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.

6th New Zealand Lung Cancer Conference

17th Oct 2019 - 18th Oct 2019, Christchurch

New Zealand Lung Cancer Conference 

The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 6th Biennial New Zealand Lung Cancer Conference, to be held on Thursday, 17th of October - Friday, 18th of October 2019 at The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, in Christchurch.

The impressive line-up of presenters will include presentations from international speaker Professor Kwun Fong, Thoracic and Sleep Physician at The Prince Charles Hospital and Professor with the University of Queensland School of Medicine, Australia. He was inaugural Chair of the Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group and is privileged to serve as Chair of the Australian Lung Foundation's Lung Cancer Consultative Group, is Co-Editor of the Cochrane Lung Cancer Review Group and is a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Thoracic Diseases.

There have been many improvements in cancer care in New Zealand over the past decade, but lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer related deaths. Rates of lung cancer are disproportionately high among the Māori and Pacific peoples, making it an important health area for ongoing focussed attention. Furthermore, New Zealand continues to have lower survival rates than the countries it traditionally benchmarks itself against, including Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The New Zealand Lung Cancer Conference is an exciting opportunity to learn more about this issue from international and local experts. With an exciting programme ranging over two days, this course will be of great interest to health professionals working across the whole lung cancer pathway, from prevention and screening through to diagnosis, staging and management. The conference will feature information on the latest advances in lung cancer research and provide insight into clinical best practice models.

For more information on the conference, how to submit an abstract, or how to register, please visit the The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand website.

Symposium on Late Effects of Polio (also known as post polio syndrome or PPS)

18th Oct 2019,

Friday 18 October 9.30am-4.30pm

Nordmeyer Theatre, University of Otago, Newtown, Wellington


NZ has around 10,000 people who had polio.

Most are over 65 years old. About 35-40%

experience new and different debilitating symptoms of Late Effects of Polio such as muscle/joint weakening, pain, fatigue, sleeping, respiratory and swallowing problems.


Learn how to recognise this condition, and help your patients


To learn more and register visit the event website.

2019 Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand

20th Oct 2019 - 23rd Oct 2019, Adelaide, Australia


Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand's (RMSANZ) 4th Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Adelaide Sunday 20 - Wednesday 23 October. 

The theme for the conference is Contemporary Rehabilitation: Knowledge Translation, Collaboration and Community Engagement

This theme speaks to their unique strengths while also highlighting exciting areas of future growth. The program aims to be relevant to a wide breadth of rehabilitation practice.

RMSANZ hope to provide a forum for Rehabilitation Physicians and colleagues from allied health, nursing and related medical specialties to share knowledge, skills and experiences, to network, and to enjoy South Australia.

The venue is the Adelaide Convention Centre, neighbouring the dynamic health and biomedical precinct which includes the iconic SAHMRI building and new Royal Adelaide Hospital. We are within easy reach of all Adelaide has to offer, including fantastic dining, beaches, hills, and world-renowned wineries.

 Visit the RMSANZ website for more information.

Improving Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety in New Zealand

13th Nov 2019 - 14th Nov 2019,



Healthcare organisations all over the world continue to grapple with the challenges of improving patient safety and care quality.  This important conference provides an impartial, multi-disciplinary platform designed to support New Zealand health and care services as they move towards the delivery of world class, harm-free care.  One of the key challenges is how to spread the best practice and mainstream the excellence that already exists in pockets around the country.

Improving Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety in New Zealand has been designed to support this process.  Hear from sector leaders and share the latest evidence-based best practice and innovations to improve quality and safety. Explore how to build a positive culture of safety and improvement, enabling you to achieve a whole-system approach to safety across your organisation and beyond as well as delivering practical patient safety and quality improvements.

Find out more on the event website.

Doctors Wellness Retreat at Falcons Rise Alpaca Farm

21st Nov 2019 - 24th Nov 2019,


The Doctors Wellness Retreat at Falcons Rise Alpaca Farm is a three-day programme designed by health professionals for health professionals. The Retreat provides a beautiful setting on a 30-acre alpaca farm set high above the vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand in which to interact with a small group of up to five doctors from a range of specialties.

Issues which confront medical practitioners in today’s environment are discussed with a focus on learning practical tools to reduce stress and to enhance well-being. There is a diverse range of interactive sessions and activities including discussions on values, burnout, vicarious trauma and self-care, with practical sessions including yoga, mindfulness, art and bushwalking, leading to the development of individual wellness plans.

Dr Helen Austin leads the Retreat team and is a consultant psychiatrist with a long-standing interest in the areas of reflective supervision and physician health, and all the facilitators are mental health professionals with health and wellbeing qualifications.

The next Retreat is scheduled to run from Thursday evening 21 November 2019 until Sunday afternoon 24 November 2019.

The programme is applicable to all doctors in whatever specialty or stage of training. Numbers are strictly limited to five participants.


Visit for further information, to book your place or to express interest in future Retreats.

Australasian Doctors' Health Conference 2019

22nd Nov 2019 - 23rd Nov 2019,

The Doctors' Health Advisory Servvice of Western Australia (DHAS WA) invites you to attend the Australasian Doctors' Health Conference (ADHC) on 22 and 23 November 2019 at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from these inspirational keynote speakers:  Dr Fiona Wood on Good Culture and Teamwork, Dr Jane Lemaire on Physical Wellness as a Key Quality Indicator, Emeritus Professor Geoff Riley on How To Avoid Burnout, and Dr Nikki Stamp on Bullying and Harassment.   


Click here to learn more details about this event and how to register.  

Delivering Mental Health Transformation in New Zealand

4th Dec 2019 - 5th Dec 2019,


The Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction has provided an opportunity for change in how we approach mental health and addiction in New Zealand. As shown through the investment in mental health and wellbeing in the Budget earlier in the year, New Zealand is ready to embrace this opportunity.

Featuring leaders from across the spectrum of mental health services, sharing their vision and plans, The Delivering Mental Health Transformation in New Zealand Conference examines how to take forward the ambition created from the Inquiry and deliver practical change in the lives of New Zealanders living with mental distress.

Gain practical insights following the Mental Health and Addition Inquiry on how to: 

·         Set your own organisational journey & vision on mental health and addiction

·         Create a strategic vision around the recommended standards and Inquiry implementations

·         Build from the ground up with synergy across the sector

·         Strengthen personal identity and connection to community for Maori & Pacific Communities

Including specific case studies about:

·         Building links between addiction, mental health and social disconnection

·         Increasing diversion from criminal justice to mental health and addiction related pathways

·         Building ongoing relationships with a new type of mental health patient

·         Digital Health

·         Patient Panel – get to know the other side

This event brings together innovators and thought leaders to build knowledge from the ground up, in order to create a vision for the future of mental health and addiction in New Zealand.

 Visit the conference web page for registration and more info.


Getting Better with Evidence

10th Dec 2019,

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Experiences of putting evidence into practice

10 December 2019 | Auckland Medical Research Foundation Auditorium | Grafton Campus, University of Auckland

With a focus on the needs of a New Zealand audience, the conference will explore:

  • gathering and disseminating better evidence
  • translating evidence into action, including increasing equity and reducing over-diagnosis and over-treatment
  • building solutions, the roles of big data, randomised control trials and real-world experience.

International and New Zealand expert clinicians, policy makers, scientists, researchers and consumer advocates will discuss putting evidence into practice. Attendees will be part of the discussion addressing the challenges currently being faced in health care.

Keynote speakers:                                                                           

·         Dr Fiona Godlee, BMJ Editor in Chief

·         Prof Papaarangi Reid, Head of Department of Māori Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland

·         Catherine Marshall, Co-Chair Cochrane Governing Board and New Zealand consumer advocate

·         Dr Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (UK) and practising GP

·         Prof Matthew Parsons, Medical and Health Sciences University of Auckland and Chair, Gerontology Nursing, Waikato DHB

·         Dr Ray Moynihan, award winning Australian journalist, researcher and author

·         Assoc Prof Cindy Farquhar, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Auckland

·         Assoc Prof Dr Sue Crengle, public and Māori health specialist and researcher, University of Otago

·         Assoc Prof Dr Rachel Parke, University of Auckland School of Nursing and Nurse Senior Research Fellow, Cardiothoracic and Vascular ICU, Auckland City Hospital.

See more information in the conference flyer here.

Note, early bird registration closes 1 November 2019.

ANZICS New Zealand Regional Annual Scientific Meeting 2020

4th Mar 2020 - 6th Mar 2020,

“A 2020 Vision of our Environment: The Spectrum of Intensive Care”


Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Bluff Hill, Napier 4110

Conference Manager: Donna Clapham, Workz4U Conference Management

phone: +64 9 917 3653,

New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting

19th Mar 2020 - 21st Mar 2020, Bay of Islands

NZPS 2020 

The title of the meeting for 2020 is “Making the Connection: Cortex, Culture and Community". All of us at some time in our lives will experience pain; for many of us that is a short lived experience and we move on but for around 20% or more of the population that pain continues and can become a disabling, distressing and disrupting experience and frequently a challenging issue for health providers working with people in this situation.

The meeting in Waitangi provides with the opportunity to gather, discuss, learn, share knowledge, evidence, best practice and debate to assist with providing up to date approaches to this challenging area of health care. Part of the focus of “Making the Connection” will be looking at and sharing ways to deliver services to Tangata Whenua and also to people outside of main centres in areas where Specialists are not available and where access can be a challenge. International speakers will bring their expertise along with a wide range of New Zealand based clinicians and researchers. 

Look out for abstract information in July 2019! 

Goodfellow Symposium

22nd Mar 2020 - 24th Mar 2020,

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Auckland's primary care CPD event, packed with Skills for Next Monday: Developed by your peers, with you in mind, and focussing on the principles of equity, stewardship and connectedness.

This symposium is tailor-made for GPs, urgent care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and registrars.

View the programme and/or register here.