Breast Health Seminars

The following seminars and events have been sponsored by The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation:

2nd Australasian Breast Congress - Advances and Controversies in Breast Cancer

7-10 July, Langham Hotel Auckland, Waitemata DHB Conference Centre at North Shore Hospital

NZBCF hosted Advances and Controversies in Breast Cancer Consumer/Patient Day 
Sunday 10 July, Langham Hotel Auckland
Hear from top international breast cancer experts at a day designed for you.  

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Sweet Louise/NZBCF Advanced Breast Cancer Seminar

November 2015 (Auckland)

View the PowerPoint presentations from the seminar. 

BRA Day - Breast Reconstruction Seminars

October 2015 (Auckland)

October 2013 (Auckland)

Watch the video presentations from BRA day. 


Breast Cancer Seminar - Whangarei Hospital

October 2015 (Whangarei)


Breast Cancer Symposium - GP CME Conference

August 2015 (Christchurch)


Breast Health 2014 - National breast cancer conference for nurses

September 2014 (Auckland)

Public Forum 

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation sponsored a FREE public forum at SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre following the 2nd National Conference on Diseases of the Breast. The successful half-day event on Saturday 5th November ran between 9.00am - 12.30pm and was open to anyone with an interest in breast cancer. The speakers included: 

•     John Robertson MD, FRCS, MBChB, BSc: Professor of Surgery, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, UK 
•    Stephen Duffy BSc, MSc: Professor of Cancer Screening, Cancer Research UK, Centre for Epidemiology, Mathematics and Statistics, UK 
•    Steve Parker MD: Interventional Radiologist, Sally Jobe Breast Centre, Englewood, Colorado, USA 
•    Stewart Dunn: Medical Psychology, University of Sydney Northern Clinical School, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia
•    Belinda Scott FRACS: Breast Surgeon, Breast Associates, Auckland, New Zealand
•    Madeleine Wall MB, ChB, FRANZCR: Clinical Leader, BreastScreen Aotearoa, New Zealand

The forum provided an opportunity for the public to gain local and international information about breast cancer topics, such as new findings in radiology, updates on breast screening, surgery and oncology. There was also an opportunity for the audience to ask the expert panel questions. Three hundred people attended the forum and the response was overwhelmingly positive, with calls for another one in the future.

To view the presentations from the forum click on one of the items below: 
•    Breast Cancer Care & Research Professor John FR Robertson (PDF 433kb) 
•    Breast Cancer Screening Professor Stephen W. Duffy (PDF 144kb) 
•    Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis Dr Steve Parker (PDF 1.1mb) 
•    FAQ's about Living with Cancer Professor Stewart Dunn (PDF 1.6mb) 
•    Breast Cancer in New Zealand Dr Vernon Harvey (PDF 724kb) 
•    The Auckland Breast Cancer Register Dr Belinda Scott (PDF 549kb)

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One of the highlights of 2004 for the Foundation was the visit to New Zealand of Dr Susan Love in August. The renowned American breast cancer expert, researcher, surgeon and bestselling author of Dr Susan Love’s Breast Book gave two free public presentations to over one thousand women in Auckland and Christchurch. Dr Love covered many interesting topics including new screening techniques, menopause and menopause treatments, and general breast health and lifestyle choices in her seminars and in interviews with the media.

Of particular interest was exciting new research called ductal lavage which Dr Love is confident will be a major breakthrough in helping to prevent breast cancer, within the next 5-10 years. Put simply, it would be the equivalent of the pap smear, but for breast cancer.

A video and DVD of Dr Love’s presentation is available on loan from The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Phone 0800 902 732 or email 


The Foundation invited Dr John Link, author of The Breast Cancer Survival Manual and Take Charge of your Breast Cancer, to give a series of FREE public lectures in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch in March. The series received strong support from both the public and health professionals, and feedback was extremely positive. Near-capacity attendance confirmed the Foundation’s belief that the public are ‘hungry’ for more information about breast cancer including information on current trials and research trends. The first 100 women who registered in each area received a copy of his second book Take Charge of your Breast Cancer. This book encourages all women to become their own advocate and take a more assertive role in their treatment.