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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.

Perinatal Mental Health South Island Seminar

Friday 1 August 2014, 8.30am - 5pm | Canterbury Horticultural Society, South Hagley Park, Christchurch

Speakers are 

  • Brendon Smith from Father and Child
  • Simone Kinley presenting Risk in the Perinatal Period
  • Christine Black/Toni Bently presenting How baby is Affected
  • Carol Bartle from Canterbury Breastfeeding Network
  • Jacqui Taleni from Plunket Post Natal Adjustment Programme

The topics and speakers are DIFFERENT to the seminars  already held in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton.  

 5 Midwifery Points & 6.5 GP credits have been allocated

You will gain invaluable information, interventions, strategies and confidence to support your work with women and families. They deserve your understanding.


Non Member - early bird rate $120 or full rate after 15 July $145

PMHNZ Members - early bird rate $90 or full rate after 15 July $115

Full time Students - early bird rate $90 or full rate after 15 July $115 (must show ID)

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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.‚Äč

2014 AUTISM NEW ZEALAND CONFERENCE: Looking to the Future

22-23 August, Nelson

The Autism New Zealand conference provides a two-day forum for education and health professionals, researchers and members of the autism community to examine and discuss latest research, education, resources and programmes – for use at home and in the classroom.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Catherine Lord – Member of the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Work Group for the recent revision of the DSM 5
  • Minds for Minds – presenting an update on groundbreaking research in the area of genetics & microbiology
  • Neil Stuart – discussing and showcasing the development of Autism New Zealand’s educational resources and their uses

Delegates will also participate in a range of workstreams lead by practitioners working in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and by people sharing their lived experience of the Autism Spectrum. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with the New Zealand autism community, experts and international speakers – and share celebrations at the inaugural Autism New Zealand awards dinner.

Visit the conference website.

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.

Nerves 'n' Pain

4-7 September, The Novotel, Rotorua

NZ Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine Scientific meeting

Brochure with registration details is available.

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.