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

Tony Fernando


Tony is a psychiatrist and a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his internship at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital (Columbia University) in New York. His psychiatry residency and sleep fellowship was at the University of Pennsylvania. Tony’s research interest is in sleep medicine and medical compassion. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards by medical students and the faculty of medicine in Auckland. In 2012, he was awarded by President Aquino of the Philippines for his services to sleep medicine and medical education. In 2015, he was awarded the Chair’s award by the New Zealand Medical Association, the highest recognition given by the association to any doctor in New Zealand for his work on physician wellbeing. He plays the cello, is a cheap-eats foodie and despite his fear of the water, has swum across the Auckland Harbour and competes in ocean races and triathlons. In January of 2017, he received temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk in Chanmyay Myaing monastery in Myanmar. He is in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Auckland, studying barriers to compassion in medicine. 


Compassion In Medicine

Compassion is an expectation by patients, families, professional regulatory bodies and clinicians themselves. Even though compassion is considered the soul of medical practice, it is not systematically researched and taught in medical training. Empathy has been documented to decline as one advances through clinical training. In addition, lack of compassion has been identified as a major cause of health care scandals and is in the heart of countless patient complaints. This talk will review the basic psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary basis of compassion. The Transactional Model of Compassion which views compassion as emergent from four factors (doctor, patient/family, clinical context and system/ institution) will be presented. Lastly, barriers to compassion and practical ways to enhance compassion in medicine will be discussed. 

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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