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NZCMM Winter Retreat 2023

June 30, 2023 - July 2, 2023

Winter Retreat 2023

Registration is now OPEN for the Winter Retreat in Queenstown. Please complete the registration form and return to events@nzcmm.org.nz for processing


  • Full Member Registration: $475.00+GST per person (includes three event days)
  • Day Only Member Registration: $225.00+GST per person
  • Full Non Member Registration: $575.00+GST (includes three event days)
  • Day Only Non Member Registration: $300.00+GST per person


  • Tickets for winetasting prior to dinner are not included in the cost of registration. Tickets for yourself and partners may be purchased for $40.00+GTS per person. You will be hosted by Tania Howard of Winesolutions Bespoke Limited in an informal setting.  Wines will be in 50ml pours and include several Central Otago vineyards:

Quartz Reef Method Tradtionelle Bendigo (Tarras)
Domain Road Chardonnay 2022 Bannockburn
Mount Edward Riesling 2021 Gibbston Valley
Clyde Village 2017 Pinot Noir Alexandra Basin
George Town 2019 Pinot Noir Cromwell Basin

  • Tickets for the dinner on Friday evening are not include in the cost of registration. Tickets for yourself and partners may be purchased for $88.00+GST per person. The venue is the Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront.

All cancellations must be made in writing to events@nzcmm.org.nz. Cancellations made by 12 June 2023 will be refunded, less $75.00 to cover administration costs. After this date, no refunds will be made. All refunds will be processed after the meeting. If, for reasons beyond the control of the NZCMM, the event is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses already incurred.

Following is the preliminary programme, which may change.

Friday 30 June 2023

8.00am Registration
8.30am Welcome Dr Mark Johnston
Case Presentations / Audits
- Local Anaesthetic
- Corticosteroids
- Sclerosants
- PRP etc
- Others
NZCMM Fellow / Members
Dr Amanda Cormack
Dr Morne Pienaar

Dr Zaid Matti

10.00am Morning Tea
10.30am Places to Inject, Indications and ‘What Works?’
- IM, SC, IV
- Intra – articular
- Interstitial, perineural, bursa
- Epidural, intrathecal
- The Laminar Epidural
- Thoracic Pain - Pitfalls
NZCMM Fellow / Member
Group Work
Dr Mark McLaughlin
Dr Jason Chin
Dr Grant Thompson
Dr Steve Bentley
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Report Writing for Providers (ACC)
(Using ‘Consideration Factors for Facet Joints’)
Education Committee
3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm Cultural Safety & Health Equity Update Dr John Molloy
5.00pm Conclusion of the Day
5.30pm Wine Tasting - CANCELLED
6.30pm Dinner

Saturday 1 July 2023

8.30am Welcome And Review Of Day 1 Dr Mark Johnston
‘In Rooms’ Injections - The Theory
A) The Landmark Approach – ‘Hands – on’
B)The Ultrasound Approach
Dr Grant thompson
10.00am Morning Tea
10.300am Injections Continued
11.00am NZCMM Business Update NZCMM Exec
An Update on ACC and NZCMM
An Interesting Medicolegal Experience
Dr Mark Johnston
Dr Steve Bentley
12.00pm Lunch
1.00pm Curriculum Update & Trainee Assessment Update Dr Gary Collinson
3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.00pm Free afternoon

Sunday 2 July 2023

8.30am Welcome And Review Of Day 2 Dr Mark Johnston
Manual Therapy Workshop
Thoracic & Rib
Dr Grant Thompson
IPM Management Workshop
A chance to update issues associated with IPM practice. A chance to bring a difficult case for discussion. Dr Mark Johnston
12.30pm Conclusion Of The Day

IPM Workshop

  • An Update on the ‘Medial Branch Block’
    ‘Consideration Factors for Facet Joint Pain’ NZCMM / ACC combined Report
    Interesting / Difficult Cases
    Update on IPM Training Programme / Reaccreditation

Manual Therapy Workshop

Can you confidently diagnose a thoracic segmental restriction?
Can you make sense of rib restrictions?

This workshop will consist of a review of manual thoracic and rib diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, including articulation, manual energy technique, and various high velocity thrust techniques. The content will be very similar to the current and proposed content of the MSME 701 and 709 campus courses. However, a significant amount of new material will be presented that will be different to what you may have learned during the NZAMSM or DipMSM courses.

There will be sufficient theory presented to clarify manual technique, but the workshop will be predominantly hands-on, concentrating on good posture and technique. Suitable light clothing should be worn.


  • Presentation on thoracic and rib anatomy & biomechanics, and approach to examination.
  • Hands-on review of thoracic and rib screening techniques, and gross and segmental mobility
  • Hands-on review of therapeutic technique including, but not exclusively, articulation, muscle energy technique, and HVT manipulation
  • Novel techniques for thoracic and rib mobilisation
  • Discussion and demonstration of alternative techniques used by workshop participants. Participant feedback to guide the MSME 701 and 709 course content.
  • Periosteal tender points

Members are invited to submit a case or audit for presentation at the upcoming Winter Retreat.

Please submit the following no later than Friday 9 June 2023, so your presentation day and time may be confirmed.

  • Title of presentation
  • Short Abstract: 50-100 words
  • PPT: 3 slides only, 16:9 ratio. Please find a template that you may choose to use here. Template options that you may choose to use, have been added.

Should you have any questions about this request, please do not hesitate to contact events@nzcmm.org.nz

A final details email with the final programme and presentation information will be sent prior to the event.

Please note:

  • Case Presentations: ‘What Injections work in my practice. 10 mins total. (5 mins on a case with 5mins of available evidence (Level 4 acceptable)
  • Audit of injections: 10 minutes presentation of personal practice audit.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront
Corner Frankton Road & Adelaide Street

Experience tranquility all year round. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront sits overlooking on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and within walking distance of Queenstown’s central shopping and entertainment area. Popular ski areas such as Coronet Peak is a 20 minutes drive and Remarkables is a 45 minutes drive away.

Our accommodation in Queenstown is nestled within our garden-inspired property: 240 guest rooms, including 6 Suites and over 80 rooms that have views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Select rooms also feature private balconies or courtyards. There are meetings facilities with Wi-Fi access in public areas, as well as in Impressions Restaurant and Cocktail Bar. Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is a 4-star and Enviro-Gold Qualmark rated hotel, with an Environmental Sustainability Plan for the future. We are firmly committed to sustainability best practices, constantly reviewing and improving operations to minimise impact on the environment.

Check-IN: 2.00pm
Check-OUT: 10.00am

  • $325.00 Superior Room (Bed & Breakfast) - Single Occupancy
  • $355.00 Superior Room (Bed & Breakfast) - Double  Occupancy

Please follow these instructions when booking your accommodation.

Booking code: NZAMM23

Phone: +64 3 450 0260
Website: https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/queenstown/copthorne-hotel-and-resort-lakefront-queenstown/


June 30, 2023
July 2, 2023


New Zealand College of Musculoskeletal Medicine
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Copthorne Hotel Queenstown
Corner Frankton Road & Adelaide Street,
Queenstown, 9300 New Zealand
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