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Visiting Nurse/Scholar from New Zealand to Speak Oct. 13 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 8, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Merian Litchfield, a visiting nurse/scholar from New Zealand, will give several presentations at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Litchfield will give a public presentation titled "The Future of Primary Health Care in New Zealand" from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 13 in Room 104 of the Nursing Building on campus.

Litchfield, author of the 2004 book "Achieving Health in a Rural Community: A Case Study of Nurse-Community Partnership," is self-employed as a researcher, educator and consultant in New Zealand. She established Litchfield Healthcare Associates in 1999 and is an honorary senior lecturer in the School of Nursing, Aukland University. With 40 years experience in nursing as a teacher and researcher, she has worked to develop family nursing practice and a community-line-based, health service delivery model. She has been an invited international visiting scholar in South Korea, Australia, Iceland and the United States. She previously visited UW-Eau Claire in 1998.

Litchfield also will make several presentations to graduate faculty and students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She will speak to graduate faculty from 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Room 104 of the Nursing Building. An open house, discussion and dinner will follow. On Oct. 13, she will present "Family Nursing in New Zealand" to graduate students from 9-11 a.m. in Room 104 of the Nursing Building. From 1-3 p.m. Oct. 14, she will talk with graduate students about "The Turangi Project," in which she worked with a rural New Zealand community and health care clinic to design a partnership between community members and health care staff.

All of Litchfield's presentations will be shared with nursing students and faculty at UW-Eau Claire's nursing site in Marshfield via a two-way audio/video connection.

Litchfield's earned a bachelor's degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.

For more information about Litchfield's visit, contact Dr. Susan Moch, professor of nursing, at 715-836-4889 or smooch@uwec.edu.

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