The GP23 countdown is on

27 June 2023

Category: College and members


We’re looking forward to hosting GP23: the Conference for General Practice in Tāmaki Makaurau, 21 – 23 July at the Aotea Centre.

Register for GP23 

Registrations are still open which includes attendance at all conference sessions (Friday - Sunday), daily catering (morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea), and a welcome reception.

If you're unable to join us in person, virtual registration is now open. With this registration you will be able to watch and engage with all the sessions held in the main auditorium (everything except for the concurrent sessions).

Theme and conference programme

Our theme is connecting: hauora, courage, and togetherness and we have great keynote speakers, panelists, and concurrent sessions to bring this to life.

The full conference programme is now available on the GP23 website where you can view the keynote speakers, panels, and concurrent sessions. We’ve highlighted the panels and keynote speakers below.


Political panel
The political panel, “Our vision for health in New Zealand” will have heath spokespeople from the National Party Dr Shane Reti, and ACT’s Brooke van Velden.

Practicing or programming: the future of general practice
General practices right across the motu are struggling to find enough hours in the day to see patients and respond to increasing volumes of paperwork and emails. With the College’s 2022 Workforce Survey showing that many GPs are working the equivalent of a day’s work per week that is not remunerated, now is the time to ask how technology, robotics, and automation can be used to reduce some of these pressures.

The panellists are Alan Chew (Founder of Houston Technology), Dr Karl Cole (College Fellow), and Tim Corbett, CEO, HINZ)

Continuity of care: precious resource or obstacle?
Given the shortage of GPs should continuity of care be treated as a precious resource and used only where it will provide the most benefit? Can we sensibly divide patients into cohorts and determine which need continuity of care and which don't?

The panellists are Dr Luke Bradford (Medical Director, RNZCGP), and Morag McDowell (Health and Disability Commissioner).

Keynote speakers

Dame Valerie Adams, DNZM OLY
Dame Valerie is undoubtedly the most dominant track and field star New Zealand has ever produced. Her major wins included back-to-back Olympic gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, and four world championship titles.

Dame Karen Poutasi, DNZM
Dame Karen has a distinguished career in the public sector. She has made significant contributions to health and education, including serving as Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. She is currently on the Board of Te Whatu Ora and chairs Taumata Arowai - the Water Services Regulator.

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS
Sir Peter is a trained paediatrician and biomedical scientist. He has published over 700 scientific papers in perinatal and developmental physiology, neuroscience and endocrinology, evolutionary biology, and medicine.

Dr Kerryn Lum 林嘉莲
Kerryn is a specialist GP from Napier and is the College's Censor in Chief. Born in Aotearoa, Kerryn is a third generation Kiwi and part of the 93rd generation of the Lum family who originated in Canton, China.

Helen Robinson
Helen leads Auckland City Mission to strive and advocate for a nation where wealth and opportunity are redistributed so that there is enough for everyone. Helen has been with the Mission for more than a decade in a range of leadership roles.

Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
Ayesha is an infectious diseases doctor and Minister of Health. She is passionate about preventing illness so that every New Zealander can enjoy good health and live a free and full life.

Read more about the keynote speakers