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Invitation to attend

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend the 14th NZCOM Biennial Conference, to be held in Auckland, 26 – 28 August 2016.

Birth, Culture and Social Change is the theme of the conference this year with an emphasis on looking forward to the next 25 years. The last 25 years of midwifery autonomy has been a rollercoaster of challenges and successes. It is now time to consider our future – what are the influences and important challenges for midwives now and going into the future.

Conference provides an opportunity for midwives to connect and explore issues that affect them and their midwifery practice. It is also a time to hear from health professionals outside of midwifery on their perspectives too. We have some exciting speakers – both international and New Zealand experts in their field – in our programme. We have also organised a range of panels to focus discussion on some of the current issues and challenges within maternity. The programme has been designed to encourage discussion and debate as the different presenters provide their knowledge and varied viewpoints.

Plus with over 40 concurrent sessions to choose from, there are many opportunities to learn and hear about the latest New Zealand research and practice innovations. We are extremely grateful to these presenters for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us at our conference.

The social events include a Wine, Cheese and Chat on the first night and conference dinner on the second night which will give you plenty of time to reconnect with colleagues/friends and to make new acquaintances.

The College would like to thank the sponsors and exhibitors, who have currently agreed to sponsor our conference and are looking forward to connecting with others.

Registrations are now open and we have set out an optional instalment plan to help spread the cost of conference. We encourage you to book early and make the most of the early bird fee. We look forward to seeing you in Auckland at the end of August!

Deb Pittam

NZCOM President

Message from our Kaumatua

E ngā mana e ngā reo tēna koutou katoa

Tēnei te mihi ki ō tātou tini aitua huri noa i te motu

Hāere hāere e kore koutou e warewaretia

Ko te tumanako kia u ki a tatou kaupapa i raro it e ahurutanga o te runga rawa

No reira tena koutou tena koutou tena tatou katoa

Na Mina Timutimu

Photo credit: Fairfax NZ

Thank you to the following people for their commitment to the conference:

Programme Committee

Sarah Ballard | Mary Kensington | Judith McAra-Couper | Megan Tahere | Jo Watson

Regional Hosting Committee

Nga Marsters | Helenmary Walker

NZCOM Liaison

Lesley Dixon

Hosted by Auckland Region of the New Zealand College of Midwives

Download the Registration Brochure here

Thank you to all our Sponsors

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