AMSNZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2023

Auckland Airport Emergency Services Site Visit

Annual Scientific Meeting – Saturday 9th September 2023

The AMSNZ annual scientific meeting takes place alongside the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Training Day. This year, AMSNZ 2023 began with a visit to the Auckland Airport Emergency Services. They are notable for providing both maritime search and rescue with their two hovercraft, as well as the Airport and vicinity medical first-responder cover. 

The Annual Scientific Meeting was held at the Auckland Airport Campus site courtesy of Air New Zealand on the 9th  September 2023. It was launched by Ass Prof Isaac Bogoch as the Patterson Trust speaker, covering some of the emerging issues in infectious disease and aviation. The meeting presented a range of clinical topics, as well as the growing New Zealand involvement in space and medical sciences. We were grateful to both Ass Prof Jeff Ayton as the John Lane Orator, and Prof Tracy Smart bringing a stimulating mix of new developments shaped by some significant moments in their careers.

The Annual General Meeting outlined the focus on building the younger membership of the Society, including two new membership categories for students and doctors-in-training. An update of members is currently underway, and we are pleased to welcome new full and associate members to the Society. 

A motion was also passed approving the name change of the Society. It will now be known as the Aerospace Medical Society of Aotearoa New Zealand or AMSANZ. To minimise the administrative impacts, it will continue operating under its former title, the Aviation Medical Society of New Zealand.

Next year’s meeting will be a joint meeting with our sister organisation, the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine, in Queenstown, New Zealand. This is at an advanced stage of planning. International interest has already been expressed and we look forward to a really stimulating gathering, as well as an opportunity to showcase the progressive way in which aerospace medicine is practised by our members.

We wish ASAM well for the Hobart meeting, and look forward to the forthcoming joint meeting  in Queenstown Easter 2024.