Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 April 2020

Te ORA Hui-ā-Tau and Scientific Conference - call for abstracts

 Abstracts are now open for the Te ORA Hui-ā-Tau and Scientific conference to be held in conjunction with the WONCA Asia Regional Pacific Conference 2020, jointly hosted by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners', the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network and Te ORA.

The overarching theme for the conference is:

Family Medicine, leading the way towards an advanced world of equity, quality and compassion
The essence of this theme is captured in the Māori whakataukī
Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina
Which translates to
Seek distant horizons in pursuit of excellence

During the conference we will explore the scientific and human contributions we can make to create a future that embraces progress, while retaining the core values needed to move us towards the goal of equal health for all.

This conference will be an ideal opportunity to meet colleagues both from New Zealand, from around the region and beyond. You will learn, discuss, debate and importantly share your practical knowledge, experience and wisdom.


Mana Hauora Taurite - Equity
Health Equity is the attainment of the highest possible health status for all people. Health equity occurs when society actively removes barriers that disproportionately affect the health status of particular individuals and groups within a society. Māori, the indigenous population of Aotearoa (New Zealand), hold the unique position of tangata whenua, yet, experience major disadvantages in health and well-being compared with the Pākehā population. We invite submissions that address the health inequities in Aotearoa.


Poipoia - Care and Compassion
Te ORA is an organisation that represents all Māori medical practitioners. In the Te ORA whakapapa, there are individuals, including the late Dr Paratene Ngata, whose values of care, compassion and connection guided their mahi. We want to continue with this theme of Care and Compassion, to create a safe space where we are able to present on, discuss, and reflect on these values and what they mean for both ourselves and our communities.

Ora Taiao
Human health is dependent on the health of our physical environments, and environmental phenomena increasingly threaten the health of human populations, including Maori. Environmental degradation can result in risks to health in a variety of ways, and global problems such as climate change have the potential to exacerbate existing health inequities. We invite submissions that address environmental determinants of health and seek to enhance Ora Taiao.

Whānau Ora in Rural and Mental Health
Health inequities are strongly shaped by social inequities, and the sub-theme of Whānau Ora in Rural and Mental Health reflects the importance of thinking about and addressing health at a collective level. We invite submissions that consider population health. including issues and solutions at the level of whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities.

How to submit your abstract

Please note all abstracts must be submitted electronically.  Abstracts for all formats must be clearly written and be no more than 300 words (excluding the title and authors). 

When composing your abstract, carefully follow the guidelines and layout below:

  • Title (maximum 30 words)
  • Font Arial or equivalent, 12 point, single spacing
  • Author(s) FAMILY/SURNAMES should be in capitals, no qualifications or titles. Note the presenting author(s) should be bold and underlined
  • Written in sentence case
  • No tables or figures
  • Abbreviations must be spelt out i full at the first mention followed by the abbreviation in parentheses
  • Which conference sub-theme(s) best suits your abstract

Please click here to see an example of an oral or poster presentation abstract.

Registration and expenses

A condition of acceptance is that all presenting authors must register for the conference. Presenters are responsible for their own registration, travel and accommodation expenses.

Key dates

  • Call for abstracts - now open
  • Closing date for submission of abstracts - Thursday, 19 December
  • Notification of acceptance - from Monday, 3 February


Submit your abstract here


If you do not wish to submit an abstract yourself, but there is something you would like to hear about or see at the conference, please let us know. For further information please contact:

Rachel Cook
Conference Organiser
Conference Innovators
T +64 9 281 5588
M +64 21 918 524


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