2018 Annual Scientific Meeting

By Michael Schultz & Karen Kempin | Posted: Thursday July 12, 2018

Registrations are now open - join us in Dunedin this November

Only four months left to the Annual Scientific Meeting, this year in Dunedin. The program is shaping up nicely. We have an exciting line up of international and national speakers and hope that you find this equally interesting. We are thankful to Dr Amyn Haji, consultant surgeon and leader of the endoscopy centre at King’s College in London, UK to step in at rather short notice. The overarching theme of this years’ meeting is teamwork - gastroenterologists, surgeons, nurses and other specialties working together to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient. Amyn’s work on decision making in endoscopy and Dr Helen Griffiths, UK nurse endoscopist and JAG accreditor work on training and quality assurance are exemplary in this aspect. Dr Charlie Lees, gastroenterologist from Edinburgh and Kay Greveson, award-winning IBD nurse from London will discuss aspects of shared care of complex IBD patients. Dr Chris Hair from Australia will be the keynote speaker for the Capsule Endoscopy Symposium scheduled for Tuesday prior to the conference. Chris is passionate about the Pacific and will highlight the work he has done, and that of others within ANZGITA, in a number of sessions in the main program. Finally, the remarkable progress that has been achieved with the new treatment options for chronic Hepatitis C but also the ongoing challenges for Hepatitis B treatment and surveillance will be discussed by Dr Greg Dore from Sydney.

There are a number of firsts during this conference. We will have the inaugural Alan Cameron lecture in honor of the first NZSG president given by A/Prof Susan Parry to acknowledge her endless enthusiasm for our specialty. We will also showcase the best in NZ GI research and have the winners of the Young Investigator Awards Luminal and Liver present their data in the opening plenary session amongst the world leaders. In response to previous meeting feedback, the nurses program includes an interactive hands-on endoscopic instruments workshop and together with MoleMap we will have again a workshop for skin cancer lesion recognition, important for healthcare providers looking after patients on thiopurines.

The Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health will potentially join us for the welcoming function at the end of the program on Wednesday and be available for some small talk. A nurses gathering and doctors dinner is in the planning for Wednesday evening and the “Great Guts Fun Run” will take in ocean views at St Kilda beach with bus transfers planned for Thursday morning. The highlight of the social program, the conference dinner, takes place on Thursday night in New Zealand’s only covered stadium and home to The Highlanders, the Forsyth Barr Stadium. We plan to take you back down memory lane to the days of your student life with the motto of Professors and Students (Profs and Scarfies). Get your best "Hyde Street Party” costume ready.

Registration and abstract submission is open so take advantage of the early bird rates. We were able to secure accommodation from a variety of providers. For those of you that are budget conscious or simply want to truly immerse themselves in student life, very affordable accommodation is on offer at Selwyn College, New Zealand’s oldest independent student hall of residence. Information for booking this accommodation will be available on the registration web page.

We hope to see you all in November.  click here to register

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