Thursday, September 15, 2011

Proposed agenda for the 2011 WLS Conference

Weight Loss Surgery New Zealand 2011 Conference
18-20th November, Palmerston North Conference Centre

Registrations are going well but we would love to see more of you at the conference. 

We have multiple options when it comes to ticket prices, just check it all out
on the registration page at

Full Attendance
Friday night mix & mingle; Saturday conference from 9am including lunch, tea & coffee; Saturday night Gala dinner and entertainment; Sunday breakfast and final session with Katie Jay

Saturday Conference & Dinner
Saturday conference from 9am including lunch, tea & coffee; Saturday night Gala dinner and entertainment

Saturday Conference only
Saturday conference from 9am including lunch, tea & coffee

Partners Conference ticket
Friday night mix & mingle; Saturday night Gala dinner and entertainment; Sunday breakfast and final session with Katie Jay

Partners Saturday Dinner only
Saturday night Gala dinner and entertainment

All of these can be paid by installment arrangement and we provide the bank account once you are registered. If you are having difficulty in registering please contact me on 06 3582247 so I can do it on your behalf. 

Proposed Schedule for 2011 WLSNZ Conference 


6.00pm Registrations open; mix & mingle at the Conference Centre (wls friendly nibbles provided)

Testimonials – open microphone – those who wish to speak are welcome 


8.30am Registrations open 

9.00am Welcome to 2011 Weight Loss Surgery New Zealand Conference 

9.30am Katie Jay – Key note speaker from the USA - (topic to be advised) 
Katie Jay is the director of the National Association of Weight Loss Surgery (NAWLS) and the author of 'Dying to Change", "Small Bites - Daily Inspirations for Weight Loss Surgery Patients" and her recent publication "Katie Jays Weight Loss Surgery Stages of Transformation: What to expect & how to manage change after Bariatric Surgery". 

10.30am Morning tea (Clothing swap now open for the duration of the

11.00am Romela Quinn-McLelland – Gold Director – Usana Health Sciences Testimonial from the Gold Sponsor of the WLS NZ 2011 Conference 

11.15am Usana Health Sciences video about their USA Bariatric Centre 

11.30am Diana Burgess is a qualified naturopath with practices in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands and Whangarei. She specializes in endocrine dysfunction, helping women rebalance hormones and improve overall health and well being, including fertility and weight loss issues. She also now offers phone consultations and is a speaker who is very passionate about educating and helping both men women achieve optimal health. Diana also contributes as an adviser to the medical advisory council for Usana Health Sciences inc, and is well respected throughout the international Usana network.

12.30pm Lunch – WLS friendly lunch provided 

1.15pm Katie Jay – 2nd Session (topic to be advised) 

2.15pm Breakout sessions – Proposed topics:
- Pre-op/Newly Post-op
- Post-op and struggling with regain
- Lap-band patients 

3.15pm Afternoon tea 

3.30pm Gorgeous Getaways – two testimonials from WLS / plastic surgery

4.15pm To be advised 

4.45pm Final wrap up of the day 

5.00pm Saturday conference finishes 

6.00pm Pre-dinner drinks at the Conference Centre 

6.30pm WLS friendly dinner (jazz singer in the background) 

7.30pm Trudi Bennett – Wardrobe Flair 

8.30pm WLS friendly dessert 

8.45pm Vendor/sponsor giveaways 

9.15pm Dancing/socialising (with dee-jay) 

11.00pm Close up Conference Centre for the night 


9.30am WLS friendly Breakfast at the Conference Centre 

10.30am Formation of national WLS organisation 

11.00am Katie Jay - final session (topic to be advised) 

12.30pm Conference finishes 

We also have some amazing giveaways again this year and to be able to get some of those you need to be attending the dinner on the Saturday night.

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