Dr David Kerr has accepted an invitation to join Third Age Health’s Clinical Advisory Committee.

As founding Chair of Ryman Healthcare Limited Dr Kerr has a unique understanding of the aged care sector across New Zealand and this, combined with years spent at the forefront of healthcare delivery as a general practitioner, will make a significant contribution to Third Age Health’s ongoing work to shape a model of care for the health of older people living in both aged residential care and in the community.

Dr David Kerr comments, “Access to quality primary healthcare is essential to ensure older adults are afforded the best quality of life at each stage of the aging process.

Effective primary care, which caters to the unique needs of the older person, reduces demand on our overburdened hospital system so we need to do all we can to provide accessible healthcare that meets the needs of older people and the different settings within which they live, I look forward to contributing to this.”

Tony Wai, Third Age Health CEO says, “David’s experience as a general practitioner and understanding of the aged care sector will bring a unique perspective to our Clinical Advisory Committee. The group are really focused on sharing knowledge, experience, and expertise to help shape an effective and efficient model of care to support the health of older people, whether they are in aged residential care or choosing to age in place.”

As well as being a general practitioner Dr Kerr was the founding Chair of Pegasus Medical Group and Ryman Healthcare Ltd and has extensive governance and advisory roles in medical organisations.

Third Age Health’s Clinical Advisory Committee brings together thought leaders and experts from clinical and academic backgrounds in general practice, nursing, older people’s health, psychiatry, palliative care as well as innovation, user experience and solution design

The Third Age Health Clinical Advisory Committee members are:

  • Professor Ngaire Kerse, Joyce Cook Chair in Ageing Well and General Practitioner
  • Professor Jenny Carryer, Massey University Professor and Head of NZ College of Nurses
  • Dr Jane Casey, Psychogeriatric specialist
  • Emily Preston, Senior Project Lead, Innovation Unit
  • Dr Carol McCullum, Clinical Director for Mercy Hospice
  • Jackie Broadbent, Geriatrician
  • Dr Peter Zink, GP and Third Age Health Medical Director
  • Dr Diane Leach, GP and Third Age Health Associate Medical Director
  • Dr David Kerr, GP and former Chair Ryman Healthcare