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The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ and Allergy NZ joined forces, to create the New Zealand Respiratory Conference 2016, a two day conference aimed at health professionals exploring the current research and issues associated with respiratory and allergy health.

Bringing together local and international experts on 24 - 25 November 2016 at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland, we discussed, debated and focussed on ways to bridge the gap between what we know and what we do, giving you a greater scope of information to take away and implement into everyday practice.

Day one of the conference focussed on children and day two explored adult health. Topics included looking at early beginnings, the role of the environment, difficult conversations in chronic respiratory disease, best practice guidelines and much more.

NZRC 2016 Highlights


First day of conference focussed on children, looking at early beginnings in the development of asthma and allergy and the role played by the environment.  Delegates gained an understanding of how asthma and allergies can be addressed and treated with the most up to date, best practice guidelines, and how we can better understand and enhance our communications with whānau to achieve a holistic approach to health. 

Later in the day there was an opportunity to break out into two sessions, one focussing on asthma and the other dedicated to allergy. Within these sessions our real life stories brought home just how difficult it is to live with these conditions on a day to day basis.

Follow the below links to view the videos and presentations from these sessions:

Genetics and the immune system 

The Role of the Environment

Child Asthma Guidelines

Vitamin D – does it help our children

Who is in charge? Teens, asthma and medication adherence

Rongoā Māori healers in primary health

We can work it out

Supporting whanau to support their teenager living with chronic illness

Breathing dysfunction/ breathing pattern disorders

Living with food allergies

Understanding Skin Prick Tests


Day two widened the scope into adult health and looked at the psychological and social effects of allergies and severe asthma. We looked at how we address difficult conversations in chronic respiratory disease and how to distinguish between asthma and COPD.

A leading panel of experts looked at the issue of e-cigarettes, is this device a useful tool for smoking cessation or is it simply a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Later in the day, one of New Zealand’s leading experts talked about the updated Adult Asthma Guidelines, what’s changed and how we should be treating adult asthma.

Follow the below links to view the videos and presentations from these sessions:

Allergies & Severe Asthma

Psychological and social effects of Asthma

Infection in acute exacerbations of asthma and COPD

Talking about sex and COPD

E-cigarettes – useful or a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Anaphylaxis Guidelines

New Adult Asthma Guidelines

Download the Graphic Recordings here:

Download Nzrc 2016 Graphic Recordings Day 1 (5119.26KB)

Download Nzrc 2016 Graphic Recordings Day 2 (5028.19KB)