ANZSGM ASM 2017 Older peoples care through Community, Collaboration and Communication 10-12 May 2017 Rotorua New Zealand

Richard Sainsbury MA, MBChB, FRACP, PGDipArts

After Dick graduated from the University of Otago he completed six Resident Medical Officer years in Auckland before going to the United Kingdom for advanced training.  Since 1982 he has worked as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine in Christchurch in dual University/Hospital appointments.  He has a particular interest in student teaching and has served a period as Trainee Intern Co-ordinator.  He has also been involved in the examination, mentoring and supervision of international medical graduates.

He is an avid cricket enthusiast who still plays.  Other interests include music and reading.  He is interested in Older People in Literature and completed his MA thesis on ‘Older People and Ageing in the fiction of Thomas Hardy.

He was President of the NZGS between 2002 and 2005.



How literature can enhance our practice of Geriatric Medicine

The Greek God Apollo, father of Aesclepius, numbered music, art, poetry and medicine amongst his portfolios.  From ancient times there has been a close association between Medicine and the Arts which has continued to the present day.  This is unsurprising as the preoccupations of literature are the preoccupations of patients and doctors – love and birth and death, pain and loss and suffering, grief, anger and tranquillity, balance and harmony and rhythm.  Ageing is a prominenttheme in the poems of Yeats and Hardy and the older people in Wordsworth’s poetry often have a nobility despite adversity.  A number of doctors have also become successful writers.

In this session I would like to explore a number of ways in which literature can enhance our practice of geriatric medicine.

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts open: 25th October 2016

Registration Opens: 18th November 2016

Call for Abstracts Closes: 24th February 2017

Notification of Abstracts: 20th March 2017

Close of Early Registration: 31st March 2017

Conference: 10th May 2017


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Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM)

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