The Conference for General Practice 2017 - has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 21.75 CME credits (including 6.5 credits for the Quality Symposium Workshops) for General Practice Educational Programme Year 2 and 3 (GPEP2) and Maintenance of Professional Standards (MOPS) purposes.

The CPD credits for members have now been loaded from the Conference.  Fellows and registrars on an annual programme can go into your online CPD/MOPS account and will see approved credit for the session you attended at the Conference.

For those who do not have all the correct credit can contact the CPD team with any queries.

Thursday 27th July 2017

Quality Symposium

0900 - 0910

Dr John Wellingham

0910 - 1000

Keynote session:  
Healthcare over the next century. What can we possibly predict? What can possibly go wrong?
Prof David Haslam, Chair, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, UK 

1000 - 1015

The Ministry of Health vision
Darren Douglass, Deputy Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer, Ministry of Health

1015 - 1045

Morning tea
Kindly sponsored by Procare

1045 - 1230

From good to better: what is holding us up?
Sue Wells FRNZCGP, Jane Cullen & John Wellingham FRNZCGP (Dist.)

From Haggis to Palvlova: Building on Scottish experience to improve patient safety across the metro Auckland region
Neil Houston, NHS Scotland & Dr Vekis Sethi

Fifty years of adverse drug reaction reporting in New Zealand. Primary care involvement and the developing use of e-health
Ruth Savage, Michael Tatley & Desiree Kunac

Adverse events: how serious is primary care? Improving the national reportable events policy
Iwona Stolarek & Sarah Upston

How dynamic quality systems can reduce the compliance burden...and save a few trees
Trish Anderson

1230 - 1330


1330 - 1410 Virtual Care - Observations, Quality and Integration
Andrew Slater, Homecare Medical

Why SmartHealth?
Damien Tomic, Waikato DHB
1410 - 1525 Patient portals - Access, viewing notes, high uptake, but what's happening: what are patients doing with it?
Richard Medlicott

Patient Portals of Mere Mortals
Jeff Lowe, Karori Medical Centre

Taking control of your GP
Stephen Scott, Director of Otago Uni

1525 - 1555

Afternoon tea

1555 - 1655 Data, does it help or hinder
John Robson

Interactive Workshop
1655 - 1700 Wrap up
John Wellingham
1700 - 1900  Welcome Reception 

Thursday 27th July 2017

Workshop - Whole Life Health

Whole Life Health is a well-being program specifically put together for doctors. It has been created by Dr Sam Hazledine and his team after talking to thousands of doctors and studying the literature. 

In it you will learn:

  • How to effectively address burnout
  • How to master your:
    • Mind
    • Body
    • Finances
  • The one skill that creates meaningful momentum in your life
  • The single most important factor to protect yourself from burnout

We know you are time-poor so everything is taught in a way that is both efficient and engaging.

Learning is one thing, but consistent action is another. As such we will provide you with a platform, App and website, to maintain your momentum after the conference. 

You spent six years at medical school and at least four years of speciality training to get where you are; don't you think one day to master your wellbeing is a good time investment?


As doctors our patients do come first, they are our highest priority, they must be. But as a profession we are operating in an outdated paradigm that is harming our patients and the research is conclusive; this is harming, even killing, our patients.

How to effectively address burnout

More than 50% of doctors are right now experiencing burnout. We'll look at how you can gauge your stress levels, what you can do to reduce stress and how to avoid burn out. 


During this part of the conference we'll look at evidence-based techniques to master our mind and body. This will include quizzes to help assess important factors to you, as well as specific techniques, exercises and methods you can easily apply in your day to day life. 

We'll then look at how finance experts manage their finances and increase their wealth. The 'Exceptional Wealth Model' has been specifically created for doctors and demonstrates how you can better manage your wealth and invest in your future.

Creating Meaningful Momentum

Finally, we'll look at how to maintain momentum in your career, re-assess personal and professional goals and pave the way for future success.  

The conference includes informal assessments and practical elements as well as workbooks and access to further information. 

0900 - 0930

Purpose (and collegiality)

0930 - 1215

Self-care - foundations

  • Mind
  • Body
  • Finances

1215 - 1300


1300- 1330


1330 - 1530 Momentum - The Science of Goal Achievement
1530 - 1545 Break
1545 - 1715  Leverage - Building your A-Team

Conclusion - Next steps

Friday 28th July 2017

Day One Conference

0830 - 0900

Opening ceremony

0900 - 0915 Dr Tim Malloy, President RNZCGP

0915 - 0945

Keynote session:
Inspirational Tales from Te Kāika: The Village
Prof Peter Crampton

0945 - 1015 Morning tea
1015 - 1030 Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health 
1030 - 1115 Keynote session:
What sort of Doctor? What sort of patient? The remarkable challenge of multimorbidity
Prof David Haslam, Chair of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Kindly sponsored by Ministry of Health

1115 - 1215

Concurrent session 1

1a Patient centred care

'Health care delivery research and evaluation: why alliance governance is more viable than the alternatives, and what we know about alliance performance'
Prof Robin Gauld

A media content analysis of New Zealand's district health board Population-Based Funding Formula
Aaron Chester

1b Health equity research and audit tools for GPs

Ethnicity audit tools for GPs, what is it, how do you do one… what are you looking for?
A/Prof Sue Crengle, FRNZCHP

What does equity mean for the health and wellbeing of your Pacific patients?
Apisalome Talemaitoga, FRNZCGP
1c How Community Based attachments can influence our future GP workforce

Where and why is New Zealand short of GPs?
Frances Townsend

Assessment of training capacity in New Zealand General Practices: a national stocktake
Prof Sue Pullon, FRNZCGP

Community Based Attachments: CBA in rural settings leads to more rural GPs: but how do we increase in scale to meet future need?
Joan Crawford
1d Pain management

The development of practice tools to help reduce the risk of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in primary care
Lynn McBain, FRNZCGP

New ACC-funded pain management service
Ben Teusse

New Zealand's approach to medicinal cannabis
Andrew Simpson
1e Genital dermatology, thrush and vaginosis 

Genital dermatology
Amanda Oakley

Recurrent candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis – what to do when the going gets tough
1f Practical

Examination of the Knee
Steve Williams
1215 - 1315 Lunch and networking
Rural GPs Chapter
Registrars Chapter AGM
Pacific Chapter
1315 - 1445

Concurrent session 2

2a Patient care networks, health hubs and NICE's multimorbidity guideline

Identifying, representing and utilising patients' care networks: What do health professionals learn and what can we learn from their learning?
Jessica Young

Health hub project year 2:  progress report - a 'new-type' of integrated, patient-partnered, and community-oriented population medical and health care centre
David Hill, FRNZCGP

Whose illness is it anyway? A brief introduction to NICE's Multimorbidity Guideline
Prof David Haslam
2b Utilising the Hui Process/Meihana Model in Clinical Practice

Drs Suzanne Pitama, Maira Patu (FRNZCGP) and Maia Melbourne-Wilcox (FRNZCGP)
2c Outing burnout

Should we be concerned that one-in-five general practitioners identifies themselves as being 'burnt out'?
Emmanuel Kalafatelis

Trauma-in-Consult: Dealing with Practitioner Energy Drain and Emotional Trauma
Jeremy Baker

Outing Burnout. A creative reflection on my experience of burnout.
2d Future challenges: antibiotics genetics and precision medicine

Antibiotic consumption by New Zealand children: exposure is near universal by the age of 5 years
Mark Hobbs

Is there life beyond conventional antimicrobials?
Prof Greg Cook

New genetics and precision medicine
Prof Stephen Robertson

2e The latest sexual health updates: Gonorrhoea, HPV vaccine and cervical screening

STI update: Gonorrhoea, syphilis and other bugs - rising to the challenge of increasing rates, drug resistance and new screening methods
Heather Young

HPV Vaccine: don't leave home without it.

Cervical Screening Programme changes
Gary Fentiman
2f: Practical

Minor Surgery
Samantha Murton, DFRNZCGP

Limit: 20 attendees
1445 - 1515 Afternoon tea
1515 - 1600

Concurrent session 3

3a Patients' experience of harm

(NZ)  patient's experiences of complications associated with the use of surgical mesh (pilot study)
Patricia Sullivan
3b Kāi Tahu response to the Kaikōura earthquake and the growing Māori health workforce

Kai Tahu response to the Kaikoura earthquake
Robyn Wallace

Growing the Māori Health Workforce – challenges, opportunities and impacts
Jo Baxter
3c University challenge: two proposals for new medical schools

Rural health medical schools proposal
Prof Peter Crampton

The Waikato Medical School proposal and New Zealand's health workforce
Prof Neil Quigley
3d Eliminating Hepatitis in New Zealand

Eliminating Hepatitis C in New Zealand by 2030
Prof Ed Gane

GP Role in Hepatitis C Eradication
Margaret Fraser

3e Managing revelations of sexual abuse and domestic violence

Sexual abuse: managing revelations of sexual abuse in the GP consultation: the Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service (SAATS)

Dr Clare Healy, FRNZCGP

Domestic Violence

Dr Clare Healy, FRNZCGP

3f Practical

Diagnosis and management of common shoulder problems
Doug Hill
1600 - 1700

Concurrent session 4

  4b Preventing worse general health outcomes for mental health patients

Equally Well: Improving the physical health of patients with mental health and addiction issues
Jo Van Leeuwen

Equally Well: Supporting people who experience mental health and addiction issues to be smokefree
Ross Phillips

Equally Well: Metabolic monitoring policies in New Zealand DHBs
Jo Van Leeuwen
4c Learning together, working together: multidisciplinary education

Developments in interprofessional Education Lessons from the TIPE - Tairawhiti interprofessional Programme - brings undergrad students from different health disciplines to learn and gain rural clinical experience
Prof Sue PullonFRNZCGP, Patrick McHugh

A workshop on multidisciplinary education – teamwork to promote patient care
Caroline Christie
4d Understanding patients' viewpoints

Why primary care appropriate patients present to ED
Martin Hefford

Helping people walk their own path: Lay navigators perceptions of motivational inter-viewing
Fiona Doolan-Noble & Mark Wallace-Bell

Tapanui Flu, Ian McWhinney, and the Philosophy of General Practice
Campbell Murdoch, FRNZCGP
4e Youth health: social media and practical legal issues

The Vulnerable Children's Act: practical issues for practices, when and how to refer, responsibilities of the GP and policies and legal issues.
Dr Clare Healy, FRNZCGP

Pornography?! It's time to talk

Evelyn Mann

4f Ageing issues: driving, falls and depression

Navigating the path between mobility and safety
Mary Butler

Falls and depression in Octogenarians: LiLACS NZ
Astrid Atlas
1715  Ceilidh
Kindly hosted by University of Otago

Saturday 29th July 2017

Day Two Conference

0745 - 0845

Kapa Kaiaka Breakfast

0900 - 0940

Rural generalism: the New Zealand way
Garry Nixon, DFRNZCGP

0940 - 1020 Keynote session:
Strategies from the fat fighting front
Prof David Haslam, GP and Chair UK National Obesity Forum

Kindly sponsored by HPA
1020 - 1050 Morning tea
1050 - 1130 Panel: Obesity: not our future!
Prof David Haslam, Rachel Taylor, Mark Smith, Mafi Funaki Tahifote
1130 - 1230

Concurrent session 5

5a Obesity topics: Bariatric surgery and disaster preparation

Bariatric surgery: what happens pre and post
Mark Smith

Preparing for the big one: disaster risk reduction and people with morbid obesity
Lesley Gray

Sustainable weight loss and the plant based diet
Nicholas Wright, FRNZCGP
5b Using quality to find touchpoints for equity

Measuring general practice appointment availability: the use of an automated query 
Kyle Eggleton, DFRNZCGP

Community views on health care quality– a qualitative study of four rural new zealand communities
Carol Atmore, FRNZCGP

The Waitemata AAA Screening Pilot for Māori
Tim Malloy, FRNZCGP
5c Medical humanities

Panel: The art of being a GP

Katherine Hall, FRNZCGP, Glenn Colquhoun, FRNZCGP, Lucy O'Hagan, FRNZCGP, David Galler
5d Bowel screening and ACC's liability abdominal wall hernias

The GP role in Bowel Screening
John McMenamin, DFRNZCGP

Abdominal wall hernias: when is ACC liable?
Peter Jansen, DFRNZCGP & Julian Speight
5e Sexual health: genital pain and dermatology

Vulval and genital pain
Dr Jill McIlraith,  DFRNZCGP

Sexual health and genital dermatology case studies
Dr Jill McIlraith, DFRNZCGP

Thank you to Dermnet NZ and CDC as sources of some of the pictures for these two presentations
5f Practical

Minor Surgery
Samantha Murton, DFRNZCGP

Limit: 20 attendees
1230 - 1330 Lunch
RNZCGP Annual General Meeting
1330 - 1530

Concurrent session 6

6a Managing obesity in primary care

Filling the gap – are we ready to care for very overweight patients in primary care?
Helen Gibbs, Magnus McGee & Lesley Gray

Managing Obesity - What can be achieved in primary care?
Hayden McRobbie

Medication Prescribing for Diabetes in New Zealand: How are we doing?
Bryan Betty

Talking about the elephant in the room – weight concern workshop
Josephine Greer
6b Working together to beat addiction and treat mental health

The role of the GP in working with their patients and addiction
Gilbert Taurua

Working together: innovative responses to addiction
Anna Nelson

Developing a fit for purpose model for primary and community mental health and addiction support
Johnny O'Connell

Equally Well:  A workshop on prescribing psychotropic drugs within general practice that focuses on service user engagement.
Andrea Bates & David Menkes
6c All about being a Doctor: the nature of general practice

"No-one ever told me about this." A 'masters class' in general practice.
Dr Hamish WilsonFRNZCGP
6d The "how to" guide quality improvement, adverse events and complaints

Are you serious about adverse events? The "how to" guide
Iwona Stolarek

So you want to do a quality improvement project?
Jane Cullen and Sue WellsFRNZCGP

Dealing with complaints and complaint avoidance
Andrew Stacey

Renal function monitoring in patients prescribed dabigatran in the compass health primary health organisation (pho): a quality improvement audit
Lynn McBain, DFRNZCGP and Anna Kyle
6e What GPs need to know about fertility, early pregnancy assessment and genetic screening, and maternal vaccination

Rewinding the Biological Clock? Today's reality. A workshop on all you need to know about fertility for women today.
Kate Van Harselaar & Dr Dean Morbeck

Early Pregnancy Assessment in General Practice
John McMenamin, DFRNZCGP

Low uptake of maternal vaccination in notified pertussis cases aged less than 20 weeks
Gary Reynolds

Reproductive genetic carrier screening: the emerging new paradigm in pregnancy care. A review of 12,000 cases shows high clinical utility
Trent Burgess
6f Medical humanities: Writing workshop - the Masterclass with Glenn ColquhounFRNZCGP

Limit: 10 attendees
1530 - 1600 Afternoon tea
1600 - 1700

Concurrent session 7

7b Medical humanities: Writing workshop - the beginners session with Glenn ColquhounFRNZCGP
7c Effective communication between GPs and allied health professionals

The collaborative approach, doctors and nurses working together
Sharon Hansen              

'Let's talk'; the identification of barriers to effective communication and collaboration between acupuncturists and general practitioners
Kate Roberts

Prescribing: establishing a shared prescription record through HealthOne and e-prescribing
Dr Nigel Millar
7d Therapy for improving mental and physical health

A workshop on focused acceptance and commitment therapy (FACT) for improving both physical and mental health
Bruce Arroll,  DFRNZCGP

Let's get talking – brief intervention resources for mild mental health difficulties in the busy primary care world: an evaluation of the bir package
Jo Van Leeuwen
7e Three topics in an hour: Bay Navigator pathways, GPs as patients, and care vs business

Barriers and Facilitators to acceptance and use of Bay Navigator Pathways by general practitioners in the Western Bay of Plenty
Anel Reyneke,  FRNZCGP

General Practitioners' ethical decision-making: does being a patient themselves make a difference?
Katherine Hall, DFRNZCGP & Jess Michael

Balancing Care and Business
Richard Greatbanks  & Alex McKenna
7f Practical

Insertion and removal of Jadelles, IUDs, Mirenas, endometrial pipelle biopsies
Kathryn SmithDFRNZCGP
1730 - 1830 Fellowship Ceremony
1830 - 2000 Celebration Function

Sunday 30th July 2017

Day Three Conference

0745 - 0845

Representatives Breakfast

0900 - 0930

Keynote session:
Australian Digital Health: A National Agenda for a Global Imperative.
Tim Kelsey

Kindly sponsored by NIB

0930 - 1015 Panel: IT as an enabler of healthcare
Tim Kelsey, Darren Douglass, Sue Wells, Nigel Millar, Meredith Makeham, Richard Medlicott
1015 - 1100 Brunch
1100 - 1130 Peter Anyon Address
Ingrid Crawford
1130 - 1230

Concurrent session 8

8a Using technology for patient consultation and diagnosis

What's your biggest worry about using technology for patient consultation?
Emmanuel Kalafatelis

Patient Portal Case Study: practice productivity improvements
A/Prof Dr Susan WellsFRNZCGP
8b Philosophy of practice

Philosophy of Practice
Alan Musgrave
8c Free Yourself from Paperwork

Free Yourself from Paperwork - A workshop designed to assist delivery of quality improvement in general practice through effective management of policies and procedures.
Celia Tymons*

*If you would like a version of Celia's presentation please contact her on
8d Coeliac disease

Recognising and diagnosing Coeliac Disease in adults: a survey of New Zealand GPs
Kristin Kenrick, FRNZCGP

Managing Coeliac Disease in adults: A survey of New Zealand GPs
Kristin Kenrick,  FRNZCGP

Coeliac disease
Anna Richards
8e The iHunch pandemic

A Workshop on the iHunch Pandemic - The hunched thoracic spine driving most neck pain and headache
Steve August

GP MSK treatment and other tips
Steve Williams 
 1230 - 1300 Closing - it's a wrap!
Glenn ColquhounFRNZCGP

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