The theme for 2021 will be Whakaora (To Heal): Our patients, Ourselves, Our City, Our Planet; a topic which is sure to resonate given the events Christchurch has faced since the last anaesthetic meeting was hosted in the city in 2010.
“Christchurch has experienced a lot of trauma with the earthquakes and then the 2019 mosque attacks. Receiving burns victims from the Whakaari/White Island eruption was another challenge for the Christchurch Hospital. Then, of course, was COVID-19.
“What most people don’t realise is that anaesthetists are in the absolute front line of these events and take a leadership role within the hospital. We have a story to tell and there will be many coming to Christchurch to hear it,” Dr van der Griend said.
“We are excited to be hosting the meeting in Te Pae Christchurch – the building is looking amazing. We live in a very special place and look forward to showcasing our city – there will be a lot of people who will grab the chance to come and see what we have to offer.”