The Institute of Healthy Ageing was launched on 7 November 2013 by Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, science advisor to the Prime Minister.
Key deliverables are:
The institute is a collaboration between Waikato DHB, The University of Auckland and the University of Waikato. The intention is that other academic and research organisations, and other DHBs, will become collaborators at both Governance and Research Programme levels over time.
The institute is based in the Older Persons and Rehabilitation Building of Waikato DHB. Staff will range from fully employed DHB personnel wishing to undertake research or clinical projects to fully employed University staff (e.g. from The Universities of Auckland and Waikato). Some may have joint appointments, e.g. between Waikato DHB and The University of Auckland.
The institute exists to facilitate the sharing of research and clinical expertise, and the development of research initiatives. Contracts won by staff within the institute will continue to be managed by the organisations that employ the staff member.
Sir Peter Gluckman, chief science advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister. He officially launched the IHA in October last year. See profile
The Governance Group is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the IHA, thereby ensuring that it is delivering or moving towards delivering on the aims and key deliverables that are the purpose of the IHA through undertaking the necessary activities, developing strong connections with and between key people and organisations that are concerned about healthy aging, and developing a strong financial base to support its activities.
The core membership of the Governance Group is a mix of people who are acknowledged as influencers in their community, provide clinical experience and/or provide research experience, with representation from the DHB(s), the Universities, the community, home care support services and aged residential care. The Governance Group may also seek representation from sectors such as primary care and influential people in the local community.
In the first instance, the Chair of the IHA Governance Group will be the Group Manager, Older Persons and Rehabilitation Service, Waikato DHB.
Chair/ DHB representative
The University of Auckland
Professor Matthew Parsons
The University of Waikato
Associate Professor Nicola Starkey
Professor Peggy Koopman-Boyden
Waikato DHB Director of Nursing
Waikato DHB Allied Health
There are two co-directors, one from Waikato DHB and one from the School of Nursing, Auckland University ().
They are non-voting members of the core Governance Group.
Co-director from Waikato DHB
Currently Dr Phil Wood, Geriatrician
Co-director from School of Nursing, Auckland University
Currently Dr Stephen Jacobs
Profiles of management members - coming soon
Institute of Healthy Ageing
Older Persons and Rehabilitation Building
Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus
Pembroke Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Ph: 07 839 8899