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Zealand National Board
New Zealand National Board meetings
(in Wellington; on Fridays, from 1.30pm to
- 2 March 2018
- 8 June 2018
- 10 August 2018 (Queenstown)
- 7 December 2018
Surgery 2018: Planning For Change,
9-10 August 2018, Rydges Lakeland
In 2018 New Zealand's Annual Scientific Meeting returns to the
stunning surroundings of Queenstown, with the focus being on how to
plan for, and tackle, the challenges associated with change.
Sessions will explore subjects such as challenging patients,
challenging situations, and how to manage when things change
pre-operatively, intra-operatively, and post-operatively.
The Surgery 2018 programme is
curated to be relevant to surgeons rather than specialities, as
well as being relevant to other health professionals and
International speakers include:
Conrad - Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical
Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson
Dr Conrad holds an MD, a PhD in
stem cell biology, and a PhD in music philosophy-all from the
University of Munich where he was the principal investigator of the
research group on stem cells in the Department of Surgery. He
subsequently completed his training in general surgery at the
Massachusetts General Hospital and a Minimal Access Fellowship of
the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association at the
Institut Mutualist Montsouris in Paris.
An internationally renowned
expert in the field, Dr Conrad has also contributed to a growing
body of research indicating that music helps patients, their
relatives, and even operating room surgeons. Previously the
director of the Music in Medicine Research Group at Massachusetts
General Hospital, he was one of the first to investigate the
mechanisms that account for the healing properties of music. Some
of his most recent research suggests that the central pathway that
mediates music-induced relaxation acts by stimulating release of a
growth hormone from the brain usually associated with stress, not
healing. A pianist since the age of four, Dr Conrad finds that his
dexterity at the keyboard and his prowess with a scalpel are
Dr Rodney Cooter
- Plastic Surgeon,Adelaide, South Australia
Dr Cooter has held a range of
professional appointments including being Head of Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and
Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal
Although based in Adelaide, Dr
Cooter also works one day per week as a consultant in an advisory
role as Clinical Professor at Monash University (Melbourne) where
he is a clinical lead for the national Australian Breast Device
Dr Cooter is a past-president of
the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and a member of the TGA
Review Committee and Chief Medical Officer's Advisory Panel. As a
commitment to improving patient safety standards, Dr Cooter is also
lead coordinator of the International Collaboration of Breast
Registry Activities (ICOBRA) and the Oceania representative on the
newly formed International Confederation of Plastic Surgery
Registrations open March 2018.
Louis Barnett Prize 2018 - Call for Abstracts
The Louis Barnett Prize, valued at $2,500, is targeted at young
surgeon scientists. Application for this Prize is open to:
New Zealand based surgical Trainees
New Zealand Fellows under the age of
40 years as at 10 August 2018
Research may have been done within or outside New Zealand,
within or outside a department of surgery, before or after
commencment of surgical training.
Selected abstracts will be presented, together, in a session at
Surgery 2018 - Planning For Change in Queenstown over 9-10
Closing date for abstracts is 12 noon Friday 1 June 2018.
Find out more.
NZ Training Board Chairs / Representatives on Australasian
Mr Philip Davis (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Mr Simon Bann (General Surgery)
Mr Simon John (Neurosurgery)
Mr Timothy Gregg (Orthopaedic Surgery)
Dr Rebecca Garland (Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery)
Dr Neil Price (Paediatric Surgery)
Dr Sarah Hulme (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
Mr James Duthie (Urology)
Mr Thodur Vasudevan (Vascular Surgery)
Cutting Edge (PDF 1.12MB) Issue 65, December
(PDF 1.25MB) Issue 64, September 2017
Edge (PDF 1MB) Issue 63, June 2017
Cutting Edge (PDF 692KB) Issue 62,
Cutting Edge is a quarterly
newsletter published by the New Zealand National Board.
New Zealand Trauma Guidelines
Guidelines for a Structured Approach to the Provision of Optimal
Trauma Care (PDF 2.97 MB) is the national guideline document in
circulation in New Zealand. These Guidelines were initially
developed in 1994 by the College with support from the Ministry of
Health and updated in 1996 and 2003. The 2012 revision was funded
by the Health Quality and Safety Commission and undertaken by the
NZ Trauma Committee of the College.
Health Sector Fact Sheets
The Commerce Commission has published a range of fact sheets
designed to help health professionals work within competition and
consumer laws. Link to fact
Cultural Competence Resources
The Medical Council of New Zealand has a number of resources on
cultural competence freely available on its website:
on Cultural Competence (PDF 66KB)
Best practices when providing care to Māori patients and their
whanau (PDF 109KB)
health outcomes for Māori: Practice implications (PDF
Best health outcomes for Pacific Peoples: Practice implications
Medical practice in New Zealand (PDF 2.92MB) also has some
chapters on cultural competence and related subjects.
New Zealand Joint
Recognition of training in gastrointestinal endoscopy
NZ Conjoint Committee for Recognition of Training in
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - applications to this committee can be
made via the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology
Active Fellows by specialty and region, as at December
A Fellow is considered active if they are currently involved in
any aspect of surgical activity that involves the use of surgical
skills or knowledge gained through their surgical training. This
extends to and is not exclusive of medico-legal work, research or
supervision of Trainees and International Medical Graduates (IMGs).
Further Annual and Interim Activities Reports are available on the
workforce and activities
New Zealand Workforce Data
CAR - Cardiothoracic Surgery
GEN - General Surgery
NEU - Neurosurgery
ORT - Orthopaedic Surgery
OTO - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
PAE - Paediatric Surgery
PLA - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
URO - Urology
VAS - Vascular Surgery
Frequently asked questions
What does the NZ office offer Fellows and Trainees?
- information on, and a local resource point for training
programs. The New Zealand office coordinates the administration of
What are your opening hours?
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Who can I contact if the office is unattended?
Call +64 27 279 7455.
Can I book rooms to have meetings?
Contact the office to make a booking.
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Zealand National Board
Chair - Mr David Adams
New Zealand Regional Office
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Level 3, 8 Kent Terrace
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Telephone: +64 4 385 8247
Fax: +64 4 385 8873
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm