Our events page highlights NZ events and events related to our core stakeholders and networks. For more events, please visit the ACE website.

Aotearoa NZ Anaesthesia ASM 2021 | Whakaora to Heal

The theme for the meeting (now fully virtual) is Whakaora (To Heal): Our patients, Ourselves, Our City, Our Planet. Through the scientific programme and workshops, we will aim to challenge ourselves to care for our patients more effectively; to look after ourselves and each other; to consider the wider community and the world we live in. 

Visit the event site

ANZAEC Committee

The ANZAEC (Aotearoa New Zealand Anaesthesia Education Committee) has a website which highlights events the NZSA and ANZCA National Committee jointly host such as the Aotearoa NZ Annual Scientific Meetings and Visiting Lectureships.  Visit the ANZAEC site here.  

ACE Website

For more events, including international events, visit the website of the Anaesthesia Continuing Education Committee here.

Faculty of Pain Medicine and the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists Spring meeting 16 Oct 2021


The Faculty of Pain Medicine and the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists invite you to the virtual 2021 Combined Spring Meeting, on Saturday 16 October – "Moving with pain."

Hear from experts in sports medicine, complementary evidence-based treatments, and being 'fit for surgery, fit for life'. Plus open forum discussion on pain advocacy with our panel of professionals from Scotland, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia.

What does your registration give you?

  • Access to the live Q&A panels, meeting content for 12 months post the meeting
  • Five hours worth of Knowledge and Skills ‘Learning sessions’ at one credit per hour for ANZCA and FPM CPD participants.

For more information and to register, visit the meeting webpage.


Aotearoa New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, 27-30 October 2021, Virtual


The Aotearoa New Zealand ASM will be hosted jointly by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA), the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists New Zealand National Committee (ANZCA NZNC) and the New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians' Society (NZATS).CPD opportunities are available through your ANZCA CPD Portfolio.

The theme is "Whakaora, (To Heal): Our Patients, Ourselves, Our City, Our Planet."

Our scientific programme and workshops will challenge you to care for your patients more effectively; to look after ourselves and each other; and to consider the wider community and the world we live in. 

Due to the current COVID outbreak we have made the decision to move to a full virtual meeting. 

We have an excellent program and virtual platform with lots of engagement opportunities. Live Q & A. 

Please visit the conference website for details, which includes FAQs about our virtual format.

Acute Severe Behavioural Disturbance Workshop, 12 November 2021, Virtual


A Zoom workshop for Acute Severe Behavioural Disturbance to be held 9am-11am.

The course originated following a series of Coroner’s cases, where sedation for behavioural disturbance contributed to poor outcomes.  The ASBD workshop looks at acute sedation, in locations other than the operating room (e.g ward, pain clinic, ED), and was designed particularly for FPM fellows without a background in anaesthesia.  However, ANZCA fellows have also found useful the management of acute delirium in unfamiliar environments, de-escalation methods, and learning break away skills for their own safety.  

It has been approved as a CPD Emergency Response activity within the ANZCA/FPM CPD Programme and you can now claim CPD points in the ER category for attendance.   Participant numbers are limited to 15 people, and we are aiming for a mix of clinical backgrounds from Pain and Anaesthesia, for the benefit of all participants.  Read the course outline here

If you are interested please complete and forward the Expression of Interest (EOI) form below and email to  

When registrations are finalised, pre-reading and Zoom details will be sent to the email address provided on the EOI form.

Expression of Interest (EOI) please complete all sections

Full name


Email address


Cell phone






Designation (delete one)



Email your EOI to:   Karen Patching –



WARMUP 2021 (Annual Waitematā Anaesthesiology Medicine Update) 13 November 2021

LOCATION: Whenuā Pupuke Education Centre, North Shore Hospital, Auckland

This conference is aimed at updating internal medicine knowledge for anaesthetists.

The topics include: hypertension, ABC of Resuscitation, Anaemia, Restrictive Transfusion, Adrenal Disorders, AI, Genetic Testing, Marine Envenomation, Space Medicine and much more!

For more information check out the registration form below.

WARMUP 2021 Registration Form

WARMUP 2021 Leaflet

Quality Improvement Scientific Symposium 17 Nov 2021

LOCATION: Rydges Latimer Christchurch

This year’s theme, ‘Whakahohe, whiria te muka tangata | Recharge, inspire and connect’, focuses on taking time to connect with your colleagues to reflect on the inspirational work done over the past 18 months in an environment with a high degree of uncertainty and complexity.

Recharge your enthusiasm and ignite inspiration by sharing knowledge and wisdom of quality improvement across all fields of health care.

Participants will:

  • share what has been learned from applying scientific methods to health care improvement
  • network with like-minded colleagues
  • discuss challenges in applying and disseminating scientific approaches to health care improvement
  • create a common understanding of how to apply and disseminate scientific methods to improve health and health care underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Who should attend?

Anybody interested in quality improvement methodology in health care.

More details and registration here 

Annual Queenstown Update in Anaesthesia (AQUA) 25-27 November 2021

LOCATION: Queenstown

AQUA 2021 has moved to 25-27 November due to COVID restrictions. Fortunately, most of our speakers are available so the scientific programme is largely unchanged. The Conference dinner will still be held at the Skyline Restaurant. The AQUA BBQ will move to a new venue. We have swapped skiing for mountain biking and golf.

BATS and AQUA will still be held at the Heritage Hotel.

Please contact Joanne Martin at with queries.  

More information about this annual conference on the AQUA website 

Inpatient Pain Network Meeting - 26 November 2021

LOCATION: Willeston Conference Centre - Level 11, 15 Willeston Street, Wellington

INPATIENT PAIN NETWORK MEETING proudly supported by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists. Supporting Advocacy, Community and Education.

The aim of this meeting is to provide some targeted education for regional pain services, allow some networking opportunities and celebrate our joint efforts providing pain management in NZ.


Below is a draft programme - please note, this may be subject to change:






Mike Foss


Pain Management in Pregnancy

National Women’s team


Topics in Paediatric Advanced Pain Management

David Sainsbury (Starship)


Morning tea/debrief



A Complex Pain Case

Sally Fitzgerald CNS Canterbury


Topical Volatile Anaesthetic Agents for Chronic Ulcer Pain 



Intraperitoneal Lidocaine for Analgesia in CR Surgery

CM (pain SMO and the RMO?)


Wrap up morning and questions






Set up for the SG, 5-10min presentations on SG

Mike Foss


Procedural Sedation in your Hospital

Lyndelle Kelsen, CNS Waikato & David Prior, SMO Hutt


Care Pathways (acute and elective)

Nick Harrison, SMO Lakes & Sue O’Connor, NP Hutt


Afternoon tea



Acute on Chronic Pain Patients on the Round

Sally Fitzgerald, CNS Canterbury & David Kibblewhite, SMO Waikato


Analgesic Stewardship

Brownwyn Pester, NP Waikato & Rachel Sara, SMO Counties


Wrap up


* Rotating through these four small groups concurrently

To register, please click here.

For more information, please contact Lynne Mulder-Wood on

New Zealand Anaesthesia Part 3 Course - Being rescheduled to March/April 2022

LOCATION: Avon Hall, Christchurch Town Hall

Proudly supported by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists. Topics covered include: Fellowship Planning, Interview Workshop, Locuming, Private Practice and more.

Unfortunately, due to COVID and the current level restrictions, the Part 3 course this year has been postponed.  We are planning to reschedule this for March/April 2022 but a date has not yet been finalised.  Registrations will be reopened once this is done.  

For further information, please contact Lynne on


13th International Symposium on Paediatric Pain 2022

LOCATION: The Cordis Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

Diversity, Equity, Access
To enhance excellence in clinical practice for the management of children and young people in pain by showcasing influential knowledge and vanguard research.

Check out the event's website here.

The New Zealand Pain Society Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting 24 -26 March, 2022

LOCATION: The Cordis Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

Join us in the City of Sails, Auckland, for the New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) from 24-26 March 2022. From the early days of Auckland’s history, the port has been a busy one and it remains that way today. It has a vital role in the transport corridors which link the city with local and international ports. The 2022 ASM has a vital role too. It will link you with local and international speakers who provide a wealth of knowledge and information from research, clinical study and practice as well as patient experiences.

The meeting theme, “All Hands On Deck”, is a call to action meaning that everyone needs to assist in resolving a problem or addressing a situation.  This theme encourages speakers to think about how to stay connected, stay educated and how to offer patients access to a greater understanding of their condition and how to deal with the daily challenges they face.  All of this is underpinned by strategic planning and continuous quality improvement.  We invite you to register and help us connect and come together to enhance our collective ability to understand and manage pain.

More info and to register:

PacMac Dates 2022

LOCATION: The Simulation & Skills Centre, Wellington

The course is open to consultants with an interest in paediatric anaesthesia and the occasional paediatric anaesthetist working in district health boards and private hospitals.

Anaesthetic technicians and nurses may attend as observers by prior arrangement.

Course information

This course is a refresher in managing common paediatric emergencies. In addition to maintaining skills and upskilling in contemporary management of paediatric emergencies, credits can be gained towards the ANZCA CPD programme.

The course is approved for credit of the ‘Emergency responses (management of anaphylaxis)’ section of the ANZCA CPD programme.

The course syllabus emphasises team work and use of Crew Resource Management principles for management of common in hospital as well as anaesthesia emergencies.

Please note that this is a latex environment.


4th April 2022, 22nd September 2022 and 24th November 2022

Please note: online access to our learning management system, Connect Me, will be given for course information and pre-reading materials.


08.30am - 17.00pm


NZD $1250 (including GST)

Registration closing date is two weeks prior to course commencement date.

Please note: a minimum of 6 participants is required for the course. In the event of less than 6 participants the course may be deferred or cancelled.


The Simulation & Skills Centre

Level 9, CSB purple lifts

Wellington Regional Hospital

Riddiford Street, Newtown

Wellington 6021

New Zealand



4th April 2022, 22nd September 2022 and 24th November 2022


Details on Wellington Simulation website.

Technicians and PACU nurses (2each) attend for free. 

Contact for place and registration for technicians. 

NZ Women in Medicine Conference, Wellington, 12-14 May 2022

LOCATION: Te Papa, Wellington

Theme: Kotahitanga me Manaakitanga - Celebrating strength in our unity, supporting our community.

Elana Curtis, Matire Harwood, Lily Fraser and Sandra Hotu will be addressing New Zealand’s current equity challenges as part of our Te Tōkeke (equity) stream. Other presenters include Samantha Murton, President of RNZCGP, Associate Health Minister Hon. Ayesha Verrall, academics Elana Curtis, Bev Lawton, Matire Harwood, and Sandra Hotu), & advocates and public educators Helen Petousis Harris and Nikki Turner. Register

Combined Scientific Congress (ASA and NZSA), 21-24 October 2022, Wellington

LOCATION: TSB Bank Arena, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington

This unique event will combine the best that the NZSA and ASA have to offer in anaesthesia education, research and science.

This meeting will offer material and content to fulfil your unique continuing professional development and self-directed learning needs and enhance your practice. But just as importantly, we hope it will strengthen the many ties that bind both the NZSA and ASA societies and reaffirm for us all what a privilege it is to be part of our unique profession.


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