Dr Shankar Sankaran is a Consultant Geriatrician at Middlemore Hospital and also Clinical Head, Community, Health of Older People, Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB).
Shankar was Chief Advisor, Health of Older People, Ministry of Health until October 2013. He accepted the role as Chair of the national programme, Reducing Harm from Falls, in 2014, taking over from Karen Orsborn, Commission General Manager, who had chaired the EAG since its inception.
Shankar has been involved in many falls-related initiatives at CMDHB, including the Falls Prevention programme, Orthogeriatric Service, Community Geriatric Service, Bone Density Service and Specialist Older People Service Support to Emergency Care, Residential Care and Primary Care. Of these, the Falls Prevention programme was recognised with the David Lange Award at the South Auckland Health Science Fest in 2000, and by Quality Health NZ with the Quality Improvement Award in 2001.
Passionate about older people’s health issues, Shankar has been involved in many groups, societies and projects which provide a broad range of connections for the EAG: