Join us for OASIS24

1 - 2 March 2024

in Hawkes Bay!

Thank you to all who attended OASIS22.

Our abstract book can be found under Resources.



Tēnā koutou,

On behalf of the Organising Committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to join us to the City of Sails for the Obstetric Anaesthesia Special Interest Symposium (OASIS) 2022. 

With Omicron forcing the country again into the Covid-19 Protection Framework Red setting and cases numbers modelled to peak around our original date in April, it was a sad decision but a sensible one to postpone OASIS22. Thank you to our wonderful delegates, sponsors, speakers and facilitators who have continued to support us through this period.

OASIS22 in November will be delivering an outstanding scientific programme for the obstetric anaesthetist, the general anaesthetist who covers obstetrics on call, anaesthesia technicians and midwives. We will explore the latest trends in Obstetric Anaesthesia and promote lively discussions on the current controversies with special focus on delivery world-leading care for wahine in New Zealand. Our scientific sessions at The Maritime Room in the Auckland Viaduct, will draw on the combined knowledge of anaesthetists, obstetricians and maternal medicine physicians from the Auckland’s National Women’s Health and related specialties, and will address a broad range of topics relevant to peripartum anaesthetic care. 

We look forward to reconnecting with our frequent flyers and extend a warm welcome to our first time delegates.

Ngā mihi

Dr Jo Doa, Dr Mei Soo and Dr Nicola Broadbent

Conference Convenors for OASIS 2022


Saturday 5th November 2022

The Maritime Room, Auckland Viaduct


08.00 - 08.30

Registration Opens

08.30 - 08.40


Dr Matthew Drake

08.40 - 09.25

What’s New in Obstetric Anaesthesia?

Dr Matt Hart

09.25 - 10.00

Neuroaxial dilemmas in Obstetric Anaesthesia

Dr Peter Heppner

10.00 - 10.10


10.10 - 10.40

Morning Tea

10.40 - 11.15

Individual Armour for the Obstetric Anaesthetist - The Medicolegal Perspective

Dr Chao-Yuan Chen

11.15 - 11.55

Individual Armour for the Obstetric Anaesthetist - The Welfare Perspective

Dr Alexandra Muthu

11.55 - 12.30

Improving Maternal Mental Health: What can we do to help?

Dr Collette Francis-Lowe

12.30 - 12.40


12.40 - 13.40


13.40 - 14.20

What's New at National Women’s?

Dr Martin Minehan

14.20 - 14.50

Rolling out neural connectors at your hospital

Dr Matthew Drake

14.50 - 15.00


15.00 - 15.30

Afternoon Tea

15.30 - 16.15

Lessons learnt - interesting cases at National Women's

Dr Mei Soo

16.15 - 16.50

Debate session: Do women have the right to dictate their birthplan?

Dr Nicholas Walker vs Dr Nicola Broadbent

16.50 - 17.00



Closing remarks

Dr Mei Soo​



Mr Peter Heppner

Neurosurgical Consultant

Auckland City Hospital

Dr Chao-Yuan Chen

Anaesthesia Specialist and Medicolegal Consultant for the Medical Protection Society

Dr Alexandra​ Muthu

Clinical Lead for Occupational Health & Safety

Auckland City Hospital 

Dr Collette Francis-Lowe

Maternal Mental Health Specialist

Auckland City Hospital


Sponsored by

Friday 4 November 2022

The Clinical Education Center, Auckland City Hospital


Workshops are back in town!

Emergency Response Workshops:

Anaphylaxis and Haemorrhage

Obstetric-focused Emergency Response workshops will be available in both Haemorrhage and Anaphylaxis Management

Both are accredited within the ANZCA CPD Programme for Emergency Response. Each of these small group interactive seminars will be available for either morning or afternoon sessions and are limited to 20 participants per session at red and orange settings.

10.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30 session. Timings maybe subject to change


Perioperative Communication and 

Shared Decision Making with Patients

Our communications workshop is an introduction to Shared Decision Making (SDM) with patients and advanced communication skills based in a compassionate communication model (powered by VitalTalk). This full-day seminar offers the opportunity for skills-based practice in an interactive small group setting with trained facilitators. Interactive learning will be achieved by a mix of theory and role-play. Participants can claim 2 CPD credits per hour under the ANZCA CPD Programme. 

Only 2 groups of 5 participants will be available – book early as this will fill up fast!

8am to 4.30pm. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea included



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B. Braun Regional Anaesthesia Welcome Function

The Harbour Deck, The Lula Inn, 

Viaduct Harbour

Friday, 4 November 5.30 - 7.30pm

Our social functions kick off with the B. Braun Regional Anaesthesia Welcome Function down in the Viaduct Harbour at The Lula Inn, a sun-soaked deck perched in the heart of Princes Wharf that oozes South Pacific charm with a touch of Kiwiana - a perfect place for that long overdue mix and mingle with your friends and colleagues.

For added fun we will be joined by the Award-winning artisan Juno Gin for a gin tasting station!

OASIS22 Conference Dinner

The Grove, 

Wyndham Street

Saturday, 5 November 7pm – late

Our gala dinner will follow the close of the symposium at The Grove. Wind down with friends over pre-dinner drinks before we settle in to enjoy the fine dining and world-class service from the restaurant voted 15th best in the world, and best in Aotearoa in TripAdvisor 2021 ‘Best of the Best’ restaurant list. Ryan Moore’s menu utilises the freshest local ingredients, to create contemporary New Zealand cuisine with a nod to classic French flair. A perfect way to bring OASIS22 to a close!



OASIS24 will be on 1 - 2 March 2024 

Keep me posted!



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National Women's Educational Trust

c/o Department of Anaesthesia, 

Women's Health

Level 9, Auckland City Hospital

2 Park Road, Grafton

Auckland 1023


Lizzie Dooley

+64 9 360 1240

[email protected]

Photos courtesy of Dr Grace Chang