Pre-Symposium Workshops
2-day Symposium Programme

Saturday and Sunday clinics

  • Surgical skills clinics need to be pre-booked due to equipment restrictions. You can do this on your registration form.


Programme Day 1 (Saturday 28 March 2020)
from 07.00 Registration
07.30-08.15 Breakfast sessions

1. Insulin initiation, titration and escalation: A practical guide for busy clinicians, with Dr Carl Peters. (Sponsored by Sanofi)

2. Let’s get ‘real’ about Asthma Guidelines, with Dr Andrew Corin (sponsored by GSK)


Welcome and Keynote presentation

Compassion in primary care with Professor Paul Gilbert


Update Managing difficult blood pressures
Hari Talreja
General 1 Rising tide of STIs in NZ
Massimo Giola
General 2 Endometriosis takes the blame
Simon Edmonds
 RNZCUC Urgent Care topic: Shoulder injuries
Rob Elliott
MercyAscot Beyond mesh – I have a mesh, should I be worried?
Eva Fong, Sum Sum Lo
Lifestyle Medicine Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine: the art and science of the practice of the future
John Stevens
10.25-10.55 Morning tea

Updates Anxiety in adolescents: When to worry
Melanie Woodfield
General 1 Contraception update
Orna McGinn
 General 2 Pacific health
Aniva Lawrence
 RNZCUC Urgent Care topic: Cardiology
Sarah Fitzsimons
MercyAscot Benign prostate problems - beyond the basics
Simon Van Rij, Andrew Lienert, Jason Du
 Lifestyle Medicine Nutrition and exercise science - supporting the lifestyle prescription
Cameron McDonald

Updates Menopause - what medications and when
Stella Milsom
General 1 All about eyes; Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus and Refractive Lens Exchange
Shanu Subbiah and Divya Perumal
 General 2 Burn management
Jonathan Heather
RNZCUC Urgent Care topic: 'Acute oncology' and pearls to optimise early management and the patient experience
Rosalie Stephens
MercyAscot Acute appendicitis: Where are we at now? 
Ashish Taneja
 Lifestyle Medicine The need for personalising nutrition and strategies for nutrition counselling
Shivaun Conn
1.00-1.55 Lunch

 Updates Reversing the impact of intergenerational poverty
Johan Morreau
 General 1 When is medicinal cannabis appropriate for chronic pain?
Girseh Kanji
 General 2 Resetting workplace culture
Chelsea Willmott
RNZCUC Urgent Care topic: Muscle sparing approaches in hip replacement Plus: Tips and tricks for dealing with sporting knee injuries
Shaneel Deo
 MercyAscot Bariatric essentials: Patient selection criteria and post-surgery management
Grant Beban, Nicholas Evennett, Emily McRae, Liz Goodall
Lifestyle Medicine Health coaching: the engine room of clinical practice
Simon Matthews
2.55-3.05 Changeover

Updates Psoriasis update
Paul Jarrett
General 1 Grief and the implications for ongoing care
Rod MacLeod
General 2 Coronavirus disease – understanding it better, and practical skills for next Monday
Bryan Betty and Helen Petousis-Harris
RNZCUC Urgent Care topic: Biliary pain - A practical guide to management in primary care.
Todd Hore
MercyAscot Cartliage problems across the ages (knees)
Jacob Munro, Duncan Ferguson, Paul Monk
Lifestyle Medicine Nutrition and exercise science - supporting the lifestyle prescription 
Cameron McDonald
3.55-4.30 Afternoon tea

Updates Diabetes: one size doesn’t fit all
Rinki Murphy
General 1 Exercise as medicine in oncology
Mark Fulcher
 General 2 Chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and management 
Rosamund Vallings
 RNZCUC Acute visual loss
Logan Robinson
MercyAscot No sweat: treating hyperhidrosis and facial blushing
Indran Ramanathan
Lifestyle Medicine Coaching health behaviour change in clinical practice: experiential workshop
Shivaun Conn
 5.30-7.00pm Networking with canapes and drinks
6.00-7.00pm RNZCUC Annual General Meeting


Programme Day 2 (Sunday 29 March 2020)
07.30-08.15 Breakfast sessions

1. Stroke prevention and anticoagulation in patients with renal impairment: thinking beyond atrial fibrillation, with Dr Patrick Kay, Interventional Cardiologist (Sponsored by Bayer)

2. Why are we weighting? Let’s start treating obesity, with Dr Rinki Murphy (Sponsored by Radiant Health)


Keynote presentation

Using Behavioural Change to Change Behaviour” – Recommendations for a bold but simple approach for helping people get from “A” to “B”, with Edmond Otis


Updates Looking beneath the surface of problematic pornography use
Luke Sniewski
General 1 Immunotherapy for cancer: the new wave - what you need to know
Gareth Rivalland
 General 2 Anticoagulation: who, when, why and with what?
Eileen Merriman
 RNZCUC Urgent Care topic: Acute psychiatric emergencies
Siale Foliaki
MercyAscot Shoulder pain across the ages
Craig Ball
Lifestyle Medicine Health coaching: Does my patient really want to change? 
Simon Matthews
10.25-10.55 Morning tea


Tackling vacine mythology
Helen Petousis-Harris

General 1 ACC: Accident, Cover, Certification – conversations made easy - Michael Austen, John Robson, Penelope Warring
General 2 Fast track pain clinic - results from an innovative approach to severe acute spinal pain pain
Giresh Kanji
RNZCUC Urgent Care topic: Overdoses and poisonings: risk assessment and red flags
Adam Pomerlau
MercyAscot Inflammatory bowel disease: Optimising care
Maggie Chapman-Ow
Lifestyle Medicine Lifestyle Medicine: An ideal platform for the patient-centred model of care
Michelle Reiss

Updates Cognitive decline and dementia: seeing it, understanding it and managing it
Ngaire Kerse & Kathy Peri
General 1 Fussy eating – do children need to learn to eat?
Cathryn Conlon
General 2 Rebooting the brain: non traditional treatments for depression
Rob Shieff
General 3 Psychedelics
Nicolas Hoeh
MercyAscot Brain Tumours- how serious are they?
Patrick Schweder
Lifestyle Medicine Weight loss and reversing diabetes in clinical practice
Glen Davies
1.00-1.55 Lunch

 Updates Shall we use aspirin as primary prevention?
Linda Bryant, Vanessa Selak
General 1 Sleep disorders
Tony Fernando
General 2

Common childhood infections
Emma Best

General 3

Modern cancer treatments and how to manage your patient
Sanjeev Deva

MercyAscot Vaping - the trojan horse: Fact vs fiction
Kim Gear
Lifestyle Medicine Programmed Shared Medical Appointments (PSMAs) for weight loss: A proof of concept trial
John Stevens



Updates Prescribing update
Linda Bryant, Bruce Arroll


This programme is subject to change


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