The New Zealand team comprise Professor Matthew Parsons from Waikato University and Associate Professor John Parsons from the University of Auckland
Professor Matthew Parsons holds the position of Clinical Chair in Gerontology, a Joint appointment between Waikato District Health Board and Waikato University.
He has a PhD and Masters in Ageing from Kings College London, an Honours degree in Psychology and Human Biology and is a Registered Nurse.
Matthew has been at the forefront of change incommunity services for over 15 years across multiple countries. He has a particular focus on rehabilitation having been intrinsically involved in the implementation of community rehabilitation teams across multiple regions and countries.
He has published in excess of 80 peer reviewed journal articles and provides advice to numerous countries in relation to Home Care service
Associate Professor John Parsons has worked at the University of Auckland since 2006. In 2016 was appointed as the inaugural Bupa Fellow in Allied Health Research within the Institute of Healthy Ageing in Waikato District Health Board.
John has a PhD and a Masters degree from the University of Auckland, a bachelors degree in science from Brunel University in UK and is a New Zealand registered physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience.
John is recognised both nationally and internationally for his research contributions in rehabilitation and gerontology, with a focus on service evaluation and participatory research. He has generated over NZ$13 million in research and consultancy contracts in this area. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, commissioned reports and electronic media training resources.
A particular area of interest relates to person-centred goal facilitation as a core component of effective rehabilitation for older people and those with complex conditions in the community and within inpatient care.