Resilience | Wellbeing. Nigel Latta

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Born and raised in Oamaru, Nigel first attended Otago University, where he completed an MSc in Marine Science. He then moved to Auckland where he trained as a Clinical Psychologist and graduated with a Master of philosophy with 1st class honours in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.
Nigel has worked for the last two decades in a number of agencies including Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation, Sex Offender Treatment Programmes, Family Therapy agencies, Child Youth and Family, Probation Services and extensively in private practice.
He continues to work as a clinical psychologist in private practice consulting with organisations and agencies from throughout the country, and has lectured on a number of senior courses at the New Zealand Police College.
His specific interests include the psychology of success, dealing with difficult people, mental toughness, decision making skills, leadership, the process of change in an organisation, the ‘myth’ of happiness and stress management.

Creating cultural transformation; the way we lead matters. Anah Aikman

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Anah inspires you to live your values, lean into your voice and drive your leadership legacy with purpose, passion and peaceful intent.
Caring deeply for you on your journey of self discovery, wellbeing and transformation Anah holds space for you to explore, grow, focus, centre and role model in a values based approach to health and wellness.

Speaker. Personal | Group Coaching. Awareness practices.  Workshops. Retreats. Podcasts. Ceremonies.  Be inspired by the world around and within you.

Clinical handover from the operating theatre nurse to the post anaesthetic care unit nurse. Sarah Eton

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Aim of the study
The aim of this research was to identify current practice in handover from the theatre nurse to the post anaesthetic care nurse in the New Zealand perioperative setting.

Research design and method
A quantitative research design was chosen using descriptive statistics, to gain a broad understanding of perioperative handover in New Zealand, about which little is known. Data collection via an online self-completed questionnaire elicited the opinion, observations and experiences of perioperative nurses from a wide a range of surgical hospitals throughout New Zealand. Interest in the study was solicited through communication with the New Zealand Perioperative Nurses College.

Findings and Recommendations
One hundred and thirty survey responses met the study’s criteria and were included in the data analysis. The results illustrate that perioperative nurses in New Zealand are experienced, adaptable in their practice and regularly engage in face-to-face verbal handover. It is also clear that most perioperative nurses are satisfied with nurse-to-nurse handover.
Barriers to effective verbal handover in the perioperative environment were identified, with the receiving post anaesthetic care nurse being required to multitask, and therefore not actively listening highlighted. In addition, collegiality between nurses and a ‘handover pause’ for verbal handover were important to nurses, and factors identified that enabled the safe transfer of information.
International literature has a plethora of suggestions on how to overcome communication barriers and how to mitigate error, with many of those suggestions being integrated into the New Zealand health care system. Indeed, that a culture of patient safety exists to some extent in the New Zealand perioperative environment is the overriding impression from the survey results. There appear to be systems, such as, standardised models to guide verbal handover, and an awareness of appropriate nurse behaviours which results in nurses working together to achieve safe transitions in patient care.
One recommendation to come from this study was for a formal ‘handover pause’ to be instigated in the post anaesthetic care unit, so all the health professionals involved in handover can actively engage in the communication process. Additionally, in the interests of patient safety, face-to-face verbal handover in combination with a written framework of documentation is recommended. Provision of education on how to conduct effective nurse-to-nurse handover also needs to occur.
The results of the current study have identified numerous opportunities for future research, both in New Zealand and internationally. It is clear there is a dearth of literature specifically on nurse handover in the New Zealand perioperative setting, with this study providing the foundation from which future research can occur.

Sarah is a senior nurse working in the PACU at Mercy Hospital, Dunedin. Sarah is proactive in promoting a high standard of clinical practice in PACU and has a special interest in the transition in care of the post-surgical patient. After completing her master’s thesis, which explored perioperative nurse handover in New Zealand, Sarah has engaged in handover quality improvement, applying the recommendations from her research.
Sarah is an active member of PNC, currently representing the Otago Section on National Committee.

Pathway to becoming President of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Sally Langley FRACS

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Dr Sally Langley is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who is based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has worked in both public and private surgery in Christchurch for more than 30 years. Her work has covered the whole spectrum of plastic surgery including craniofacial, cleft lip and palate, head and neck, paediatric, reconstructive including microsurgery, hand surgery, as well as skin cancer and breast surgery.
Dr Langley has been involved with surgical education and training throughout her career. She was an examiner in plastic and reconstructive surgery for nine years and for two years she served as the New Zealand deputy Chair of the Court of Examiners, the entity which conducts the Fellowship exam of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
Dr Langley is a former president of the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons. In 2014 she was elected member of the RACS Council where she chaired the Professional Standards and Development Board from 2019 till 2021. Since May 2021 Dr Langley is the RACS President.

Percutaneous treatment of spinal metastatic disease 2021-The changing Paradigm. Mark Coates

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Due to chemotherapy  advances people are living  much longer with cancer  and Spinal metastatic disease is a more significant issue.Stereotactic Radiation and Percutaneous ablative techniques are changing the management of this condition.This presentation will discuss the available options in 2021.

Mark is head of MSK and Spinal radiology at CDHB (Christchurch) and Pacific Radiology Group and responsible for the delivery of all aspects of Spinal Diagnosis and Intervention.
He has an active interest in diagnosis and treatment of Bone tumours and is the lead radiologist for the regional Bone and Soft tissue Sarcoma service and the Myeloma MDT and has been on the MOH National working groups in both of these areas.
Together with Kris Dalzell, Rowan Schouten, Jeremy Evison he has set up the first MDT in New Zealand for the multidisciplinary management of Spinal Tumours/Spinal Metastatic disease. He is a Part II FRANZCR examiner,executive member of RANZCR-NZ) and AMSIG (Australian and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Imaging Group) and a member of the RANZCR MSK/Spinal special interest group which liaises regularly with ACC.

The status and rights of the Islamic rules in Perioperative care to the Muslim patient. Ibrahim Abdelhalim

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: Perioperative nursing, and what does the perioperative nurse do, the three phases of perioperative nursing, and the importance of understanding what the Muslim patient needs to give them high quality of perioperative care.

Basic understanding of Islam faith as a religion of 1.8 billion followers around the world and New Zealand as well it will include – Islam meaning, Muslim people, the pillars of Islam and Iman (Faith), Islam and family, and how Islam see the disease and the sickness.
Also include perioperative care and seeking surgical treatment in Islam; the specific requirements of Islamic Perioperative care to the Muslim patient and dealing with the most frequently asked questions.

Imam was born in Cairo and received his bachelor degree with (Hons) in Agriculture Science and postgraduate Diploma in Islamic studies _ University of Al-Azhar.  He emigrated to New Zealand in 1995 and now has New Zealand citizenship.  He works as a community worker helping, leading and training a wide range of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Awarded United Nations interfaith Unit Award 2019
Muslim Chaplin – University of Canterbury
Senior Muslim Advisory Leader
New Zealand Ambassador for Peace
Chairman of Canterbury African Council
United Nations Association of Canterbury Committee
Lecturer – School of Health science – University of Canterbury


  • Attending the international conference for Ambassador of peace leadership in Korea (2008)
  • Organizing the national interfaith forum in Christchurch (2009)
  • He has delivered Islamic thought and speeches in a number of universities, churches, and clubs.
  • He has guest lectured at UC’s school of health sciences/ teaching the nurses how they can deal with the Muslim patients in any clinic and in hospital under the states of ding and death.
  • As Imam for many Mosques in New Zealand, he delivered more than 1300 Friday’s speeches beside Islamic events.

Living Life Unlimited – A story of survival & determination. Korrin Barrett

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Korrin’s presentation gives an in-depth look into her life post surviving sepsis and the amputation of all four limbs. There will be a small focus on ‘what went wrong’ and what the signs were that lead Korrin to be the deteriorating patient with a 5% chance of survival.

Korrin will also give an overview of just how important the technology of ECMO combined with exceptional care from the medical staff along with her high level of fitness and health all contributed to her survival.

Korrin ‘living life unlimited’. After surviving sepsis in 2012 resulting in amputations to her hands and feet,  Korrin became a quadruple amputee and her life changed forever but she hasn’t let this stop her.

Korrin is extremely dedicated to working with the medical industry to ensure they have all the resources needed so what happened to her doesn’t happen again.  She has a passion for raising Sepsis awareness and for participating in research and development both nationally and worldwide.

By sharing her story and experiences she promises to ensure you feel inspired and empowered to overcome anything.