Mental Health

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

Conference  and AGM 9th, 10th and 11th August 2019  Delegate-registration-form-2019.pdf

The venue will be Te Wharewaka Function Centre and the Rowing Club 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington Waterfront.  

Acupuncture NZ Conference Speakers:

Dr Karen Pilkington – Keynote Speaker   

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

David Hartmann

David Hartmann is an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner who lives in Brisbane, Australia. He has been practicing since 1997 and upgraded his qualifications with a Masters of Acupuncture in 2009.
He lectures at the Endeavour College, is a keen researcher and writer whose textbook for the publishing company Singing Dragon titled 'The Principles and Practical Application of Acupuncture Point Combinations' will be released in August-September 2019. He also wrote a textbook titled 'Acupoint Dictionary 2e' published by Elsevier Churchill Livingstone in 2009. David has presented at conferences in the USA, Germany and Australia as well as done stand-alone seminars in the USA, The Netherlands, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand. 

Suzanne Tapper. M. (Distinction)TCM

Suzanne has been a TCM practitioner since 1993. Teaching people how to help themselves on the fertility journey forms the foundation of her work. She uses a natural or integrated medicine approach and may also prescribe Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, dietary advice, and lifestyle modification. 

She is currently based in either Singapore or France with her partner and mainly works with her clients online. Suanne will speak on “Addressing male and female mental health may improve fertility treatment outcomes. “ 

Dr Elizabeth Mangan

Liz Mangan qualified in the UK from Liverpool University in 1992.

20 years later she arrived in New Zealand on an extended working holiday and has never left! Currently she is a GP partner in Christchurch with a specialist interest in Mental health, Women’s Health and Paediatrics.

Last year she took on the role at Pegasus Health as the Clinical Lead for Mental Health is a champion for the improvement of physical health outcomes for people with Mental Health and Addiction Issues. She has two teenage children and enjoys singing in a choir and yoga for restoration of her soul. 

Robin Kerr 

Robin Kerr will share the results of her study into this field and share some results that might surprise you. Signposts to help support practitioners now, what practitioners are looking for, what is missing and how can we get there?

This talk on Holding the light- the value of Support -Professional Supervision as a Core practice of practice will help further establish an awareness and orientation for a grass roots approach to developing a practical and purposeful model of professional supervision for NZ acupuncturists. 

Sally Flewelling

Sally is an acupuncturist and massage therapist in Wellington, having graduated from NZSATCM in 2012. She runs a small health clinic in the heart of the city. Sally has been teaching yoga teachers about meridians for the last five years and now regularly teaches yoga classes and workshops. She’s passionate about infusing her Chinese meridian knowledge into her teachings - helping yogis discover that they’re already moving their meridians!

She will be attending each day to keep the attendees moving.

Kate Roberts, Zohar Shtepel, Janine Nana and Serena Joe 

The Acupuncture for Mental Health clinical interest group (AMH) was formed in 2018 following the recommendations from the PhD research of Kate Roberts. These Acupuncture Practitioners who are part of this group will front the Acupuncture for Mental Health Clinical Forum.


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