It gives me great pleasure to invite you to register for the next biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) in Queenstown, New Zealand – the ski and adventure capital of the southern hemisphere. Please put the 4th – 7th September 2012 in your diary and start your planning now.
The theme of this conference is “Collaboration in Palliative Care”. This theme covers a wide range of interpretations including networking and relationships which are key components of palliative care practice. It also addresses the ever increasing needs of the population of patients dying from non-malignant diseases such as renal and cardiac failure as well as neurological and respiratory diseases.
The excellent calibre and mix of international and national speakers will bring new insights and knowledge to these topics and other topics illustrating the wide range of collaboration that has become part and parcel of Palliative care in the 21st Century. Of interest to many may be the sessions by invited non Palliative Care health professionals on "Alternative Medicine" addressing the evidence base around some of these treatments, "Surgical Interventions" which are now becoming more common in palliative practice and the topic of “Psychosis” which is ever challenging whether a concurrent or disease related condition.
There will be workshops in "Radiology" and "Information Technology" which will be of interest to many. Along with this there will be a pre-conference day with options to attend an RACP Supervisor's workshop and an Ultrasound workshop with practical hands on opportunities. The humanities will also be addressed by presentations of personal reflections and of journeys through recent natural disasters in both New Zealand and Australia. An ANZSPM/AChPM Trainee Day, with an exciting program, will precede the main conference.
However ANZSPM conferences are not just about clinical learning. They are also for networking, sharing and "collaboration" with our colleagues. So there is fun to be had too, with a great social program in beautiful Queenstown. As usual our conference is in spring but in this case in Queenstown, this will also mean snow activities of all sorts with the added anticipation of blue skies and crisp clear days. Queenstown has an airport which is readily accessible by direct flights, both international and domestic.
The conference venue is the Rydges Lakeland Resort on the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu with stunning views of the lake and mountains and the Welcome Reception will be held at the Prime restaurant, just over the road on the lake’s edge. The conference dinner will be in the Skyline restaurant reached by an exhilarating gondola ride to even more amazing views of the surrounding area. For the young and young at heart there will be evening entertainment to dance off the sumptuous dinner you will have had.
I look forward to seeing you all at this exciting conference with your partners and families. Share this exciting program with your medical colleagues and let’s make this a conference to remember.