NZ Sepsis Conference 2021

November 18-20 Rotorua, New Zealand.

Convenor invitation

It is our pleasure to invite you to the inaugural NZ Sepsis Conference 2021: Challenges for New Zealand to be held at the Novotel, in Rotorua from November 18-20. The conference is a combined meeting between Sepsis Trust New Zealand and Australasian Society for Infectious Disease (ASID).

We invite and encourage attendance from all healthcare professionals with an interest in the management of sepsis and infectious diseases from across the Australasian region. This will be a forum to review, discuss and even shape the optimal approach to the prevention, diagnosis and management of sepsis in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The conference will include plenary sessions, featuring a range of local and international keynote speakers, and parallel sessions which will include ASID-specific topics. We look forward to engaging with the wider medical community on this important topic.

The conference programme and our keynote speakers will cover a broad range of topics, spanning from clinical updates and controversies (e.g. antibiotic stewardship, diagnostics, resuscitation, sepsis management in special populations) to systems and population health (quality improvement, health inequity, surveillance data).

Sepsis (a life-threatening syndrome of organ failure caused by a dysregulated immune response to infection) is a topic of growing national and international importance. It is responsible for more deaths than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined. Its management touches every part of the healthcare system, testing clinical acumen, hospital diagnostic capability, antimicrobial prescribing policy and the capacity to offer continuing support for survivors. Sepsis is more frequent amongst Maaori and Pacific people, linking it to increasingly urgent efforts to demonstrate equity in health outcomes and access.

Our chosen destination, Rotorua, has something for everyone - Culture, adventure, nature, excitement, relaxation, cuisine - whatever you enjoy! Feel the manaakitanga (hospitality) of the Te Arawa people. The conference venue and planned social programme will also provide plenty of opportunities for networking and robust discussion.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Daniel Dobbins, and Dr Christopher Hopkins

Dr Paul Huggan
Dr Robert Martynoga
Harvey Duncan (CEO, Sepsis Trust NZ)
Dr Mark Hobbs
Dr Nigel Raymond
Marilena Salvo (CEO, ASID)

The NZ Sepsis Conference 2021 will

  • Welcome and bring together all medical and scientific professionals from multiple specialties with a stake in managing sepsis in the New Zealand healthcare system.
  • Facilitate networking between professional groups to increase expertise and inter-disciplinary action, while identifying and addressing gaps in knowledge and care.
  • Draw major contemporary clinical issues to the attention of industry leaders.
  • Highlight the 2030 World Sepsis Declaration and launch the National Sepsis Action Plan for New Zealand.
  • Be jointly hosted by the NZ Sepsis Trust and Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, incorporating the NZ ASID Annual Scientific Meeting.

Key Dates

1 June 2021: Abstract Submission and Earlybird Registration Open

29 August 2021: Abstract Submission Close

14 September 2021: Notification of Abstract Acceptance

13 October 2021: Standard Registration Applies

International Keynote Speakers

Dr Henry Masur

NIH Clinical Center
George Washington University Hospital Washington DC, USA

Ms Kelly Thompson

Program Manager
Global Women’s Health and Research | Fellow with the Division of Critical Care & Trauma | The George Institute for Global Health Sydney, Australia

Dr Amith Shetty

Emergency Physician Clinical Director, Patient Experience and System Performance Support Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney NSW Ministry of Health Sydney, Australia

Sponsors and Industry Partners

The Organising Committee welcome all inquiries from the medical industry involved in the management of sepsis and infectious diseases.
Industry will have the opportunity to engage in person, with leading specialists in a range of clinical specialties (including infectious diseases, critical care and emergency medicine) and national leaders in detecting and responding to the deteriorating patient.
Gaining support from our industry partners is integral to making this conference successful. We encourage you to confirm your sponsorship and exhibition space early, which will ensure you maximise branding opportunities and gain valuable exposure in the lead up to the conference.
A variety of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. 

Please contact our Conference Managers to express your interest and receive the latest updates.​

Conference & Exhibition Manager
Jill Schirnack
Outshine Ltd
p. +64 9 940 6676


Novotel Rotorua Lakeside


Novotel Rotorua Lakeside ,Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, Rotorua, New Zealand.

The 4.5-star Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Rotorua airport in the heart of Rotorua township – just a short stroll from the stunning lakefront.

There are spacious and contemporary accommodation rooms which are a calm haven of earthy colours, wood furniture and picture windows.  You will be able to reserve accommodation during the registration process at conference rates.

Discover Rotorua


Culture, adventure, nature, excitement, relaxation, cuisine – whatever you enjoy, there is something for everyone in Rotorua!

Sail some of the 18 pristine lakes from atop a luxury yacht, or get closer to nature and kayak to rejuvenating, natural hot springs. Hike through forgotten forests, hidden under the canopy of millennial trees. Gaze up from a mountainside, the uninterrupted night sky unfolding before you with the light of a million stars.

When adventure beckons, tackle the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall; or challenge yourself in the Whakarewarewa Forest on the best mountain biking trails south of the equator. World-class adventure attractions provide the ultimate thrills, walk the summit of a dormant volcano or zip line through rainforests filled with sounds of birdsong…

Experience authentic Maori culture and feel the manaakitanga (hospitality) of the Te Arawa people who have greeted visitors to the region for centuries. Share in the culture and traditions of this rich and powerful heritage; from the celebrated haka, tradition of carving and weaving to modern-day design and architecture.

Soak in world-renowned curative waters, bathe in mineral enriched mud, and experience traditional Māori massage to the backdrop of a geothermal wonderland dotted with crater lakes, erupting geysers and boiling mud pools.

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Contact Us

Outshine Ltd
PO Box 896, Cambridge 3450, New Zealand

p. +64 7 823 1910

It is our pleasure to invite you to the inaugural NZ Sepsis Conference 2021: Challenges for New Zealand to be held at the Novotel, in Rotorua from November 18-20.

Organising Committee


Dr Henry Masur

Dr. Henry Masur is Chief of the Critical Care Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He is well known for his expertise in the management of HIV and its comorbidities, and for his expertise in ICU-related infections. His department has published many pivotal studies related to sepsis, the safety of the blood supply, microbial diagnostics, emerging infections, and pulmonary immunology. Dr Masur is a past President of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and chair of the IDSA Sepsis Task Force.

Ms Kelly Thompson

Ms Kelly Thompson is Program Manager, Global Women’s Health and a Research Fellow with the Division of Critical Care & Trauma and The Australian Sepsis Network. She is undertaking a doctorate evaluating the epidemiology, economics and long-term outcomes of patients treated for sepsis in Australian intensive care units. Kelly is passionate about achieving health equality for populations experiencing the most disadvantage and vulnerability, such as women and girls worldwide.

Dr Amith Shetty

Dr Amith Shetty, an Emergency physician is the Co-director of Westmead Emergency Medical Research Unit at Westmead Hospital and an Honorary Research fellow at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.  Amith has been active in Emergency Medicine research fields of critical illness, sepsis and models of care delivery. Amith’s background knowledge and research in healthcare delivery, training in leading information technology initiatives and experience with research into models of care and healthcare performance provide him the insight into the challenges and prospects for use of big data in future research and guidelines development.