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

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

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!

ANZGMU - Annual General Physician Education Conference

20th Mar 2020 - 22nd Mar 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.

Goodfellow Symposium

22nd Mar 2020 - 24th Mar 2020

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.


28-29 March 2020

Havening Techniques are a remarkable, neuroscience-based technique for rapidly treating emotional problems, anxiety, PTSD, phobias and some cases of chronic pain. The breakthrough is the discovery of a molecular mechanism that can rapidly and permanently erase traumatic memories,alter core beliefs and build resilience and wellbeing.


The trainer, Dr Robin Youngson, is an anaesthetic specialist, author, speaker, campaigner, and renowned international health leader. He is quitting his anaesthetic work to do Havening full time -practice, training and research.


Applicants may become Certified Havening Practitioners by completing an intensive two-day course, 30 supervised case histories, and a science exam.


The next training is in Raglan, the weekend of 28/29th March.


Full details about Havening Techniques and the training are found here.


WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference

23rd Apr 2020 - 26th Apr 2020

WONCA is taking place from 23 – 26 April 2020 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. It will be hosted by the College, in conjunction with the Rural General Practice Network and  Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa - Māori Medical Practitioners Association.

This major primary health care conference is expected to attract more than 1000 delegates, from New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.

WONCA takes the place of the College’s annual Conference for General Practice, and will also include the National Rural Health conference and the Te ORA Hui-ā-Tau and Scientific conference. For information, visit the conference website.

NZ Resus 2020 – Te hiranga, te manahau me te ahurea. Excellence, resilience, and culture.

7th May 2020 - 9th May 2020

NZ Resus 2020 offers the local and international resuscitation community of medical specialists, health professionals, training providers and industry experts an opportunity to showcase their latest research, equipment and ideas in a vibrant collegial setting. The conference is expecting 400 industry leaders and experts to gather in Rotorua for three days of learning, connecting and He Pō Whakangahau - A Night of Entertainment.

Call for Abstracts

The Scientific Programme Committee is delighted to open the call for abstracts. NZ Resus is requesting submissions for oral and poster presentations for the Free Paper Sessions on Friday 8th May. This is your opportunity to showcase your scientific research projects alongside a distinguished line up of industry experts, and to an audience of approximately 400 attendees. In particular, they are interested in new research where the findings are ready to be discussed. Please note the Call for Abstracts portal will close at midday, Monday 10 February 2020. To find out more, please see the website.

Earlybird rates are available until 14 February 2020. To register or read more about our exciting list of expert speakers see our conference website.  

Sustainable Health Care Forum Aotearoa & Climate Change & Health Conference

16th Jun 2020 - 17th Jun 2020

Save the date for the Sustainable Healthcare Forum Aotearoa and Climate Change & Health Conference from 16-17 June 2020, in Wellington, NZ.  Find out more on their website


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

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