Conference Programme June 2021

Saturday 19th June

Te Puia  - Hemo Road, Tihiotonga, Rotorua

Cultural Awareness and  Cultural Safety 

Changes to the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act in 2019 strengthened the requirements for all Health Practitioners to adhere to standards of cultural competence (including competencies that will enable effective and respectful interaction with Māori).


This workshop being held at the amazing Te Puia will include lunch in the fabulous restaurant that overlooks wonderous bubbling mud, pools of boiling water, and stunning geysers.


You will participate in an interactive workshop designed to build cultural competency that will assist you to engage confidently with Māori.  You will practice pronunciation and learn some useful phrases, gain insight into fundamental Māori beliefs and knowledge of cultural etiquette.


Workshop highlights will include a keynote presentation from Dr Jordan Te Aramoana Waiti and  korerorero (discussion) with two PodiatryNZ members who will bring a wealth of information and understanding on the Māori health perspective.

10.00 - 17.00

This workshop will provide 3 hours of Cultural Safety and 3 hours Professional Learning for the Podiatrists Registration Board.


Dr Jordan Te Aramoana Waiti

Ngāti Pikiao, Ngaati Maahanga, Te Rarawa

PhD (Māori Public Health), MPhEd, BPhEd

Lecturer within Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health (University of Waikato). He is a board member with the Dietitians Board, a Māori Advisor for Water Safety New Zealand and Te Hiringa Hauora, the Health Promotion Agency.  Dr Waiti has been researching aspects of Māori health and wellbeing for the past 15 years.


Lawrence Kingi

Ngati Kahu, Ngai Tupango

Graduated in 2008 Lawrence is currently contracted to Counties Manukau District Health Board as part of the Diabetes Secondary Podiatry and Rheumatoid Arthritis clinic where he works in a multi-disciplinary team as a Renal Podiatrist.
Lawrence has been working with Huakina Development Trust to deliver a tikanga based podiatry clinic at Nga Hau e Wha Marae and Ooraeroa Marae as part of their Whare Oranga Programme.

Cynthia Otene

Ngati Kahu

With over 14 years’ experience in Podiatry, Cynthia takes podiatry very seriously.  She always works at the top of her scope always.  Cynthia has a strong interest in primary case assessment and treatment of diabetic foot in rural and Maori communities. She has written research papers on the diabetic foot, gout ulceration and high-risk foot complications within communities in New Zealand, particularly with a focus on Maori communities.   Cynthia is working towards her PhD in Public Health while running her Podiatry practice She is a willing mentor to PodiatryNZ members. 


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18.30 - 22.00 

Rotorua Energy Events Centre

PodiatryNZ Formthotics Awards of Excellence

The Inaugural Awards Event. So much to celebrate! Through the PodiatryNZ Formthotics Awards Program, we will shine a light on the significant achievement of Podiatrists in New Zealand. Recognition of excellence by one's peers in all aspects of podiatry is its purpose. You have spoken, this night will celebrate those who exemplify the very best in our profession.

Sunday 20th June

Rotorua Energy Events Centre

Educational Breakfast with Global Footcare 

That’s correct, we are starting the day with a group breakfast. Not too heavy, not too light - a great way to start the day’s activities. You will learn about international developments in orthotic friendly shoes, and footcare products from Revere shoes and Global Footcare. Revere footwear is a market leading brand of footwear focused on providing outstanding quality & style in shoes strongly recommended by podiatry.

07.00 - 09.00 


Jeff Coombridge

Managing Director and Co Founder of Revere Shoes and Global Footcare. Jeff operates in Australia, USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and many markets within Asia. 

two hours compulsory CPD 

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Welcome to Conference

We postponed our 2020 Conference, however that gave PodiatryNZ no time to pause. 

Hear what has been happening and plans for the future.

09.00 - 09.15 


Matthew Franken 

PodiatryNZ Chair, Matthew graduated from CIT as a Podiatrist in 2001 He and wife Kate have worked together in Australia and Blenheim before opening their Christchurch practice Foot Matters.


Infection Control 

Now more than ever, infection control is critically for the health and safety of patients and practitioners alike, in this session we are going to focus on how to control environments outside of your clinic.

09.15 - 10.15 


Megan Sharpe

Well known throughout Australia and New Zealand, Megan has been working with infection control for over 30 years. She has developed many training presentations on Infection Prevention and Sterilisation.

one hour compulsory CPD 

Resetting Responsibilities and Expectations 

With an update on ACC Allied Health contract

10.15 - 11.30


Maggie Robson

Provider Education Lead, ACC

Maggie Robson is focused on delivering better resources and education solutions for providers.  A key initiative is the development of an online learning platform that will support new and existing providers to understand key areas of ACC.  Maggie will highlight areas that can be traps for unsuspecting podiatrists. 

one hour compulsory CPD 

Wound Care for Foot Care

In this two-hour intensive workshop, Jerome Tulia will discuss and demonstrate the latest in wound care for both diabetes related issues and all other foot wounds. 

11.30 - 12.30 


Jerome Tulia

Jerome graduated from AUT Podiatry School in 2010 and being of Samoan decent is passionate about helping and improving the quality of life within his patients, particularly around the Pasifika and Maori populations. He has spoken before at various national and local conferences and seminars.

two hours compulsory CPD 

12.30 - 13.30 

LUNCH BREAK with our fabulous sponsors Asics and Shoe Clinic 

Wound Care for Foot Care continued... 

In this two hour intensive workshop, Janine will discuss and demonstrate the latest in wound care for both diabetes related issues and all other foot wounds. 

13.30 - 14.30 


Janine Brown

Janine's passion for Wound Care ignited in 2000 as a volunteer nurse with Red Cross in Mozambique.  On returning to NZ she completed a post Grad Certificate in Advanced Nursing at AUT exploring the complexity of non-healing wounds stalled by chronic Inflammation.   Janine has worked at InterMed Medical for the last 11 years in the Wound Care Team.  Her current role as Clinical Product Specialist sees her supporting Nurses, Surgeons and Podiatrists as they treat patients with complex wounds.

tone hour compulsory CPD 

It's a Wrap!

Mike Frecklington

Conference Chair

A lecturer with AUT since 2013, his research interests include inflammatory arthritis, and footwear. Mike is now Head of Department – Podiatry.

14.30 - 15.15