Family Health Forum

Freemasons New Zealand Special Olympics

National Summer Games Hamilton 2021


Family Health Forum

The Family Health Forum aims to provide families with opportunities to access information and connect with key personnel in the disability space.

Through the Forum we aim to empower families, caregivers and people with intellectual disabilities to be able to advocate for their rights and be treated with respect, and provide key information about physical and mental health, nutrition, and wellbeing.

Speakers include Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero, disability advocate and researcher Sharon Brandford, and Special Olympics Clinical Director Doctor Jonathan Kok. As well as our panel we will have a range of disability and health organisations for families to connect with. 

The 2021 National Summer Games has been postponed to 2022
More information on the 2022 Family Health Forum will be available next year

Family Health Forum
12 December 1pm
Claudelands Event Centre, Hall A
$20 – Lunch is included

Tickets are limited
Registrations close 26 October


Guest Speakers

Paula Tesoriero MNZM
Disability Rights Commissioner

As the Disability Rights Commissioner Paula works to promote and protect the rights of disabled New Zealanders. Paula is a former world-champion Paralympic athlete and has served on several boards including Halberg and Paralympics New Zealand.

Sharon Brandford
Disability researcher & advocate

With more than 35 years experience in the intellectual disability support sector, Sharon Brandford is a leading researcher and advocate in the disability space, a consultant on disability supports and known for her 2020 research report ‘Counting for something’.

Dr Jonathan Kok
Health Promotion Clinical Director

The Special Olympics New Zealand medical lead and team doctor for Special Olympics World Games for over 5 years and now running the Health Promotion screenings for the 2021 National Summer Games Healthy Athletes programme, Jonathan has a first-hand perspective on health and wellbeing for Special Olympics athletes.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

The Forum is designed for individuals of all ages with intellectual disabilities, as well as their parents, adult siblings, guardians and all individuals from the community. Limited tickets are available and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is the purpose of the Family Health Forum?

The Family Health Forum is designed to engage families, caregivers, and people with intellectual disabilities, and offer an environment where they can gain direct access to health information, resources and support.

Will lunch be available for people with dietary requirements?

If you have dietary requirements you will be able to note this when you purchase your ticket and lunch will be provided to suit.

Will there be a refund if the Family Health Forum is unable to go ahead?

If for any reason the Family Health Forum is cancelled a full refund will be provided.

For more information contact:

Jess Reid – Events Assistant
support@specialolympics.org.nz