To be held on: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Commencing at 12.30pm – Meeting Room 2, Level One, Anvil House, 138 – 140 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Afternoon tea will be provided followed by Guest Speaker: Phillida Bunkle
Phillida will talk about the personal and family impacts of ME: deficits in care, the importance of family care for the sick, and its impacts on the other members.
‘I would like to touch on the practical difficulties of nursing the severely affected because they are barely acknowledged.’
Phillida will also talk about attending the Invest in ME conference earlier this year and the importance to her personally. She will talk about the shifts taking place in the research community leading to better public attitudes and the importance of maintaining a healing environment not really addressed in scientific research.
Throughout her career, Phillida has been involved with many aspects of patient protection including patient advocacy, health consumer representation and policy development particularly concerning women’s health, and the care of people with ME/CFS and cancer. On four occasions she has been a delegate to WHO world summits on Women’s Health.
Most noted for co-writing ‘An Unfortunate Experiment at National Womens’ with Sandra Coney leading to a Commission of Inquiry headed by Dame Silvia Cartwright that helped strengthen patients’ rights and saw the establishment of a national cervical screening programme, Phillida has published widely and won a number of awards recognizing her contribution to health consumer protection. These include the New Zealand Health Industry Distinguished Public Service Award, and the New Zealand Governor General’s Special Award of Excellence in Journalism, and being made a life member of the National Distribution Workers Union (NZ).
Phillida Bunkle is qualified in many branches of massage and bodywork and is a former patron of the New Zealand Massage Institute. She also holds practice certificates in reflexology, foot care, cancer care and health coaching and currently divides her time between caring for family members with ME in New Zealand, and running a small private health coaching practice in nutrition and bodywork in Central London.