Vitamin D, Rongoā Māori healing and more
Press release
21 November 2016

New Zealand Respiratory Conference 2016

The New Zealand Respiratory Conference is an annual event that brings together local and international experts to present on the latest respiratory topics. The 2016 conference is proudly presented by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ and Allergy NZ, and will take place on 24 and 25 November at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.
The new Adult Asthma Guidelines will be launched and presented by Professor Richard Beasley, a leader in the project and well-known expert in the field. The new guidelines have been developed to aid health professionals in delivering asthma care, and provide up-to-date practical and evidence-based guidance.

Vitamin D, does it help our children? Will be presented by Associate Professor Cameron Grant. Professor Grant will speak about the global problem of vitamin D deficiencies during pregnancy and discuss the reasons around why vitamin D status is poorer in New Zealand than many other developed countries. He will also demonstrate the potential for vitamin D status to be a determinant of respiratory health in early childhood.
Rongoā Māori healing will be presented by Dr Glenis Mark (Ngapuhi, Tainui, Kai Tahu).
Dr Mark will be speaking about research on the views of rongoā Māori healers and patients on whether rongoā Māori healing and mainstream health treatment can collaborate. She will discuss the similarities and differences between both forms of treatment, and how this analysis could be relevant to respiratory treatment.
We can work it out by Susan Reid discusses best practice communication with patients. Susan will be presenting a practical session covering the numerous aspects involved in engaging patients and whānau. The main focus will be managing the complexities of patient consultations, and topics will include agenda setting, listening to understand and how to ask the right questions.
Genetics and the immune system will be presented by Dr David Martino, an NHMRC biomedical research fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia. 

Media passes are available for all media who would like to attend the conference.

View the full conference programme
Conference website

To register for your media pass or for any conference enquiries contact:
Catherine Davenport
Event manager
Phone: (09) 214 7440

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