Speakers


Prof Joe Boden

Joe Boden is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago Christchurch. He is the Director of the Christchurch Health and Development Study, a longitudinal study of over 1000 people born in Christchurch in 1977 and followed to age 40. Prof . Boden originally trained as an experimental social psychologist, and previously worked in the US, UK, and Australia, before coming to New Zealand in 2002. He was awarded a University of Otago Christchurch Gold Medal for Research Excellence in 2017, and recently served on the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor’s Expert Panel on Cannabis.

Prof. Boden’s research interests include: the psychosocial causes and consequences of substance use, abuse, and dependence; mental health and substance use epidemiology; and the social and psychological determinants of maladaptive behaviour including aggression and violence.

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Dr Rhonda Coyne

Dr. Rhonda Coyne studied dentistry at the University of Queensland and is a University of Melbourne Orthodontic Alumnus. From a family of specialists and teachers she takes special interest in all forms of education, technology and professional development and implementing and using technology efficiently and effectively in practice. She has presented widely on a range of topics both inside and outside of orthodontics. She is a strategic thinker and early adopter and was on of the first users of Dental Monitoring in Australia.

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Prof Frank Frizelle

Frank graduated MBChB, from Otago University in 1985, and subsequently undertook general surgical training in New Zealand obtaining FRACS in 1992. Following a period of further overseas training at the Mayo Clinic Mn, USA (colorectal surgery) and Ninewells, Dundee Scotland (laparoscopic fellowship) he took up a position on joint clinical staff with the at University of Otago Christchurch and what is how CDHB in 1996. Frank was awarded a personal Chair in Colorectal Surgery in 2000, and subsequently took over as head of the University Department of Surgery in 2006.

Frank has a MMedSc from Otago University and has fellowships from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons (FACS), The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS),the New Zealand Medical Association (FNZMA), and is an honorary member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACGBI), and an honorary fellowship from the College of Surgeons of Ireland (FRCSI).

Frank has been the Chairman of Section on Colon and Rectal Surgery RACS, Chair of ANZ Training board in colorectal surgery, Chair of the Guidelines Development Team writing the Colorectal Cancer Management Guidelines for the New Zealand and subsequently the Chair of the National Bowel Tumor Standards working group. He was also Member of NZ Cancer Control Council Committee. He has also been an examiner for the NZMC and the RACS.

He is Editor in Chief of the New Zealand Medical Journal (NZMJ) since 2002, and on the editorial boards of 4 other journals. He is Member of the executive of Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ). He is a director of the MAS group of companies and trustee of the Caterbury Charity Hospital and the Chair of the Christchurch Cancer Foundation, and the National Prostate Cancer Registry.

He has published over 450 peer reviewed publications and 250 presentations at national and international meetings. His major interests are surgical outcome based research, aetiology of colorectal cancer, and the role of the microbiome in colonic disease.

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Dr Howard Holmes

Dr Howard Holmes is a specialist orthodontist practicing in Perth and Margaret River, Western Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours and Masters Degree in Orthodontics from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and has been in specialist orthodontic private practice since 2000.

Howard was the Chairman of organizing committee for the 23rd Australian Orthodontic Congress, held in Perth in 2012 and is currently the Federal President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO). Howard has also held various tutoring and examiner roles within the Orthodontic department at the UWA School of Dentistry.

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Mike King

Mike King was previously known as the iconic Kiwi entertainer, however that role changed dramatically with the conception of his hugely popular radio show "The Nutters Club". The show evolved from Mike’s own experience of mental illness and addiction and has become a huge success. The aim of the show is to ‘forever change the way people feel, think, talk and behave in relation to mental health’.

These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and motivational speaker with the work he does under his charity and with his conference speaking. Mike's aim is to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting a positive social change.

Mike works with all levels within an organisation to help with mental health and safety in the workplace. His message tells of how he overcame drug and alcohol addiction, and his continued battle against depression.

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Dr Ronald Sluiter

Dr Ronald Sluiter graduated in 1982 from Dental School in Groningen, The Netherlands. He finished his post graduate course in Orthodontics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 1986. Apart from working in private practice since 1986, Ronald worked for 6 years at the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and a number of years as a staff member at the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam. As a long time committee member of the Dutch Dental Association, he participated in formulating the Quality Handbook for the Dutch Orthodontist.

Since the pursuit of a lifestyle change in 2009, Dr Sluiter moved to New Zealand where he currently resides and works in Christchurch and surrounding areas.

Dr Sluiter has been an Invisalign provider since 2001, and has treated over 1000 Invisalign patients. He is an Invisalign Diamond provider and has given presentations to other specialists about the Invisalign System.

Dr Sluiter is currently an international member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the European Orthodontic Society and the New Zealand Association of Orthodontists.

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Dr Prashant Zaveri

Prashant completed his master’s degree in Periodontics (1986) and Orthodontics (1989) from Nair Hospital Dental College, University of Bombay. He completed his post graduate Diploma in Clinical Periodontology from university of Otago with High distinction in 2011. He has a Private Specialist Orthodontic & Periodontic Practice in Auckland, New Zealand.

Prashant is an excellent teacher, clinician and his unique dual qualification generates interest in all his presentations, national and international. He is a member of various National and International Orthodontic & Periodontic Associations and has served in various roles in the Asia Pacific Orthodontic society and has been specially recognized for establishing the ‘Foundation for Research and Education’ for the APOS.

Prashant is Trainer and Facilitator for Total Quality Management. He has worked as a Senior Consultant and a Certified Trainer and Facilitator for Quality improvement in Health care at Qimpro Institute, an affiliate of Juran International Inc. USA.

He has keen interest in all types of sport and has qualified as a level II cricket coach through the Auckland Cricket Association, New Zealand. He devotes a lot of his time at the temple and the associated charitable institute. He is currently studying the Sanskrit language, Vedic Scriptures and practices meditation.

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