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ASMS Annual Conference 2020

2 December 2020 ASMS

We had a lively and engaging Annual Conference this year. 175 people filled the room at Te Papa while others attended virtually.

The conference theme ‘Building the workforce pipeline, stopping the drain’ ran throughout the two days. We welcomed an interesting range of speakers who gave presentations on topics such as the workforce pipeline, our equity kaupapa, CME in the post-Covid era and heard from doctors who have followed their creative passion to become writers. The new Minister of Health Andrew Little also addressed conference goers.

Scroll down to see photos from the conference.


Why it’s important to match our training pathway to our population profile Professor Joanne Baxter
Associate Dean (Māori), University of Otago
Director of Kōhatu – Centre for Hauora Māori
The Pipeline– panel discussion
  • Anna Clark, Deputy Director-General Health Workforce, Ministry of Health
  • Professor Peter Crampton, Kōhatu, Centre for Hauora Māori, Otago University
  • Dr Deborah Powell, National Secretary, NZRDA
  • Mr Peter Robertson, NZ Orthopaedic Association
  • Dr Richard Storey, Vice President, STONZ
The equity kaupapa Dr Jade Tamatea
Senior Lecturer, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori and Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, Endocrinologist and Clinical Equity Lead, Waikato DHBIntroduced and facilitated by Dr Lloyd McCann, CEO, Mercy Radiology
CME in the post Covid era Dr Marty Minehan
Writers who Doctor
Wellbeing, wider interests, following your passion
  • Dr Eileen Merriman, consultant haematologist
  • Dr Glenn Colquhoun, GP
  • Dr Renee Liang, paediatrician
Minister of Health Hon Andrew Little
Searching for sustainability in digital healthcare Dr Ruth Large
Clinical Director Information Services and Virtual Healthcare, emergency & rural hospital physician, NZ Telehealth Leadership GroupDarren Douglass
GM Digital Strategy and Investment, Data and Digital, Ministry of Health