NZCPHM Annual Scientific Meeting Wednesday, 11 September 2019

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The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine is pleased to announce that the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Auckland from 11-13 September at the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland.

This year the overarching theme for the ASM is 'Enhancing Public Health in the Pacific Blue Continent'.  The focus for the Wednesday will be 'Improving health in the Pacific'.  Thursday's focus will be 'Improving the health of Pacific people in New Zealand'.


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Provisional Programme Outline 

Wednesday 11 September




Theme:   'Improving health in the Pacific'  Includes: Learning from public health successes from across the Pacific region, important health threats impacting Pacific small island developing nations (eg climate change), disease burdens (notably NCDs), drivers of health change. 

Opening Address: Hon Jenny Salesa (has accepted subject to being granted leave from the House)

The George Salmond Oration will be delivered by Dr Aumea Herman, Secretary of Health at the Te Marae Ora Cook Islands Ministry of Health, Chair of Pacific Heads of Health 

Guest Speakers:

Dr Colin Tukuitonga,  Pacific Community Director-General, Noumea, New Caledonia

Dr Paula Vivili, Pacific Community Director, Public Health Division, Noumea, New Caledonia

Panel Discussion with all guest speakers

Members will have the opportunity to make presentations on the day's theme in the afternoon.

The AGM will be held on Wednesday afternoon, followed by the ASM dinner, College awards and, back by popular demand, the after-dinner Public Health Quiz! 

Thursday 12 September




Theme:    'Improving the health of Pacific people in New Zealand'  Includes:  Successful interventions focussed on improving the health of Pasifika in NZ, working in partnership with Pacific communities, health challenges for Pasifika in NZ, demographic and migration trends.

Guest Speakers:

Dr Corina Grey

Dr Debbie Ryan, Principle, Pacific Perspectives

Panel Discussion with all guest speakers

Members will have the opportunity to make presentations on the day's theme in the afternoon


Health and Disability System Review

Presented by:

Prof Peter Crampton,  Professor of Public Health, Kōhatu, Centre for Hauora Māori, University of Otago, Dunedin


Members will also have the opportunity to present free papers on Thursday afternoon.


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Friday 13 September


Workshop Registration



Working internationally: practicing public health medicine effectively in diverse settings from Samoa to Geneva.

This one day workshop will describe opportunities for a full range of rewarding overseas experiences from short-term assignments and sabbaticals through longer-term employment and careers in international health.  It will discuss a range of roles from advisory work and consultancies to full-time employment.  The workshop will describe the spectrum of settings from country level, to regional  organisations, to global agencies like the WHO and MSF along with the diverse range of work content available in public health.  It will also discuss skills that are particularly useful for working internationally, approaches for getting established in this field, and potentially downsides and precautions when working overseas.  The workshop will be co-designed with NZCPHM members and draw on their rich experiences.

Facilitated by: Dr Susan Jack (FNZCPHM), Senior Lecturer, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine; Dr Belinda Loring, Public Health Physician & Senior Research Fellow, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland; and Dr Matthew Reid (FNZCPHM), Planning and Funding, CDHB.

For more information view the workshop flyer.


Registration is still open!

You are invited to register for the NZ College of Public Health Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshop.

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Registration Fees (inclusive of GST)


Full registration (Includes Workshop and Dinner)

Standard: $1109.00

ASM Two Days registration 

Standard: $735.00

ASM One Day only registration 

Standard: $395.00

NZCPHM Registrars:  No fee (the ASM is fully subsidised)


Members & Non-members 




Pre-dinner drinks & Conference Dinner extra registration

Members, Non-members & Registrars 


Registration fees include:

Full registration

Attendance at all ASM sessions, programme booklet, workshop, any course material, morning & afternoon teas, lunches, Pre-dinner drinks and Conference Dinner.

ASM Two Days registration

Attendance at all ASM sessions, programme booklet, morning & afternoon teas, lunches, pre-dinner drinks and Conference Dinner.

ASM One Day registration

Attendance at that day's ASM sessions, programme booklet, morning & afternoon teas and lunch.

Workshop registration

Attendance at the workshop, any course material, programme booklet, morning & afternoon teas and lunch.



 Waipuna Hotel

Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre     

The Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre is a 25-minute drive from the Auckland airport and the city centre with easy motorway access.             

Bookings can be made by calling the reservations team on toll free 0800 924 786. Alternatively you can email them on  Quote the group booking code NZCP0919

Further information on accommodation bookings please call Sasa Li on (09) 526 3003 or 0800 WAIPUNA

Full bus and rail transport links with Sylivia Park Shopping Centre, just a twenty-minute walk or five-minute drive from the hotel.