2021 Annual Conference and AGM

So our conference is all over for another year. We are so fortunate here in New Zealand to have been able to hold an actual rather than a virtual conference - and we didn't even have to worry about wearing a mask for any part of the weekend. 

The presentations were many and varied and a very big thank you to all those who took their time to present - we do appreciate the effort involved in putting together your presentations. The longer time slots for each session seemed to work well so we will see what comes through on the feedback forms from delegates but will likely stick with that for the future.

It was wonderful to catch up with old friends as well as to meet those who may have been attending our conference for the first time. It's always good to meet our new graduate members as well as those who have joined us from other groups. Not so many new members from overseas this year of course but we are hopeful that things will settle in that regard before too long.

Thank you to all our trade exhibitors - it's always good to put a face to the name of the person who answers our phonecalls or emails. We are particularly grateful to Emma and her team from ACC for spending the entire weekend with us. Hopefully many questions were asked and more clarity was gained by all those present.

See the Acupuncture NZ Facebook page for photos from the weekend.

William Wong Doo Award 2021

The award was established in 2012 to annually recognise a member of AcNZ who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. The award is named in honour of William Wong Doo, the founding member of Acupuncture NZ. 

This year the William Wong Doo Award was presented to Dr Kate Roberts PhD.

Kate has been a member of the AcNZ Council and a lecturer at the NZ School of Acupuncture and TCM. She has therefore influenced many of those who are the future of our profession. Since stepping down from the Council, Kate has continued to be involved and has many times been an excellent and very articulate media spokesperson for AcNZ.

Kate's work on her PhD opened many doors for the profession to the Medical council and GPs throughout the country. Her work in getting acupuncture included on the Health pathways is of benefit to every practitioner as well as to the general public. Kate also instigated the formation of the group Acupuncturists for Mental Health - another area of work that is of profound importance.

Congratulations Kate - well deserved.

2022 Conference and AGM

Yes, we are already thinking of next year's event. 2022 will be our 45th birthday so we plan to make it a big celebration or Acupuncture NZ and the profession generally. Mark your diaries now - the weekend of 13 and 14 August 2022. We haven't decided yet whether it will be a three day or remain a two day event - we'll read the feedback from this year first.