Study tour of The Netherlands – 2023

This year we will celebrate our fifth Healthcare Study Tour to the Netherlands. Over the years we have had over thirty people joining us on these inspirational tours. This year’s tour will take place between the 7th and the 12th of May 2023.

The previous study tours to the Netherlands were a great balance of learning, reflection and networking, being exposed to innovative models of care, focusing on caring for people living with dementia. This upcoming study tour will focus on the Green Care Farm Model and how this model is used in over 300 daycare and 24/7 care facilities in the Netherlands to support people living with dementia. You can download the 2023 brochure here (4.6mb). Please contact us and we’ll send you the application form.

The World Health Organisation predicts that the number of people aged 60 and over will reach two billion by 2050, while dementia cases will triple to 141 million. How can we manage this with our limited healthcare budgets, and without sacrificing the quality of care? Innovation is going to be critical.

Suitable for?

Chief executives, directors of nursing, clinical managers, quality improvement specialists, occupational therapists, Dementia care experts, nurse practitioners focusing on the elderly, healthcare auditors, healthcare policy makers, Ministry of Health officials and Members of Parliament responsible for seniors.

When and where?

The tour will start Sunday evening May 7th, 2023 with a group introduction and will finish on Friday (afternoon) May 12th. During the week we will stay in a comfortable hotel on the outskirts of the picturesque city of Delft .


This year’s focus is to introduce participants to innovative projects and models which provide excellent care to the people living with dementia. The aim is that this will stimulate participants to develop new ideas and strategies for change, complementing the needs for this vulnerable group of people.

Places and people we visit

The Netherlands is well known for its innovative approach when it comes to caring for the elderly and those living with dementia. During the tour we visit:

  • Several Green Care Farm facilities (daycare and 24/7 care)
  • A dementia research institute
  • Dementia specialists
  • A health insurance company to understand the funding model

Feedback from previous participants

“The study tour far exceeded my expectations. The dementia care settings we visited were full of life, vigour and joy. It is really a must do trip for people who want positive change.”
Mrs Karen Lake, Regional Operations Manager Ryman Healthcare

“I have come back from the 2022 study tour buzzing with ideas about living well with Dementia. It was wonderful to be around so much passion, commitment and innovation. Everything was beautifully organised. I would recommend this trip to anyone working in the field of Dementia care. You will have your eyes opened.”
Mrs Sara McCunnie, 1st senior architect at Ryman Healthcare Christchurch

“A fantastic opportunity to travel with like-minded people who want to develop models of care that keep our elderly vulnerable people at home well supported. The Netherlands has some stunning examples of such models we can learn from.”
Sandy Blake, Director of Nursing, Whanganui District Health Board
“In New Zealand, we tend to look to the United Kingdom to guide service development. But what we saw in the Netherlands took many concepts to a higher level.”
Professor Jenny Carryer, Massey University
“Extremely valuable week. Programme was excellent in its variations and content. Have got so much more out of it than I’d hoped.”
Dr Kate Scott, Geriatrician, Capital and Coast District Health Board
“Jan and Marian put on a great tour and are to be commended for it. They were excellent hosts and looked after us very well. I got a great deal out of it and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
David Hall, CEO Cambridge Resthaven

Prices and terms and conditions

The price for the 2023 Healthcare Study Tour to the Netherlands is NZ$ 9500.00 (excl GST) per person. This includes:

• 6 nights staying at the hotel including buffet breakfast
• Travel to and from places we visit during the week
• All lunches during the week (except for Wednesday, and dinners are at own expense)
• Costs for visits and presenters
• 24/7 hosting by Care-Metric staff

Airfares are not included.


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