Next Auckland Meeting

Thursday, 7 September, 9.30 - 11.30 at Domain Lodge

On the agenda

  • Update on dental issues and recommended dentists
  • The Swallows book full of patient stories including three of ours
  • Our speaker of the day is Mary Panko of Unitec and the End of Life organisation. Mary will speak about advanced care directives, living wills, and how much legal control we can have in terms of achieving a dignified end of life. She will probably speak first. 

I hope this is not a depressing topic for our audience. At my time of life, and with my husband's death last year, I have been thinking about this issue a lot. I have a few notes scribbled down in a folder for my children but really need to get it formalised.

I think I'll keep going for a good while longer yet. I'm feeling inspired by life, but having that part of existence sorted would be a comfort. I'm looking forward to what Mary has to say. 

Speakers for the rest of the year

October: Dr David Vokes. Dr Vokes is a dual specialist in laryngology and head and neck surgery at Auckland City Hospital.

November: Dr David Grayson. Dr Grayson is the clinical director of ENT and Clinical Lead, Patient Safety & Experience at Waitemata DHB. 

(November's meeting will include a short special general meeting as we have to make at least one change to our constitution or "rules" so that it is easier to apply for government grants. We will post more information about this soon.)

December: December's meeting will be social only. Last year we met at the cafe near the Wintergardens in the Domain. Let's hope the weather is fine enough for that again this year. 


Diana Ayling

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