Keynote speakers announced for NZ Resus 2018

13 June 2017

Professor Myra Wyckoff, Associate Professor Marcus Ong, and Dr Jasmeet Soar have today been announced as keynote speakers for the New Zealand Resuscitation Council’s next conference, NZ Resus 2018 – Coming of Age, to be held in Wellington on 19-21 April.

NZ Resus 2018 keynote speakers

From top: Wyckoff, Ong, and Soar

Professor Wyckoff is a neonatologist in Dallas, Texas, and the current chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation’s neonatal taskforce. She has strong interests in resuscitation teams and registry data.

Associate Professor Ong has extensive experience in cardiac arrest in out-of-hospital environments. He has been a key player in improving response to cardiac arrest in his native Singapore, and a champion of public education and technology-led initiatives.

Dr Soar’s longstanding interest in advanced life support is recognised worldwide. Based in Bristol, England, Dr Soar is the current chair of ILCOR’s advanced life support taskforce, chair of the European Resuscitation Council’s advanced life support working group, and editor of the academic journal Resuscitation.

New Zealand Resuscitation Council Chair Dr Richard Aickin says that Wyckoff, Ong and Soar are exciting and energetic speakers at the forefront of emergency care. He says that this is an “incredible opportunity” for conference delegates to hear from influential speakers, “any of whom would be a draw-card in their own right”. Aickin is looking forward to working with the speakers, and hopes to involve each in an educators’ day that is planned ahead of the two-day scientific meeting.

Aickin says that although New Zealand has its own healthcare system and protocols, there is much we can learn from overseas. He adds that the importance of New Zealand practitioners being exposed to wider developments in resuscitation and healthcare should not be understated. “I have absolute confidence that our line-up of keynote speakers in this conference will provide valuable insights about the future of emergency care systems worldwide and, importantly, how we might improve.”

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