We have negotiated special hotel rates. Rates are on a room only basis. A minimum of one night’s accommodation must be prepaid at the time of your booking and the balance / incidentals paid direct to hotel on departure. All cancellations made 30 days prior to arrival may incur cancellation fees.

Rydges Latimer – conference venue
30 Latimer Square

Rydges Latimer is a new 4.5 star hotel.

Room Rates: The following rates are a room only basis and includes GST.

Superior rooms
One or two persons – $259 per night (twin bedded rooms on request)

Rooms are newly rebuilt and fully equipped with modern conveniences. Enjoy in-room entertainment on 42-inch LED TVs with HDMI connectivity. Guests can plug in computers with an HDMI cable and enjoy browsing the Internet at lightning speeds over Wi-Fi using TV screens as second monitors, if they wish.


Rendezvous Hotel – 5 mins walk to conference venue
166 Gloucester Street

Room Rates: The following rates are a room only basis and includes GST.

Guest King room
One or two persons – $225 per night (twin bedded rooms on request).  Breakfast $25

All rooms have ensuite and the usual facilities you would expect of a superior hotel including high-speed broadband access.


Breakfree on Cashel – 5 mins walk to conference venue
165 Cashel Street

Room Rate: The following rate is room only basis and includes GST.
City Urban Queen room
One or two person – $145 per night (queen bed)
Rooms include LCD smart TV with Sky TV and wireless internet.  Shower only






Friday 8 November

Anaesthesia in the 2020s – embracing change.  Ross Kennedy

The last decade has seen big changes in the way anaesthesia is administered in New Zealand. There has been widespread adoption of machines that automate vapour delivery and offer improved ventilation. Use of processed eeg monitors and qualitative neuromuscular blockade monitoring is increasing. At the same time TIVA is moving from a niche technique to the mainstream.  Where will we be in another 5 – 10 years? How do we take advantage of new equipment and techniques to offer the best to our patients? And how can you help.

Ross Kennedy is an anaesthetist at Christchurch Hospital. He just remembers halothane and the advent of pulse oximeters and propofol. He has always been a technophile and interested in understanding how stuff works. There are all sorts of ways of giving an excellent anaesthetic, none are wrong, but just doing things because that’s the way they’re done here isn’t an adequate reason. 

Why sustainability is about relationships . Geoff Andrews-Mabille


When you think about the enormous problem of environmental sustainability in healthcare, it’s easy to throw up our hands and give up. But, if we strive for honest, open and constructive relationships between industry and healthcare professionals we can eventually change the future for the next generation.

Geoff is a Sales Consultant with Obex Medical, with over a decade of experience in the Medical Device industry. He is passionate about driving change in the medical industry, and partnering with healthcare professionals to create more sustainable healthcare solutions and better patient outcomes. His other passions include spending time with family, competitive ocean swimming, and anything else that gets him outside into our incredible country.


Malignant Hyperthermia update. Karen Bennett


DNA testing and IVCT remain the only determination for this genetic disorder, however changes to the number of mutations identified and the potential changes to the muscle biopsy procedure may improve the impact this disorder places on patients.
Ryanodex and low concentration Dantrolene is discussed, as well as two case studies for this presentation.

Karen is the professional leader/educator of anaesthetic technicians at Palmerston North Hospital.   She started work as a trainee AT in 1990 and have held leadership/governance positions in her role as an anaesthetic technician for many years. She has an interest in Malignant Hyperthermia testing and treatment and support our lead SMO in sending out DNA testing kits around NZ.

Viscoelastic testing. Chris Finlay

This presentation will be about the two commonly utilised viscoelastic testing instruments, thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM).

Chris will discuss the different instruments, what they are and how they work.  He will also look at how they can be used, in particular how some centres around the world are using them to manage transfusion and reduce blood product usage.

Chris is a Medical Laboratory Scientist trained at Massey University in Palmerston North with a background in Haematology and Microbiology. He has been working in Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) for the last 12 years, most of that was based at Auckland City Hospital and now more recently Christchurch Hospital. His experience in POCT has been predominantly in Haematology based systems used in theatres and ICUs.
In his spare time he has a strong interest in the outdoors and outdoor activities, including tramping, mountain biking and photography.

Better together: the five challenges for Allied Health. Hilary Exton

This presentation will outline the five challenges for the Allied Health sector, and highlight opportunities for collaborative working to improve allied health utilisation.

Hilary is currently the Acting Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at the Ministry of Health. Hilary’s substantive role is Director of Allied Health at Nelson Marlborough DHB which she has held since 2015. Hilary has a wealth of strategic and operational experience at a DHB level, as well as a strong national view in Allied Health, being the deputy chair of the National Directors Allied Health group and the chair of the South Island Directors of Allied health.


Paediatric Anaesthesia – what’s coming next?  Dr David Linscott



As we look to the future how do we best provide care for children? Where do our major gaps in knowledge lie and what are some of the current initiatives addressing these? How do we measure and improve the quality and safety of our care? Should the care of children be centralised, into paediatric sub-specialty centres, or will this just lead to de-skilling of the regional centres that still need to provide acute care and emergency services? In the wake of a rapidly increasing incidence of child and adolescent anxiety how should we effectively communicate and support children?

David works in Christchurch as a specialist anaesthetist. He has subspecialty training in paediatric anaesthesia. He is an executive member of the Society for Paediatric Anaesthesia of New Zealand and Australia (SPANZA) and has been a contributing author to ANZCA’s PS29: “Guideline for the Provision of Anaesthesia Care to Children” which has been released in August 2019.

GENETIC EDITING.  ‘The Real Deal’!  Andy Owen


Can genetic editing lead us into a future free from disease and genetically improved or will it descend into a dystopian future of those who can afford it and those who cant?

Andy landed in Christchurch 14 years ago escaping The Good Old United Kingdom! Happily settling into life on the South Island of New Zealand even the shaking earth and broken city couldn’t push him away from this beautiful part of the world. Now with 28 years of service to the healthcare industry , Andy’s main areas of interest have become Cardiac Surgery and Healthcare Simulation. 




Digital and Connected Healthcare. Stella Ward

Discover how the power of integrated people, systems and technologies can deliver care that is safe, effective, efficient and enhances the patient experience.

Stella is the inaugural Chief Digital Officer for the Canterbury DHB and the West Coast DHB. This role provides strategic leadership and governance to ensure current and future technology contributes to the transalpine vision of an integrated health system – “One System, One Budget”.  Stella also has a number of Executive Portfolios that include the Christchurch Health Precinct and Health Innovation (Via Innovations Executive Director). She is also a member of the New Zealand Health Innovation Hub. The overarching purpose behind these areas of innovation is to accelerate smart ideas, products and services to improve health outcomes.
Stella is the commercial relationship manager for the Strategic Partnerships with Orion Health; Hewlett Packard and GE Healthcare. She is also a member of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Global Advisory Board. Stella believes it is essential in health leadership to have a global view and is always delighted to have the opportunity to meet with and share learning with, health and related industry leaders all over the world.
Stella trained as a speech language therapist and has worked in the public health system, private practice, education and welfare.  She has held executive leadership roles in a number of DHBs.

Blood who needs it anyways. Will Morrish

Has anything changed in the last 300 years relating to blood use in medical science?  We administer blood often without a second thought to the achievements that led to thisprocess.  This presentation takes an eclectic look at a medicine that is often taken for granted.

Will is a Registered Anaesthetic Technician and RN with over 25 years’ experience.  He has worked in public and private theatres as well as the New Zealand Blood service.  This will be his first presentation, some might say a little overdue.     

Saturday 9 November

15032019 – Working in a mass trauma situation. Doug Williams

Although we have trained and in many hospitals work in trauma situations, dealing with mass casualty situations can be challenging on both staff and equipment required. This talk will cover how we managed  the 15th of March Terrorist attack, including theatre and equipment resources needed and how the acute patient workload was managed. I will cover how staff were managed, use of equipment, where went well and areas we might improve on. I will also touch on the days/weeks following the attack.

Doug is an Anaesthetic Technician Team Leader employed by the Canterbury District Health Board. He previously worked in Auckland as both an Anaesthetic Technician and  for the New Zealand Defence Force as a Senior Medic. He has a special interest in equipment, (especially Anaesthetic Machines) and research. In his spare time he entertains his two children and work on a block of land just out of Amberley town ship in North Canterbury.


The Future of Cell Salvage.  Andy Smith

The CDHB Cell Salvage Service is well established in Christchurch.   Our service faces a number of challenges both at present and looking forward into the future.  Some of our local issues may be reflective of cell salvage in general, as it’s long term future maybe uncertain.

Andrew is an Anaesthetic Technician at Canterbury DHB and have been for over 20 years.  I have had an interest in Cell Salvage and as part of my portfolio I oversee our Cell Salvage Service.  I also take care of Paediatrics and Rostering/Scheduling.


I beg your pardon: Noise in the OT.  Kirk Fleming


Operating theatres can be loud environments for prolonged periods of time. How does this high volume affect theatre staff, and our patients. What are the main sources of noise in operating theatres and should we be doing something about it?

Kirk was born and raised in Christchurch and was trained here as well after previously studying neuroscience for 4 years where he had a focus on auditory neuroscience and neuropharmacologist. He has been a tech for 6 years now with a particular interest in neurosurgery. 



What has science fiction ever done for us. Richard Pattenden


A view of past science fiction film and literature that involved medical practices and equipment that changed medicine today.

Richard has worked at Christchurch hospital since 2007 and currently working on the cardiac roster.  Since being in Christchurch he has had an interaction with a train which resulted in a broken arm and found a dead body whilst out running.


Are the ABs Finished?
Simon Donald

This presentation will look briefly at the history of antibiotics and the development of resistance.
The golden age of treating infectious diseases is probably over, so where will medicine turn now.
We will look at the alternatives.  Some more esoteric than others.  From implanting chips in an infected wound to phage therapy.
It’s unlikely with the progress being made with the alternatives, that we will reach the levels of protection we are afforded by antibiotics.  Which would mean as it did before Fleming, that a simple cut could possibly kill you.
Sobering indeed.

Simon trained as an ODA in the very early eighties, before immigrating to New Zealand in 1998.  Worked initially at Green Lane Hospital, before becoming the Charge Technician at Auckland Public Hospital.  Simon now is a part time Anaesthetic Technician and Resuscitation Educator at North Shore Hospital.  His interests include, golf, wine, coffee and electronic dance music.

Registration, Recertification and Professional Standards.  Margaret Steel BSc


The Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand is charged with protecting and promoting the health of New Zealanders ensuring medical laboratory science practitioners and anaesthetic technicians are competent and fit to practise under the HPCA Act 2003. This presentation provides an overview of registrations received, APCs issued, notifications and ongoing professional development for 2018-19 year.

Margaret is Registrar for two of the New Zealand health regulatory authorities – the Medical Sciences Council and the Medical Radiation Technologists Board.  Margaret has extensive senior management experience within the regulatory sector and has an in-depth knowledge of the application of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in respect to health practitioners. Prior to her current role with the Board and Council, she was the Regulatory Services Manager for the Real Estate Authority.

Sunday 10 November

Military Medicine – Lessons Learned. Charlie Richards

Trauma care in the military has driven civilian practice to date. Using recent conflicts as an example, this presentation will explore the factors that underpin management and treatment of survivable injuries.

Charlie is an anaesthetist at Christchurch Hospital. Prior to anaesthetic training, Charlie was a full-time Regimental Medical Officer in the Australian Army. He enjoys skiing, brewing beer, and most outdoor pursuits, however his two small children have different plans for his time.



Protected Pause.  Rachel McGregor & Lisa Depree

This presentation is around introducing a practice change to our PACU, and it covers the background of our handover process and how we went about implementing  change in this area. The difficulties that we encountered, prior practice and how our practice looks now.

Rachel and Lisa, senior PACU nurses Extraordinaire ….
Both nurses have a wide variety of experience and expertise working in PACU for the Canterbury District Health Board, based at Christchurch Hospital.  Their PACU is a multi-site tertiary level unit, comprising 3 sites (about to be 4) and 4 alternative care sites. 


Mission impossible in Thai Luang Cave – Real World Anesthesia .  Lorna Leonard



The successful rescue mission of 13 Lost in Thai cave which was the most risky and complex rescue operation the world has ever seen while broadcasted by international News media.  Viewed from one of the rescuers – Harry Harris, Australian anaesthetist.

Lorna Leonard, Clinical Nurse Specialist of Urology, Operating Theatre, Christchurch Hospital


Let’s change for quality sake!  Veronica Gin

Quality and safety is an ever important issue in healthcare.  We’ve been trying to address this issue for the last two decades but have peaked or have we done enough?  Our knowledge is growing about why things adverse events occur in our systems and this will help shape the future of how we deliver healthcare better.  This talk will explore some of new concepts that help us understand why things happen the way that they do in healthcare, what the changes are happening and what we might expect in the future to improve the quality of care.

Veronica is a consultant anaesthetist at Christchurch Public Hospital and has clinical interests in anaesthesia for otolaryngology, neuroanaesthesia and is the current Chair of the Neuroanaesthesia Special Interest Group for ANZCA.  She has a non-clinical interest in quality and safety, crisis management and is currently completing a Masters of Health Quality and Safety through the University of Auckland. 

Product Development 101.  Craig White

A window into the world of medical device design.  With a mix of cool technology, big boys toys, customer empathy and a deep understanding of the problem, engineers work to create elegant solutions, change clinical practice and improve patient care and outcomes.  The presentation will range from premature babies to Optiflow THRIVE use in anaesthetic applications, including the fluid dynamics of the air inside your nose, and how that changes when you stop breathing.


Craig is a Senior Product Development Manager at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, which means he is a product development expert within a team spending $100m p/a on Research & Development of medical devices in New Zealand.  A team improving patient care & outcomes for 13m patients around the world.  Craig has won the supreme award for Product Design in NZ, holds dozens of patents and has developed Optiflow (Nasal High Flow) into a therapy which is changing the way oxygen is delivered throughout the hospital.  He enjoys loads of outdoors activities and tries to pack in as many family adventures as possible.


Sustainability in Anaesthesia – Keep changing, keep improving.  Charlotte Adamson


Our actions in theatre have a direct effect on the environment. We are constantly reviewing and improving the way we care for our patients to make ourselves a more sustainable profession. How can we reduce the impact of our work on the world around us?

Charlotte is an Anaesthetic Registrar at Christchurch Hospital. She has recently been involved in a citywide audit of Propofol usage and waste. She is interested in researching the impact of decisions we make while trying to do the right thing.


Silver Sponsors

Getinge is a global provider of innovative solutions for operating rooms, intensive care units, sterilization and endoscopic reprocessing departments, endovascular procedures and for life science companies and institutions. Based on our first-hand experience and close partnerships with clinical experts, healthcare professionals and medical-technology specialists, we are committed to improving the everyday life for people – today and tomorrow.
We are passionate about healthcare; both for those providing it, and the people in need for it. And after more than a century of creating healthcare innovations, we still share a passion for helping our customers improve people’s lives.


Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE) is a global healthcare company dedicated to providing a suite of innovative haematology products and solutions for customers to help them improve patient care and reduce the cost of healthcare.
To learn more about Haemonetics, visit<>.

Bronze Sponsors


We understand your challenges and strive to make your job easier with reliable, quality products and solutions. Medical products that help prevent infection and promote healing. 3M products enable you to treat more patients at lower costs, while improving overall health. That’s health care progress made possible.


B. Braun is one ofthe world’s leading manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products and services. With over 55,000 employees in 64 countries, B. Braun develops high quality product systems and services for users around the world.
Every service provided by B. Braun incorporates the entirety of our knowledge and skills, the company’s deep understanding of users’ needs – and 177 years of extensive expertise. With its constantly growing portfolio of effective medical care solutions, B. Braun makes a substantial contribution towards protecting and improving people’s health.
In developing its products, product systems and services, B. Braun acts like a sparring partner. A companion who knows their counterpart. Who wants to do the best for them. A companion who promotes developments through constructive dialog and the motivation to improve things. And enables solutions that are both evolving and progressive.


BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company develops innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD has 65,000 employees and a presence in virtually every country around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. BD helps customers enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care.

From high-quality consumables to advanced theatre equipment and robotics, Device Technologies is Australasia’s largest independent provider of medical solutions and technologies. Partnering with some of the world’s most innovative medical companies, Device Technologies offers a comprehensive range of supplies – with client and patient care at the core of our values.


Dräger.  Technology for Life®  Dräger is a leading international company in the fields of medical and safety technology.  Hospitals, manufacturing, mining, fire protection and emergency services have trusted in Dräger since 1889.  Our innovative products, services and systems protect, support and save lives.
The medical division’s product range covers ventilation equipment for intensive care, emergency and mobile ventilation units, anaesthesia workstations, infant warming therapy equipment and patient monitoring equipment and IT solutions.  Besides striving for the highest quality and common interfaces between our products, Dräger also focuses on the protection of our environment and our natural resources.


Edwards Lifesciences, based in Irvine Galif., is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring.  Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world’s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives.
For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @EdwardsLifesci.



Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of products and systems for use in respiratory care, acute care, surgery and the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.Our medical devices and technologies are designed to help patients transition to less acute care settings, help them recover quicker and assist them to avoid more acute conditions.
We are a global business, based in 38 countries and selling into more than 120. Since the 1970s, we have focused on continuous improvement and innovation in the development of world-leading medical devices and technologies, and today, our products are considered leaders in their respective fields.

Please visit us at Booth 1.



FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. is the innovator and world leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, and an industry leader in ultra high-frequency micro-ultrasound technology. SonoSite’s portable, compact systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care.


GE Healthcare is a leading provider of Anaesthesia, medical imaging, monitoring, biomanufacturing, and cell and gene therapy technologies.  GE Healthcare enables precision health in diagnostics, therapeutics and monitoring through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications and services.  With over 100 years of experience in the healthcare industry and more than 50,000 employees globally, the company helps improve outcomes more efficiently for patients, healthcare providers, researchers and life sciences companies around the world.
Follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitter and The Pulse for latest news, or visit our website for more information


Getz Healthcare Australia and New Zealand is a supplier of high-quality products and services within the Healthcare industry. Established in 1965, we currently represent over 45 leading brands providing access to over 200 healthcare solutions for clinicians and patients. In July 2018, Getz Healthcare acquired Medical Technologies Pty Ltd as a critical building block in Getz Healthcare’s strategy to expand the distribution and service business in Australia and New Zealand. Headquartered in Singapore, Getz Healthcare has operations in nine countries across the Asia Pacific, partnering with leading manufacturers and innovators of medical technology to become ‘’Medtech companies pathway to Asia Pacific’’.


Established in 1981, Jackson Allison Medical & Surgical Ltd is a privately owned New Zealand company. We distribute throughout New Zealand and have branches in Auckland (head office), Wellington and Christchurch.
Our company is made up of experienced medical professionals/product specialists. Our portfolio includes, Anaesthesia, Respiratory, Theatre and Surgical devices and consumables to name just a few.  We regularly attend international trade shows and meet with our global partners to ensure we are bringing you the most up to date products and we are constantly on the look out for new innovations.   It is our mission to provide an excellent service and quality brands and build strong relationships.  We look forward to meeting you.



The Medical Sciences Council (the Council) is one of sixteen New Zealand health regulation authorities appointed by the Minister of Health under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The primary responsibility of the Council is to protect the health and safety of the New Zealand public by ensuring practitioners registered in the profession of medical laboratory science and anaesthetic technology are competent and fit to practise.


As a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, Medtronic improves the lives and health of millions of people each year. We use our deep clinical, therapeutic, and economic expertise to address the complex challenges faced by healthcare systems today. Let’s take healthcare Further, Together.


MedXus is a privately owned medical equipment company who has been servicing hospitals and emergency services in NZ since 1999.  We proudly represent AMBU – the visualisation specialists, providing clinicians with a range of visualisation products –  aScope 4 Broncho single patient use videoscope range, KingVision video laryngoscope and Vivasight – the new generation of Double Lumen Tubes with integrated camera. Along with the AMBU Aura range of disposable laryngeal masks including the AuraGain, King Systems facemasks and resuscitation bags.


MSD was established in New Zealand in 1962 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc.

In New Zealand, MSD provides innovative medicines, vaccines and biologic therapies across a broad range of therapeutic areas. These include; oncology, anaesthesia, musculoskeletal, women’s health, fertility, HIV/AIDS, antibacterials/antifungals and immunisations.

MSD is one of the few pharmaceutical companies still conducting clinical trials in New Zealand and invests approximately $NZ58 million in local clinical research. Current research programmes include oncology, anti-viral, endocrinology, cardiology, respiratory and vaccines. These trials provide free therapeutic access to hundreds of patients.1  

1. MSD data on file.  Copyright © 2019 Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2019 Merck Sharp & Dohme (New Zealand) Pty Limited. Level 3,123 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket, Auckland. All rights reserved. NZ-NON-00006 MW DA1940MW First Issued June 2019.

Obex Medical Ltd (“Obex”) is a privately owned company and has been servicing the New Zealand market for 36 years.  Our purpose is to meet the needs of the healthcare professionals with the supply of minimally invasive consumables and implantable devices, which will enable the delivery of the best diagnosis and therapy to ensure best outcomes for patients.
Our mission is to proudly connect New Zealand with world leading, innovate and sustainable medical technology solutions.”  We value Trust; Knowledge; Commitment and Determination.
High-level clinical and technical expertise makes us an industry leader in education.


Teleflex is a global provider of medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. We apply purpose driven innovation – a relentless pursuit of identifying unmet clinical needs – to benefit patients and healthcare providers. Our portfolio is diverse, with solutions in the fields of vascular and interventional access, surgical, anesthesia, cardiac care, urology, emergency medicine and respiratory care. Teleflex employees worldwide are united in the understanding that what we do every day makes a difference.
Teleflex is the home of Arrow®, Deknatel®, Hudson RCI®, LMA®, Pilling®, Rusch® and Weck® – trusted brands united by a common sense of purpose.