Invited Speakers

Speakers appear in order of last name

Steve August

Steve ran his own physiotherapy practices in Dunedin for over 30 years, mostly treating backs and necks.   He has also lectured very part-time on them in the Otago School of Medicine, and at many conferences. Getting a handle on what actually worked on patients meant mining the whole eclectic mix of treatment approaches and attending most relevant conferences and courses in NZ and Australia. Most presenting spinal problems are multi-factorial, and need a simple collection of approaches to achieve a lasting result.

After 40,000 personal treatment sessions, Steve's hands finally gave out and he retired from treating patients in 2012. Guilt about no longer utilising 30 years of built-up expertise led to attempting to help with what is arguably the biggest upper spinal problem in the developed, computer-savvy world - the iHunch - on an international scale. Steve is the inventor of the Backpod, a home programme and spinal fulcrum device designed to provide practical self treatment and ongoing care for most upper spines, especially those with an excessive thoracic kyphosis. After an exhausting few years, the Backpod is now selling to most countries in the world, has won several NZ and international awards, sales are turning parabolic, and Steve's life is like swimming in an avalanche.

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Glenn Colquhoun

Glenn Colquhoun is a poet and children's writer.

His first collection The art of walking upright won the Jessie Mackay best first book of poetry award at the 2000 Montana book awards. Playing God, his third collection, won the poetry section of the same awards in 2003 as well as the reader's choice award that year. He has written four children's books and published a book of essays entitled Jumping ship and other essays.

He was awarded the Prize in modern letters in 2004 and a Fulbright scholarship to Harvard University in 2010. In 2012 he was part of the 'Transit of Venus' poetry exchange at the Frankfurt book fair and in 2014 represented New Zealand on the Commonwealth Poets United poetry project which celebrated the Glasgow Commonwealth Games that year. Late love - sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients was published by BWB in 2016.

He works as a GP in Horowhenua.

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Ingrid Crawford

Dr Ingrid Crawford is a GPEP 3 Registrar at Aurora Health Centre in Dunedin, currently working towards Fellowship. She is a Dunedin local, graduating from the University of Otago School of Medicine in 2009 after completing her clinical years in Christchurch Hospital. She worked in both Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals, and spent time travelling and volunteering in medical clinics in Guatemala and Panama before embarking on a career in General Practice. When not at work, she dances salsa competitively, with her team's most recent success a third placing at the World Latin Dance Cup.

Ingrid is delighted to present the Peter Anyon Memorial Address and share some of her journey in general practice thus far.

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Joan Crawford

Joan has worked extensively in the health sector, and has worked at the Medical Council of New Zealand for the past 13 years.

In her current position of Strategic Programme Manager Joan is responsible for leading the Council's strategic directions. Joan commenced the review of prevocational training in 2011 and has since led the implementation of changes focused on improving the quality of education and training for interns. A component of this work was the introduction of community attachments in prevocational training.

Joan has recently completed a Masters in Public Management, focusing her study on the health sector.

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Gary Fentiman

Gary Fentiman, MD, FRANZCOG, FACOG

Dr Gary Fentiman is the Clinical Leader, Colposcopy for the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP). He has been involved with the NCSP since its inception and has chaired the committees that produced the original Operational Policies and Standards and the Guidelines for Cervical Screening.

Prior to the establishment of the NCSP, Rd. Fentiman was the independent colposcopist for Cartwright Inquiry. This involved providing colposcopic services to the women identified by the inquiry as needing urgent follow up.

Gary serves on the Committee of Management for the Australian Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP). In addition to his role with the NCSP, Gary is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist for the Nelson Marlborough DHB in Blenheim.

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David Galler

David Galler is the son of Polish Jewish refugees who ate pork and made yoghurt from sour milk.

After attaining his first degree at Victoria University, he worked as a bus driver in Wellington. During his time driving the big reds, he helped women with prams board his bus and made endless polite conversation with the good citizens of Wellington. He also became well known for not charging customers who boarded the bus with freshly ground coffee; "Better than any deodorant with a full load of passengers going up or down the Brooklyn Hill on a wet winter's day," he used to say. He was finally let go for refusing to wear socks so decided to become a doctor.

David Galler is the clinical lead at Ko Awatea and was the programme Chair of the annual Apac Forum which now is no more; he remains in practice as an Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital where he has worked for 26 years; and is a visiting specialist to the National Health Service of Samoa. During his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles within the DHB and in broader society and is now a Board member of the NZMA.

He once was the Vice President, then President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and for 7 years the Principal Medical Advisor to the Director General and Ministers of Health.

Until recently he has been basking in the late afternoon of his career but because of recent events and NZ's downward spiral in many of the things that have previously made him proud to be a New Zealander, he is considering his options – either to become more active in public life or moving to southern Italy where he will learn Italian, swim in the rivers, drink the water and look after groves of olive and fig trees.

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Robin Gauld

Robin Gauld is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) and Dean, Otago Business School. He is Co-Director, Centre for Health Systems and Technology which spans the Business School and Health Sciences Division at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand.

He was 2014 NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced Study, University of London; a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in 2008-09 at Boston and Harvard universities; and is Independent Chair of Alliance South which brings together clinical leaders and managers to focus on 'whole of system', integrated approaches to health system and patient care improvement in the Southern region of New Zealand.

Robin has authored around 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, many book chapters and several books including The New Health Policy (Open University Press, 2009) which was awarded First Prize in category at the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards. His most recent book is the co-edited Health Systems in Developing Counties in Asia (Routledge, 2017).

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Sam Hazledine

Dr. Sam Hazledine is the Executive Chairman of MedWorld. MedRecruit, and MedCapital. He's spent four years researching doctor stress and burnout and has successfully lobbied the World Medical Association to include doctor wellbeing in the Declaration of Geneva.

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Clare Healy

Clare works as a G.P. and a Forensic physician Christchurch. She is the Clinical Director of the Cambridge Clinic, which provides medical assessment for adults, adolescents and children following alleged sexual abuse. She has been working in this field for 20 years. She completed a Masters in Forensic Medicine through Monash University in 2009.

Clare has been on the national executive of Medical sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC- was DSAC)), an education and training provider, for more than eighteen years. She is a contributing author to a national G. P. resource regarding primary care response to family violence. She has been part of a team contracted by the MoH since 2002 to provide education for primary care in recognising and responding to family violence. She has seen many patients referred by police for assessment following alleged strangulation. In 2015, she contributed to NZ law Commission Report concerning Strangulation and a "Sunday" TV programme on the same topic.

Clare is a Clinical editor for Healthpathways- a website that provides guidance to clinicians on managing over 500 clinical conditions, including family violence.

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Min Lo

I am a Specialist in Sexual Health Medicine working in private practice in Auckland.

I have a special interest in sexual assault forensic medicine, vulval and vaginal disease, I am a colposcopist at Women's Health, Counties Manukau DHB.

With the help of many others, I help develop the Guidelines for the management of Genital, Anal and Throat HPV Infection in New Zealand, now in its 9th edition and I am on the Professional Advisory Board of the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation.

I have a minor obsession with HPV.

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Evelyn Mann

Evelyn has been involved in sexuality education and sexual health promotion as Artistic Director for THETA Sexwise for 10 years and Sexual Health Promoter for the Southern DHB for the past 3 years.

THETA Sexwise is a national touring theatre in education programme, funded by Ministry of Health, for secondary level students. It focuses on providing a safe forum to talk about sexual health through drama.

Evelyn is the Chairperson of PASHANZ – Promoters Advocating Sexual Health in Aotearoa/NZ and an executive committee member of the New Zealand Sexual Health Society.

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Jill McIlraith

Jill McIlraith has been a general practitioner in Dunedin for 25 years, alongside her work in sexual health.  She has a keen interest in adolescent and women's health, infectious diseases and dermatology, particularly genital skin conditions.  She is passionate about trying to improve sexual health in New Zealand.

As clinical leader of Sexual Health for the Southern District Health Board, she is also clinical advisor of the Sexual Abuse Assessment Treatment Service performing sexual assault examinations. She has taught GPEP1 registrars for 20 years as well as medical students and delivers sexual health education in high schools and to a wide variety of community groups from Victim Support to Dept of Corrections.

She was made a Distinguished Fellow of the RNZCGP in 2016 and a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in 2017 for services to health and women.

Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, read spy novels and science fiction, riding her horses, walking the dogs, eating her husband's cooking and supporting her vet daughter and adopted son.

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Maia Melbourne-Wilcox

Dr Maia Melbourne-Wilcox MBChB, MSc (First Class Hons) (4th year Co-convenor, Clinical Lecturer contributes 5th and TI teaching)

Maia (Tuhoe) is a GP practicing in the CDHB region. Maia's masters topic was on the antimicrobial properties of rongoa (Maori traditional medicine).  Maia has a passion for Hauora Maori and developing medical curriculum that provides medical students and GP registrars with practical key competencies to address health inequities in Aotearoa.

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Samantha Murton

Sam is a general practitioner and has worked in minor surgery for more than 25years. She was an Associate in Plastic Surgery for 14yrs at Hutt Hospital. In 2015 she wrote Minor Surgery:the visual guide. She enjoys imparting the tricks of making beautiful scars so patients get the best results.

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Garry Nixon

Garry Nixon has lived and worked in Central Otago since 1989 when he returned home to do his GPEP 1 year. He has a long-standing interest in preparing doctors for the challenges of rural practice and worked with others to develop the RNZCGP Rural Hospital Medicine Training Programme.

Garry is Director Rural Postgraduate Programme and as Chair of the Division of Health Sciences Rural Working Party is working to develop the University of Otago's Rural Health Strategy. He was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship by the College in 2011 and in 2016 made a MNZM for services to rural health.

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Amanda Oakley

Adjunct Associate Professor Amanda Oakley is an experienced dermatologist from Hamilton.  Her clinical interests include a general dermatology and vulval dermatology.

Her research has many been in dermatoscopy and teledermatology. She has numerous publications and awards, including International Pioneer Award of the Women's Dermatological Association, Honorary Membership of American Academy of Dermatology, International Honorary Membership of the American Dermatological Association, Honorary Membership of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia and of Melnet New Zealand.

She is best known for the successful website DermNet New Zealand. Her latest book, Dermatology Made Easy, is proving popular among General Practitioners.

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Lucy O'Hagan

I love being a GP. I had a great 20 years in Wanaka, being the doctor, listening to stories, and in a small town, being part of those stories.

Now I teach a marvellous new generation of GPs and run a free clinic at the Dunedin needle exchange service. I have recently completed a certificate programme with the Centre for Narrative Practice in Boston, and plan to do a Masters in GP looking at the doctor's narrative.

I am also involved in theatre and have performed at college conferences in both 'Patient X Doctor Y' and 'Girl with no Words -listening to the language of cutting'.

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Maira Patu

Dr Maira Patu (TI co-convenor) MBChB (Auckland). Maira (Ngai Tahu/Te Arawa) is completing her fellowship in General Practice and working as a GP at Linwood Medical Centre.

Maira was part of the Nga Kete Matauranga team who established the first VLCA General Practice in Invercargill and has spent time practicing in South Canterbury and South Auckland.

Maira is interested in indigenous research focusing on reducing inequities in Primary Health Care.

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Suzanne Pitama

Associate Professor Suzanne Pitama (Associate Dean Maori) PhD (Otago) PGDipEdPsych, MA (First Class Hons).

Suzanne (Ngati Kahungunu) is also the director of the Maori/Indigenous Health Institute, University of Otago, Christchurch. Suzanne is a child psychologist and has been involved in Maori health research for more than 18 years.

Suzanne is a on the LIME (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) reference group, which has representatives from each of the Australasian medical schools.  The MIHI team have won a number of awards for their indigenous health curriculum.  Suzanne has a special interest in medical education, and her PhD that focused on the design, implementation and impact of indigenous health curricula within medical schools across four countries.

Suzanne is just beginning her work with how indigenous health curriculum can be vertically integrated from medical school through to the professional Medical Colleges.

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Sue Pullon

Sue is Professor and Head of Department, Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago Wellington and Director of Otago's Interprofessional Education (IPE) Centre. Sue's research areas of expertise are health professional and interprofessional education, collaborative practice and integrated care, and health education and promotion in sexual and reproductive health.

She has been a GP for over 30 years, and as a health educator, been the lead author of the New Zealand Pregnancy Book, into its third edition and in print for 24 years. From 2012 she has led the development of the Tairawhiti Interprofessional Education (IPE) programme for undergraduates, building on many years of health professional teaching experience.

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Neil Quigley

Professor Quigley became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato in early 2015. He was previously at Victoria University of Wellington for 18 years as Professor of Economics, and later Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Provost.

Prior to that he was Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Professor Quigley is chair of the Board of the Reserve Bank, and the chair of the Risk and Assurance Committee of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

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Stephen Robertson

Stephen Robertson has been the Curekids Professor of Paediatric Genetics at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand since 2002. He was educated at the University of Otago (graduating in Medicine, 1990) and Oxford (DPhil 2002).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) and has certification as a Clinical Geneticist and remains active in this role. 

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Ruth Savage

Dr Ruth Savage is Senior Medical Assessor at the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM), New Zealand Pharmacovigilance Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch and a consultant to the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring.

Her clinical work has been predominantly in rural general practice in New Zealand. In parallel she has undertaken both national and international adverse drug reaction (ADR) monitoring (pharmacovigilance). She is interested in detection of unexpected ADRs, stimulating adverse reaction reporting and, using insights from ADR reports, rational prescribing.

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Stephen Scott

Dr Stephen Scott is of Ngati Whatua and English descent. He has a daughter, who is currently studying for BA (Maori) at the University of Otago, and a son who has just finished school. The Mornington Health Centre provides him with medical support and access to Manage My Health portal.

His PhD examined stress physiology in fish. He works for the University of Otago, taught Zoology for 20 years, was Associate Dean Maori for the Division of Sciences and is now the Director of First Year Experience.  He is also the Director of the Locals Programme which supports first-year university students living in the local community, flatting, boarding or living at home. Mountain biking provides him with some exercise around Dunedin. 

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Andrew Simpson 

Andy has been acting Chief Medical Officer since March 2016. Prior to this he was the National Clinical Director, Cancer, providing strategic and clinical leadership to the Ministry's cancer programme.

He was also the champion for the Faster cancer treatment health target. A medical oncologist by training, Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).

Prior to joining the Ministry in 2012, Andy held a number of clinical leadership roles, these included Executive Director (Clinical), Medicine Cancer & Community at Capital and Coast DHB, and the Clinical Director of the Central Cancer Network.

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Andrew Slater

Andrew's background is in the health sector where he has held roles in transformation, strategy, human resources and change management.

He first got involved with Homecare Medical to develop their telehealth and mHealth strategy and is now fully onboard as Homecare Medical's first CEO. In this strategic and operational leadership role, Andrew is responsible for realising the vision the Government have for the new national telehealth service. He played a key role in leading the 'transition' team to fully integrate services.

He is now focused on expanding the capacity and reach of health, wellness and mental health services to enable all New Zealanders to access quality care and support within their community in a way that is relevant to them personally.

He is also responsible for ensuring Homecare Medical continues to be a trusted service, seamlessly connecting people with the right care and support. In its first year of operation the 300-person Homecare Medical team has provided support to one in ten New Zealanders.

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Kathryn Smith

I am a GP at the Queenstown Medical Centre. I work in General Practice, Sexual Health, Accident and Medical, and I am a TOP consultation at SDHB.

My qualifications include FRNZCGP, Dip Obs, Dip Paeds, Dip Community Emergency medicine, Dip GP and PGDip Cognitive Therapy. I am an accredited DSAC (Now MEDSAC) doctor. I am a strong advocate for LARCs and I have been inserting and removing IUDs for the last 25 years. I have been inserting  Jadelles and Implanons for as long as they have been available in New Zealand and I would estimate that I have inserted at least 300 over the last 5 years.

My practical  presentation will be about simple insertion and removal techniques for Jadelles and the new Cu 380 and 375 IUDs if requested. I will also present an audit of Jadelles undertaken at the Queenstown Medical Centre in 2016. Our stats marry up reasonably well with the documented side effects of Jadelle and I hope to dispel some of the negative impressions that many GPs have of implants.

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Gilbert Taurua 

Gilbert Taurua, MPHA, BA (Hons) and Graduate Dip Social Work, University of Canterbury, has 30 plus years' experience working across the broader health, social services, education and justice sectors.  He has worked extensively within the Maori health sector and has worked in the alcohol and drug area, including mental health.

He has significant governance experience, including policy, practice, research and evaluation. Gilbert is currently Principal Adviser with a specific focus on Maori drug policy reform for the New Zealand Drug Foundation.

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Rachael Taylor

Professor Rachael Taylor is the Karitane Fellow in Early Child Obesity, Deputy HoD of the Department of Medicine, and Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre based at the University of Otago.

She leads or co-leads several large randomised controlled trials investigating different approaches to the effective prevention and management of child overweight.

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Damian Tomic

Dr Tomic is the key link between the DHB and the Primary Health Organisations, working to ensure that health services are organised around patients and delivered closer to home.

Damian is a champion for Map of Medicine that supports integrated services and good clinical pathways and is a clinical lead for SmartHealth. He also works as a GP at South City Health in Hamilton.


Robyn Wallace

Robyn Wallace is the Director – Earthquake Response and Recovery for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu (TRONT). Within this role Robyn is tasked with building strong, collaborative relationships with government, private and community sectors, to share responsibility for delivering mutually beneficial outcomes. Robyn was a member of the team at TRONT that led the response following the recent Kaikoura earthquakes.

Robyn has focused her career on improving health and social outcomes for community and in particular Maori.  She has been CEO of He Oranga Pounamu a not for profit organisation that integrated health and social service within the Ngai Tahu takiwa.

In 2016 Robyn attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business – Executive Programme for Women Leaders. Robyn was Chair of the Kaiapoi Community Board during the response and recovery phase following the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes and was involved with the development of the Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan which received two awards at the 2017 NZ Planning Institute Awards.

Robyn was recognised for her work during this period with a 2017 Kiwibank Local Hero award.

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Susan Wells

Sue is an Associate Professor of Quality Improvement at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Primary Care Clinical advisor to the Health Quality and Safety Commission and Associate Clinical Director at ProCare PHO. She is a public health medicine specialist with a background of 10 years in general practice.

Her research interests are on improving care for CVD and diabetes via primary care e-health initiatives such as PREDICT (web-based programme for assessing and managing CVD) and Your Heart Forecast (CVD risk communication tool). In 2012/13 Sue was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and researched the implementation of patient portals and value for long term condition management in USA.

She is one of the seven NZ e-health ambassadors supporting the adoption of patient portals.

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Hamish Wilson

Dr Hamish Wilson graduated from Otago Medical School in 1978, but found that clinical practice was quite different to what he was expecting.

He convenes the 'Nature of Medical Practice,' one of several popular postgraduate courses from Otago University for practicing GPs.

Since 2008, he has also helped to re-design the undergraduate curriculum for pre-clinical students, providing them with innovative community-based learning opportunities.

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Heather Young

Dr Heather Young is a Sexual Health Physician at the Christchurch Sexual Health Centre. She has a Diploma in Public Health from Auckland University.

She chairs the Lead Author Group of the New Zealand Sexual Health Society (NZSHS) 2017 STI Guidelines Committee and is on the Professional Advisory Board of the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (HSV foundation and HPV project). She is a past member of Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care.

Her interest is in STI Management Guidelines and vocational training in Sexual Health Medicine. She is involved in the CDHB electronic Sexual Health Community Healthpathways and is similarly working to complete interdepartmental Hospital Healthpathways in Sexual Health.

She is a training Supervisor working with the examinations committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians - Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine.

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