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2020 Well Child Tamariki Ora Workshop and Conference

The Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) warmly invites you to attend the Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) Workshop and Conference.

When: Thursday 19 & Friday 20 November, 2020 
Where: Holiday Inn, Rotorua

Image: Beth Wilson (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The theme for this event is Pōhutu. 

Pōhutu is the largest active geyser in the Southern hemisphere and situated in the picturesque geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa, just metres from the conference venue for Well Child Tamariki Ora.

This global landmark and the surrounding area receive strength and warmth from Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). The waters and energy from below provide the region with healing and therapeutic resources which not only bring wellness but also a connection through the geothermal network that links not just New Zealand and the Pacific, but the World to this special place.

We hope that our Conference provides a similar source of wellness and connection, bringing warmth to you all.




These events are intended for WCTO service provider staff. 

The Workshop and Conference are separate but associated events; you register for these separately

PLEASE NOTE: The cost for attending is $115 (including GST) for each day.

Attendees can attend one or both events. The price for these events has been subsidised by the Ministry of Health for this sector.

The Workshop

Registrations for the Workshop have now closed. 

Click to see more details about the Workshop


The Conference

The Conference ($115 including GST) opens on Thursday 19 November (5:30pm) with a dinner, included as part of the registration. If you are unable to attend the dinner, the dinner price cannot be separated from the ticket cost. The Conference continues the following day (Friday 20 November, 8:30am—4:30pm).  Conference topics include:

  • Setting the scene (based on NZ longitudinal data)
  • The impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on maternal mental health
  • Infant and maternal mental health
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Ministry of Health update on the WCTO Programme review

A draft conference programme can be opened here.

Registering for the Conference

Registrations for the Conference have now closed.

Please note that we have a have a no refund policy for this event. If you are unable to attend, you can nominate a colleague from your organisation to attend in your place.

Take part in the Conference- share your work

As well as two all-delegate sessions with invited speakers, we will also run two sets of concurrent sessions where attendees can share successes and challenges from their own work experiences, knowledge or research- with a smaller audience. 

Submissions have now closed.

Please note

The Workshop and Conference are organised as face-to-face events. If COVID-19 restrictions prevent these events from being held face-to-face, a revised Conference will be delivered digitally. Due to the interactive nature of the Workshop sessions on Thursday, 19 November, we will be unable to offer these in an online format. 

Last updated: Nov 2020