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New Zealand Osteoarthritis Summit 2022 | Taumata Kaikōiwi Aotearoa



Rutherford House

Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington | Te Herenga Waka.

OA Research Network Conference – Thursday
17 November, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

OA Summit – Friday 18 November 2022, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm


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The Osteoarthritis Aotearoa New Zealand (OAAoNZ) Committee extends a very warm invitation to key Government Ministers, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand and Māori Health Authority leaders, colleagues involved in primary care, secondary and tertiary care services, healthcare commissioning and research funding and also consumers living with OA to join us in Wellington in November and become part of the significant mahi OAAoNZ is undertaking.

We are concerned about health system responses to the growing burden of OA in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the absence of a National Model of Care for managing the condition. We take inspiration from the successful series of significant gatherings or Osteoarthritis “Summits” held in Australia and led by the prominent rheumatologist and world-leading OA expert Professor David Hunter. This work ultimately generated a National Osteoarthritis Strategy for Australia in 2018.

The two key objectives of our kaupapa are:

1) To co-create via active partnerships a National Model of Care for Osteoarthritis, and

2) To develop a list of national priorities in osteoarthritis research and innovative health delivery.

About the OA Research Network Conference

This year, a new national initiative in the broad field of osteoarthritis research has begun.

Te Anga Kaikōiwi o Aotearoa New Zealand Osteoarthritis Research Network has secured initial funding support from the University of Otago. This national OA Research Network aims to:

1) Progress research excellence across the spectrum of research contributing to new knowledge relevant to osteoarthritis.
2) Extend research strength in Aotearoa New Zealand by advancing OA research and facilitating national and international collaboration.
3) Build capability and capacity in OA research by supporting research training and early- and mid-career development of the OA research workforce.

We invite your attendance, and contributions to the inaugural annual scientific conference. There is an opportunity to present in one of the two Platform sessions and/or the one Poster session. These will be peer-reviewed / quality-assured presentation opportunities.

We welcome submissions from early career researchers to present your recent, current or ongoing, or proposed research – travel scholarships are available to ECRs submitting abstracts for consideration. Contact haxby.abbott@otago.ac.nz for further details.

About the New Zealand Osteoarthritis Summit 2022 | Taumata Kaikōiwi Aotearoa

Following the success of the inaugural Osteoarthritis Aotearoa New Zealand Base Camp in 2021, the Osteoarthritis Aotearoa New Zealand (OAAoNZ) 2022 Summit builds on the foundations laid by this towards:

– Continuing to co-create a national Model of Care for osteoarthritis care for Aotearoa New Zealand.
– Developing a list of national priorities in osteoarthritis research.    

Speakers from Aotearoa New Zealand will include Dr Andrew Connolly (Counties Manukau Chief Medical Officer and Chair of Planned Care Taskforce), Rebecca George (HIRA Director- Data and Digital, Ministry of Health), Timi Tapara (Founder and clinical director, Tū Tonu Health Centre, Hamilton), Dr Martin Chadwick (Ministry of Health), Catherine Willis (Te Whatu Ora BoP) and Annalees Jones (Body in Motion), and Philip Kearney (Arthritis NZ Mateponapona Aotearoa).

Presentations will cover issues and themes such as considering Te Tiriti o Waitangi when designing OA services, challenges and opportunities in relation to managing weight, a Te Ao Māori approach in primary care, and the role GPs play in OA management. Attendees will also hear panel discussions focusing on priorities for public and patient partnership and equitable health delivery innovation for people with OA and culturally responsive models of care for the management of OA.

We look forward to meeting you in November and advancing our work in the osteoarthritis space at a time when communities across the country are seeing significant change to Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system.

Keynote Speakers

The Summit will feature world-renowned international keynote speakers who will discuss their various OA models of care and the opportunities and challenges that come with these.

  • Dr Richard Griffiths: our keynote speaker from Arthritis New Zealand, will share lived experiences of Osteoarthritis consumers to highlight key challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.   
  • Prof Søren Skou: Professor at the Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy at the University of Southern Denmark and head of research at the Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Næstved-Slagelse-Ringsted Hospitals, Denmark. 
  • Prof Andrew Briggs: Professor Briggs currently co-leads a team in the emerging field of health policy and systems research at Curtin University, Western Australia. 
  • Assoc. Prof Jackie Whittaker: Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of British Columbia and is recognised as a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Registration Fees (excl. GST)

Category Day 1 – OA Research Network Conference Day 2 – Summit Attendance Both Days
Senior Medical Officers $140 $325 $465
Other (Allied Health, researcher, health funder, NGO) $80 $170 $250
UG/PG students $0 $60 $60


Special rates are available for conference participants at the hotels listed below.

The rates are only available for Thursday 17 November – Sunday 20 November 2022. Nights outside of these dates can be requested but cannot be guaranteed at the special conference rates. Bookings are subject to availability, we recommend you book early.

Room rates are in New Zealand dollars (NZD) and include goods and services tax (GST) of 15%.

Ibis Wellington
153 Featherston St, Wellington
Distance to conference venue: 8-minute walk

15% off the best rate of the day

To Book

Quest on Johnston

35 Johnston Street, Wellington
Distance to conference venue: 8-minute walk

Minimum 2 night booking

Book by calling 04 460 5100 using the code “OA Summit” 

Mecure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments
130 Victoria Street, Wellington
Distance to conference venue: 19-minute walk

$10 off best available rate per night

Book online 

Mecure Hotel Wellington Abel Tasman
169 Willis Street, Wellington
Distance to conference venue: 19-minute walk

$10 off best available rate per night

Book online 

Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
1 Bunny Street, Wellington
Distance to conference venue: 3-minute walk

Standard rates apply.

Book online 

Partners and Sponsors


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Become a Summit Partner

The Osteoarthritis Summit Taumata Kaikōiwi committee is seeking partners to support the Taumata Kaikōiwi | Osteoarthritis Summit 2022. If you are interested in becoming a partner of the Summit, please contact:

Dr Daniel O’Brien, Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy Department, School of Clinical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology. Phone: 09 921 9999 (extn 8707). Mobile: 021 815 717. Email: dobrien@aut.ac.nz

Contact Us

Twelve Conferences + Events are our Conference Organisers, for all conference related queries, please contact them on:
+64 27 410 6567

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