Conference 2020

Prostate Cancer: Life Beyond A Diagnosis | CANCELLED

Update | 20 March 

Due to the current and developing situation with COVID-19 in New Zealand we have made the decision to cancel this year’s National Conference.

We realise that for many people our annual conference is an important time to hear more about new developments in diagnosis, treatments and support services, so over the coming weeks we will explore other ways of sharing content scheduled for conference with you.

We will also be developing some alternative arrangements for our Annual General Meeting, and voting processes for Board Member elections, and approving our Annual Reports. These will be announced in due course.

Graeme Woodside
Chief Executive


In recent years the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer has shown a significant increase, the reasons for which are not all that clear. One possible explanation is the increasing awareness of prostate cancer among Kiwi men, and as a Foundation we will take some credit for this with our increasing effectiveness in this area.

While the number of diagnoses increases, the death rate is decreasing, meaning more men are surviving their encounter with the disease, and for many this means living with the outcomes of treatments and ongoing medications. This poses issues for many men – it’s all about survivorship and maintaining a good quality of life.

This year’s conference will address this ‘survivorship’ and our keynote speakers will provide some real solutions to the questions men, and their families have, about making the most of life following a prostate cancer diagnosis.


  • Date: Sunday 3 May 2020
  • Time: 8.45 am – 4.00 pm [Registration opens 8.00 am]
  • Registration: $35 pp [includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea]
  • Location: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 550 Memorial Avenue, Harewood, Christchurch


Download a copy of the Conference flyer here. If you have any questions regarding Conference or would like to enquire about Exhibitor options please contact Events & Promotions Manager Carol Roche: E. P. 09 415 2404


Mark von Dadelszen QSM – President, Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ | Welcome address

Dr Stephen Mark – Urologist | Quality of life after treatment for prostate cancer in New Zealand

Giovanni Losco – Urologist | Regaining function after prostate cancer treatment: continence and intimacy

Dr Peter Fong – Medical Oncologist | Genetic factors in prostate cancer

Dr Kamran Zargar– Urological Surgeon | PSA testing in New Zealand – new research

Juliet Ireland – Health Psychologist | Riding the prostate cancer roller coaster

Pauline Blomfield & Professor Sarah Young – K9 Medical Detection NZ | Dogs – saving lives

Dr Remy Lim – Radiologist, Mercy Radiology | Cruising with Lutetium therapy

Murray Winn – Counsellor and Registered Psychotherapist | To survive…or thrive? That’s the question

Graeme Woodside – CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ | Strategy, campaigns and making a difference

Update: COVID-19 The health and safety of everyone attending this Forum is of utmost importance to Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ. We are closely monitoring the situation in NZ and following the Ministry of Health’s advice. At this stage the authorities have placed no restrictions on events and accordingly the Forum will continue as planned. We will advise if this changes.