The New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS), in conjunction with the Australia and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS), are pleased to invite you to attend their Joint Scientific Meeting (JSM) at the beautiful Hilton Resort and Spa in Queenstown, New Zealand from 4 – 6th August, 2017.

We are excited to hold our first truly joint meeting. This conference will bring together the best Oculoplastic and Plastic Surgeons to participate together a high quality scientific programme designed to foster shared ideas and collaboration between colleagues. 

The conference programme begins on Friday 4th August 2017 with a day focused on Oculoplastic surgery. The Welcome Reception on Friday evening will provide an opportunity to network with experts from both speciality societies. Over the weekend, the content will expand into general and aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The conference dinner on Saturday night will be held at the top of the Skyline Gondola, allowing stunning evening views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. As with previous years, the NZAPS AGM will be held on Saturday in the afternoon.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the previously advertised speaker Dr Mark Codner is now unable to travel to New Zealand for the conference. In his place, we are delighted to announce that Dr Michael Grant from Baltimore will be our keynote speaker for 2017.

With the release of the RACS Action Plan: Building Respect and Improving Patient Safety, the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators course is now mandatory for all Surgeons who are involved in the training and assessment of RACS SET Trainees. For the ease of our members, NZAPS have worked with the RACS to provide this course immediately after our annual meeting. We would encourage any members who have not already completed it to stay in Queenstown for the Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators Course on Monday 7th August 2017.

Come to enjoy this special, boutique meeting. Stay a while to experience the warm hospitality of Queenstown in the winter. We look forward to seeing you at this unique conference!

Warm regards,

Michelle Locke, Convenor, NZAPS

Mike Woodfield, Co-Convenor, NZAPS

Richard Hart, Co-Convenor, ANZSOPS

Keynote Speakers

Michael P Grant, MD, PhD, FACS

R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Michael P. Grant, MD, PhD, FACS is the Paul N. Manson Distinguished Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, and Professor of Surgery, Program in Trauma, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Previously, he served as Director of Oculoplastic Surgery, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as the chief of the Eye and Orbital Trauma Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

As one of the few dual-trained plastic surgeons and ophthalmologists, Dr Grant’s specializes in complex craniomaxillofacial reconstruction the facial skeleton, and soft tissue of the periorbital region. This includes eyelid reconstruction, reconstruction of the internal orbit, and lacrimal system following trauma, removal of tumors, and congenital malformations. Working closely with industry partners Dr. Grant is developing and optimizing the application of computer assisted design of patient specific (custom) implants. Dr. Grant is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of primary and secondary orbital reconstruction, computer assisted surgery, and facial aesthetic surgery.

Dr Grant’s research interests include applying innovative solutions to difficult clinical problems. He is actively engaged in the development of biomaterials for conjunctival reconstruction, to provide lining for the orbit and maintenance of the heath of the ocular surface. This approach may prove useful in correction of all types of lining deficits craniofacial reconstruction. Using the “organ on a chip” approach, these studies have been extended by developing an “eye on a chip” 3D co-culture system to investigate the dynamics of the ocular surface and investigate novel therapies for dry eye treatment. In parallel, he is investigating mechanisms of immunomodulation in corneal injury and wound healing. A separate line of investigation involves utilizing progenitor cells for regeneration of bone in the craniofacial skeleton. Finally, Dr. Grant is involved application of computer assisted, and image guided surgical techniques to make orbital reconstruction safer and more predictable for patients.

Dr Grant was selected as a trainee in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University, receiving a M.D., and Ph.D. in neurosciences. He completed the Ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a General Plastic Surgery residency in the Johns Hopkins/University of Maryland Training Program. Dr. Grant is one of only a few surgeons in the country that is board certified in both disciplines.  He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

 

Keynote Presentations 

Friday 4 August 2017

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty: refining the algorithm, management of complications

Challenges in primary and secondary orbital reconstruction

 

Saturday 5 August / Sunday 6 August 2017

Individual patient solutions (IPS) in orbital reconstruction

Digital workflow in craniofacial reconstruction: What have we learned?

Applications of tissue engineering in craniofacial surgery

 

Dr Shannath Merbs, M.D., PhD.

Oculo-Plastic & Orbital Reconstructive Surgery, Ocular Oncology

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Associate Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Shannath L. Merbs, MD, PhD, FACS is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Oncology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to her NIH-funded basic science research on the role that epigenetics and DNA methylation play in retinal development and disease, Dr. Merbs is also actively involved in research to improve the outcome of surgery for trachomatous trichiasis (TT), the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. Dr. Merbs developed a new surgical instrument called the TT clamp to aid non-physician surgical technicians who perform the surgery to correct the trichiasis. She was a co-investigator in a clinical trial in Tanzania to test the outcome of surgery using the TT clamp vs the standard instrumentation that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Merbs is also the lead author of the new edition of the World Health Organization manual for trichiasis surgery.

Dr. Merbs’ clinical practice includes treating functional eyelid and lacrimal conditions, as well as orbital processes and trauma. Her clinical research focus includes the development of orbital and ocular implants, and the effect of pre-operative planning and navigation on orbital surgery. She participates in orbital surgery symposiums worldwide and is particularly interested in the conveying the ophthalmologist’s perspective on orbital surgery.  

 

Keynote Presentations 

Friday 4 August 2017

Current management of thyroid eye disease

Trachoma/trichasis surgery: Lessons learned / personal journey with WHO in Africa, South America, Australia

 

Saturday 5 August 2017

Selected topics in eyelid reconstruction

Programme

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Registration

8:00AM - 8:20AM
Exhibition Area, Level 1

Welcome

8:20AM - 8:30AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

ANZSOPS / NZAPS Joint Session: Thyroid-Related Orbitophathy

8:30AM - 10:00AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1
Chair: Richard Hart

Current management of thyroid eye disease - Dr Shannath Merbs

8:30AM - 9:00AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Update on medical management of thyroid-related orbitopathy - Dr Richard Hart

9:00AM - 9:20AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Orbital decompression and upper eyelid-lowering surgery - Dr Richard Hart

9:20AM - 9:40AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Management of diplopia in thyroid-related orbitopathy - Dr Shuan Dai

9:40AM - 10:00AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Morning Tea

10:00AM - 10:30AM
Exhibition Area, Level 1

ANZSOPS/NZAPS Joint Session: Eyelid Surgery I

10:30AM - 12:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty: refining the algorithm, management of complications - Dr Michael Grant

10:30AM - 11:00AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Management of lower eyelid ectropion - Dr Brian Sloan

11:00AM - 11:20AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Lateral canthal tightening procedures - Dr Paul Rosser

11:20AM - 11:40AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

A recent history of elevating the medial lower eyelid - including Australian and New Zealand Contributions - Dr Charles Su

11:40AM - 12:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Free Paper Session 1

12:00PM - 12:30PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Comparison of peak plasma blade - Dr Brent Skippen

12:00PM - 12:10PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Lower eyelid entropion: your “one-stop fix” Dr Daniel Allbon

12:10PM - 12:20PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Loss of vision following facial filler injection - Dr Kathleeya Stang-Veldhouse

12:20PM - 12:30PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Lunch

12:30PM - 1:30PM
Exhibition Area, Level 1

ANZSOPS / NZAPS Joint Session: Eyelid Surgery II

1:30PM - 3:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1
Chair: Richard Hart

Periocular management in facial palsy - Prof Tim Sullivan

1:30PM - 2:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Blepharoptosis surgery - Dr Paul Rosser

2:00PM - 2:20PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Asian blepharoplasty - Mr Stanley Loo

2:20PM - 2:40PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Brow lift and upper blepharoplasty - Dr Tristan de Chalain

2:40PM - 3:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Afternoon Tea

3:00PM - 3:30PM
Exhibition Area, Level 1

ANZSOPS / NZAPS Joint Session: Orbital and Periocular Reconstruction

3:30PM - 4:40PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1
Chair: Michelle Locke

Challenges in primary and secondary orbital reconstruction - Dr Michael Grant

3:30PM - 4:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Craniofacial-orbital clefts - Mr Charles Davis

4:00PM - 4:20PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Asian blepharoplasty - Mr Stanley Loo

4:20PM - 4:40PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Free Paper Session 2

4:40PM - 5:20PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

A simple, novel technique for covering exposed porous orbital implants - Dr Kent Chow

4:40PM - 4:50PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Assessment of the eye in patients with facial trauma - Dr Sid Ogra

4:50PM - 5:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Ophthalmic management of the gunshot victim - Dr Alexander Newman

5:00PM - 5:10PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Complications of orbital fracture repair - Dr Brian Sloan

5:10PM - 5:20PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Trachoma/Trichasis Surgery: Lessons Learned/Personal Journey with WHO: in Africa, South America, Australia - Dr Shannath Merbs

5:20PM - 5:50PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Conclusion

5:50PM - 6:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Welcome Reception

6:00PM - 7:30PM
Foyer, Level 4

Delegate Registration

8:00AM - 8:20AM
Exhibition Area, Level 1

Welcome by Convenors

8:20AM - 8:30AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Individual patient solutions (IPS) in Orbital Reconstruction - Dr Michael Grant

8:30AM - 9:00AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Selected Topics in Eyelid Reconstruction - Dr Shannath Merbs

9:00AM - 9:30AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Consultant Talk to be confirmed

9:30AM - 9:50AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Discussion and Questions

9:50AM - 10:00AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Morning Tea

10:00AM - 10:30AM
Exhibition Area, Level 1

NZAPS Session

10:30AM - 12:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1
Chair: Michelle Locke

Update on treatment for lymphoedema - Ms Alessandra Canal

10:30AM - 10:50AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Septum based superomedial pedicle reduction - Mr Mohamed Sadaka

10:50AM - 11:10AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol in microvascular breast reconstruction - Mr John Kenealy and Dr Andrew Sanders

11:10AM - 11:30AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

The New Zealand National Free Flap Database Proposal - Mr Simon Chong

11:30AM - 11:50AM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Discussion and Questions

11:50AM - 12:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Lunch

12:00PM - 1:00PM
Exhibition Area, Level 1

NZAPS Session

1:00PM - 3:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1
Chair: Michael Woodfield

Digital Workflow in Craniofacial Reconstruction: What have we learned? - Dr Michael Grant

1:00PM - 1:30PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Shape Memory Alloys as Internal Splint in Rat Model of Excisional Wound - Ass Prof Jun Yong Lee

1:30PM - 1:50PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Consultant Talks

1:50PM - 2:50PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Discussion and Questions

2:50PM - 3:00PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Afternoon Tea

3:00PM - 3:30PM
Exhibition Area, Level 1

New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual General Meeting

3:30PM - 5:30PM
Remarkables Room, Level 1

Pre-Dinner Drinks

5:45PM - 6:15PM
Foyer, Level 4

Transportation to Conference Dinner

6:15PM - 6:30PM
Foyer, Level 4

Conference Dinner (optional)

7:00PM - 11:00PM

Other Events

 

Monday 7 August 2017 

Foundation Skills Course for Surgical Educators Course

The Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators is an introductory course to expand knowledge and skills in surgical teaching and education. Attendance is now mandated for Surgeons who are involved in the training and assessment of RACS SET Trainees by January 2018. This course is part of the Action Plan: Building Respect, Improving Patient Safety.

 

Download FSSE Course Overview (PDF)

 

If you have not yet attended and would like to attend, please register via the RACS Online enrolment form (you will be taken a sign up page within the RACS website) for further information please contact Chris Gillies to attend this course.

 

Call for Papers

Submission is now closed.

Abstracts are invited from Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmology Consultants, Surgical Trainees and Aspirants. Consultants are required to provide an outline only, rather than a formal abstract.  Abstracts which do not comply with the rules of submission or layout guidelines will be declined and returned to the author. Abstracts without results (or with results pending) will not be considered for presentation.

Presentations will be selected on the basis of scientific merit, clinical merit and topicality. It is possible that presentations not selected may be eligible to be presented as a poster. There may be only one presenting author but multiple authors may be listed on the submission. Authors must disclose if their abstract has been previously submitted, published or presented. Where applicable, all studies must have been approved by institutional committees on ethics of experimental and human/animal investigations.

The presenting author must be clearly stated at time of abstract submission and substituting an alternative author at a later date is not permitted except with the express permission of the Organising Committee. Submission of an abstract acknowledges your acceptance for the abstract to be published in all printed material of the 2017 Joint Scientific Meeting. Only abstracts of authors who have paid their registration fees by 4 July 2017 will be scheduled for presentation and included in the Conference Handbook.

Oral Presentations:
Consultants: Oral presentations are 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes questions

All other authors: Full Oral Presentation are 7 minutes presentation time followed by 3 minutes for questions.

If the number of submissions requires, additional abstracts may be accepted for Rapid Fire Presentations of 4 minutes duration with no question time.

Abstracts accepted in the Oculoplastics category will be presented on Friday with the General Plastic Surgery Presentations on Saturday and Sunday.

Posters:
Posters are to be provided in hardcopy and will be displayed in the Main Conference Room. These should be A0 size 841mm x 1189mm in portrait orientation. Authors are required to print and deliver their poster to the venue. There will be no oral introduction for posters

Prizes:
There will be a prize for Best Registrar Presentation, Best Registrar Presentation 2nd Place and Best Registrar Poster. Presentation will take place on Sunday 6 August 2017.

Submission:
All abstracts (maximum 300 words) are to be submitted via the on-line submission process on the website. Submission by email, fax or post will not be accepted. Abstracts must be submitted no later than Friday 7 April 2017.

Selection and Notification:
The receipt of all abstracts will be confirmed by an acknowledging email.  All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Joint Scientific Meeting Committee. Presenting authors will be notified by Monday 24th April 2017 regarding the status of their abstract. All presenters will be required to register for the conference by 4 July 2017 and pay the appropriate registration fee. All presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

 

Download Abstract Guidelines (pdf)

 

 

Registration Fees

 

Earlybird rates will be offered until 1 May 2017. Accommodation must be booked directly with hotels and delegates are urged to book early due to increased pricing over the popular ski season.

Oculoplastic topics will feature on the Friday programme.

 

Earlybird by 1 May 2017

Consultant Members (NZAPS, ASPS and ANZSOPS)

NZ$800

Trainee/Fellows NZ$600

Non-Members NZ$1,000

Allied Health Workers NZ$400 

Friday Only Consultants NZ$400

Friday Only Trainee/Fellows NZ$300

Friday Only Non-Member NZ$600

Conference Dinner (Sat) NZ$125

Partner Ticket Welcome Function (Fri) NZ$50

Standard from 2 May 2017

Consultant Members (NZAPS and ANZSOPS) NZ$900

Trainee/Fellows NZ$700

Non-Members NZ$1,100

Allied Health Workers NZ$450

Friday Only Consultants NZ$450

Friday Only Trainee/Fellows NZ$350

Friday Only Non-Member NZ$650

General Information

Travel

From Queenstown Airport (3km, approx. 5mins):
Follow signs to Queenstown. At the 2nd roundabout take the first exit onto State Hwy 6 towards Invercargill. Follow the road and cross single lane bridge. After approx. 1km turn right onto Peninsula Rd. After approx. 1km turn right into Kawarau Village.

 

Transport

Queenstown Taxis Ph (03) 450 3000

Green Cabs Free phone (0508) 447 336

Supershuttle Freephone (0800) 748 885

Queenstown Water Taxi (10 minutes one way)
$10 one way / $20 return. Kids under 12 $5 (under 5 free)

Bookings: Phone (03) 441 1124 info@queenstownwatertaxis.co.nz

 

Parking

There is free parking around the Kawarau Village as well as undercover parking in Kawarau Hotel. Valet parking is also available for $15 per day.

    

Internet Access

Free wireless internet is provided free of charge for delegates. Delegates staying at the Hilton or DoubleTree should use their guest login. Delegates staying outside of the Kawarau Village, please see the registration desk for wireless access details.

 

Suggestions for Dining in Queenstown (Friday)

There are a large number of great restaurants in Queenstown and we can also recommend the following options (prior booking recommended):

The Grille by Eichardts  9 Marine Parade (03) 441 0444

 

Botswana Butchery 17 Marine Parade (03) 442 6994

 

Jervois Steak House Brecon Street (03) 442 6263

 

Minami Jujisei 45 Beach Street (03) 442 9854

 

Rata  43 Ballarat Street, (03) 442 9393

 

More dining ideas available on the official Queenstown Tourism website

Hotels

Hilton Queenstown Spa & Resort

The conference will be held at the Hilton Queenstown Spa and Resort.  Special rates (subject to availability): Guest Room  Single NZ$380 / Double NZ$405.  Includes buffet breakfast and wifi. Bookings must be made directly with the hotel using the link below (subject to hotel terms and conditions):

 

 

 

 

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DoubleTree by Hilton

 

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queenstown is located next to the conference venue.  Special rates (subject to availability): Guest Room Single NZ$265 / Double NZ$290.  Includes buffet breakfast and wifi. Bookings must be made directly with the hotel using the link below (subject to hotel terms and conditions):

 

 

 

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Ramada Hotel & Suites

 

The Ramada Hotel & Suites is located two minutes drive from the Queenstown Airport.  The hotel is on the doorstep of the Remarkables Park town centre and is approximately 30 minutes walk to the conference venue.  The Ramada will offer a 10% off their room rate for a limited time.  Delegates should quote PS2017 when booking directly using the link below (subject to hotel terms and conditions):

 

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More accommodation options are available on the Tourism Queenstown Site

Sponsorship & Trade Exhibition

There are a number of sponsorship packages and a trade exhibition (limited to 14 booths).  Please contact the Conference Organiser for a copy of the Prospectus.

 

Confirmed Exhibitors:

Device Technologies

Integra

Intermed

Johnson & Johnson

Life Healthcare

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Sheffmed NZ Limited

 

Terms and Conditions

Payment

All fees are in New Zealand Dollars.  Payment will be accepted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only), direct credit or cheque (must be made out in NZ $). Standard fees will apply from 2 May 2017 and will be applied to registrations which remain unpaid.

 

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations or alterations should be put in writing (email) to the Conference Organiser.  Cancellations before 16th May 2017 will be refunded less admin fee of NZ$80.00. No refunds will be made for cancellations after 16th May 2017.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation is booked directly with the hotel (see Accommodation section).  The attendee should note the cancellation policy for the chosen hotel when making the direct booking.  It is the attendees responsibility to notify the hotel directly of any changes to their booking.

 

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The NZAPS, ANZSOPS and Conference Organisers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.

  

Disclaimer of Liability

The Organising Committee, including the NZAPS, ANZSOPS and Conference Secretariat, will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by attendees or loss of or damage to their personal property as a result of the conference or related events.