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Coeliac NZ Conference 2021

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Saturday 13th November, at Life Central, Mt Eden Auckland

The 2021 Coeliac NZ Conference includes a pre-event breakfast seminar & master class for health professionals, to help them unmask the disease.

The conference itself will have dual presentations, with topics tailored separately for both adults and students aged 13-21. We will be bringing together inspirational healthcare and community educators in both guest speakers and interactive settings, and there will be lots of time for networking and kōrero.

Find out about the latest research and updates in post-diagnostic dietetic care from our Medical Advisory Panel, as well as learn tips and tricks to enjoy a gluten-free lifestyle. This event is open to everyone who's interested. Entry to the Conference includes a special gluten-free buffet lunch and afternoon tea prepared by our Dining out Programme accredited cafes, plus a goodie bag filled with Crossed Grain Logo accredited products.

Get 50% off when you purchase tickets online using the membership login. Contact admin@coeliac.org.nz to BECOME A MEMBER and pay only the annual subscription (no joining fee).

Early bird ADULT conference tickets $75 (member); $150 (non-member)

STUDENTS (aged 13-21 years) $45 (member); $90 (non-member)

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MEDICAL breakfast seminar (suitable for adults only) $55 (member); $110 (non-member); Medical breakfast seminar and conference $130 (member); $260 (non-member)

Accommodation and transport

The Life Cental is located in Mt Eden, Auckland, and is approximately 30 minutes from Auckland Airport. Free parking will be available onsite, and buses and trains are also readily accessible. There are plenty of accommodation options available within walking distance of the Conference.

Make a weekend of it - Auckland is a great city to spend time in!

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Speakers

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Professor Andrew Day

Academic Paediatric Gastroenterologist based in Christchurch. After a period of training in Toronto, Canada, he took up a position at Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Returning to NZ in 2009, has a busy clinical role in Christchurch, and provides outreach Paediatric Gastroenterology services around the rest of the South Island.

He has strong clinical and research interests in coeliac disease as well as other gut disorders. Andrew’s ongoing research activities are supported by Cure Kids.

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Anna Richards

Anna Richards is one of New Zealand’s best known dietitians, with a background in hospital and community Dietetics and been in Private Practise since 1997. Anna is well known for her specialist work in Allergy and Intolerance in both children and adults.

She works closely with Auckland’s key Allergy Specialists to care for clients all over the country and is a member of a number of boards and medical panels both nationally and internationally. Her specialist areas of practice include allergy and Intolerance, Paediatrics, Family Gastroenterology – IBS, FODMAPs, Coeliac, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, PCOS, and Endometriosis.

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Dr. Jon Bishop

Jonathan completed undergraduate and postgraduate paediatric gastroenterology training in the UK before undertaking a six month Fellow post in Starship Children’s Hospital in 2007. He returned to the UK to work as a consultant post in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow between 2008 and 2011 before the lure of the Southern hemisphere proved too strong and he returned to Starship as a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist. His professional interests include coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and cystic fibrosis liver disease.

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Dr. Tom Mulholland

Dr. Tom Mulholland has been a mental health advocate and expert since he first did a study and report, “Is Suicide Predictable and Preventable” while at Medical School in Christchurch in 1985. He went on two writes 2 internationally best-selling books on Healthy Thinking and was made an honorary lecturer in psychological medicine at the University of Auckland. He has given hundreds of mental health presentations globally to the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Hilton. He has been an Emergency Department Doctor for 30 years and been in the front line of Hospital Mental Health and has worked on a Community Mental Health Acute Crisis Team.

He will present on 'Healthy Thinking - turning life’s lemons into lemonade’ and building resilience when diagnosed with coeliac disease.

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Sylvia North

Sylvia is a Registered Dietitian and Integrative Nutritionist from New Zealand. With a love for all things health and wellness, Sylvia's approach builds on the core foundation of using real food and real life strategies.

Understanding all bodies are very complicated and unique, she as a special interest in working through an individualised approach to food and life style. Sylvia specialises in addressing digestive problems and food intolerances, inflammatory conditions, hormonal problems, weight loss resistance and poor energy levels.

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Dr. Bob Anderson

Dr. Anderson graduated in medicine and has a doctorate from the University of Otago. His specialist training in internal medicine and gastroenterology was at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. Dr. Anderson’s subsequent post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford focused on understanding the molecular basis for immune recognition of gluten in coeliac disease. He returned to Melbourne in 2002 and was a Laboratory Head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

He worked closely with Coeliac Australia and Coeliac New Zealand to raise public and health professional awareness for coeliac disease. Dr Anderson relocated to the United States in 2012 as Chief Scientific Officer of ImmusanT to continue his involvement in the development of Nexvax2 and advance similar peptide-based immunotherapies for other autoimmune diseases.

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Dr. Simon Knowles

Dr. Knowles is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist based at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Dr Knowles' clinical and research interests relate to the biological and psychological interactions of gastrointestinal conditions and the Brain-Gut-Axis. He has an active interest in exploring the psychological impact of coeliac disease and trying to identify strategies to optimise an individual’s psychological wellbeing and ability to manage living with this chronic condition and improve quality of life. To date, Dr. Knowles' eHealth resources which provide comprehensive and expert-reviewed resources and evidence-based psychologically focused optimal health and resilience program for individuals living with gastrointestinal conditions has been used by over 430,000 individuals around the world.


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Dr. Simon Chin

Dr. Simon Chin is an honorary Patron of Coeliac NZ. As an Otago Medical School graduate, he completed his paediatric training in Auckland. He has extensive advanced training in Australia and the USA, completing a 2-year clinical fellowship at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane and also a 3-year fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Simon works in private practice having recently retired from Starship Children's Hospital with Paediatric Gastroenterology. He has a special interest in coeliac disease.

 

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Dr. Kamran Rostami

Dr. Kamran Rostami is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist. Dr. Rostami's postgraduate journey started with defining the seronegative subgroup with a Ph.D. in coeliac disease from the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a consultant Gastroenterologist in the UK and recently joined the Gastroenterology Unit at Palmerston North. He has presented in numerous national and international Gastroenterology conferences, coordinated a number of multicenter studies, and has published over 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. He serves as the deputy and associate editor for a number of Gastroenterology journals.

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Agendas

Main agenda

10am - 10:20
Opening address & summary of Medical Conference Professor Andrew Day

10:20 - 11:20
Healthy Thinking – ‘Turning life’s lemons into lemonade’ and building resilience when diagnosed with coeliac disease Dr. Tom Mulholland

15min break

11:35 - 12:35
Coeliac NZ Medical Advisory Panel Presentation and Q&A session.
Panel including discussion about:

  • international research;
  • screening strategics;
  • causes for persisting symptoms;
  • monitoring and follow up after diagnosis;
  • the national and paediatric pathway;
  • Dietitians ‘Standards of Care’.

Presenters/Panelists:
Professor Andrew Day
Professor Clare Wall
Dr. Jon Bishop
Dr. Kamran Rostami
Dr. Kristin Kenrick
Dr. Richard Steele
Registered dietitians: Anna Richards; Meg Thorsen; Sylvia North

12:35 - 1:20
LUNCH

1:20 - 1:30
Sum up of the morning session Sam Walters

1:30 - 2:10
Mind Over Gut – Tools for managing psychological distress due to the risk of accidental gluten contamination. Dr. Simon Knowles

2:10 - 2:40
Current and international research on coeliac disease Professor Bob Anderson

2:40 - 2:50
Review and discussion CNZ Patrons and MAP

2:50 - 3:10
Living Coeliac Safe Toolkits for ECE/schools & Living in a society with Covid-19 Lisa Jury & Sylvia North

3:10 - 3:40
Sharing the journey of living with coeliac disease Erin Simpson and Sarah Albom

4:10
Conference concludes

Medical agenda

8:00 – 9:30 am
Health Professionals’ Master Class with Coeliac NZ Medical Advisory Panel
Presentations and discussion about:

  • international research;
  • screening strategics;
  • causes for persisting symptoms;
  • monitoring and follow up after diagnosis;
  • the national and paediatric pathway;
  • Dietitians ‘Standards of Care’.

Presenters:
Professor Andrew Day
Professor Clare Wall
Dr. Jon Bishop
Dr. Kamran Rostami
Dr. Kristin Kenrick
Dr. Richard Steele
Registered dietitians: Anna Richards; Meg Thorsen; Sylvia North


Youth agenda

11:35 - 12:35 in "Youth Room"
Interactive introduction and getting to know you Lisa Jury & Kids Club Volunteers
Workshop managing social events and gatherings; and setting up a CNZ youth advocacy group Lisa Jury & Rosie Jerram

12:35 - 1:20
LUNCH

1:20 - 2:50
Interactive discussion on 

  • Living coeliac safe
  • Why gluten free for life is so important as a young person
  • How to be your own advocate
  • Resilience and strategies
  • Nutrition guidelines

with Lisa Jury, Sarah Albom, Erin Simpson, Anna Richards, Samantha Lowe

2:50 - 3:10 in "Main Room"
Living Coeliac Safe – Health Promotion Toolkits Lisa Jury & Sylvia North
Living in a society with Covid-19

Conference tickets are available here for the breakfast seminars and adult and student entry.

Take advantage of special pricing for general adult admission before September 1st!

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About Coeliac New Zealand

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healthy living

Coeliac New Zealand is available throughout your journey. As part of our community, you’ll get support, advice, and assistance. We work with health professionals, manufacturers, and researchers to raise awareness of coeliac disease in NZ.

Together, we can reach a day when every person with coeliac disease gets diagnosed quickly, lives a healthy life, and has the prospect of a cure.

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