Mental Health

StartTime: Fri 09 August 2019 9:00am
Location: Wellington

Conference 2019 

The venue will be Te Wharewaka, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington Waterfront.

The key  guest speaker is Karen Pilkington.Karen photo March 2019 NZ2

Karen has spent much of her career searching for evidence. She began her career in the UK National Health Service providing a specialist clinical service and establishing a national medicines information centre. An innovative role followed, supporting the implementation of evidence-based practice in its early days. She moved into academia to manage a UK Department of Health-funded project assessing the evidence on complementary therapies for long-term conditions. The therapies included acupuncture and this stimulated her interest in its potential for anxiety and depression, an interest that has continued. Karen has published a large number of papers, many of which are highly cited, on various complementary therapies. She is on the editorial board of several journals, has acted as expert and moderator for the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (Council of Europe) initiative on Traditional Chinese Medicine Practices in Europe and is a member of the international advisory board for Cochrane Complementary Medicine. When not in front of a computer, she enjoys walking, travelling and good food, and watching rugby.

Call for Abstracts

It is a pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract for presentation of a workshop, oral or poster presentation at the 2019 Acupuncture New Zealand Conference. This conference will take place in Wellington New Zealand on the 9th, 10th and 11th August 2019.

Acupuncture NZ is the largest professional body representing practitioners of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in New Zealand. A member of the World Federation of Acupuncture Societies (WFAS) and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), we also have strong affiliations with acupuncture associations particularly in Australia but also in China, the United States, Britain and throughout Europe

Abstracts are invited from acupuncture, allied and mainstream clinicians and academics under the conference theme Mental Health, with sub themes for education, clinical practice and research.

Guide for authors
The deadline to submit abstracts is 30th April 2019

To submit your abstract, please email your completed abstract to
The word limit for the abstract is 300 words and it will appear in the online abstract book exactly as submitted.  Acupuncture-NZ-Abstract-form-2019-unlocked.docx

Presentation Formats

There are two presentation formats to choose from:

  • Workshop presentations

Workshops encourage active involvement of participants. The workshop should be designed as an interactive session with specific objectives related to one or more of the conference themes. Workshops can run for 90 or 180 minutes

Workshop abstracts should be structured as follows: Background, Objectives, Workshop format, and Expected outcomes. Maximum 300 words 

  • Oral Presentations

Oral presentations have the duration of 30 minutes: 22 minutes for your presentation, 5 minutes for questions and three minute to allow participants to change rooms. After the 27 minutes, the “Time Keeper” in the room will ask the presenter to conclude the talk.

Selection Criteria

All abstracts will be considered based on the information in the submission and will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Relevance to the conference themes and objectives

Originality of the work

Quality of the abstract, including a clear connection between the issue being addressed, the work undertaken, the outcomes of the work and implications for the profession

Priority will be given to submissions that present original work, link to evidence, and demonstrate innovation and critical thinking.

NOTE: Abstracts promoting commercial products or services will not be accepted. Those who wish to promote a product or service are invited to contact the conference organisers for the Sponsorship Prospectus. All submissions are to be emailed to

Important Dates
Deadline for submission: 12th April 2019.
Notification of acceptance: 10th May 2019

Deadline for final paper submission: 30th June 2019

Deadline for power point presentation: 15th July 2019

Organising committee:
Chair conference committee – Angie Harding

Conference steering committee – Janine Nana, Thomas Lin, Lesley Haiselden

Chair Scientific committee – Kate Roberts

Scientific Committee – Phillip Jameson and Robin Kerr.

For all general enquiries, please contact:

We look forward to seeing you at Acupuncture New Zealand Conference 2019