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12th & 13th March 2016

Spencer on Byron, Takapuna, Auckland


Dear colleagues

It is a great honour and a privilege to welcome you to the Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Association of General Surgeons to be held at the Spencer on Byron in Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore from 12-13 March 2016!

We live in challenging times and the field of General Surgery is not an exception. Ageing and growing population, staff shortages and restricted budgets, new technological advances - this is the everyday reality we are faced with. And if we are to stay in control and ensure a bright future for our beloved profession, we need to be informed and we need to be united. Our Annual meetings are one of the best forums where we can share our ideas, meet with colleagues and catch up with the latest. They are as stimulating as they are informative and allow us to meet in a relaxed atmosphere. Our 2016 ASM will be no exception. We'll endeavour to provide a programme that is as wide-reaching as possible and will hope to stimulate debate and discussions. There will be some focus on the health and well-being of surgeons, in addition to considering how best we can improve the health of our patients. We will also explore recent issues for the surgical community including the release of surgical performance data, as well as the important issue of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. The other big issue for New Zealand is screening for colorectal cancer, with the bowel screening pilot in Waitemata due to late in 2015. We hope to present some of the results of the pilot, and discuss the implications for a national roll-out of bowel screening.

Our invited overseas speakers have been confirmed. They are kindly supported by a grant from RACS, and we are extremely grateful to the college for their support of our ASM. We are welcoming Prof Sue Clark, a colorectal surgeon with an interest in inherited bowel cancer from St Marks in London. We also welcome Prof Richard Schulick, a hepatopancreatic surgeon and chair of surgery at the University of Colorado.

We hope a great number of you will be able to find the time in your busy schedules to attend the meeting and look forward to seeing you in Auckland!

Peter Shapkov
Andrew Moot




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