Welcome to Christchurch for the National Interdisciplinary Clinical Cleft Meeting.

It has been five years since we last met, certainly time to reconnect as interdisciplinary colleagues across our subspeciality areas of dental, ENT, maxillofacial, nursing, orthodontics, plastic surgery and speech and language therapy  for the care of the cleft community.  Proudly sponsored by the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons.

We are planning a day to recap on where we have been, where we are and where we are going.

We, the conference organising committee, look forward to seeing you all.


Sarah Gardiner

Kirk Williams

Arthur Yang

Jonathan Wheeler

Michelle Shand





Kenny Ardouin, Speech Language Therapist, Christchurch

Kenny Ardouin is a practicing Speech Language Therapist based in Christchurch, and has lived experience of cleft. He is a former Chief Executive of Cleft New Zealand, and recently worked in London with CLAPA and the Centre for Appearance Research investigating the unmet needs of adults with cleft, and designed and delivered evidence-based interventions in conjunction with the NHS Cleft Teams to address this need.

Glenn Bartlett, Plastic Surgeon, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland

Glenn Bartlett is a plastic surgeon from Middlemore Hospital. He trained in NZ in the 1990s at both Middlemore and Burwood hospitals then moving to Craniofacial training at the Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

For the past 20 years he has been a staff surgeon at Middlemore Hospital with an interest in Cleft Lip and Palate.

Peter Fowler, Bristol Dental School, UK

Peter Fowler BDS(Otago), DOrthRCS(Ed), MSc (Lond) MOrthRCS(Eng), FRACDS(Orth), PhD is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, Honorary Consultant University Hospital Bristol and Western NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Department of Oral Sciences, Dental School, University of Otago 

Peter undertook his dental training at the University of Otago and postgraduate orthodontic training at the University of London.  He holds a Fellowship in the speciality of Orthodontics from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and recently completed a PhD at the University of Auckland investigating outcomes for children born with clefts in New Zealand.

Peter has had the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary cleft teams in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and is currently involved in several cleft related research projects based at the University of Bristol.

Zac Moaveni, Plastic Surgeon, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland

Zac Moaveni is a plastic surgeon at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland. His clinical practice is primarily focused on facial reconstruction in Cleft Lip & Palate, as well as other Craniofacial conditions.  

Zac has been passionately involved with Interplast surgical trips in the Pacific since 2008. He has been a first hand witness to the desperate need for reconstructive surgery in the Pacific and what Interplast has been able to achieve in this sphere.  He has served as the Interplast Country Coordinator for Solomon Islands since 2015, taking a surgical team there on an annual basis and building and maintaining relationships with local medical teams.

When not at work he enjoys endurance running and relishes time with his wife and five children.

John Thompson, Paediatric/Perinatal Epidemiologist, University of Auckland

John is a Paediatric/Perinatal Epidemiologist based in the Departments of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the University of Auckland. He is involved in research in a wide range of areas including,  Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), stillbirth, cohort studies, orofacial cleft and child oral health. He led the nationwide study of outcomes associated with an orofacial cleft in New Zealand, and currently leads the gene and environmental risk factors study for orofacial cleft. He has a passion for research that identifies factors that can reduce preventable conditions and research that ensures the best care and outcomes are equitable for all children in New Zealand.


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Coffee & Registration

8:30AM - 8:50AM
Friday, 28th October

Welcome and Introductions

8:50AM - 9:00AM
Friday, 28th October

Peter Fowler, University of Bristol (via livestream) - Comparing cleft care; New Zealand and United Kingdom

9:00AM - 9:30AM
Friday, 28th October

Regional Unit Presentations

9:30AM - 10:45AM
Friday, 28th October

Christchurch Regional Unit - Presented by Sam Greig

9:30AM - 9:45AM
Friday, 28th October

Auckland Regional Unit - Presented by Melanie Street

9:45AM - 10:00AM
Friday, 28th October

Waikato Regional Unit - Presented by Arthur Yang

10:00AM - 10:15AM
Friday, 28th October

Wellington Regional Unit - Presented by Sarah Usmar

10:15AM - 10:30AM
Friday, 28th October

Dunedin Regional Unit - presented by Matthew Leaper

10:30AM - 10:45AM
Friday, 28th October

Morning Tea

10:45AM - 11:15AM
Friday, 28th October

Plenary Speakers

11:15AM - 12:15PM
Friday, 28th October

Kenny Ardouin - Understanding the lifelong impacts of Cleft: Learnings from studies of adults with cleft lip and/or palate in the United Kingdom & New Zealand

11:15AM - 11:45AM
Friday, 28th October

Glenn Bartlett -Cleft Palate Surgery: The evolution of my approach over a 20 year experience

11:45AM - 12:15PM
Friday, 28th October


12:15PM - 1:15PM
Friday, 28th October

Zac Moaveni - Cleft patient care in the Pacific - Interplast perspective

1:15PM - 1:45PM
Friday, 28th October

John Thompson - Update of research projects and a view to the future

1:45PM - 2:15PM
Friday, 28th October

Discussion and Questions

2:15PM - 2:30PM
Friday, 28th October

Subspeciality Audit Meetings

2:30PM - 3:00PM
Friday, 28th October

Regroup, summarise/conclusions - facilitated by Louise Ayrey

3:00PM - 3:30PM
Friday, 28th October

Conference Conclusion including planning for future meetings

3:30PM - 4:00PM
Friday, 28th October

Farewell Drinks

4:00PM - 5:00PM
Friday, 28th October



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Please note that Accommodation is not included in the registration process, however there is a booking link for the Novotel Cathedral Square available on the Venue Page. 

Accommodation is selling out fast - more accommodation options are available at www.christchurchnz.com/explore/accommodation.




Registration Prices

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Full Registration

Includes registration to all sessions, morning afternoon tea and lunch.

Consultant/Specialist $475
Junior Doctor / Nurse / Student / Allied Health $250


Novotel Cathedral Square

Novotel Cathedral Square is located at 52 Cathedral Square in Christchurch New Zealand. 

Accommodation is selling out fast at the Novotel - delegates are required to book directly with the hotel.


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Terms and Conditions


All fees are in New Zealand Dollars.  Payment will be accepted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) or direct credit – cheques will not be accepted.. Registration must be paid prior to the commencement of the event, there is no earlybird rate for this this event.

Delegate fees in compliance with NZ Tax Law include 15% GST.


Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations or alterations should be put in writing (email) to the Conference Organiser.  Cancellations made up to 1 February 2022 will be refunded less admin fee of NZ$80.00. No refunds will be made for cancellations from 2 February 2022 onwards. Refunds cannot be made due to travel delay or disruption.  If for any reasons beyond the control of the organisers, the conference is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses.


Catering / Program

Special diets may attract an additional charge.  Conference Organisers reserve the right to change the program without notice. There will be no livestream for this event.



Accommodation is booked directly with the hotel (see accommodation section).  The attendee should note the cancellation policy for the chosen hotel when making the direct booking.  It is the attendees responsibility to notify the hotel directly of any changes to bookings.



Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The NZAPS and Conference Organisers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.


Disclaimer of Liability

The Organising Committee, including the NZAPS and Conference Secretariat, will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by attendees or loss of or damage to their personal property as a result of the conference or related events.


Updated 15/12/21



Conference Organiser

Sally Boult

Events 4 You Limited

PO Box 7168

Dunedin 9040