Update from your President

By NZSG | Posted: Thursday November 16, 2017

It was with sadness that we heard of the passing of our long term member Dr Bramwell Cook from Christchurch.

Bramwell was the archivist of the Society and the exhibition of historical gastroenterological equipment that he put together and showcased at our recent 50th anniversary conference in Hamilton was certainly one of the highlights of the meeting.

The New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology herewith acknowledges Bramwell for his long term dedication and passion for New Zealand Gastroenterology.

April 2017

The New Year has seen many exciting developments. It wasn’t
all that long ago that we were recovering from the Bogan and
Apocalypse Zombie attack and a quarter of 2017 is already gone. Thomas Caspritz’s report on the recent Hepatitis Meeting update shows the value of these monothematic meetings and there are a few more to come this year. With the roll out of bowel cancer screening, a new life has been put into NEQIP and GRS. Under the guidance of Dr Malcolm Arnold, a state of the nation is currently being put together. You will see Malcolm over the next couple of months popping up in your unit and please make him feel welcome as he is trying to assess each endoscopy unit individually from a GRS point of view. He is doing this during his sabbatical and without much financial support.

Bowel cancer screening will be rolled out in Lower Hutt and Wairarapa over the next three months. At the last Executive Face-to-Face meeting we heard from Susan Parry and her colleagues from the Ministry of Health, as well as Dr Jeff Wong from Lower Hutt, that preparations are ongoing in order to reach this milestone.

Furthermore I would like you to take particular note of Dr Richard Stein’s report of the Camp Purple Crohn’s and Colitis Kids Camp. What a wonderful occasion, now in its third year running and brimming with enthusiasm. I personally had the opportunity to talk to some of the kids that participated and they can’t wait until the camp next year.

I would also like to thank Dr Russell Walmsley for his engagement in nutritional education in New Zealand. He recently designed and convened the recent nutrition course in Auckland with great success. It is actually stated explicitly in the curriculum for advanced trainees that insight into dietary modi cations need to be gained over the course of the training. This nutrition course should therefore have a central place and the decision has been made to offer a further course in two years’ time.

Lastly I would like to ask all of you to shoulder tap any registrars in your vicinity that you think would enjoy training in Gastroenterology. Recent changes in the RACP privacy policy no longer allow us to contact registrars directly. With ever expanding numbers of training posts as well as a need for gastroenterologists, this is a good opportunity to enter the eld of gastroenterology.

For further updates, please follow us on our Twitter account which is growing steadily and I hope you enjoy this issue of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology newsletter.

Kind regards, Michael Schultz