Keynote Speaker – Dr Vineet Chopra MBBS

Sponsored by IVNNZ Inc. Corporate Member Teleflex

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Research Scientist, Patient Safety Enhancement Program, Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor VA Medical Center 

Dr. Chopra is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Health System.

Dr. Chopra’s research is dedicated to improving the safety of hospitalized patients through prevention of hospital-acquired complications. His recent work focuses on identifying and preventing infectious and non-infectious complications from vascular access devices, with a particular emphasis on PICCs.

Dr. Chopra has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the 2016 Society of Hospital Medicine Award for Research Excellence.



Invited Speaker – Dr Cathryn Murphy PhD

Sponsored by IVNNZ Inc. Corporate Member Becton Dickinson 

Dr Cathryn Murphy PhD is an infection prevention expert who has enjoyed more than 25 years’ experience working in senior positions with governments, professional associations and clinicians around the world. Cath is an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Infection Control and a Past-President of the Association For Professionals In Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc (APIC). She is APIC’s 2015 Carol de Mille Award recipient.

After completing her PhD Cath worked at the USA Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That experience well prepared her for ongoing work with the World Health Organization during the 2003 SARs outbreak, as a consultant to the Vietnamese government and as a trainer to the WHO’s Global Outreach and Response Network. Since 2009 she has been an invited member of the WHO’s International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts.

As an independent consultant at Infection Control Plus since 2004 Cath has provided insight and strategic solutions to clinical, professional and commercial clients globally. She is widely published and well known for her frank and fearless presentations.


Invited Speaker – Briar McLeod RN MN(Hons)

Briar completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic in 2003 and her Master of Nursing in 2011 at the University of Auckland, exploring the impact of bariatric surgery on health-related quality of life.
In 2013 Briar was awarded the Auckland Rotary Club Trophy of Tradition for her advocacy and commitment to her patients. She actively promotes quality initiatives with other health professionals in the provision of care for this vulnerable patient group.
Briar has been the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Parenteral Nutrition at Auckland City Hospital for nine years and has more recently been working in the National Intestinal Failure Service based at Auckland District Health Board.
Briar is passionate about the nursing role in the provision of holistic care for patients with intestinal failure and the management of parenteral nutrition for this clinically complex patient group.


Invited Speaker – Karen Winterbourn

Karen is  the current President of the HPN consumer support group for New Zealand and Australia, Parenteral Nutrition Down Under (PNDU)  The PNDU mission statement is to support, research and inform consumers, carers and providers of Parenteral Nutrition for Intestinal Failure. In this role, she works with a small group of volunteer HPNers (those on HPN) and carers, providing support for Kiwi and Aussie HPNers and their families, as well as working with HPN clinicians, providing resources, and raising awareness of this specialised and complex life support therapy.

Karen Winterbourn has been on Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) for over 11 years, requiring a central venous access device to infuse Parenteral Nutrition every night. In 2006, following 16 years of Crohn’s disease, and multiple bowel resections for the disease resulting in Short Bowel Syndrome, Karen was diagnosed with Intestinal Failure and began a very different life with HPN.

Karen will present a paper regarding infusion therapy and CVAD management from a consumer’s point of view.