Get to Know the #OTOMTG21 International Guests of Honor: New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Originally founded in 1947, with just five members, the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (NZSOHNS) now has 153 members with 123 active surgeons.
Originally founded in 1947, with just five members, the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (NZSOHNS) now has 153 members with 123 active surgeons. The Society’s purpose remains the same as that proffered in 1947: “a Society of Ear Nose and Throat Specialists to safeguard the interests of the Specialty and of patients…” and act for the benefit of members but also as an advocacy group to promote the best care for otolaryngology patients in New Zealand.
Training occurs nationally, with two-to-three trainees selected per year and rotated across jurisdictions for their training term of five years. In the last 12 years, a surgeon-scientist training pathway has been in place allowing trainees to undertake dedicated research, including a PhD as part of the training journey. This has been welcomed and has expanded the research output of otolaryngology in New Zealand.
NZSOHNS continues to pursue equitable funding and access to hearing aids and now cochlear implants for our population. The Society supports programs to address health disparities in New Zealand, particularly for indigenous groups and migrants. We now face the challenge of SARS-CoV-2, whose rampant disease course has extended across the globe. The Society was swift to advocate for the safety of our patients and members during the current pandemic, backing the provision of PPE, campaigning for vaccination of high-risk workers, and more.
New Zealand is a unique place. NZSOHNS strives to do the best for our members and patients under our care and to be true to our Kiwi roots.
Stay safe, kia kaha.