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We warmly welcome you to attend the 2020 New Zealand Association of General Surgeons meeting to be held in New Plymouth, March 28th-29th, 2020. The Association has a long and proud history of hosting well attended meetings at centres the length of the country, and this year promises to be no exception.
The theme for the meeting is “When Things Go Pear Shaped”. This provides a focus for the conference, with the ambitious programme touching upon most sub-specialty areas. Sessions will include Mass casualty incidents, Trauma, Complication Management, and Managing the Weather Bomb (i.e. Screening Colonoscopy). Our invited speakers are Rhys Thomas, Mark Midwinter, and Jonathan Foo.
In 1846, Sir George Grey persuaded the British Government to make grants for four hospitals for mixed Maori and pakeha patients to be set up; one in Auckland, Wellington, Whanganui and Taranaki. Taranaki’s hospital became known as The Gables, and is the only survivor of the four colonial hospitals built. Taranaki hospital has moved and been upgraded many times over the years.
The new building at Taranaki Base Hospital was opened in 2014. The acute services wing has been designed to allow more efficient and effective working for current and future services. Health services will continue to evolve so in years to come the interior walls of the hospital can be changed without major structural changes. If needs change in the future the wards can be configured in different ways.
New Plymouth is a city on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, sheltering in the shadow of Taranaki Maunga. It’s known for its coastal walkway stretching from Bell Block to Port Taranaki. Te Rewa Rewa Bridge has views of towering Mount Taranaki. The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery shows contemporary exhibitions. Close by, Pukekura Park has botanical gardens and birdlife. Subalpine forests and waterfalls characterise Egmont National Park to the south. The best surf beaches in New Zealand wrap around the Taranaki Bight, within the city and around the Coast, simply named Surf Highway
The region is exceptionally fertile thanks to generous rainfall and rich volcanic soil. Dairy farming and oil and gas dominate our resources, and economy. The Maui gas field off the south-west coast has provided most of New Zealand’s gas supply.
The conference venue this year is the newly upgraded Devon Hotel. The Devon Hotel & Conference Centre boasts luxury accommodation and puts you on the doorstep of the CBD and New Plymouth’s most visited attractions.
The Trainee Day on the Friday will have something for everyone, and will be an important focal point for those approaching the Part 2 exam. As always, the meeting will also showcase our emerging surgeon-scientists with poster and oral presentations on the Saturday afternoon.
Come and mix with colleagues, and take the great opportunity to talk with exhibitors and broaden networks. For those with energy remaining, the conference Awards Dinner on Saturday night will, as usual, be the social highlight of the weekend.
We look forward to continuing the friendly and personal nature of the NZAGS meeting in New Plymouth in 2020.
Nigel Henderson and Glenn Farrant – Conveners
The venue will be The Devon Hotel in New Plymouth, a beautiful venue in a lovely location. Please keep the dates free.
Call For Abstracts Open: 23 September 2019
Registration Opens: 18 November 2019
Call For Abstracts Close: 23 January 2020
Abstract Notifications: 10 February 2020
Close Of Early Bird Discount: 10 February 2020
Trainee Day: Friday 27 March 2020
Trainee Dinner: Friday 27 March 2020
Conference Day One: Saturday 28 March 2020
Conference Dinner: Saturday 28 March 2020
Conference Day Two: Sunday 29 March 2020
To Register for the Conference CLICK HERE.
To view the Programme CLICK HERE