After a year of significant disruption we are pleased to host the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting and Annual General Meeting in Wellington in November. We have a strong programme with a focus on significant current issues for our profession including Workforce Planning and a reflection on Whakaari/ White Island. We are fortunate to have excellent domestic speakers supported by strong representation from our membership. We hope to welcome you all to Wellington and look forward to seeing you here.


Chris Adams

NZAPS2020 Convenor



This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim one point per hour in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills.

Participation in this activity will be populated into your RACS CPD Online.



















Invited Speakers

Catherine Barrow

Medical Oncologist MBChB, FRACP

Dr Barrow Is a medical oncologist who works at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre and Bowen Icon Cancer Centre.

She is also a visiting oncologist at the multidisciplinary Wellington Regional Melanoma Clinic based at the Hutt Hospital Plastic Surgical Unit.

Dr Barrow has previously worked as the Ludwig Institute Cancer Research Fellow in Melbourne and as a research fellow at the Auckland University School of Biological Sciences.

She is actively involved in research and is principal investigator of a number of melanoma clinical trials that have been and are currently being conducted at Wellington Hospital, including phase I/II study collaborations with the Malaghan Institute and Clinical Trials New Zealand.

Dr Barrow treats a number of tumour types and has a particular interest in melanoma, lymphoma and breast cancer.

Ashley Bloomfield

Director-General of Health and Chief Executive

Dr Bloomfield qualified in medicine at the University of Auckland in 1990 and after several years of clinical work specialised in public health medicine. His particular area of professional interest is non-communicable disease prevention and control, and he spent 2011 at the World Health Organization in Geneva working on this topic at a global level.

Dr Bloomfield was Chief Executive at Hutt Valley District Health Board from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles within the Ministry of Health.

Tony Smith

Clinical Director, St John, New Zealand

Tony Smith is the Clinical Director for St John in New Zealand and is also an Intensive Care Medicine Specialist at Auckland City Hospital.

Tony chairs the working group that develops the Clinical Procedures and Guidelines for the ambulance sector in New Zealand and he oversees all of the clinical aspects of St John activities in New Zealand, noting that the ambulance service is just one aspect of this. He is a member of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council and the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation. He has an active involvement in out-of-hospital research, with a focus on a collaborative approach to multicenter trials. He is a member of the HEMS team in Auckland and has an active role in out-of-hospital care.



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8:15AM - 8:30AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Session 1: Workforce Planning

8:30AM - 10:30AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

National Health Workforce Planning - Ashley Bloomfield

8:30AM - 9:00AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

ANZ Data, Workforce Planning NZAPS - Brandon Adams

9:00AM - 9:15AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

PRS Curriculum - Sarah Hulme

9:15AM - 9:30AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Trainees POV - Future of Plastic Surgery - Bryce Jackson

9:30AM - 9:45AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Planning for Maintenance Scope of Specialty/Cosmetic - David Glasson

9:45AM - 10:00AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Facilitated Panel Discussion & Questions

10:00AM - 10:30AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Morning Tea with Trade Exhibitors

10:30AM - 11:00AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 2

Poster Display (Displayed Saturday and Sunday)

10:30AM - 11:00AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 2

Session 2: Whakaari White Island

11:00AM - 12:30PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

White Island Event / National Response - Tony Smith

11:00AM - 11:25AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

White Island Injury/Review National Burn Centre - Richard Wong She

11:25AM - 11:50AM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Regional Burn Centre Experience - Terry Creagh

11:50AM - 12:10PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Facilitated Panel Discussion & Questions

12:10PM - 12:30PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Lunch with Trade Exhibitors

12:30PM - 1:30PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 2

Session 3: Cancer and Stem Cells

1:30PM - 3:30PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Current Advances in Treatment of Melanoma - Catherine Barrow

1:30PM - 2:00PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Current Research in Cancer Stem Cells - Swee Tan

2:00PM - 2:30PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Advances in Tissue Engineering - Vaughan Feisst and Michelle Locke

3:00PM - 3:30PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Afternoon Tea with Trade Exhibitors

3:30PM - 4:00PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 2

NZAPS Annual General Meeting - Open to NZAPS Members only

4:00PM - 6:00PM
Saturday, 28th November
Lambton 1

Meeting Dinner (by ticket only)

7:00PM - 10:30PM
Saturday, 28th November
Wellington Club


Call for Papers is now closed.


Oral Presentations:

Oral presentations are expected to be 7 minutes presentation time followed by 3 minutes for questions – specific times will be advised following confirmation.


Posters are to be provided in hardcopy and will be displayed at the venue. These should be A0 size 841mm x 1189mm in portrait orientation. Authors are required to print and deliver their poster to the venue. Poster Guidelines (pdf)

Prizes (sponsored by Integra):

There will be a prize for Best Registrar Presentation, Best Registrar Presentation 2nd Place and Best Registrar Poster. Presentation will take place on Sunday 29 November 2020




Registration Fees (earlybird ends 14 October 2020)

All scientific sessions Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday lunch, morning and afternoon tea, morning tea on Sunday (excludes conference dinner)

Earlybird Regular
Member - NZAPS $745 $945
Member - ASPS $745 $945
RMO/Junior Doctor $550 $700
Non-Member $1000 $1300
Student $300 $400
Allied Health Worker $300 $400

Online Registration

Registration is Now Closed


Registration is via the Currinda Event Management System which requires the delegate to first create a profile (or use their existing one).  Administrators may register delegates on behalf using the Group tab (administrators will need to also create a profile if they do not already have one). Please email the conference organiser if you have any questions about registration. Please note that online registration is for delegates only (trade exhibitors will be sent a special link to register).

Please note that Accommodation is not included in the registration process, however there are links available on the Accommodation Page with a number of options where you can book directly with the hotels. 






Meeting Dinner (optional)

This event is now sold out, please email the Conference Organiser if you wish to be waitlisted.

Saturday night at Wellington Club 7pm, includes dinner and beverages - delegates and partners NZ$125 each 

Meeting Venue


Intercontinental Hotel, 2 Grey Street, Wellington 6011


There has been no group rates negotiated for accommodation this year, links of a range of hotels in walking distance from the Meeting venue has been listed on the Accommodation Page.  Delegates must book their accommodation directly with the hotel, and should note the hotel cancellation conditions.




Intercontinental Hotel

2 Grey Street, Wellington

Accommodation based at the Meeting venue.  Delegates may book directly with the hotel on the following link:


Book Intercontinental


DoubleTree by Hilton

28 Grey Street, Wellington

Close walking distance to the venue. Delegates may book directly with the hotel on the following link:


Book DoubleTree


James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace, Wellington

Nine minutes walk to the venue.  Delegates may book directly with the hotel on the following link:


Book Hotel Grand Chancellor

Bolton Hotel

12 Bolton Street, Wellington

Ten minutes walk to the venue.  Delegates may book directly with the hotel on the following link:


Book Bolton Hotel

Upcoming Events



Due to the international Covid-19 pandemic, the ANZHNCS/NZAPS Organising Committee have postponed the Joint Scientific Meeting until 4 to 8 August 2021. The location will remain unchanged, hosted at the QT/Rydges in Queenstown, New Zealand. We are delighted to announce that all our key international speakers have re-confirmed their availability for the 2021 meeting. We look forward to seeing you there! More information is available on the 2021 ASM Website.


ASM Secretariat:

Events 4 You Limited

PO Box 7168

Dunedin 9040

New Zealand


Email Conference Organiser


Terms and Conditions NZAPS ASM & AGM 28/29 November 2020


All fees are in New Zealand Dollars.  Payment will be accepted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only), direct credit or cheque (must be made out in NZ $). Standard fees will apply from 15 October 2020 and will be applied to registrations which remain unpaid. Registration must be paid prior to the commencement of the event. The Meeting Dinner is not included in the registration fee and may be purchased separately. Trade Personnel are not permitted to register as delegates, please contact the the Conference Organiser for Trade Exhibition details.

Delegate fees in compliance with NZ Tax Law include 15% GST.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations or alterations should be put in writing (email) to the Conference Organiser.  Cancellations made up to 14 October 2020 will be refunded less admin fee of NZ$80.00. No refunds will be made for cancellations from 15 October 2020 onwards. Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel and travel reservations.

Force Majeure

After the cancellation cutoff date, payments made are not refundable for any reason, including, but not limited to, failure to use conference attendance credentials due to illness or due to any event beyond the reasonable control of the parties, such as an act of God, communicable diseases, natural disaster, travel-related problems or an act of terrorism.


Accommodation is booked directly with the hotel (see accommodation page).  The attendee should note the cancellation policy for the chosen hotel when making the direct booking.  It is the attendees responsibility to notify the hotel directly of any changes to bookings.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The NZAPS and Conference Organisers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.

Disclaimer of Liability

The Organising Committee, including the NZAPS and Conference Secretariat, will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by attendees or loss of or damage to their personal property as a result of the conference or related events.