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It all starts here.

Dunedin 2016.

We are currently sitting on the cusp of the future where each day new technologies, methods and advancements are being discovered. It is crucial that we look to the past for the lessons only history can impart. Our conference aims to show students the importance of having one hand on the past, one hand on the future and their heart in the present.We want to bring the students participating in the 2016 conference back to the seed of medicine in New Zealand. As the first New Zealand medical school, Dunedin is where it all started. It is from here that we can reflect on the past experiences of those who came before us. Since 1875, thousands of medical students have walked the halls of Dunedin School of Medicine. Each one bringing with them passions, ideas, challenges and goals which are now cemented in Dunedin’s foundations. While many have succeeded, many also failed. By learning from their mistakes and building on their successes we can gather the knowledge to start anew and move forward.
Our theme while focused on the past, branches into the present and future.By re-connecting students with the roots of New Zealand Medicine we hope to impart upon them the support of the past, the knowledge of the present and the inspiration and hope for the future.




NZMSA Conference 2016

Evolve. Dunedin.

The NZMSA 11th Annual Conference will be set in the heart of Dunedin. Over three days delegates will be asked to think about their present days whilst remem- bering their past and respecting their future. Delegates will listen to wise words from brilliant minds within our academic program and connect with fellow medical students during the social program.


Proposed Timetable for Evolve

NB: Times may vary and are subject to change, see conference booklet for finalised timetable

Here you can find attached the details for academic tickets and here you can find the full conference package details, with and without accommodation for Dunedin attendees. Please note the full conference package tickets are SOLD OUT, while the academic tickets above are available for purchase from the OUMSA Website.

 Saturday 23rd April 2016

(For Full conference package only – SOLD OUT)


Morning: Arrival and registration.
Delegates will be met upon arrival at Dunedin Airport and taken to their accommodation. After they have freshened up and got their room keys etc, they will meet a member of the conference team who will lead them to the academic venue. Here they will pick up their welcome packs and those that have arrived earlier are free to explore the city on their own.

Afternoon: a-MAS-ing race around Dunedin City.
The a-MAS-ing race is expected to run for approximately 3 hours. Delegates will be split up so that team bonding and inter-medical school friendships can be made. The a-MAS-ing race will provide a platform for the students to get to know each other, retrace the footsteps our ancestors took, and overall experience some of the wonders Dunedin has to offer.

Evening: Black tie event at Larnach’s Castle.

Sunday 24th April 2016

Full Conference Package Timetable Below on Left (SOLD OUT)                                                Academic Ticket Timetable Below on RightFullConference_Sun_TimetableAcademicTickets_Sun_Timetable

Morning: Academic session one.
Delegates will be transported from their accommodation to the academic venue where they will be welcomed to the NZMSA conference with a Maori powhiri. After this we will have our first speaker of the conference and then a break for morning tea, followed by our first breakout session and then lunch.

Afternoon: Academic session two.
Following lunch, there will be a small meeting to explain the logistics for the evening’s event followed by our second conference speaker and the second breakout session. Afternoon tea will then be provided for the delegates before they reconvene to listen to our final speaker for the day.

Evening: A Night at the Museum from 7pm.

 Monday 25th April 2016

Full Conference Package Timetable Below on Left  (SOLD OUT)                                Academic Ticket Timetable Below on Right

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Morning: Academic session three.
Similar to Saturday, delegates will be transported to the academic venue but they will bring their luggage with them for their Dunedin departure in the evening. Once at the venue they will all convene for the fourth speaker followed by the third breakout session. After a short morning tea break, our fifth speaker for the conference will present. Lunch will then be provided whilst also giving time for fellow students/sponsors time to mingle and have informal short presentations.

Afternoon: Academic session four and departure
The final academic session will start with our fourth breakout session and then afternoon tea. Our final speaker will then present followed by a farewell speech from us. Delegates will then be transported back to Dunedin Airport.

 Additional Information

For Full Conference Package Ticket Holders (SOLD OUT)


For Academic Ticket Holders




It all starts here. Dunedin 2016.

The following information is just to give you a taste of the speakers that this year’s conference will have to offer. More information on the speakers will follow as the conference draws closer. Keep a look out on our Facebook Page for updates

Keynote Speakers.

Russell Wills

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills poses in Wellington, New Zealand, Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Credit: Hagen Hopkins.

Russell is a general and community paediatrician working in Hastings and has been Children’s Commissioner since July 2011. In his various roles he has led several projects locally and nationally in areas as diverse as early identification and intervention in conduct disorder, family violence, child abuse and autism. In this talk Russell will describe some of the lessons from these experiences and describe the role of the physician as servant leader.

Dr. Tom Mulholland

tom Mulholland

Dr Tom Mulholland has evolved in a number of ways since being President of the NZMSA in 1988 and 1989. Orthopedic and Surgical Registrar, Dr for the Taranaki and Fijian Rugby Teams; Emergency Department Doctor at Auckland, Taranaki, Southland, Kaitaia, Grey Base and Chatham Island Hospitals, Internet Start up entrepreneur, Rural and Urban GP, Founder of White Cross Taranaki, Doctor Global, The Healthy Thinking Institute, Health Innovation Centre and currently Chairman of NZMA Auckland council. Dr Tom on a mission is touring NZ in a retro chevy V8 Ambulance doing House calls. International best selling author, TV2 and Radio Live Talk show host and regular media commentator, Dr Tom has used his 1st class honours degree in Molecular Genetics to Evolve his eclectic career and help thousands of people. His books are in 12 countries, he is an honorary lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, in demand as an International Corporate Speaker and has had competition success as a Stand Up Comedian.

He has just returned from working as a ships Doctor to the Falklands, South Georgia and the antarctic and founded www.exploremedical.net which combines his love of adventure, exploration, medicine and the environment. He survived a tidal wave in Java in 1994 and was awarded the NZ Defence force medal for his medical relief work in the boxing day Tsunami. He is an ambassador for the Melanoma Foundation and Armstrong. He is passionate about medicine as a career is looking forward to our conference.

Dr. Vyom Sharma (Australia)


A magician and medical doctor, Vyom Sharma is one interesting man. Frequenting the likes of Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe, Vyom’s sleight of hand and illusions leave audiences questioning reality while doubling over in laughter. Not only has he won the Championship of the Australian Society of Magicians but he is continuingly contributing to the culture of medicine. Vyom Sharma is sure to wow audiences with his magical abilities, but his anecdotes and reflections on the world of medicine will stay with you for years to come.

Prof. Philippa Howden-Chapman


Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy.

She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has conducted randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities, which have had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work including the Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2014.

She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health Guideline Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.


Euthanasia Discussion.


Chair: Dr. Simon Walker

Mr. David Seymour

David Seymour is the MP for Epsom, Leader of the ACT Party, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Regulatory Reform. He has also introduced a bill into Parliament that will legalise assisted dying. Before entering Parliament David built a successful career in researching, talking, and writing about economic and public policy concepts while working in Canada and New Zealand. He has published numerous op-eds in major dailies, appeared on radio and TV, and published a book on public policy.David has a passion for public policy and champions a greater role for business and community, and a smaller role for government in public affairs. David holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Dr. Andrew Butler

Andrew obtained his BCL from University College Dublin, LLM from Osgoode Hall, Toronto and PhD from the European University Institute, Florence. When he first arrived in New Zealand, Andrew taught in the law faculty at Victoria University, specialising in equity, trusts, restitution, human rights and public law. From 1999- 2005 he was Crown Counsel working in the Human Rights Team at the Crown Law Office. In 2015, Andrew Butler represented Lecretia Seales in a High Court case to ask for a ruling to ensure that Ms. Seale’s doctor would not be charged if she helps her to die.

Dr. Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson is a Medical Oncologist with special interest in Gastro-intestinal cancers, Lymphoma, Melanoma and Urological Cancers. He graduated from the University of Otago and trained in New Zealand before working at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London – the world’s first specialist cancer hospital. He holds a national role in the research and management of Colorectal Cancer and he is the Medical Director for the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

Dr. Carol Douglas (Australia)

Carol Douglas graduated from Otago University in 1983. After working for a significant period in General Practice in Adelaide and Brisbane, Dr Douglas moved to Asia (Taiwan, China and Sabah) where her husband managed large scale construction projects. While in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (1996-1998), Dr Douglas worked as an Honorary Medical Officer at the Palliative Care Unit Queen Elizabeth Government Hospital. After returning to Australia, Dr Douglas gained Fellowship in the Chapter of Palliative Medicine (FAChPM) in 2000. Dr Douglas worked at The Prince Charles Hospital from 1998- 2005 as a Staff Specialist and Acting Director Palliative Care Service and has been the Clinical Director, Palliative Care Service Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital since November 2005. Dr Douglas is the President Elect of Australia New Zealand Society Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM).

Political Debate.


Adjudicator: Prof. Peter Crampton

National: TBC

Labour: Jenny Salesa

Jenny has 20 years experience in policy, as a health specialist, as a funder and senior official in the Health and Education sectors. Jenny was formerly the Principal Advisor Pacific at the Tertiary Education Commission. She also has grassroots community development experience gained as one of the founders of a community health provider in Auckland as well as through her involvement in implementing and spreading to other cities an evidence-based health initiative developed in the American state of Michigan.

Greens: Kevin Hague

Kevin has held senior positions in the health sector, including as Director of the AIDS Foundation and Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board. His early political work included leadership in the anti-apartheid movement and championing our Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations. Acknowledging the significance of government policy to good health, social and environmental outcomes, Kevin turned his attention to national politics and was elected as a Green MP in 2008. Kevin is acutely aware of how much change is required in the health sector. Preventative measures are cost-effective – he knows that many health issues can and should be tackled before they become serious problems. Kevin’s vision is for a health system that saves money, keeps people healthy and provides the right care from the start.

NZ First: Barbara Stewart

Barbara is the NZ First Party spokesperson for Health, Tourism and Associate Spokesperson for Senior Citizens. Being a member of the Health Select Committee has given her an understanding of the challenges involved in running a complex public health system that is subject to ever-increasing demands.

Barbara has always been inextricably bound to the Waikato area. She has had a very successful career in teaching, business, personnel management and Training and Development.


The Team

The Team

NZMSA Conference 2016


The NZMSA conference is run by students for students. The convening committee and the overarching governing body, the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association, are all student volunteers.


Andrew Robinson



SIBA 2016

Sariska Adams

Website & Marketing.



Fraser Jeffery

Academic Convenor.



Kate Fraser

Logistics Officer.



Kate Chatfield




Georgina Fagan

Social Officer.



Jessica Michael

Sponsorship Officer.