NZAG Webinars


Please see below recordings of the webinars and events available to NZAG members.



Are societal values reflected in the mouths of our older people?

July 2024 


Brought to you by University of Auckland, CCREATE-AGE and NZAG

Oral health in older people is a wicked problem representing the intersections of societal issues, structural and systemic failures and the invisibility of some health issues. Older adults are disadvantaged in terms of accessing dental care and often have poorer oral health outcomes. This may impact their quality of life and contribute to morbidity and mortality.

Oral health in older adults is impacted by intersections of marginalisation (socio-economic status, homelessness, mental health issues, racism etc). Linda will explore issues around this including social determinants, power and structural issues.

There are ways forward in terms of understanding and drawing on what happens internationally, inter-professional practice, and as always holding structural and power aspects to account.

In this talk she will draw on these concepts and discuss quantitative and qualitative research in this area including total population data and understanding perceptions of those involved and consider opportunities for future research, practice and translation.

About Linda Slack-Smith

Professor Linda Slack-Smith is a social epidemiologist at the University of Western Australia. undertaking qualitative, quantitative and translational research with her team and collaborators. Her work has focused on disparities and public health equity with a focus on oral health looking at groups with poorer outcomes including children, refugees, older adults and Aboriginal Australians.

Linda was recently awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Research for IADR (International Association for Dental Research) in New Orleans which impacts her University’s ranking; was senior author on the paper awarded the international Giddon Award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioral Sciences 2024 (with Durey, Naylor) and also 2018 (with Durey, McAullay, Gibson).

Internationally she is Editor Emerita of the journal Gerodontology (which represents 4 major international geriatric dentistry societies), recent President of the Geriatric Oral Health Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and was IADR ANZ Division President 2015-2017. She was also Co-Chair of the Melbourne 2021 World Congress of Epidemiology.

Linda was also a recent President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association and was Scientific Committee Chair for the Public Health Congress in Hobart in 2015. She led a Worldwide Universities Network Collaboration in Oral Health and is partner on another collaboration in family and domestic violence. She is an executive and founding member of the Australian based Network for Integrated Oral Health. Her goal is to work with good people and do work of value that improves health outcomes for all, including those who have been disadvantaged.

Ageing Well through Eating, Sleeping, Socialising and Mobility

June 2024


An ageing population ensures the health of older people becomes increasingly important in NZ and worlwide. Increasing diversity in older populations and persisting health disparities into advanced age call for action to improve health and wellbeing of older adults.

The AWESSoM study brought together experts in gerontology, oral and sleep health, cognitive stimulation therapy, health for older Māori and Pasifika people and community organisations to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.

This study was funded by Ageing Well National Science Challenge. 


  • Dr Ruth Teh (University of Auckland) 
    Multimorbidity - Primary HealthCare
  • Ulrich Bergler (University of Otago)
    Multimorbidity - InterRAI
  • Dr Rosie Gibson (Massey University)
  • Dr Kathy Peri (University of auckland)
    Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
  • Dr Moira Smith (University of Otago)
    Care Homes and Oral Health Care 


Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

AI Webinar June 2023


Artificial Intelligence and older people.


  • Dr Ngaire kerse
    Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well, President NZAG)
  • Dr Kevin Ross
    CEO Precision Driven Health
  • Dr Daniel Wilson
    PhD in Philosophy and Masters in Data Science from Waipapa Taumata Rau
  • Dr Amanda Williamson
    Deloitte Manager leading AI and data projects and products

NZAG Lunchtime Webinar: LiLACS NZ: the bicultural cohort study in advanced age

Tuesday, 26 July 2022
Ngaire Kerse, Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well


This presentation celebrates the study, presents the main findings, outlines inequities identified in health service use and health outcomes, and points to impact that has contributed to wellbeing, health services and clinical management for older people.


Primary Care and Older People: Searching for solutions

Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Ngaire Kerse, Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well


As we move through our ageing demographic the place of primary care will be increasingly important in managing health service utilisation and promoting wellbeing through late life. This presentation will outline the demography and health issues and talk through strategies in primary care that have been tested. NZ research will be highlighted along with findings of a systematic review. Viewers will come away with a more complete picture of the complexities and potential primary care based strategies.

A lockdown family of 30 informs future residential dementia care models

Thursday, 6 May 2021
Dr Lorraine Ritchie


During the 2020 COVID 19 lockdown period, RN and care assistant staff of one dementia facility (50 beds) in the Dunedin area moved in with their residents for 6 weeks. Listen to the stories of the compassionate caring of staff, and the transformation of residents to become a family of 50. This qualitative study informs ideas for a new model of dementia care.

Transitions to new routines

Thursday, 28 May 2020



  • Prof. Vanessa Burholt
    Social support network types, isolation and loneliness in the older population
  • Prof. Carol Wham
    Eating Well out of Isolation
  • Associate Prof. John Parsons
    Healthy for Life: a TV saga of collaboration

4 Experts at Level 4, for older people

Thursday, 16 April 2020


Prof. Ngaire Kerse
Living in residential care: to shelter and attend

Prof. Debra Waters
Maintaining strength and balance in your own home

Dr. Rosie Green
Sleep related disruptions and their management during Alert Level 4

Dr. Gary Cheung
Virtual psychosocial group programme for people with dementia