secretary

Dr Ruth CrawfordRuth is a Principal Lecturer and Programme Coordinator of the Professional Practice suite of Programmes (PG Certificate, PG Diploma, Master of Professional Practice) in the School of Health at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua. Her nursing background includes inpatient child and youth health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, medical and surgical nursing. 

Ruth’s research interests focus on emotional communication in nursing practice, child health, health workforce development (specifically Māori and Pacific), decision making in end-of-life care and interprofessional education. Ruth is a strong advocate of research and evidence-based practice. Ruth has published nationally and internationally. 

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Eliazar Dimalapang

Eliazar DimalapangEli is currently the biostatistician for the Physiology Department (Cardiology and Respiratory) of Auckland City Hospital (ACH).

In this role, he provides a comprehensive statistical analysis service, including the provision and advice for study design, data management, analysis and interpretation which supports the research activities of the department.

Occasionally, he conducts lectures for junior medical staff and interested staff members.

Eli has more than 10 years’ experience of consultancy work, providing statistical analysis, training and support to clients ranging from graduate students, government agencies to health professionals. He previously worked in the Philippines and the Middle East as a statistics lecturer.

His research interests include statistical applications to medical and public health researches, statistics education and machine learning.

To book for statistics advice from Eli email NRS Chairperson Jed Montayre

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Dr Jean Ross

Dr Jean RossJean is a Principal Lecturer in nursing at Otago Polytechnic, and has been working within this educational organisation since 2003 when she was invited to establish the NP programme in rural health.

Jean was initially a senior lecturer at the Christchurch School of Medicine, from 1998. In this environment Jean established herself as a researcher and has published in the area of rural health which led to the development of innovative models of practice for rural practitioners. Jean has continued to contribute to the research environment throughout the previous twenty years and has been recognized nationally and internationally for contributing to rural research by receiving the Peter Snow Memorial Award in 2008.

Jean believes strongly in the power of research to promote and debate change and policy development within the profession and to improve health care services. Jean continues to activate this philosophy within the BN Year 3 programme where students have the opportunity to contribute to knowledge generation and present and publish their work in the School of Nursing Online Journal, which Jean initiated and is the Editor in Chief.

In 2017 Jean is also the Editor in Chief of the Scope Journal, Health and Place. As Jean has now completed her PhD she now has the time and continued commitment to promote the importance of research within the profession.

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Louise Chan

 Louise ChanWhilst completing her mental health nursing degree, Louise developed an avid interest in older adult psychiatry. From this interest grew a further need to investigate neuroanatomy, neurological changes and the reasons behind age related processes. Additional study in the area of pathophysiology ignited a strong inner passion for neuropsychiatry, neuroscience and biomarker research and development that could potentially diagnose and initiate timely treatment with better patient outcomes and prognoses. 

Louise currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within the mental health services in Invercargill. Originally from the UK, Louise has been living and working throughout Aotearoa as a mental health nurse since 2006. In addition to her interest and passion in older adult mental health, she also has an extensive background working within adult acute mental health services; both inpatient and community.  

Louise is currently en-route to completing her Master of Nursing with Massey University and hoping to commence the Nurse Practitioner pathway in 2020; whilst looking forward to PhD options for 2021. 

Precariously balancing on the work/life tightrope, Louise enjoys spending time with her family on their lifestyle block whilst also taking pride in being involved within the local community and is honoured to be a Trustee for Koha Kai.

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Marla Troon

Marla TroonMarla has been a Registered nurse for 12 years, primarily working in a variety of mental health specialities, acute inpatient in both Christchurch and Invercargill, forensic inpatient service and currently as part of the Invercargill community mental health team in the role of Case Manager. Throughout this time she has also spent a period of time within the primary health sector in role of Plunket nurse.

Marla is currently on an acedemic pathway to achieve a Masters in Clinical Nursing, with the aim of completion at the end of 2019 following a small dissertation research project. As part of this process, research has become a keen interest and an area she will become more involved in as she learns more. Joining the NRS is a way for Marla to become immersed in an array of research expertise and be able to disseminate the amazing nursing led research amongst the Southern District Health Board, in particular within the mental health arena.

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Rachel Sayers

Rachel SayersRachel is employed as an Assistant Research Fellow at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, Otago University and as a Lecturer at the School of Nursing, Otago Polytechnic.

With a background in paediatric and neonatal nursing, Rachel has been involved with paediatric research since 1994 and student nursing education since 2012. She qualified with a Master of Health Sciences in 2005. She is also holds a position as a Facilitator for the Paediatric Sleep Medicine Clinical Network, New Zealand Child and Youth Clinical Networks, Paediatric Society of New Zealand. 

The main focus of research Rachel has been involved with is in the area of paediatric sleep. This has included research on Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), safe sleep practices, infant irritability, sleep and obesity and infant sleep education.

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