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The New Zealand College of Sexual & Reproductive Health (NZCSRH) and the Abortion Providers Group Aotearoa New Zealand (APGANZ) combined conference "Better Health through Partnership” will be held at Chateau on the Park in Ōtautahi Christchurch from Thursday 25 July to Saturday 27 July 2024.

As organisations with multidisciplinary membership, we welcome all health care practitioners with an interest in abortion care and sexual and reproductive health to attend.

In “Better Health through Partnership” we are coming together for our inaugural joint venture, allowing us to expand our audience and local and national networks. 

Our three- day event consists of an education day dedicated to abortion care, one dedicated to sexual and reproductive health, and one with a variety of workshops including LARC train the trainer, later abortion, and menopause.  

We have an exciting line up of speakers, covering a range of topics relevant to providing exceptional abortion and sexual and reproductive healthcare in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Our keynote speakers: 
Dr. Stacey Leigh Rubin (she/her) is an Ob/Gyn and Complex Family Planning specialist who is dedicated to providing compassionate patient-centered and trauma-informed care in all trimesters. She is also a passionate advocate for abortion access and de-stigmatization.

Dr. Rubin received her Medical Degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.  Dr. Rubin completed a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed her fellowship in Complex Family Planning at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She currently works as an abortion provider at Planned Parenthood of Maryland and at Partners in Abortion Care, specializing in late 2nd and 3rd trimester procedures.

Dr Karen Joseph (she/her) has completed specialist training and registration in the scopes of Pain Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Sexual and Reproductive Health, and is the only doctor in Australasia with this broad expertise.  She also works as a specialist at Christchurch Women’s Hospital- where she has set up and runs the Pelvic Pain Clinic. She has been involved with the development of the Ministry of Health care pathway document Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis in New Zealand, a RANZCOG online education programme for doctors and tool for patients about best management of endometriosis, and the Mesh Injury expert advisory group.

More speakers to be announced!

Join us in Ōtautahi Christchurch!

Dr Coleen Caldwell (she/her)
Dept. Obstetrics & Gynaecology
University of Otago, Christchurch


Dr Jo Lambert (she/her/ia)
Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mutunga,
Te Āti Awa


For all conference enquiries please contact:

Melanie Robinson
Project Coordinator

 +64 2111 30289

Paula Armstrong
Project Manager

  +64 27 649 2081