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Respiratory Conference 2018 launches a new GP specific event

NZ Respiratory Conference 2018 launches a new GP specific event

19 July 2018 - The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ announces today that it is launching a new GP event at the 2018 New Zealand Respiratory Conference taking place in November 2018, at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland. The New Zealand Respiratory Conference is the only dedicated conference focusing on respiratory health in New Zealand, and attracts over 200 health professionals from across the country including GPs, nurses, specialists, educators and health professionals.

Asthma and respiratory diseases are two of the leading causes of sickness and death in New Zealand. One in six people have a respiratory disease. It’s the third most common cause of death. Asthma and respiratory diseases cost our country $6B each year. It's vital that the leading medical experts from New Zealand and overseas can come together to learn, develop and network to ensure that New Zealand can continue to reduce these statistics and also learn about new factors now facing health professionals in the respiratory space.

Letitia O'Dwyer, Chief Executive of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, comments: "We are really pleased to be able to offer for the first time 'The GP Respiratory Update - Commitment to Excellence' full day conference event on Thursday 22 November, as part of the NZ Respiratory conference 2018. We do try and listen to our health professionals, and the feedback was that there was a real need for us to have a special targeted agenda at GPs and other health professionals that work closely with GPs."

The NZRC 2018 - NZ Respiratory Conference and GP Respiratory Update Day activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for up to 11 CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

The conference will run over two days 22-23 November 2018. The dedicated GP event will run on Thursday 22 November alongside the NZRC for health professionals and nurses. The event continues on Friday 23 November for all health professionals. Those attending the GP event are also encouraged to join the conference on Friday 23 November.

Letitia adds, "The dedicated respiratory update for GPs will include presentations from specialists on topics such as asthma and reflux to underlying cardiac causes for breathlessness, and there will be a focus on
case studies and sharing of information. There are some interesting respiratory topics on this agenda that we haven't seen before that are really applicable to everyday diagnoses in primary care. We will also cover the latest research and thinking on e-cigarettes, child and adolescent asthma guidelines as well as COPD guidelines and much more. Some fascinating and enlightening topics from some of New Zealand and Australia's leading doctors. We welcome GPs and their colleagues from all over New Zealand to sign up for this new event as part of the NZRC 2018."

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ are partnering with a number of leading medical organisations who will also be presenting at the conference including Pharmac and Adherium. There will also be a range of organisations exhibiting at the conference showcasing the latest products and services that can aid respiratory health.

Teresa Demetriou, Head of Education and Research at Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, comments: "We are excited about this year's conference as we will be covering some of the latest topics affecting respiratory health in New Zealand. We have some fantastic speakers around climate change, mental health and e-cigarettes. All factors that are contributing to respiratory health concerns in 2018. The workshop elements and break out sessions, give health professionals the opportunities to discuss how these factors may affect their patients and their practices going forward. We are thrilled to be able to offer a new event for GPs, this event is open to any health professional who wants to update themselves on respiratory best practice as we recognise that it's important we all work together to deliver the best service to our patients."

To register for the New Zealand Respiratory Conference 2018 please visit It's being held at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland, 22-23 November 2018. It includes all refreshments, speakers, evening networking event and workshop sessions. Early bird offers mean that delegates can receive up to $100 off if they register before 27 August 2018.
For further information about the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ please visit

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