The academic programme this year will have a heavy focus on empowerment. The movement away from traditional medical keynotes is an intentional step towards promoting diversity within the conference and showing that connections can be made between any two people if the connecting story is striking. We stand to serve that purpose and ensure that it holds true. Interspersed throughout the talks of diversity are those more central to the medical curriculum from leaders in their field in the hopes of inspiring students to set and achieve their own goals and be unhindered by their own expectations of limits.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Art NahiLL

Physician, educator, IMReasoning host, poet


Art Nahill is an Auckland based general physician who splits his time between clinical work and medical education. In addition to producing and co-hosting the IMreasoning podcast, Art is also a published poet who spends his free time walking the dog, eating, and napping, not necessarily in that order.

Find Art’s podcast here, all episodes are free to listen!

Dr Nahill will be presenting a session called Stump the Chumps Live! - A Dive into Clinical Reasoning.”


Reproductive rights activist


Pioneering New Zealand’s reproductive rights movement since the ‘60s, Dame Margaret has shaped the way women and men are able to make choices about their lives today. Margaret graduated from Otago Medical School in 1963 and specialised in sexual and reproductive health. For her many years work in Family Planning (1971-2005) she was made an Honorary Vice-President and Life Member. Over the years, she has traversed the roles of advocate, author and reproductive health pioneer, all of which she is still involved in passionately.

Dame Margaret will be presenting a session entitled Empowerment - Changing sex-negative experiences into positive outcomes for personal, professional and societal development.”


Disability and indigenous rights activist

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Huhana has a long-standing interest in the human rights of people from marginal backgrounds and the consequences of discrimination and social oppression. She is a scholar of disabilities research and legal theory and is noted for the breadth of her published cross-disciplinary research. Huhana is currently a Crown director on the HCNZ board, an advisor on the welfare expert advisory group, has her own company called Pukenga Consultancy, is President of the Māori Women's Welfare league, Te Hokinga Mai branch for disabled Māori women, Chair of the Medicinal Cannabis Awareness NZ Trust, a mum, a nana and a keen singer, writer and poet.

Dr Hickey will be presenting a session called Empower - Whakamana.”

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Author, former BMJ co-editor

Carl Shuker is the author of the New Zealand bestseller A Mistake, the story of a young female surgeon at Wellington Regional Hospital, and the reverberations of her workplace error.  He is principal advisor, publications at the Health Quality & Safety Commission and was an editor at the British Medical Journal for seven years. He lives in Wellington with his wife and two children.

Carl will be presenting a session called A Mistake? Healthcare, patient safety and publicly reporting outcomes in a 21st-century transparent healthcare system.”

Please check out our Breakout Sessions, our Wellbeing Panel and Political Panel.