Announcing Health Aotearoa 2020

7 July 2020

The College is pleased to announce Health Aotearoa 2020, a conference that will replace WONCA NZ, which was postponed owing to COVID-19 concerns. 

Health Aotearoa 2020 is going ahead at Auckland’s Aotea Centre from 5 – 7 November 2020 and is being run us, the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa - Māori Medical Practitioners Association.

Health Aotearoa 2020 will be one of the very few health sector conferences to be held in person this year. We are working hard to develop the programme and will be releasing information on this as soon as possible. However, we are delighted to have received early and enthusiastic confirmation of keynote presentations from:

  • Elizabeth Iro (World Health Organisation’s Chief Nursing Officer)
  • Prof Trish Greenhalgh (Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford)
  • Dr James Renwick (Weather and climate researcher). 

Our international speakers will be presenting via video. The theme of the new conference will overlap significantly with what was previously planned, with an increased focus on the future of our health system. As the conference takes place after the general election, amidst our COVID-19 response, and against a backdrop of the Health and Disability System Review there will be much to share and learn.

Keep up to date at the Health Aotearoa 2020 website: 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email