Please see below for information about upcoming events in the health sector. If you would like to advertise an event on this page, please email the details to the Communications Manager.

APAC Forum

1st Sep 2014 - 3rd Sep 2014, Melbourne Convention Centre


CPD/CME accreditation will be available.

Conference Themes:

VALUE BASED HEALTHCARE: Seize the chance for positive change

Tackle the challenge of finite resources, surging costs and demand with fresh future-based thinking. Hear from people who have spearheaded major initiatives that deliver measurable improvements in reliability and patient safety while reducing costs.

CO-DESIGN: Partnering for a better patient experience

Make partnership a reality by planning and delivering services in tandem with the people who use them. Learn from people who have embraced community relationships to create a platform for organisational success.

LEADERSHIP: Inspire, improve, transform

Ensure organisational culture and accountability create an environment that empowers people and stimulates improvement. Learn from leaders whose approach is designed to support high performance at all levels.

HIGH-PERFORMING ORGANISATIONS: Build systems and culture for quality

Explore the elements that make the best organisations what they are. Hear from organisations whose strategies and culture lead to continuous and sustainable improvement.


Take innovation to the next level by designing systems and services across the health continuum in radically different ways. Hear from the pioneers about the benefits and lessons learned from taking risks and challenging the status quo.

Sessions will include:

  • Health systems of the future: the tools of value-based decision making
  • Turning disaster into opportunity: the Canterbury experience
  • Complexity and preventive health: creating systems that keep people well
  • Who’s dying and why: getting to the heart of measures and statistics
  • Patient engagement: beyond the soft stuff
  • Asking the tough questions: understanding ‘at risk’ clinicians
  • Closing the gap: tackling the equity challenge
  • The future workforce: maximising the potential of your greatest resource
  • Beyond compliance: governance and accountability
  • Big data: making it work for patients
  • Targets: the pros and cons of aiming for the mark
  • Successful health systems in tough times: lessons from Asia and Europe
  • Improving life purpose: system-wide collaboration that changes people
  • The best healthcare system in Australasia: where is it?
  • Social media: harnessing the power to change lives
  • End of life care: quality and humanity when it matters most
  • The built environment: creating facilities to enhance healthcare

Plus practising sustainability, implications of the human genome, successful campaigns, community organising, improvement science and methodology, mindfulness and much more…

Find out more from the APAC website.

Child Poverty Action Group Hikoi

6th Sep 2014 11:00am-2:00pm,

Take steps against child poverty: Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand

6th September – 11am – Britomart to Aotea Square, Auckland

One in four children don’t get a fair go in New Zealand – that’s 260,000 children.

Their families struggle to pay the bills and buy healthy food.

They live in cold, damp, over-crowded houses.

They get sick more often and end up in hospital with serious illnesses that can affect them for life.

They go to school hungry and find it harder to learn.

The future of our country depends on how we look after all our children today.

If we look after all children, we all have a healthy future.

We’re asking politicians to come together immediately after the election to form a cross party agreement on an action plan to reduce child poverty. We need to see that those elected are committed to the steps needed to give all children a fair go so they can reach their potential.

For more information about the hikoi, please visit


This event is run as part of the national Tick for Kids Campaign.

Tick4Kids this election – vote for parties taking steps to end child poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand.

ACC Sector Forums

9th Sep 2014 - 18th Sep 2014, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland

ACC is running a series of forums to discuss its Accident and Medical Service Review

ACC is looking to review the A&M contract in order to better align to changes in the primary care sector over the past 10 years. Following a survey and reviews of 11 of the contracted A&M clinics, the information gathered was fed through a series of internal and external working group workshops. From these a range of proposed changes to the current Service Schedule has been ideintified to bring to broad sector forums for consultation.

This is your opportunity to engage directly with the service design team to help shape the model of the A&M service and raise any issues you may have with the proposed changes to the contract. ACC also wants input to help grow the options into something that will enhance the value of this service to ACC clients and support better integration of A&M clinics into the broader primary care sector. This is also your chance to identify what ACC can do to support implementation of the changes.

Sessions will start with some background and establishing the goals for the day, before breaking into groups to focus on specific elements of the service design (e.g. funding models, performance measures, clinical requirements etc.) A forum pack will be issued to participants a week before the workshop date with an agenda and information pack.

Once all the forums have been completed, feedback will be collated and shared with all the participants. The information from the forums will once again go through an internal and external working group process before the drafting of the new Service Schedule.

Details of the forums:




Rydges Latimer Christchurch
(30 Latimer Square, Christchurch

9 September 2014


Museum Art Hotel
(90 Cable Street, Wellington)

11 September 2014


Eden Park, Reimers Ave,
Kingsland, Auckland

17 September 2014


Holiday Inn Auckland Airport
(2 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Auckland)

18 September 2014


Refreshments and materials will be provided but please note that ACC cannot pay for any travel, accommodation or time costs for participants.
Registrations close on 1st September 2014.
Please book soon by clicking here and follow the prompts. Any queries or questions please contact

Save the date: Medication Safety Forum

16th Sep 2014, Wellington

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is launching the high-risk medicine topic for the Open for better care campaign and safe use of opioids collaborative. This will be a chance to hear about innovations and future directions for medication safety. This free forum provides opportunities to explore and challenge current practice and to network with like-minded professionals.

Professor Richard Day is the key note speaker.  For more information, see the flyer Time, place and registration details available soon.

Alcohol and the Role of the Health Professional: the Scottish experience with Dr Peter Rice

16th Sep 2014, University of Otago Wellington, Mein St, Newtown

Dr Peter Rice, Chair of SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) is visiting New Zealand next month and will present a mini-symposium on evidence-based alcohol policy, alcohol screening and brief interventions in Scotland. SHAAP is an independent medical advocacy group that raises awareness of harm linked to alcohol use in Scotland, and campaigns for evidence-based measures to reduce this harm.

This event is hosted by NZMA, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, and sponsored by HPA — Health Promotion Agency. For more information about this event, please see the flyer.

When: Tuesday 16 September, 1-3pm

Where: Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago Wellington, Mein St, Newtown

All doctors and medical students are welcome at this event. Please RSVP to or call NZMA on 0800 65 61 61.

AAFPS Triennial Masters Symposium: Blepharoplasty and Upper Facial Rejuvenation

19th Sep 2014 - 20th Sep 2014, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia

This is a premier multidisciplinary meeting on aesthetics and supported by Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPS) and Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS).

More information is available on the AAFPS website,or email

67th Annual General and Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

13th Oct 2014 - 16th Oct 2014, Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, New Zealand



ENT in the 21st Century -Innovation, Collaboration and Integration


Convenor: Mr Christopher Low FRCS, Lakes DHB, Rotorua, NZ                Organising Committee: Mr Gary Back FRCS, Lakes DHB, Rotorua, NZ;  Mr Julian WhiteFRACS, Waikato DHB; Mr Wilfred Wong-Toi FRACS, Lakes DHB. 


Pediatrics for the Practitioner and Adult Primary Care 2014

20th Oct 2014 - 23rd Oct 2014, Big Island, Hawaii

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Pediatrics for the Practitioner: 16 hours
Adult Primary Care: 16 hours
Both conferences have been approved for AAFP credit: 16 elective credits

Register online