2018 conference

The 2018 Conference will be in Dunedin and we have had a hardworking, enthusiastic group meeting regularly since the end of last year.  As you will see on the accompanying images, our theme is “…as we grow,,,” or “e tipu ana”, and the dates are March 15-18th 2018.

Unusually the Conference will be at a golf club!  So for those of you who play golf, you may be able to get in a game.  The venue is the Otago Golf Club, on Balmacewen Road, about 10 minutes by car up the hill from central Dunedin, with extensive views of the city, and lovely outdoor areas.  Further information will be sent out later about accommodation possibilities.

We have two confirmed keynote speakers at this time – we are excited to have secured Dr Anne Alvarez, leading UK Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychotherapist, recently retired from the Autism Service at the Tavistock.  Dr Alvarez will speak to us long-distance, by Zoom. As our theme is about the whole of life, Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell from the University of Auckland will be speaking about her work in the end-of-life phase.

Secondly, although the exact speaker is not confirmed, one of the leading researchers of the world-famous Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study will also speak.  NZAP members may have seen the TV programme about the Dunedin study, “Why am I?”, which was screened last year.

We will be inviting abstracts for proposed papers, from members and others, later in the year.

Finally, as a warm-up to what we hope will be a great Conference – dust off your glad rags for the dinner/dance, which will be at the Savoy, one of Dunedin’s grand 19th century venues, on St Patrick’s Day!