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Allergy New Zealand 2010 National Conference and AGM - August 13 - 15

This year we include three events in one: National Conference, AGM and Health Professionals' Workshop.

See below for information about the National Conference

Allergy New Zealand National Conference and AGM

Major sponsor


Food allergy: Finding the right balance

Plus Eczema!

Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland

Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 August 2010

Allergy New Zealand’s national conference this year focuses on food allergy — and how to find the right balance. Our Sunday programme focuses exclusively on eczema. Our keynote speaker Professor Paula Barrett is an international expert on anxiety in children, and she will explain how to recognise when anxiety is too much, what you can do and how you can support your child.

Three allergy specialists will talk about different aspects of food allergy, from prevalence in New Zealand, to putting food allergy into perspective, to issues affecting adults with food allergy.

Our final focus is on eczema, and we have two of the country’s only eczema nurse specialists who will offer practical advice on how to bring even the most difficult case of eczema under control.


Professor Paula Barrett, clinical psychologist and world expert in anxiety in children
Associate Professor Rohan Ameratunga, allergist/clinical immunologist
Dr Jan Sinclair, paediatric immunologist/allergist
Dr Penny Fitzharris, adult immunologist/allergist
Drs Daniel Shepherd and Jason Landon, Psychology Unit, AUT
Anna Richards, registered dietitian
Pauline Brown, eczema nurse specialist
Debbie Rickard, eczema nurse specialist

Topics:    Saturday 14 August 2010

  • Report on a study on parental perceptions of children’s anxiety associated with food allergy
  • Overview of a study on adverse reactions to food in young New Zealand children
  • Food allergy in New Zealand’s adult population: what do we know?
  • Putting food allergy in children into perspective
  • Dietetic management of food allergy in children and adults

PROGRAMME: Saturday 14 August 2010
8.30am – 9.00am Annual General Meeting Registration
9.00am – 10.00 am Annual General Meeting
10.00am - 10.30am Morning Tea & Conference Registration
10.30am – 10.35am Welcome By Chair
10.35am – 10.45am Conference opening by Sir Peter Charles Leitch QSM, Allergy New Zealand Ambassador
10.50am – 12.00pm Keynote address: Prof. Paula Barrett
12.00pm – 12.45pm Dr Jason Landon & Dr Daniel Shepherd, AUT: Parental perceptions of children’s anxiety
12.45pm – 1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm -2.30pm Assoc. Prof. Rohan Ameratunga: Overview of study on adverse reactions to food in young NZ children
2.30pm -3.15pm Dr Penny Fitzharris: Food Allergy in New Zealand’s adult population: what do we know?
3.15pm – 3.45pm Afternoon tea
3.45pm – 4.30pm *  Workshops
Dr Jan Sinclair: Putting food allergy in children into perspective
Anna Richards: Dietetic management of food allergy in children and adults
4.35pm – 5.10pm * Workshops repeated
5.10pm – 5.20pm Close of Conference for day
6.30pm – 7.00pm Cocktails
7.00pm Conference Dinner

Topics: Sunday 15 August 2010

  • Dealing with eczema: perspectives from nurse-led allergy clinics
  • Treating eczema in young children
  • Treating eczema in older children
PROGRAMME: Sunday 15 August 2010
8.30am – 9.00am Registration
9.00am – 10.00am Dealing with Eczema: perspectives from nurse-led clinics (Pauline Brown & Debbie Rickards)
10.00am – 10.30am Morning Tea
10.30am – 11.15am
11.15am  – 12.00pm
Pauline Brown: treating eczema in young children
Debbie Rickards: treating eczema in older children
12.00pm – 12.10pm Discussion and Conclusion of Conference

Registrations:    Registrations open now until 6 August 2010. Contact Allergy New Zealand on 09 623 3912 or email or download the registration form, complete and return to us by fax, mail or email

We are in the process of finalising the programme times and some of the seminars may be subject to change.


                                                    Member    Non-Member
Saturday programme only:            $75         $105
(includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
Saturday dinner:                            $75          $95
Sunday programme:                     $35          $50
(includes morning tea)
Sat & Sun package:                      $105         $150
Sat &Sun + dinner package:         $175         $225    

Accommodation: Waipuna Hotel is pleased to offer delegates attending the conference a special accommodation rate of $135+GST per night for the nights of 12,13 and 14 August 2010. This rate is valid for up to two people.
For a pdf copy of the accommodation booking form click here.