Meetings and staff development

This page is about meetings for staff development happening around New Zealand. You will receive a certificate from each meeting you attend with the education hours so you have the evidence for your education hours and technician registration.
If you have a meeting you would like added to this page contact Jenny Carston,

Meetings sponsored by the NZSSA

Organiser: Alison Stewart,

These opportunities are provided for people involved with reprocessing reusable medical devices in any health service organization.  Health service organizations include but are not restricted to hospitals, private practice clinics, general practice clinics, dental, tattoo and skin piercing studios, beauty therapy clinics.

The NZSSA will be providing these opportunities to Association members at no cost (except NZSSA conference for which registration is reduced for members). This is in recognition of the member’s annual fee being returned to education.  Non-members will be required to pay a nominal registration fee for the leaders meetings and regional seminar to aid in the covering of costs for their attendance.  Non-members pay a premium registration for the NZSSA conference).

The following education opportunities organized and facilitated by the Association in 2017 are:

Leaders meetings

One in the South Island and one in the North Island.  these meetings are targeted at the person leading reprocessing of medical devices at an operational and strategic level.  There are many designations but if you have responsibility for running the service, coordinating or supporting staff then this meeting is for you.  Each meeting will have a speaker presenting on a key topic and the remainder of the day will be focused on discussion on operational issues and networking.

Saturday 29 July 2017, Auckland

The programme for the day and venue are being finalised. Facilitator on the day is Kevin Green

Regional Seminar

This meeting will be an all-day meeting held in an area where attendance of education events is usually costly and time consuming.  this seminar is for everyone involved in reprocessing reusable medical devices and wishing to attend.  this seminar will be structured with speakers presenting on key issues relating to reprocessing of medical devices, accreditation and the standards.

NZSSA Regional Seminar 2017, Saturday 20 May, Emerald Hotel, Gisborne

This seminar went really well. We had a small turn out but it was great to see the local team and have an excellent discussion to resolve issues. Thank you very much to Tony Hampton of Getinge who gave of his time to present on sterilisers and the testing of them. Also thank you to Alison Stewart and Debbie Wallace for the time they put into pulling the day together.

The 2018 seminar will be in the South Island so if you would like to put forward your area to host it let Alison Stewart know.

NZSSA Annual Conference

The Association was formed in 1974 and made a commitment to each year bring together a trade exhibition and international and national presenters to bring the world of medical device processing to the members doorstep.  The annual General Meeting of the Association is also held during the conference.  this means members have a great opportunity to have their input into the business of the Association while continuing their education.

Click here for more information on the conference

Lower North Island Regional Meeting – WELLINGTON

Lower north Island regional meetings are sponsored By Intermed

Saturday 17th June 2017, Education Suite, Wakefield Hospital, Florence St., Newtown

Programme for the morning

Everyone welcome, RSVP Leonie Jack by 10 June 2017

Last meeting for the year: Saturday 4th November 2017 – Agenda to be confirmed

Lower North Island Networking Meetings – PALMERSTON NORTH

Palmerston North networking meeting venue is sponsored by Whiteley Corporation

Friday 14 July 2017 & Friday 24th November 2017,
5.30pm onwards, 656 Tremaine Avenue, Palmerston North

These meetings are a less formal way of bringing people involved in reprocessing medical devices together to discuss issues and keep up to date. Come along and meet your colleagues in the industry and bring along any subject for discussion. Attendees can bring along some nibbles and liquid refreshments if they like. A meal will be ordered and delivered and the cost shared on the night. Certificates will be issued on the night to go towards your education portfolio.

All inquiries to: Sheryll Chivers – 021 045 3876, and Shirley Newport. 027 363 5040

Want to join the Leaders contact list?

Email Shelagh Thomas at

If you wish to be notified by email have your name added to the contact list by providing your details to Shelagh. Being on the contact list also puts you in contact with other leaders in NZ and keeps you up with meeting agendas and any queries being placed to the group.

Halyard Steam Meetings

Saturday 24 June 2017, Auckland. For further information contact Anna Dyson, email:

Programme for 24 June

Online Education

Rem System are offer a continuing Education for Clinicians. Over 200 Courses for Clinicians. Totally Free.

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Halyard has a online video series of up to date news, insights and innovations in the safety and performance of CSSD Sterilization wraps so please click here to view more information.