Conferences and Workshops


Do no harm: Improving cognitive screening in healthcare settings
Date: October 21st 2020
Time: 2.00pm
Presenter: Helen Paton, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Southern DHB and NZPOPs member

The Mini-Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (M-ACE) has recently been endorsed over the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) as the preferred screening tool for cognitive impairment in older people.
More importantly, brief cognitive testing guidelines have been provided alongside the new test.  The online training covers these guidelines in administration and scoring issues related to the M-ACE.
This is a landmark change – the like of which, arguably, has never been seen in New Zealand healthcare.
The webinar will give the background to this and outline how psychologists can best support non-psychologist colleagues in providing best practice with regards to brief cognitive testing.

Contact Secretary for Zoom link

NZPOPs  aims to host a conference or workshop every year. The conference takes place over two days and provides training and networking for those working in this specialist area. Anyone with an interest in older adults is welcome to attend our conferences. We particularly welcome staff working with older people: such as doctors, nurses, nurse aids, social workers, and occupational therapists. We aim to provide a broad range of training in order to benefit these diverse professions. We also aim to keep our conference fees as low as possible to enable team members to attend and benefit from the training we are able to provide. A link to abstracts from our 2013, 2016 and 2019 conferences are provided below



 NZPOPs 2013 


When there is no conference  we run affordable training workshops  facilitated by specialist presenters. Recent examples have been  workshops on The Dynamics of Shame  facilitated by Henrietta Batchelor, Mindfulness for Chronic Pain facilitated by Dieter Dvořák, and  in 2015, Pieter Rossouw presenting on the Neuroscience of Ageing.

Details of any upcoming workshops will be posted on this website.

We are always keen to receive suggestions as to topics of interest to those working in the field, and would welcome your comments, so please contact us.