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

Dr Martin Connolly

Martin Connolly has been Freemasons’ Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland and Geriatrician at Waitemata District Health Board since March 2006.  He originates from Manchester (UK) and qualified with honours at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1980.  He obtained his MD from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1990 on the subject of bronchial responsiveness in asthma.  Before being appointed to his present position Martin was Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester from 1991 to 2006. 

Martin is also Assistant Dean, Waitemata Campus, University of Auckland.

He was a member of the Guidelines Group for the UK National Institutes of Clinical Excellence COPD Guidelines and sat on and chaired numerous British Geriatrics Society and British Thoracic Society Committees over 15 years. He is currently a member of the New Zealand Executive of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine. He was, until December 2016, Deputy Director of New Zealand's National Science Challenge: Ageing Well

His research interests are around chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in older people, long-term conditions management, the organisation of care (including residential aged care) for the very old, quality of life in the very old, and the frailty syndrome. He has authored or co-authored over 250 scientific papers. 


Professor Connolly will discuss the ARCHUS study, the first randomised controlled trial of a multi disciplinary complex intervention into residential aged care aiming to reduce adverse outcomes most importantly hospitalisations.  He will then proceed to discuss further post-hoc analyses of this study before going on to describe a further non-randomised trial (ARCHIP) which flowed on from this study.   The overall message of these analyses is that it is possible to reduce hospitalisations of older people from residential aged care but that (given other data that Professor Connolly will present) perhaps this is not the group that we should be targeting for such interventions.

Professor Connolly will then give details of his group’s latest research – a study of the demographics and health trajectories of older people in retirement villages (arguably a vulnerable group that ‘should’ be targeted) together with some very early results from this study which commenced in 2016

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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