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 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.

Annual Queenstown Update in Anaesthesia (AQUA) 19-21 August 2021

LOCATION: Queenstown

An outstanding mix of scientific content and social events against the stunning backdrop of Queenstown.
Brought to you by the NZSA and the Joint Anaesthesia Faculty of Auckland.
Please note that AQUA is now fully booked.

More information about this annual conference on the AQUA website 

17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists 1-5 September 2021


Register today. 200 + hours of education. 400 + international speakers. 26 problem-based learning discussions.

Promising to be the largest gathering of anaesthetists ever, with the virtual platform enabling so many to join.

PacMac Dates 2021 and 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.



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



21st September 2021

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, 23-25 Sept

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

Assisted Dying Workforce Forum, 29-30 September 2021

LOCATION: Wellington, venue TBC

The Ministry of Health is hosting a forum for the health workforce who may be involved in delivering parts of the assisted dying service when it becomes legally available from 7 November 2021. The forum is an opportunity for health practitioners to learn about assisted dying services and establish networks with peers ahead of the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (the Act) coming into force.

The Ministry is responsible for implementing the Act. Assisted dying will be an entirely new service within the health and disability system. It is not a replacement for palliative care, or health care services more generally. It provides another option for people with a terminal illness in specific circumstances. 

This workforce forum is part of the Ministry’s work to provide resources and training to support health professionals and health service providers to prepare for when assisted dying becomes available. 

More information, including how to register here

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

LOCATION: Christchurch Town Hall

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). Aotearoa NZ Anaesthesia ASMs are usually held each year, except when the ANZCA parent organisation holds its principal ANZCA ASM in New Zealand, or when the NZSA is involved in a wider conference. 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 aim to 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. 

We look forward to showcasing Ōtautahi Christchurch. 

Registrations are not yet open.  Visit the conference website for details.

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 

Inpatient Pain Network Meeting - 26 November 2021

LOCATION: University of Otago, Wellington Hospital

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

13th International Symposium on Pediatric 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.

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.


Contact Raewyn Tse, Event Manager, Conference Innovators E:


For all enquiries please contact Denyse Robertson E:, T: +61 2 8556 9717