NZ Regional News

Local Branch ASM Queenstown 2018

The TSANZSRS NZ Branch meeting was held last month in beautiful Queenstown. Firstly, a big thank you to our guest speaker Brigitte Borg from The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. Her presentation to ANZSRS on the interpretation of static lung volumes and TLCO had many useful tips for us. Brigitte also presented on the monitoring of lung function in ILD to TSANZSRS which was a great fit for the topic of the meeting. A big thank you also to all of the other ANZSRS members who presented this year, we had a great range of talks and your input is very much appreciated.  I, as a Scientist and ANZSRS member, was honoured to win the New Investigator Award at this year’s meeting. Please also find the minutes from the ANZSRS NZ Branch AGM attached for your review.

Community Spirometry Training Courses

As discussed at the NZ Branch AGM the following locations indicated that they run spirometry training courses: Dunedin, Greenlane, North Shore, Waitemata, Christchurch, Tauranga, and Hawkes Bay. Please get in touch with me if your location was missed off this list.


The next CRFS exam date is the 26th of October 2018 and closing date for applications is the 21st of September. To apply to sit CRFS visit the ANZSRS website:

Call for Abstracts

Next year the TSANZSRS ASM will be held on the Gold Coast. It will run from 29th March- 2 April 2019 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. There is currently a call for Abstracts for this meeting (closing date Friday the 12th October). For more details visit:

Highlight: Education (Members) Section of the ANZSRS website

ANZSRS hosts four webinars per year for which invitations to register are sent in advance. If you miss the live talk you can find previous webinars stored in the Education section also. Presentations currently available to view are:

“The Respiratory Scientists Toolbox” – by Peter Rogers

“CPET Interpretation” – by Danny Brazzale

“CRFS – The Tough Questions 2018” – by Lauren Bussell

“Fundamental of Lung Mechanics” – by Dr Kevin Ellyett

Laura Ploen