We invest in a broad range of research on issues important to New Zealand, and support the development of health research careers. Our mission is 'benefiting New Zealand through health research'.
Conferences, Events and Hui
Our conference listings outline upcoming health and health research events that will be of interest to people working in the health sector and health research community.
Health lecture series | Christchurch
28 March - 9 May 2017
University of Otago, Christchurch
Rolleston Lecture Theatre | 2 Riccarton Ave | Christchurch Hospital campus
Tuesday, 28 March (7pm)
Speakers: Professor Richard Porter and Associate Professor Joe Boden
We Cantabrians are often complimented on our resilience following more than 13,000 quakes in the region. But what state is our collective mental health really in? Find out, and hear about the everyday impairments even the most resilient among us now experience.
Tuesday, 4 April (7pm)
Speakers: Drs Hamish Jamieson and Bev Burrell
We are now living longer but are we living better? This lecture will cover the keys to a healthier Third Age; the secrets our bodies reveal about how long and healthy we will live to be; and one thing we can all do (spoiler alert: it's not exercise or a daily glass of wine) to help ourselves feel better as we age and deal with chronic health conditions.
Partners in a healthier Pacific
Tuesday, 11 April (7pm)
Speakers: Professor Steve Chambers and Kiki Moate.
The University of Otago, Christchurch, is involved in work in the Pacific to improve health standards, both on a population and personal level. Hear about the work of infectious disease expert Steve Chambers and paediatric surgeon Kiki Maoate, and how we are training Pacific Island health care professionals to better assist their communities.
Educating our future doctors - have your say
Tuesday, 18 April (7pm)
Speakers: Professor Tim Wilkinson and Jen Desrosiers
It takes a community to raise a doctor. This interactive lecture will start by highlighting some of the current strategies we are using to create socially accountable doctors of the future. Then the floor will be open to the audience to bring forward ideas about how the medical curriculum can be enhanced to better respond to the needs of the community.
Vitamin C: snake oil or cancer and infection therapy?
Tuesday, 2 May (7pm)
Speakers: Drs Gabi Dachs and Anitra Carr
Vitamin C is vital for human health but New Zealand's recommended daily intake is among the lowest in the world and does not result in optimum levels in the blood. What are optimal levels for the healthy and unwell? And what evidence is there for the use of vitamin C in cancer patients and those with serious infections, including current Christchurch studies to answer these important questions?
The wonderful world of 3D-bioprinting
Tuesday, 9 May (7pm)
Speakers: Associate Professor Tim Woodfield and Dr Khoon Lim
You might be surprised to learn know that Canterbury is home to world-leaders in 3D-bioprinting. This is where human cells are 3D printed into pieces of tissue, cartilage, bone - and one day possibly viable organs for transplant. This lecture will explain current technology; how far off we are from printing new hips and knees; and the world-leading work our scientists and engineers are doing to get there.
15th World Congress on Public Health | Melbourne, Australia
3–7 April 2017
Melbourne | Australia
The Public Health Association of New Zealand would like to encourage public health workers and leaders everywhere in the Asia-Pacific region to submit an abstract to this World Congress and to attend if they can.
The World Congress will attract researchers, practitioners, academics, administrators, policy makers, industry representatives, students and stakeholders from around the globe, but it will naturally have a strong Asia-Pacific focus.
This creates a unique and wonderful opportunity for people in this region to demonstrate their public health initiatives, challenges, opportunities, collaborations and advancements. It will also be an opportunity for us all to learn from what our peers in the region have achieved and experienced.
The call for abstracts is now open and closes 26 August 2016. Abstracts can be submitted at the World Congress website: www.wcph2017.com/call-for-abstracts.php.
Te Ritorito: Towards whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing | Wellington
3-4 April 2017
Pipitea Marae | Wellington
Te Ritorito 2017 is a whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing forum, jointly hosted by Te Puni Kōkiri and Superu.
This two-day forum will provide an opportunity for researchers, policymakers, advocates and practitioners to discuss whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing in our day-to-day practice and what the bigger picture means for both Māori and government.
Te Ritorito 2017 will provide attendees with an opportunity to explore:
- whānau, hapū and and iwi wellbeing research, policy and implementation
- wellbeing and what works with whānau, hapū and iwi
- the relevance of this work in light of their own experiences
- future implications
- potential gaps in the approach, including engagement with whānau, hapū and iwi on these topics
See the provisional programme.
Cost: $70 (includes all meals, and forum dinner on 3 April 2017)
Antibiotics and the cell's protein factory | Auckland
The Royal Society of New Zealand presents:
Prestigious Speakers - Sir Venkatraman (Venki) Ramakrishnan
4 April 2017
Auckland Museum | 6pm
Antibiotics and the cell's protein factory
The thousands of different proteins in each cell are made by translating information encoded in our genes. This translation is fundamental to life. A large molecular machine called the ribosome carries out the process. The ribosome is an ancient molecule that evolved before proteins as we know them today existed. They have developed differently in bacteria and humans, so many antibiotics block the bacterial ribosome without affecting human ones to the same degree. Nobel Laureate Professor Venki Ramakrishnan will discuss how the structure of the ribosome has led to new insights into its function and how antibiotics work.
*Sir Venki Ramakrishnan is hosted by the Royal Society of New Zealand in partnership with The Royal Society, London
NZ Society for the Study of Diabetes - Annual Scientific Meeting | Dunedin
2-5 May 2017
This annual scientific meeting is the premier meeting of the NZ Society for the Study of Diabetes, with invited international and national experts giving plenary sessions and focused topic reviews. There are also scientific presentations by clinicians and basic scientists in oral and poster fora.
The special interest group study days are held on 2 May 2017, and include programmes for diabetes nurse specialists, dietitians, and podiatrists, as well as a registrar training day, a primary care day, and sessions for those with an interest in paediatric diabetes.
Registrations are now open. Abstracts close on 17 February 2017.
Healthcare reform, funding and innovation conference | Wellington
New Zealand Wound Care Society 8th National Conference | Rotorua
18-20 May 2017
Energy Events Centre | Rotorua
Clearing the air – Dispelling myths and misconceptions in wound care
- Professor Keryln Carville
- Associate Professor Geoff Sussmann
- Professor Rod MacLeod
- Anti-microbial dressings
- Sharps debridement
- Complex pain management
- Burns care
- Diabetic foot management
See the New Zealand Wound Care Society's conference website for more information and to register.
Future Healthcare Facilities Conference | Auckland
22-23 May 2017
Stamford Plaza | Auckland
The inaugural Future Healthcare Facilities Conference will bring together thought leaders working within government, design, DHBs, healthcare, technology and co-design to promote discussion around the health facility needs of the current, next, and future generation patient.
Michael Hundleby, Director of Critical Projects at the Ministry of Health, will be giving the following address: Forecasting future healthcare facilities for the future of New Zealand.
HealthTech Week 2017 | Auckland
19-21 June 2017
Aotea Centre | Auckland
Medical technology offers a growing range of healthcare options that are critically important to every New Zealander. We invite multiple sector stakeholders to come together for HealthTech Week 2017 to discuss issues of strategic concern and to identify new areas for innovation, investment and growth.
New Zealand’s healthcare sector benefits greatly from the growing number of people who work across the broad range of medical technologies. Ultimately, all these stakeholders are focused on industry enabling technologies to provide healthier lives for more New Zealanders.
HealthTech Week 2017 will host a series of events that will appeal to the many stakeholder groups who are part of the sector. All the events will reflect a passion to deliver a future that is accessible, affordable, sustainable, and strives for clinical excellence.
See www.healthtechweek.nz for more information.
International Neonatology Association Conference | France
7-9 July 2017
The Conference Scientific Committee is planning cutting edge sessions and workshops on clinically relevant topics like neonatal transition, birth asphyxia and brain protection, congenital malformations, newer diagnostic tools for infections and genetic defects, nutritional management of the high-risk neonate, and cutting edge approaches to respiratory management. They are once again inviting distinguished speakers from around the world, representing the very best in the field of neonatal-perinatal medicine. Additionally, they will have presentations, both oral and poster, from colleagues representing all missions in the field giving you an opportunity to interact with leading clinicians, educators and researchers in Neonatology.
New Zealand Association of Clinical Research 2017 Conference | Auckland
17-18 August 2017
The Pullman Hotel | Auckland
Theme: Innovation in research and clinical trials
The New Zealand Association of Clinical Research (NZACRes) is the professional association for clinical researchers and clinical research-related staff in New Zealand. The association was formed to foster and promote clinical research by bringing together members of the clinical research community to discuss issues and create collaborative solutions for our industry. Membership includes an extremely broad range of clinical research roles across a number of organisational types, including pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organisations, regulatory bodies, university and hospital-based staff.
Call for abstracts for the 2017 conference will open on 20 February 2017. Registrations open on 3 April 2017.
For more information, see the conference website.
Medical Science Conference | Queenstown
4-6 September 2017
Queenstown (part of Queenstown Research Week)
The Medical Sciences Congress (MedSci) will again be held as an anchor meeting of Queenstown Research Week (QRW), providing delegates with the opportunity to attend other QRW meetings at reduced cost.
MedSci will continue to deliver a first-class programme incorporating student prize competitions, plenary speakers, symposia, and ample programming of oral, poster, and infoblitz presentations selected from abstracts.
Plenary speaker and symposia proposals need to be forwarded to Justin Dean before 6 February 2017.