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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 for 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.

NZRC 2016 Highlights


The first day of conference focused 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.

Find out more about Day One presentations here.


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 discussed the issue of e-cigarettes and whether it is a useful tool for smoking cessation or simply a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Later in the day, Professor Richard Beasley talked about the updated Adult Asthma Guidelines, what’s changed and how we should be treating adult asthma.

Find out more about Day Two presentations here.