The Perinatal Society of New Zealand is pleased to present the 2024 Annual Scientific Meeting, ‘Nurturing New Beginnings, Enhancing Perinatal Care in Aotearoa, New Zealand”.

We welcome you to Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland on the 20th September for a packed day of guest speakers, research presentations and an opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of colleagues. 

We have an exciting programme planned, at a great central Auckland location: the Fisher & Paykel Clinical Education Centre, located at Te Toka Tumai Auckland City Hospital, Grafton. 

What’s on the programme?

Continuing with a focus on equity in perinatal outcomes, our theme of “Nurturing New Beginnings” highlights both qualitative and quantitative research into whānau experiences of perinatal care, alongside showcasing the broad range of high-quality perinatal research that is being undertaken in Aotearoa.  

Further details and a full programme will follow:

Topics and speakers:


  • Neonatal Resuscitation in NZ update: Dr Lindsay Mildenhall (Neonatologist, ONZM)
  • Oxytocin and Labour: Dr Hala Phipps (Midwife, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW)
  • Through the patient’s eyes: Obstetric care during a second high-risk pregnancy: April Mihaere (Consumer)
  • The experiences of whānau Māori in a neonatal setting: Merophy Brown (Neonatal Chare Nurse)
  • Experiences of whānau with pēpi at risk of neonatal hypoglycaemia: Jen Rogers, Caitlyn Ulyatt, Orla Walsh
  • Milk curd obstruction a multi-disciplinary perspective including presentations from Dr Ross Anthony (Neonatologist), Dr Chris Pook (Scientist), Dr David Perry (Paediatric radiologist) and Dr Steve Evans (Paediatric surgeon)
  • Consent for Obstetric Studies: Dr Meghan Hill (Obstetrician)

Abstract submission

We are accepting abstracts for oral presentations. We strongly encourage submissions from New Investigators. Prizes will be awarded for the best New Investigator and Indigenous New Investigator presentations. Abstract submission is open until 31st July, please email abstracts to . Abstract guidelines can be found here, and details of prize eligibility can be found here. Please ensure you indicate whether you would like to be considered for the New Investigator award at the time of submission.