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, jenny.carston@bopdhb.govt.nz.

Meetings sponsored by the NZSSA

Organiser: Jenny Carston, jenny.carston@bopdhb.govt.nz

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 2019 are:

Leaders meetings

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 or speakers presenting on a key topics and the remainder of the day will be focused on discussion on operational issues and networking.

The meetings for 2019 are both on Friday and we have returned to holding them at Wellington airport for ease of attendance by anyone from round the country.

Venue: Rydges Hotel, Wellington Airport Terminal

Timing: 0930 – 1430 hours

Date: Friday 5 April 2019 and 26 July 2019

Organiser: Jenny Carston

If you have any queries please contact Jenny. The programme for each meeting will be placed on this part of the website when they have been confirmed.

Invitation to 26 July leaders meeting                                                            Registration form for leaders meeting

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.

Conference 2019 – Te Papa Wellington, 11 – 13 September

Click here for more information on the conference

Lower North Island Regional Meeting – WELLINGTON

Venue: Wakefield Hospital Education Centre, Florence Street, Newtown
0900 – 1300hrs

Lower north Island regional meetings are sponsored By Intermed

Saturday 23 February 2019

David Kyle from Medipak is going to do ’a focus on laparoscopic surgery’

He will cover Light cable care and maintenance, Light cable testing- theory and practice, Insulation testing of insulated lap instruments –theory and practice, Rigid scopes, assessing, care and maintenance. We will have 2-3 lap stations for people to practice lap surgery

Saturday 15 June 2019
Saturday 19 October 2019

Programmes will posted on the website when confirmed. 

Bay of Plenty Seminar

Following on from two very successful events in 2018 Jenny is organising two more for 2019.

Venue: Grace Hospital Conference Room, Grace Hospital, Cheyne Road, Pyes Pa, Tauranga

Registration – 0830, programme – 0900 – 1300 hours

Saturday 23 February 2019

Click here for the Programme

Saturday 24 August 2019

Click here for the Programme

Want to join the Leaders contact list?

Email Alison Stewart at nzsterilescienceassoc@gmail.com

If you wish to be notified by email have your name added to the contact list by providing your details to Alison. 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.

Online Education

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

Click here to be redirected to the website

Halyard has an online video series on insights and innovations in the safety and performance of CSSD Sterilization wraps so please click here to view more information. 

The Halyard education foundation is another opportunity for furthering education and understanding of reprocessing reusable medical devices. https://halyardeducationfoundation.com.au/login/