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Newsletter Number 7 - March 2000



  • Annual General Meeting Minutes
  • Swiss Ball Demonstration
  • The AMANZ Helpline: Update Quitline
  • Contacts
  • Wanted: A Psychologist...
  • Congratulations
  • Seminars in 2000
  • Seminar Reviews:
  • Voice and Spirit Pain Management HAI
  • Book Reviews: Alexander Technique
  • Join AMANZ


AMANZ Annual General Meeting
Our AGM was held at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre in Newtown, Wellington on Tuesday 29 February at 7.15pm. Present were Dawn Sanders (president), Roz Wilson, Susan Simpson, Nicky Newton, Sharon Callaghan, Amanda Skoog (DANZ), Deirdre Tarrant, Jill Mullen, Marianne Power, Roger Page, Athena Moisa, Marilyn Young, Alister George, John Sloane and Melanie Young. Apologies were received from Dame Kate Harcourt, Robert Ibell, Libby Eglinton, Steve Targett, Heather Trotter, Gillian Webb, and Warwick Long.

Dawn Sanders gave background information on AMANZ and read out the minutes of last year's AGM (published in Newsletter Number 4, May 1999) which were accepted (Moved: Deirdre Tarrant, Seconded: Sharon Callaghan). Dawn then presented the President's Report, outlining our achievements during the year, particularly the formulation of Strategic and Business Plans. Unfortunately the Registry have mislaid our Constitution so this must be presented again before we can become incorporated. A number of successful seminars were held, including those of Elizabeth Andrews, Alison Bagnall and Susan Simpson ( with DANZ). Our internet correspondent, Nicky Newton, is moving overseas and Dawn extended our farewell and heartfelt thanks for her worldwide contact. Thanks were also extended to our retiring Treasurer, Libby Eglinton, to Sharon Callaghan (secretary-treasurer) and to Susan, Robert, Amanda and Alister and all the Executive. The report was verified (Moved: Deirdre Tarrant, Seconded: Susan Simpson).

The Treasurer's report outlined a current balance of $1068.00, expenses for the year $361.22, income: $857.00. This was accepted (Moved: Dawn Sanders, Seconded: Sharon Callaghan). Reimbursement of expenses of $275.55 to be paid to Nicky Newton. An auditor needs to be appointed. Membership is steady - we need to check our contacts again - Dawn has forms available for distribution. Correspondence was received from Nicky Newton and Libby Eglinton (resignations). Accepted (Moved: Susan Simpson, Seconded: Roz Wilson).

The Strategic plan is now ready for implementation so the Executive will be looking at this at our next meeting. Our programme for the year includes organising the Helpline (mentioned in the last issue - more later), and involvement through Susan Simpson and Amanda Skoog (DANZ) in the “Healthier Dancer” programme targeting dance teachers nationwide. Deirdre Tarrant and Footnote Dance Company are also running an 'at risk' programme in secondary schools around the country. We would also like to present a seminar run by an Arts Psychologist (any volunteers..?).

Those present at the meeting then introduced themselves, their work and areas of interest. Of note were aims to create and place Arts medicine posters similar to those produced and widely distributed by ACC which depict a variety of sporting disciplines and associated stretches et cetera. Also mentioned were the need for more cross referencing between practitioners, opportunities to make articles available on order through DANZ's “Mind Moves”, and comparative video studies of movement involved in undertaking various artistic disciplines (John Sloane, Podiatrist). We were also very pleased to have the input of artists from the Head Injury Society.

Election of Officers: Dawn Sanders was unanimously re-elected as President (nominated by Sharon Callaghan) and Sharon Callaghan was elected Secretary Treasurer. The newsletter and other internal roles will be shared among the executive of whom five are retiring (Warwick Long, Libby Eglinton, Nicky Newton, Loretta Lander and Dr Ruth Highet) and we welcome Alister George, Melanie Young, Will Aitken, John Sloane and possibly Stu Armstrong and Heather Trotter - thank you for your help.

Next Executive meeting : 5 April, 7.30pm at 32 Cecil Road, Wadestown, Wellington. All welcome.

The meeting closed at 8.25pm and was followed by a wonderful demonstration of Swiss Ball technique and exercises by Susan Simpson. Susie alerted us to the need for very careful 'pre-ball' assesment and training to avoid injury and ineffective use of the balls, using volunteers to give some very correct and some very funny incorrect demonstrations of a variety of exercises (beware the 'quick fix' at the gym...). These are good tools and well worth investigation, both as an aid to treatment and as an exercise discipline to help artists avoid the muscle imbalances which many of us encounter in our area of the arts.

The Helpline: Update
As mentioned in our previous newsletter and in the AGM Minutes, we are planning to establish a Helpline this year. The concept includes a phone number with an answerphone and an e-mail address checked by someone who channels queries to the appropriate practitioners. We are talking to the manager of “Quitline” for some guidelines and to Southern Cross as a possible sponsor.

The BAPAMT (The British Performing Arts Medicine Trust) Helpline is a totally confidential first point of contact for artists seeking medical help. BAPAMT have also inaugurated 'Take a Bow', a Supporters' organisation which helps to subsidise BAPAMT's work - the Helpline, clinics, education and research. Their 'Take a Bow' brochure says “ Not all performers are stars. The vast majority of performers cannot pay for private health care. If a performer gets injured or ill, and specialist help is required, then the only way is to 'join the queue'. Even if they do so, the person they see will be medically skilled, but may not be familiar or perhaps even sympathetic, with the needs of the artist. Performers not only have to be 'well', but 'fit to perform'. If you join, you will help performers tap into the skilled, specialist medical assessment, treatment and therapy they need, when they need it. Clinics on offer can be medical or psychological, conventional or alternative.

The spread of the 'Take a Bow' scheme will publicise the cause. It will ensure that more performers hear about the help that is available to them. * Students sometimes believe that there is some kind of mystique in suffering for their art, not appreciating the damage they are doing;
* Out of work performers will ignore pain to chase their illusive goal, the next audition, the next opportunity;
* Performers in work can be afraid to admit to a problem because there can be a hundred waiting to step into their shoes.

The Helpline can arrange a thorough assessment of the problem by a specialist GP, Consultant or practitioner. This assessor not only will be skilled within their own profession, but also have developed an expertise in working with performers. This is a great incentive to AMANZ to provide a similar service to artists in New Zealand!

Quitline 0800 778 778 Are you a smoker?
Are any of your patients smokers? This free and confidential service receives around 1000 calls each week and answers each personally. Callers opt to receive a Quitpack or talk to an adviser. For more information, give them a call. Many thanks to the Quitline team for help and ideas for our AMANZ Helpline.

Are you a Psychologist with an interest in working with artists?
Would you be willing to conduct a seminar with AMANZ this year - please contact us (details above). We would like artists to have a greater awareness of this area of medicine and its role in treating and preventing injury.

Dorothy Daniels Dance Foundation - Creative work rewarded Dorothea Pienaar and Merenia Gray are the latest recipients of Dorothy Daniels Memorial Awards. Whilst both are involved in creative processes, their work is very different.

Special Needs Teacher at Kapiti College, Dorothea was given a grant to travel to a Dance Therapy Conference in Melbourne, Australia in February 2000. At this she presented a paper with Jennifer Shennan entitled S-T-R-E-T-C-Hing the boundaries, and conducted a workshop demonstrating the use of music and dance. “I want to extend the work I am doing into the community and work with different disabled groups,” said Mrs Pienaar. “Because there will be many different people from all over the world at the conference, it will be very interesting to see what other people are doing.” Dorothea was born in South Africa and in June 1998 immigrated to New Zealand, where she lives in Paraparaumu. She has an Honours degree in Psychology, Junior Professional Course in Music (Conservatoire, Pretoria), post graduate Education Diploma and post graduate course in Music Therapy (Avril Elizabeth Home for the Handicapped.) Working with different kinds of disabilities, Dorothea has assisted a range of people from traumatised children to cancer patients to increase their self-confidence, self-expression, communication and motor skills.

Merenia Gray, of Wadestown, is an accomplished young choreographer, whose works include Tee Tee Kura - A Beginning from an End for the 1989 Hong Kong International Festival of Arts, Hono Tai - Where the two seas meet, Alchemy, Poutokomanawa and Rough Fusion for Footnote Dance Theatre, Pounamu for the 1999 WOMAD festival, A Christmas Wish directed by Jim Moriarty with Arohata Women's Prison inmates in 1997, and for the 1998 New Zealand Wearable Art Awards. A new season of contemporary dance entitled Wild Civility will include a new work, Lysistrata, a Jose Limon work and a solo for herself, entitled Delight in Disorder. Merenia was given a grant to assist with the development of this work, which is based on a poem of this name by middle English poet, Robert Herrick. Composer David Long, with whom Merenia collaborated for Hono Tai, has agreed to create a 15-minute work especially for this solo. ”I expect to produce and create a thought-provoking, entertaining evening of new and old contemporary dance of a high professional standard,” said Ms Gray. “I am establishing a bi-cultural identity in New Zealand that draws on my Maori and Pakeha heritage.” Merenia aims to reflect the experiences of the community as her season will portray the complicated processes of people's innerworlds and the most acute life situations.

The Dorothy Daniels Dance Foundation was established in 1982 following the untimely death of Dorothy Daniels, ex-Director of the New Zealand School of Dance (then National School of Ballet), Board Member of the School and Royal New Zealand Ballet, Royal Academy of Dancing examiner and teacher of thousands of young New Zealand dancers. The Foundation gives grants to semi-and professional dancers and dance teachers for short-term projects. It is currently trying to raise additional funds to increase the capital sum.

Further enquiries or donations contact: Dawn Sanders, Secretary, DDDF, P O Box 17 215, Wellington Ph: 04 476 8369 Mobile: 205 283 6016 Fax: 04 476 8754 E-mail:

Do You Love Poetry?
We are a small group who meet at Khandallah Cornerstones from 10.30am until 12ish on the third Thursday of each month to read and write poetry (everything from Shakespeare to Sam Hunt...) Phone Linda at Khandallah Cornerstones on 04 479 5420 (weekdays, 10am - 3pm) Cost: $2.50 per session to cover club and cuppa and you are welcome to join us for lunch afterwards.

Advertising in the AMANZ Newsletters
N.B. Our Affiliate members are entitled to one free advertisement of a seminar in our Newsletter.The database sheet to be sent with the next Newsletter will also promote our members' skills and services. To sign up, go to the JOIN AMANZ form.

Deadlines for 2000: 31 May, 31 August, 15 November. Newsletters will be published by the middle of the following month.

All types of advertising are welcome, members, non-members practitioners, performers - anyone with anything to advertise!

This newsletter has a current circulation of 150+ (and increasing ) and is, as a serial registered with the National Library, is also registered in Paris and available to publishers, book suppliers and libraries globally. We have affiliate organisations in the United States and Great Britain and now have our own web site which contains the current newsletter so the potential for coverage is enormous!

Schedule of fees:
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$50 for a half page*
$100 for a whole page*
Sign up for a year (four issues) and receive a 15% discount.
*Half and whole page advertisements can appear on left hand pages only in the print newsletter.

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Seminars for 2000
Thursday 18 May - 'The Hypermobile Patient' (Sports Medicine NZ & AMANZ) 7.30pm at CIT City Campus, 158 The Terrace, Wellington Thursday 7 September - 'Female Issues, including eating and osteoporosis' (Sports Medicine NZ & AMANZ) 7.30pm at CIT City Campus, 158 The Terrace, Wellington Further seminars will be publicised soon.

Seminar reviews
Voice and Spirit Workshop with Alison Bagnall and John Warren For those who could not attend Alison's Voicecraft workshop last year, she is a Speech Pathologist, Certified Voicecraft Practitioner, Feldenkrais Practitioner and Churchill Fellow. John is a certified Transactional Analysis Clinical Therapist, Anglican Priest and author of the successful book 'Your Hidden Career'. At the Voice and Spirit workshop in January they explored the links between our voice and our emotions, the source of which is our genuine Self, our Spirit. Alison sensitised participants to the physiological connection between vocal disturbance and emotional pain and, with Voicecraft techniques, address any repressed or distorted emotion in the voice. John explored the psychodynamics of voice difficulty, the connection with emotional pain and the concept of healing for empowerment. Their brochure reminds us of the unique nature of our being - we are not a machine. We are "a piece of the universe made alive" (S. Blow, OBE) Our voice has its origins in our emotions. Developing the voice to its fullest potential requires us to address the need for emotional healing and empowerment.

Pain Management In April 1999, the Australian Pain Society held its 20th Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth, Australia. The invited faculty included doctors and specialists from Australia and the USA, and the course was described as providing a comprehensive review of implantable therapies for pain management. It was designed for clinicians with experience in pain management who wished to expand their knowledge and skills in the use of spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery systems and, as a hands-on program, addressed important factors which must be considered when selecting appropriate candidates for these therapies and provided practical didactic and hands on training on the use of implantable pain therapies to treat patients with chronic pain. The course used an interactive format to encourage group participation and participants were given the opportunity to discuss their clinical experiences with others and be involved in group case study discussions. A pre-session study package was sent to all registrants and included a self-test to be completed before the course.

Participants in the plenary sessions were trained to: * Explain the rationale for neuromodulation pain control techniques used in the management of chronic pain
* Identify the role of the multidisciplinary team in pain management
* Better evaluate complex candidates for neurostimulation and intrathecal drug therapy
* Program implantable pain management systems
* Implement effective patient management support, follow up protocols and management of potential complications.

The cadaveric-based hands-on sessions enabled participants to develop experience in the surgical techniques for the implantation of spinal cord and drug delivery systems. If you wish to know more about this or future Australian Pain Society Symposia, contact Dawn Sanders at AMANZ for contact details.

More news from HAI
(Hospital Audiences, Inc., New York, USA) HAI's Fall 1999 newsletter included details of recent filming for CBS News 'Sunday Morning' and stunning photographs of their highlights from 1969 to the present. In this time it has reached an audience of over 9.35 million through 286,500 events. Those interested could write or e-mail them for the newsletter and/or copies of “Hope and Inspiration Through the Arts: A vision of Health, Healing and Wellness” (the report from HAI's 25th Anniversary Symposium) and “Live Arts Experiences: Their impact on Health and Wellness”. AMANZ also holds a copy of the Newsletter. For more information visit the website at , send e-mailto, mail to 548 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3950, or phone +l (212) 575 7676, Fax (212) 575 7669

Books that may be of interest to you...
The Act of Living: Talks on the Alexander Technique by Walter Carrington
A book of lessons by one of the foremost teachers of the Alexander Technique, this includes 29 talks oin The Act of Living which range widely in subject - from breathing and the balance of the head on the neck to the pain of sciatica and the effect of gravity on our lives. Whether he is speaking about the bones of the pelvis, or the man who wants to change without changing, Walter Carrington gives the reader an inside look at this educational technique for changing habitual behaviour. The Act of Living serves as a gentle reminder for teachers of some of the thoughts worth considering in a lesson; it helps students quicken their understanding of the fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique.

The book is invaluable for anyone interested in directing his or her energies towards a freer, more spontaneous exploration of the world in which we live. It will change how you see, think and feel about yourself. Available in a hardcover edition, The Act of Living (Cloth, 188 pages, Foreword by Tristan Roberts, Introduction by Glynn Macdonald) can be ordered by sending US$28, postage paid to: Mornum Time Press 381 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, California 94104. The Act of Living (ISBN 09644352-3-3) can also be ordered through your local independent bookstore.

Also Available from Mornum Time Press: Thinking Aloud Talks on Teaching the Alexander Technique By Walter Carrington This is the first volume of talks by Walter Carrington. It was designed originally for teachers and teachers-in-training. Now in its third printing, it has become an essential volume for any student interested in better understanding the fundamental principles of the Alexander Technique.

Curiosity Recaptured Exploring Ways We Think and Move: The Alexander Technique in Daily Life: An Introduction
Curiosity Recaptured is a collection of 14 essays on activities ranging from cycling to chair design. Each essay explores innovative ways to gain greater mastery over our lives. In the foreword, Robertson Davies - internationally acclaimed author and long-time student of the Alexander Technique - provides a sweeping history of the Technique, and of his introduction to it more than 40 years ago.

Understanding Balance The Mechanics of Posture and Locomotion By Tristan Roberts
An in-depth examination of the mechanisms involved in standing and moving. Tristan Roberts is a distinguished physiologist who wrote the foreword to The Act of Living. Published by Chapman & Hall, Understanding Balance is for practitioners interested in better understanding the physiological basis for balance and movement.

Freedom To Change - Frank Pierce Jones's Classic Introduction to the Alexander Technique
Jones explores the basic principles of the Technique in clear terms and gives a comprehensive overview of the development of the Alexander Technique. First published in 1976 as Body Awareness in Action, this edition by Mouritz Press remains a superb introduction to the Alexander Technique and includes some of the earliest scientific work done to demonstrate the efficacy of this technique. Mornum Time Press 381 Bush Street, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94104

PLEASE NOTE: The Act of Living, Thinking Aloud, Freedom to Change and Curiosity Recaptured: Exploring Ways We Think and Move can all be ordered through or through your local independent bookstore. Understanding Balance can be ordered through Mornum Time Press at

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