Welcome to the Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society Inc. at The Rutherford Hotel, Nelson from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th March 2017.
Staying active and maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle despite the pain can be a great challenge for persistent pain sufferers. Our theme this year is “Active and Able - Independent with Pain”. The focus of the conference is two-fold. It looks at ways in which pain patients can be assisted in remaining active despite the pain, be it maintaining work, or continuing with leisure activities, school or sports. It also aims at equipping professionals with up to date skills which can be taken to the clinic and applied straight away to improve patient outcomes.
To ensure a successful conference, well-recognised international speakers have been confirmed. Bruno Cayoun will share with us his expertise on using mindfulness in pain management. While, Professor Jo Nijs will provide an overview of the latest research into the process of central sensitization. A half-day primary care forum will aim to tackle the challenges that primary care providers face when managing choric pain patients and a selection of brief workshops and panel discussions will prove to be engaging and practical.
Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, and is the oldest city in the South Island. It often tops New Zealand sunshine hours. Nelson is known for its beautiful reserves and national parks and there are plenty of hiking, kayaking, cruising and biking options. Nelson city is smart and well developed. Its thriving local arts and craft scene includes some of New Zealand’s best visual artists, potters, glass blowers and wood carvers. For the wine and food lovers there is a superb selection of wineries, cafes and boutique breweries to satisfy any taste.
We would like to invite you to participate in our 2017 meeting and I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you at the conference.
Dr Elena Moran
Convener, Annual Scientific Meeting 2017
New Zealand Pain Society