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Health sector events

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.

Integrative Medicine Updates

Clinical Reviews & Research from Diabetes to Oncology - Australasian Integrative Medicine Association Inc.

17-18 May | Sir Paul Reeves Building, Auckland University of Technology

Programme and speakers list are available.

Disaster Management and Continuums of Care in Health

29 - 30 Apr, 2014, Sudima Hotel Auckland Airport, Auckland

Earlybird ends on 25 March: Save $200

In any emergency, healthcare response plays a critical role in minimising impacts and effects on life. Exploring potential disaster scenarios, this conference will analyse the New Zealand healthcare community’s resilience to respond to an emergency. 

Presentation by GNS/Massey University, Joint Centre for Disaster Research 

The conference includes case studies by New Zealand’s foremost response agencies and healthcare organisations on their preparedness to mitigate possible impacts and effects for continuums of care in health following a disaster.  

  • Case studies by: New Zealand Blood Services & St John 

Delegates will gain critical information from healthcare organisation on training and resilience to ensure effective and efficient response to emergencies.

  • Case studies by Auckland City Hospital & Canterbury District Health Board

On-scene management plays a vital part in reducing the impact on life in a disaster zone. 

  • International case study – AUSMAT response to Philippines Typhoon Haiyan  
  • New Zealand case study – Marlborough Civil Defence and Emergency Management & Awatere Community Trust 

With a strong emphasis on first-hand accounts, this event will deliver a high level of knowledge and expertise that can only be gained from experience in delivery of care during a disaster. 

  • Separately bookable full-day workshop on Social Media & Disaster Management: Understand, Apply and Integrate 

See the conference website for details and to register.

World Congress of Cardiology Conference in Melbourne

4-7 May 2014

The international conference will showcase world leading experts who will present over 150 sessions on cardiology, policy and public health.  
Topics include:

  • Guideline based CV care: the important role of nursing
  • Preventive cardiovascular Nurses Association session - Blood pressure, sodium and cardiovascular disease: a global call to action for nurses in prevention of CVD
  • Risk prediction in global CVD prevention: absolute or relative?
  • Mental health and CVD
  • Health behaviours and CVD prevention across the life course
  • The global burden of atrial fibrillation - a multidisciplinary approach

 For more information on the conference – please visit

Stress Management and Resilience in the Health Sector
  1. 12 - 13 May, 2014, Wellington

    Supersaver ends on 17 March: Save $300

  2. 26 - 27 May, 2014, Auckland

    Supersaver ends on 31 March: Save $300

Healthcare can be a stressful profession impacting on physical, emotional and mental energy. Employees face an overwhelming risk for work-based stress, burnout and depression and the ability to ‘bounce back’ is critical for both individuals and organisations.

Utilising resilience and stress management skills can ensure you are adaptable and flexible enough to cope with the increasing demands on healthcare. This sector-specific course aims to provide the tools, approaches and support which can be used to maintain wellness and better prepare to meet the psychological needs of patients.

New Skills You Will Learn
• Understand the impact of threats to and techniques for increasing resilience
• Identify and combat the symptoms of stress
• Understand what resilience approaches work for you and why
• Appreciate how resilience and stress interact in the healthcare sector
• Use the strategies and tools to reduce the challenges within the healthcare environment

For more informaton and to register, visit the website.

Perinatal Mental Health NZ Trust seminar

Saturday 17 May 2014 Auckland, 8 am - 4.30 pm

Room AE115, AUT University Campus, Northcote

Topics covered are:

  • Engaging Fathers - Brendon Smith 
  • Supporting New Dads - Frank Hayes
  • What is PND? - Lorrie Bennet
  • Trauma Births and PTSD - Nimisha Waller
  • PND and Sleep - Bronwyn Sweeney
  • Anxiety in Parenting - Ailke Botha
The New Zealand Healthcare Congress 2014

Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 11 June 2014, The Langham Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

The New Zealand Healthcare Congress has been organised by the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ) for three years. This year's conference is again jointly hosted with the New Zealand Health IT Cluster (NZHITC).

TRANSFORMATION is the theme of the Healthcare Congress 2014. 

The New Zealand med-tech industry is faced with an exhilarating challenge to find new solutions that lie Beyond the Product; Beyond the Treatment; Beyond the Hospital.

This conference will bring together key stakeholders in the New Zealand healthcare sector – health technologies companies, procurement agencies, clinicians and others - to explore  new opportunities.

Rotorua GP CME 2014

12-15 June | Rotorua Energy Events Centre

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive General Practice update at New Zealand's largest annual medical meeting.

Over 120 speakers covering 200+ main and optional sessions.

GP CME has a reputation for short, sharp and to-the-point clinical content relevant to daily practice. Each session has 2-3 key 'take-home' messages to change clinical behaviour immediately.

All General Practitioners, Registrars, Registered Nurses and Practice Managers are invited to attend.​

Rotorua GP CME 2014 has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 29.25 credits CME for General Practice Educational Programme Stage 2 (GPEP2) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes.

Register online at


South GP CME 2014

14-17 August | Edgar Centre, Dunedin

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive General Practice update with short, sharp and to the point clinical content relevant to daily practice. 

Each session has 2-3 key 'take-home' messages to change clinical behaviour immediately.

All General Practitioners, Registrars, Registered Nurses and Practice Managers are invited to attend.

South GP CME 2014 has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 29.00 credits CME for General Practice Educational Programme Stage 2 (GPEP2) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes.​

APAC Forum

1-3 September 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.

AAFPS Triennial Masters Symposium: Blepharoplasty and Upper Facial Rejuvenation

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 September, 2014 at the 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

Registration opens early March.


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

13-16 October 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 White FRACS, Waikato DHB; Mr Wilfred Wong-Toi FRACS, Lakes DHB.