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Queenstown Course in Internal Medicine

Hōtaka Rongoā ā-Roto Tinana Tahuna

29 July–1 August 2021


The first Queenstown Course in Internal Medicine was held in 2002. It was extremely successful and very well received by the registrants. The biennial course is designed to cater for the practising specialist in internal medicine.

The meeting is held at the spectacular Millbrook Resort, on the outskirts of Queenstown. The Resort hosts one of the finest golf courses in New Zealand, and ready access to abundant leisure activities including:

  • Bungy jumping
  • Cycling
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Wine tours

Queenstown is serviced by an international airport, therefore access to the Millbrook Resort is effortless.

Resort with lake and golf green image

2021 programme for the Queenstown Course in Internal Medicine

Dates: Thursday, 29 July – 1 August 2021
Thursday: from early evening to late
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 8:00am–1:00pm
Venue: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand
Cost: $1500.00
The course is hosted by the University of Otago Department of Medicine, and is delivered by experts in their respective fields. The sessions are a mixture of lecture based and case based discussions with an emphasis on practical medicine for the internal physicians.

The specialties we will cover in 2021 are:

  • Rheumatology
  • Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Respiratory
  •  Dermatology

2021 Programme (PDF)

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Euthanasia/assisted dying workshop

Dates: Friday, 30 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand
Cost: $200 - This is an additional workshop that can be added to your registration.
Minimum numbers are required; if we do not reach these this workshop will be cancelled with a full refund given.

This two-hour workshop is designed for clinicians who want and/or need to know more about the implementation of euthanasia/assisted dying (E/AD) in New Zealand. The End of Life Choice Act of 2019 has legalized E/AD and its implementation will start on 7 November 2021.

In this interactive case-based workshop we will outline the key points in the Act and focus on what they mean for clinicians. We will also identify certain points that are not covered, but which will need to be addressed as the Act is implemented.

The session will provide small group case discussion supported by three presenters from the Bioethics Centre, who will bring clinical, ethical and legal experience to the table. Specific topics that will be covered include the possible ethical implications of E/AD, provider conscientious objection, institutional participation (hospice, hospital, rest home), and the projected role separation of palliative medicine and E/AD. Furthermore, we will review the most recent communications from the Ministry of Health and the Medical Council of New Zealand, hoping that by the end of July these agencies will have provided some guidance about key elements in implementation (such as required provider qualifications for scope of practice, provider training, family support, provider support, ethics support, conscientious objection and other key issues).
CME points will be accredited for this workshop.

Additional information on this workshop is in the link below:

Download the Workshop Poster (PDF)

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Register for the 2021 Queenstown Course in Internal Medicine

Registrations for the Queenstown Course in Internal Medicine are now full.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist please email

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Further information

For all enquiries, please contact the Department of Medicine's Postgraduate Events Manager:

Pip Lennon
Tel +64 3 470 9532
Mob +64 21 279 9532

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