NZMA Awards and Fellowships

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,,

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.

2021 AIMA Virtual Conference

27 - 28 March 2021

AIMA is delighted to invite you to the 2021 AIMA Virtual Conference!

Saturday 27th March 8.30am-4.30pm (AEDT) / 10.30am-6.30pm (NZ)
Sunday 28th March 8.30am-4.30pm (AEDT) / 10.30am-6.30pm (NZ)

Our annual conference is a leading event for the integrative medicine community across Australia and NZ – bringing together like-minded doctors and health practitioners with world-class experts and leading health organisations to learn the very latest in this increasingly popular philosophy of care.

What to expect at the 2021 AIMA Virtual Conference?

The 2021 conference theme is “Rebuilding health, community, resilience, and joy: an integrative medicine approach”. You will be able to log in, from the comfort of your own home, to access:

  • live presentations and Q&As from a host of charismatic and knowledgable integrative medicine experts from across the world
  • pre-recorded on-demand video updates from some of your favourite past AIMA conference presenters to keep you updated on the latest developments
  • live wellness sessions – interactive live group sessions such as yoga, meditations, breathwork, and more
  • live networking opportunities – network with other like-minded attendees either by messaging or video chats, and share your wisdom and ideas
  • Access to knowledgeable representatives from top health organisations that specialise in supporting health practitioners and their patients with first-class products and services.
  • the chance to win fantastic prizes
  • on-demand recordings of ALL presentations for up to 5 days following the event

Who will be presenting?

  • Dr Jeffrey S. Bland (USA) – internationally recognised leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 35 years (known as the father of functional medicine)
  • Dr Bruce Lipton (USA) – cell biologist, lecturer and internationally recognised leader in bridging science and spirit (pre-recorded presentation)
  • Dr Nicky Baillie (NZ) – GP and Medical Herbalist
  • Jackie Blunt (NZ) – GP, Ren Xue & Yuan Gong Qigong Teacher
  • Tania de Jong AM (AUS) – Co-Founder and Executive Director Mind Medicine Australia, Creativity Australia, Creative Universe and The Song Room
  • Dr Carrie Jones (USA) – internationally recognised speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones (sponsored by Nutrisearch)
  • Petrea King (AUS) – CEO and Founder of Quest for Life Foundation offering a proven, holistic, and evidence-based approach to creating physical, mental, emotional health, and wellbeing
  • Warren Maginn (AUS) – Functional Nutritional Medicine Practitioner and Educator (sponsored by FxMed)
  • Wendy McLean (AUS) – Hydrogeologist, Naturopath and Educator (sponsored by
  • Dr Tom Mulholland (NZ) – Emergency Department Physician, lecturer educator & founder of the Healthy Thinking Institute
  • Dr Alana Roy (AUS) – Psychologist and Social Worker, National Practice Manager Psychological Services and Co-Lead Facilitator of CPAT Course for Mind Medicine Australia
  • Prof Grant Schofield (NZ) – Professor of Public Health, Director of the Human Potential Centre at AUT Millennium School of Sport and Recreation
  • Dr Christabelle Yeoh (AUS) – Medical Practitioner focusing on optimising gut health, microbiome, and brain performance
  • Rachael Wilson (NZ) – Paediatric and eating disorder dietitian, family nutritionist and mindful eating coach
  • Jimi Wollumbin (AUS) – Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, entrepreneur, author, speaker and UN Delegate
  • Dr Caryn Zinn (NZ) – Dietitian, AUT Senior lecturer and author.

To view profiles for each of our speakers, please click here.

You’ll also have access to quick updates from some of your favourite past AIMA conference speakers including Dr Leila Masson (Pediatrician), Lara Briden (Naturopath), Rachel Arthur (Naturopath & Nutritionist), Dr Denise Furness (Molecular Geneticist and Nutritionist), Dr Graham Gulbransen (Cannabis Consultant, GP & Addiction Specialist) and Prof Julia Rucklidge (Clinical Psychologist).

Early-bird pricing (over 20% off up until 15 Feb)

AIMA/ACNEM Member*   Usually $310, Early Bird $240
Non-Member   Usually $380, Early Bird $310
Students $95

*Interested in taking advantage of the discounts (and a host of other benefits) and becoming an AIMA member? Click here.

Secure your place now at what promises to be an illuminating weekend. We guarantee to ignite your passion for integrative and wellness medicine – all from the comfort of your own home or office.

Click here to purchase your tickets (NZ Residents only).

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