Canterbury Health Laboratories annually invites laboratory managers and leaders from around New Zealand, Australia and further afield to participate in their User Group meeting...


Over the years the meeting has moved from a predominantly scientific focus to include discussions on issues affecting the industry’s future direction and sustainability. The Lab Meeting is recognised as providing a valuable forum for senior medical laboratory associated people and those interested in the pathology sector.


The theme for this year’s conference is “The Impact of Choice”, which aims to encourage delegates to challenge their thinking around thought processes and the impact of decisions. The theme will be broken down to cover aspects relating to technology and how we use data to inform decisions and identify priorities, as well as leadership content around choosing teams and how we communicate. The programme is designed to bring together the Clinical, Executive, Patient, Scientific and Technology aspects of a complex Health System, all of which will have an impact on future developments in Pathology.



2018 Programme topics include:

Presentation content will be spread across the health and technology disciplines, with a variety of speakers from within laboratories, a number of scientific presentations, as well as speakers from the wider health system and non-health organisations to provide inspiration and foresight from other industries.



A preconference programme is again being run, where pre-conference meetings are largely by invitation and include: Laboratory Managers Meeting; Labnet Meeting; Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) Managers Meeting; and a sponsored evening networking event.


The social programme includes Welcome drinks, Rum Red Socks and Reminiscing drinks and a Conference Dinner.


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