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.

Veg & Vines Lifestyle Medicine Conference 2019

25th Jan 2019 - 27th Jan 2019, Bushmere Arms, Gisborne

Veg and Vines 

Following rising interest in Lifestyle Medicine and the use of plant-based diets, the Veggies & Vines conference is back in 2019. The registered charity aims to share evidence and connect health practitioners. Our excellent venue helps create to a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Attendees last year ranged from beginners through passionate lifestyle change advocates, and reported they really enjoyed the event. The two themes this year are “business and innovation” and “grow your health”.

The Veggies & Vines Conference:

  • Includes workshops and practical sessions from doctors and healthcare practitioners from around NZ, along with guests from Australia, and skyping in from the US / Canada
  • Great whole food-plant based meals included (except Friday dinner)
  • Provides 16 hours Royal NZ College GPs endorsed Continuing Medical Education
  • Is aimed at GPs and health practitioners from all different backgrounds
  • Caters for beginners through advanced knowledge
  • Sessions include:
  • GP Coral Dixon and Martyn Williamson - Introduction to plant based diets: new and current evidence
  • Jasper Robards - Permaculture: designing regenerative landscapes
  • Patrick McHugh,GP and rural medicine specialist - Heartfulness based meditation
  • Shukul and Shamiz Kachwalla - Social media - sharing your content
  • Exercise physiologist Morgen Smith - High yield brief exercise interventions
  • Professional chefs running cooking demonstrations
  • Raniera Rewiri - Food Conscious Māori, sharing the connections between Te Ao Māori and Veganism
  • Patient stories / Q & A
  • GP Nick Wright Diet: 20% effort for 80% results
  • And that’s just day one!

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the website:

Cancer Care at a Crossroads Conference

31st Jan 2019 - 1st Feb 2019, Te Papa, Wellington

You are invited to Wellington in 2019 for a very special event.

Cancer Care at a Crossroads Conference
Planning for high quality, best value, integrated and equitable care in New Zealand.

In response to a time of unprecedented change, uncertainty and opportunity, the University of Otago (Wellington) and Cancer Society of New Zealand, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Society for Oncology are convening a landmark cancer control conference to address challenges in cancer care, equity, prioritisation, and cancer control.

The Cancer Care at a Crossroads Conference will :

  • Bring together the brightest minds and most influential personalities from across the cancer control continuum.
  • Draw knowledge and experience from international contexts that have faced similar problems to us.
  • Paint a picture of the current major challenges that we face, and identify possible solutions to these challenges.
  • Provide a forum for debate, and an opportunity to build networks and bridges across the continuum.
  • Bring together funders, academics, clinicians and providers, policy leaders, and decision makers.

International guest speakers are world-class thought leaders in cancer control and service improvement.

Professor Richard Sullivan, Professor of Cancer & Global Health at Kings College London (KCL) led the Lancet Oncology Commission on Delivering Affordable Cancer Care in High Income Countries, and most recently the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery 2030, Lancet Series on Women’s Equity, Health and Cancer and the Lancet Oncology Commission on Global Cancer Surgery.

Rami Rahal, Executive Director, Cancer Control at Canadian Partnership Against Cancer in Toronto Canada. He combines expertise in healthcare management information and evidence-based decision support, with particular interest in cancer system performance measurement. He has led a number of workshops and courses on system performance measurement and evidence based policy at both the national and international levels.

The conference will be opened by the Minister of Health Hon Dr David Clark, with Dr Ashley Bloomfield (Director General of Health) delivering a plenary presentation on the opening morning. Other domestic speakers include Professor John Potter, Dr Nina Scott, Professor Diana Sarfati, Dr Richard Sullivan, Professor Parry Guilford, Dr Christopher Jackson, Ms Shelley Campbell, Prof Kath McPherson and many others.

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website: Cancer Care at a Crossroads Conference. Places will be limited.


Planetary health: values, law and governance

18th Feb 2019, Wellington

Otago Summer School

Te hauora ā-ao: ngā uara, te ture me te whakahaere tikanga 

Does the current state of planetary health leave you concerned for its future and searching for new ideas? This course will bring you up to date with current thinking on today’s ultimate questions: how to achieve the radical, value-based change that is necessary for new law and governance to be effective in ensuring global health, wellbeing, and survival.

The course features international thinkers (and a couple from Aotearoa) sharing their perspectives on the rapidly evolving fields of ‘earth laws’ and ‘ecological governance’. Our current legal and economic system has been shaped to promote infinite economic growth, with the environment just a resource to be exploited by human beings. In contrast, Earth jurisprudence or ‘Earth laws’ advocates the re-design of the governance of human societies to reflect our interconnectedness and dependence on the living world.

Key principles include recognising the intrinsic right of nature to exist and flourish; creating governance structures that enable human societies to fit within our ecological limits; and engaging with indigenous knowledge systems and the rights and aspirations of First Nations

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 20 December 2018.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

For more information, view the event flyer or visit the Otago Summer School website.

1st Annual Australia & New Zealand General Medicine Update

22nd Mar 2019 - 24th Mar 2019, Sydney, Australia

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The world of medicine is evolving more rapidly than ever before. The annual Australia New Zealand General Medical Update has been designed to showcase a curated selection of relevant topics in internal medicine with updated information about new strategies and recent guidelines.

Over a period of 3 days, internationally renowned sub-specialty experts with strong academic backgrounds will discuss various diseases seen by a general physician in everyday practice.

With over 30 interactive lectures covering the core areas of various subspecialties of internal medicine, this update will be of immense value to the busy practicing General Physician as well as the MD Medicine Trainee.

Sub Specialities Covered Cardiology Haematology Neurology Nephrology Gastroenterology Rheumatology Pharmacology Endocrinology Immunology Geriatrics & More

View the abstract details, registration and programme here

Goodfellow Symposium

22nd Mar 2019 - 24th Mar 2019, Auckland

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Get ready for the 2019 Goodfellow Symposium.

With more than 80 speakers and presenters, the result is an immersive experience that engages and updates on the essential elements of continuing medical education, upskilling and energising each other for implementation 'Next Monday'. Share ideas and celebrate the important progress being made in primary healthcare at this year’s event.

Take advantage of the earlybird discounts available for GPs, urgent care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and registrars for the Annual Goodfellow Symposium in Auckland.

Find out more about the programme and registration on the conference website

National Rural Health Conference

4th Apr 2019 - 7th Apr 2019, Blenheim

National Rural Health Conference 

Come to Marlborough for the 2019 New Zealand Rural General Practice Network’s National Rural Health Conference and experience all this exciting event and region has to offer.

Imagine it’s late Summer-early Autumn in one of New Zealand’s beautiful wine growing regions – Marlborough. Imagine the vivid red and gold colours of the vine leaves and the lines of grapes strung out across the landscape as you touch down on Blenheim airfield. Imagine the quiet, quaintness of Blenheim with its cafés and shops on provincial streets. Then Imagine the ASB Theatre and Marlborough Convention Centre in the middle of the town as the focal point of your visit to 2019’s National Rural Health Conference. Register for the conference from April 4 to 7 and soak up the CME, collegiality and camaraderie, and while you’re there why not take an extra day or two to sample the local cuisine, Sauvignon Blanc or other varietal, cycling and a multitude of other activities on offer in the region.

Conference 2019 will feature workshops, concurrent sessions and eight keynote speakers across three days concluding with the Members political and breakfast forum on the morning of the fourth day. A Gala Dinner and Awards Night, Welcome Function and several other dinners will again be features of the conference. The full programme and registration is now available

A comprehensive trade and exhibition space will give delegates the opportunity to engage with industry representatives during the breaks. 

Visit the conference website for registration and more information. 

RACP Congress 2019

6th May 2019 - 8th May 2019, Auckland

RACP Congress 2019 

Register now for the RACP Congress 2019 taking place from Monday, 6 to Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

RACP Congress 2019 brings together physicians from Australasia to exchange ideas, ask the tough questions, discuss concerns and develop solutions to enhance healthcare for all.

With a focus on Impacting health along the life course, RACP Congress 2019 takes an in-depth look at the range of ways physicians impact patients’ lives, from paediatrics to palliative care and how a patient’s life course – including their life experiences and social roles – influences their health.

Key topics for 2019 include:

  • Life course theory ‘How do we impact health along the life course?’
  • Obesity: rising to the challenge
  • First 1000 days and non-communicable diseases
  • Medically unexplained symptoms master class
  • Mental health and addiction of patients
  • Chronic disease and integrated care
To view the program and to register visit the Congress website.

Choosing Wisely Forum 2019

10th May 2019, Wellington

Choose Wisely 

The Choosing Wisely forum Continuing the Conversation will be held at Te Wharewaka in Wellington on Friday 10 May, 2019.

The forum provides an opportunity for health professionals to learn more about how to develop and extend their Choosing Wisely work, and to hear from consumers.

Choosing Wisely will also be assisting consumers to attend the meeting to repeat last year’s commentary from consumers on all sessions. Feedback on last year’s forum noted that the consumer presence was key to adding value.

There are some exciting keynote speakers lined up, including:

  • Professor Tammy Hoffman from the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, Queensland who will be talking about shared decision-making;
  • Associate Professor Sue Crengle from Otago University’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, who will discuss Choosing Wisely and equity; and
  • Dr Robyn Lindner, of Choosing Wisely Australia and NPS MedicineWise who will present on implementation and evaluation of Choosing Wisely.

A call for abstracts for presentations from those involved in Choosing Wisely work in New Zealand to fit themes will be made soon.

There will also be a repeat of the last year’s popular special interest groups aimed at a wide range of health professionals, including Choosing Wisely 101 for those just learning about this work.

Choosing Wisely supports reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures in health care. The campaign is gaining momentum in New Zealand. It is in place in 15 DHBs, and is supported by a number of PHOs and GP practices. Thirty-one medical colleges, specialty societies and health practitioners’ associations are now linked to the campaign. More than 154 lists of tests, treatments and procedures that should be questioned have been developed, along with 45 patient resources.

Register here.

#NextCare Health Conference

30th May 2019 - 31st May 2019, Brisbane, Australia


Transform your career alongside Australasia’s current and future health leaders at #NextCare Health Conference. The two-day conference will be held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 30 and 31 May.

Boasting some of the world’s leading experts in leadership and culture transformation, the #NextCare Health Conference will invigorate, inspire and motivate current and aspiring healthcare leaders.

Over the two-day conference you’ll hear from global and world-class experts in leadership from a range of industries, connect with fellow health leaders at all levels, and be inspired to leadership excellence.

The engaging speakers will look at healthcare and leadership from a variety of angles, including leading for innovation, inspiring the next generation, journeys to leadership, and leadership at any level. #NextCare speakers include world-renowned futurist Phill Nosworthy, cultural change coach Amanda Gore, Chief Executive of Australia’s largest public health service Shaun Drummond, health digital transformation enthusiast Dr Clair Sullivan, and healthcare leadership expert Jan Phillips.

Register now to connect, inspire and transform at the inaugural #NextCare Health Conference 2019.

NZMA GP CME Conferences

20th Jun 2019 - 11th Aug 2019, Rotorua & Christchurch

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The NZMA will again hold its annual GP CME conferences in Rotorua and Christchurch.

The 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.

The Rotorua GP CME is endorsed for CME and MOPS purposes by the RNZCGP, while the GP CME South is currently under application for this endorsement.

Dates for conferences in 2019:
GP CME Rotorua20-23 June  | Rotorua, Energy Events Centre
GP CME South: 8-11 August | Christchurch, Horncastle Arena

For more information, please visit the GP CME website.

GP19 Conference for General Practice & Quality Symposium

25th Jul 2019 - 28th Jul 2019, Dunedin


The annual Conference for General Practice attracts over 500 delegates each year, alongside a wide range of speakers, sessions and exhibitors. The Conference for General Practice and Quality Symposium offers a full four day programme of learning, inspiration, celebrations and fun.

The 2019 Conference will be held from Friday 26 July - Sunday 28 July 2019 at the Dunedin Centre, Dunedin. The Quality Symposium will take place before the conference on Thursday 25 July.

Registrations for GP19 will open in March 2019.