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Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society Inc.

18-20 March 2021

“Making the Connection – Cortex, Culture and Community”

17th March 2020 – Nurses SIG Education Day

18th – 20th March - 2021 NZPS Conference

Copthorne Hotel, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

I am delighted to invite you to Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, Northland, to participate in the Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society Inc. from Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th March 2021.

The title of the meeting 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 us 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.

We would like to warmly invite you to register for our 2020 meeting and we look forward to seeing you in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Organising Committee

New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2020

Conference Manager: Donna Clapham, Workz4U Conference Management, phone: +64 9 917 3653,,

National Trauma Symposium 2020

Thursday 29 October 2020

Thursday 29 October 2020

Te Wharewaka O Pōneke, (Te Wharewaka Function Centre), Wellington, New Zealand

Towards Excellence

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would like to invite you to attend the National Trauma Symposium 2020 to be held at the Wharewaka Function Centre, Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Our programme will include scientific presentation and debate of the highest level and will attract a wide variety of trauma practitioners from across New Zealand. It represents an excellent forum for discussion and learning.

We are encouraging submissions via a Call for Abstracts for the following areas: Critical Haemorrhage, Trauma Outcomes and Rehabilitation.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting conference in 2020.

National Trauma Symposium 2020 Organising Committee

Professor Ian Civil, National Clinical Lead, National Trauma Network

Convenor, NTS 2020

For more information and to register visit the conference website

Conference Manager: Donna Clapham, Workz4U Conference Management, phone: +64 9 917 3653,,

2021 Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand 5th Annual Scientific Meeting (RMSANZ 2021)

22-25 June 2021

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 June 2021

The theme for RMSANZ 2021 is Forging Alliances – New Horizons. This theme speaks to the unfolding and expanding possibilities, as well as the collaborative and inter-disciplinary nature of contemporary rehabilitation practice both in the hospital setting and in the communities.

The program aims to showcase the breadth and depth of latest scientific research and provide opportunities for RMSANZ members and our colleagues from allied health, nursing, community partners and related medical specialties to share knowledge, skills and experiences, to network, and to enjoy all the attractions that Gold Coast has to offer.

Update Seventh ESWI Influenza Conference

13-16 September 2020

The Programme Committee of the #ESWI2020 has opened up most sessions of the Conference to COVID-19 and is thus calling for abstracts on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19.

We will of course continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the conference planning on our website. We want to encourage all our colleagues in the front-line health services and the science community to be strong and keep up the excellent work. Stay safe.


Check the Abstract Submission Guidelines

New Zealand Respiratory Conference

5-6 November 2020

New Zealand Respiratory Conference

5-6 November 2020

Te Papa, Wellington

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is proud to bring you the biennial New Zealand Respiratory Conference (NZRC).

This year’s theme is ‘Building the Foundation for Better Breathing’ as we work towards releasing the 2020 Adolescent and Adult Asthma Guidelines, the revised Child Asthma Guidelines, and the first ever New Zealand COPD Guidelines. This year’s event has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) for 10 CME credits.

This year’s programme will focus on topical presentations, including asthma management in the digital realm, vaping and e-cigarettes, air pollution, coronavirus, and healthy housing. These presentations will translate the latest research and findings into relevant and actionable material, to promote clinical best practice and wrap around care for patients and their whānau.

The NZRC is the largest gathering or hui for professionals with an interest in respiratory health in New Zealand. Delegates from a variety of professions join us each year, including GP’s, nurses, pharmacists, specialists, educators and researchers.

For more information and to register visit

ANZGMU - Annual General Physician Education Conference

11-13 Sept 2020

How do you keep your knowledge and skills up to date?

The world of medicine is evolving more rapidly than ever before.

The annual ‘Australia and New Zealand General Medicine Update’ (ANZGMU) has been specifically designed to showcase a curated selection of relevant topics in internal medicine with updated information about new strategies, evolving best practise and recent guidelines.

Over a period of three days, national and internationally renowned sub-specialty experts with strong academic backgrounds will discuss the common diseases seen by a general physician in everyday practice. With over 21 interactive lectures covering the core areas of various subspecialties of internal medicine, this 2020 update will be of immense value to the busy practising General Physician, General Medicine Advanced Trainee and Basic Physician Trainee who wish to update their clinical acumen.

Click here to learn more and register

  • A comprehensive programme to update your medical knowledge on recent trends in diagnostic and treatment modalities in various subspecialties of internal medicine.
  • A platform to showcase your original work of research and unique case through Poster or Mini Oral presentation.


17th Sep 2020 - 20th Sep 2020

Conference is heading to Palmerston North in 2020 for the PMAANZ ' silver celebratory conference.  

Register early and secure your participation in the 2020 conference. Sponsors & exhibitors are welcome to join delegates at all social functions to provide you with maximum exposure time.

This is a unique opportunity to liaise and network with many key personnel from throughout New Zealand and Australia in a programme that will be entertaining, inspiring and educational.

Official event website is currently under construction, but please contact the representative below for more information:
Anna-Maree Burns   Event Manager    +64 3 353 2820    + 21 918 533

ISAM-CSAM 2020 Scientific Conference & Annual Meeting

12-14 November 2020

ISAM-CSAM 2020 Scientific Conference & Annual Meeting


November 12-14, 2020


The ISAM-CSAM 2020 Scientific Conference and Annual Meeting provide global experts in addiction medicine an opportunity to share their work, discuss challenges, and discover the latest in science and research about substance use disorders. This year’s conference will take place fully online, giving participants access to world-class addiction medicine educational programming from anywhere in the world. Through plenary speakers, symposia, workshops, and professional development sessions that touch on all facets of addiction, attendees will virtually explore the latest scientific research findings and clinical updates, from a global perspective. Sessions are planned on evidence-based treatments, neuroscience research, prevention strategies, and much more.


National conference gets green light

5-6 November 2020

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) have today confirmed the New Zealand Respiratory Conference (NZRC) to be held at Te Papa in Wellington on 5-6 November will be going ahead.

The event is one of the few in-person health care conferences to take place in Wellington since COVID-19 reached New Zealand and is one of the largest gatherings of health professionals in New Zealand with more than 150 delegates already registered.

The two-day event has also been endorsed by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and enables attendees to gain essential professional development credits which are required for general practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists every year.

Letitia Harding, Chief Executive, ARFNZ says "It is critical that we continue to provide a forum for New Zealand’s respiratory community to come together and discuss respiratory health issues, especially given the current health climate."

The Foundation has also planned a virtual conference option for those unable to travel to Wellington, with Letitia commenting that it’s important to be flexible in the current environment.

"COVID-19 has disrupted a significant number of conferences and events this year, so it is critical we take the lead in planning for any scenario and provide both in-person and virtual registration options."

WellingtonNZ General Manager David Perks says it’s been a challenging year for organisations planning in-person conferences and events.

"Nothing beats an in-person conference and in these unprecedented times it’s wonderful the see the Foundation rise to the challenge and welcome delegates to their conference in Wellington this November."

The NZRC will provide the latest in respiratory best practice, including the release of the new NZ Asthma Guidelines, and the upcoming NZ COPD Guidelines; the first of its kind in New Zealand.

"We are looking forward to re-connecting with our network of health professionals from all health sectors, and welcoming new faces to our respiratory community," says Letitia.

For more information or to register visit

For more information please email our Communications Manager or call 04 474 4741

For more information please email our Communications Manager or call 04 474 4741

Chair's Award

The Chair’s Award is the NZMA’s highest standing award. It is awarded annually to an individual, group or organisation that, in the view of the Chair, has made an outstanding contribution to the health of New Zealanders, the health sector or the medical profession. This contribution may have occurred during the year in question or over a longer period of time.


Professor Frank Frizelle


Dr Innes Asher


Dr Robin Youngson


Dr Antonio Fernando


Dr Paul Hutchison, Former MP and Chair of Parliament's Health Select Committee


Dr Russell Wills, Children's Commissioner


Dr Sharad Paul


David Meates for leading the Canterbury District Health Board in its community response to the earthquake in February


Dr Tony Baird


Dr Peter RobertsDr Tim Malloy

NZMA Fellowships

NZMA has traditionally awarded Fellowships to current NZMA members who have provided long and distinguished service to the NZMA. This service may have been at local or national level.


Dr Stephen ChildsDr Wayne MilesDr Peter Chapman-Smith


Dr Mark PetersonDr Joshua FreemanDr Peter Moodie


Dr Aine McCoyDr David Pickett


Dr Tim Baily GibsonDr Sandra Hicks Dr Don Simmers


Dr Paul OckelfordDr Ron Goodey


Dr Sandy RossDr Heather Bowmer


Dr Peter Foley

Honary Fellowships

The NZMA has occasionally awarded Honorary Fellowships to non-members who have provided long and distinguished service to the NZMA.


Rom Colman


Dr Barry Colls