Pat Neuwelt

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Pat Neuwelt

Physician and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Pat Neuwelt

Physician and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Contemplative practice: opening to the gift of our own vulnerability.

This session will include both my reflections on my own journey with Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices - but drawing on my experience of having a traumatic brain injury, and how it taught me the gift of my own vulnerability. I will use quotes from mystics such as Meister Eckhart and Thomas Merton, asking each participant to choose one that speaks to her/him - then to allow the words to sink deep during a walking meditation (in the room). I will invite sharing, with a focus on self-care ('presence to self') as a key factor in enabling our ability to be present to others.

BIOGRAPHY

My principal research interest and expertise are in the health services research area of ‘access to primary health care for disadvantaged communities and populations’. I have a particular interest in addressing indigenous health inequities. My research draws on my experience as a general practitioner in Canada and New Zealand, but also on my education and experience in public health. As a result, my research is directly linked to health policy. My PhD research (completed in 2008), for which I received an Otago University ‘Social Science in Public Health’ PhD research award, was on community involvement in the primary care setting as a means to reducing health inequalities.

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