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.

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,

AIMA Conference 2020

7th Mar 2020 - 8th Mar 2020,


“An integrative approach to personal, patient and planetary wellbeing”

The AIMA Conference 2020 is New Zealand’s leading event for the integrative medicine community.  A ‘must-do’ for all doctors, health practitioners, students and members of the public who want to open their minds to the advantages that integrative medicine can provide to their lives and practices.

 As Integrative Medicine gains influence across the world, we see how the combination of conventional western medicine and evidence-based complementary medicine and therapies can provide the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing that health professionals and patients are seeking.

We have a fantastic line-up of passionate speakers from the United Kingdom, America, Australia, and New Zealand. A full list of speakers can be found HERE.

Hosted at AUT, in Auckland’s vibrant city centre, the conference is a great opportunity to network and socialise with speakers and like-minded practitioners whilst learning about the latest clinical and evidence-based information. Full catering is provided as well as lots of useful information and advice from suppliers in the wellness industry.

Prepare to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated – with a renewed passion for integrative and wellness medicine.

Secure your place now at what promises to be a truly illuminating weekend. Book tickets HERE.

NB: Early bird ticket prices available until 31st December 2019 only! 

Med Can 2020 | New Zealand's first medicinal cannabis summit

18th Mar 2020 - 19th Mar 2020,


MedCan 2020 Summit

“Connecting medicine, science, industry and technology for a new frontier of care.”
Wednesday 18th – Thursday 19th March 2020
SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
The purpose of MedCan 2020 is to educate and enable the New Zealand medicinal cannabis sector. We want to ensure that New Zealanders are equipped to maximise the opportunities that medicinal cannabis brings – improving quality of life and fuelling economic growth.
MedCan 2020 will bring together leading experts, scientists, clinicians, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and thought leaders to share first-hand insights and up-to-date information about the world of medicinal cannabis.
The summit has been created to inspire and inform:
• Healthcare professionals
• Patients
• Academics
• Researchers
• Government officials
• Business
• Investors
• Entrepreneurs and innovators
• Growers
For further information please contact:
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.