Oh how we love Queenstown, I say we collectively because I am yet to meet a human who doesn’t love that place!.  To make it even better, I am fortunate enough to attend an annual conference down there, which year upon year gets better and exceeds expectations.  This year was no exception….

The list of conference speakers on its own is enough to impress (for those in the know), here’s a few of my favourites: Dr Izolda Heydenrych, Mr Jeff Downie, Dr Niamh Corduff, Dr Adam Rish, Mike Clague, Dr Paul Rosser, Dr Luiz Avelar, Dr Sarah Hart, Dr Piergiovanni, Dr Kirshni Appana, Dr Ellen Selkon & Dr Paul Nola.

Personal highlights included the numerous talks by the very talented, humorous and humble Scottish Maxillofacial Surgeon Jeff Downie.  He spoke in detail on anatomy and how it applies to cosmetic medicine (one of my not so secret loves and passions).  Galderma even brought along an Artificial Intelligence Injection Simulator… created with MRI & Artificial Intelligence technology. It is a masterpiece, beyond belief. It accurately offers specific detail and precision as to the exact anatomical location of dermal filler product placement in the face of the simulator model!!!…. The application of the Galderma range of fillers injected live on stage by the skilled Dr Ellen Selkon, alongside this beautiful piece of technology offered impressive results, interesting discussion – and no doubt a very happy patient.

Oh I love that stuff!!!!.  Jeff also gets brownie points for helping me to work on my very primitive Scottish accent at the conference dinner!

Dr Izolda Heydenrych offered some thought provoking insights on ethics, trust and positive aging.  It was an excellent reminder in how important and vulnerable our patients are.  Behaving with integrity and earning trust are imperative to the longevity and professionalism of this industry.

The bubbly Dr Kirshni Appana talked about Social Media and adhering to best practice standards.  The very talented Dr Sarah Hart, consolidated this with a talk on advertising in the industry and in particular,  regarding social media and influencers.  This is new territory for everyone, so something that will be an ongoing learning curve for the industry.  

The laser technology and biostimulators and threads were also interesting topics in an ever-emerging world of aesthetics.  The exhibitors were excellent with a broad range of devices and products being showcased and demonstrated.

The Cosmetic Appearance Nurse Network (CANN) also had a very productive meeting, with active steps towards becoming a society on our own. I was elected onto the committee for this group of fantastic professional, talented nurses and I look forward to the challenges and triumphs that will come with this.  For more information see

To top it all off, our Rock the Boat Conference dinner involved catching the SS Earnslaw across the beautiful lake Wakatipu to dinner and a knees up at Walter Peak Station.  A fantastic group of people to party the night away with.  It was a great opportunity to catch up with old and new friends, have a laugh and a boogie.

I’ve attended many conferences this year, and find each and every one valuable but there is something special about this one. This conference reinforces why I love my job, and I feel so lucky to be a part of this profession.  I look forward to applying what I have learnt to my clinical practice.  I’ll be heading to Dallas at the end of the month to attend Aesthetic Next, I can’t wait to update you!