Professor Ngaire Kerse

Ngaire is a GP with a special interest in care of older people and holds the inaugural Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well at the University of Auckland. She has led gerontology research about falls prevention, function and wellness in Aged Residential Care and was part of a larger group developing guidance for COVID-19 management in ARC.

Workshop Session 4: Researching living with COVID-19 in Aged Residential Care

Dr Jackie Robinson and Professor Ngaire Kerse
Wednesday, 18 November 1.15pm

Older people in aged residential care have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the significant mortality observed in many countries has been avoided in Aotearoa NZ, virus containment measures meant significant restrictions for residents living in aged residential care.

A ‘think tank’ of researchers has begun working to understand the impact of COVID-19 related restrictions on staff, family and residents experiences during lock down in New Zealand. Preliminary findings from a research project exploring the impact of isolation and quarantine restrictions in one care facility who experienced a COVID-19 outbreak will be presented along with insights into how this work informed the development of a larger New Zealand wide study which has recently been submitted to the Health Research Council. New data analysis on mortality and hospitalisation will be shared together with insights from the preliminary research.

The researchers will discuss learnings which can be used to inform planning and management of future pandemics building on the ARC response to COVID-19.

Ngaire Kerse 60x60 Square