In July 2013 in Sydney, Australia, ACLAPA (Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association) is holding a conference to discuss cleft care throughout Australasia, and to encourage each centre to adopt internationally accepted best practice in an effort to ensure best outcomes on both sides of the Tasman and throughout the wider Pacific.
Naturally, these centres in NZ can only learn from such a conference by being in attendance and due to funding constraints, some of our professionals in the field of cleft lip and palate care mydadsrecords face being unable to attend.
Therefore, Cleft New Zealand is pleased to have been able to contribute funding to support one of New Zealand”s leading professionals, Auckland University researcher and epidemiologist Dr. John Thompson, with his flight costs to attend the conference in Sydney. He will attend alongside other delegates from other cleft centres throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
Whilst Cleft New Zealand is pleased that New Zealand will have delegates at this conference, Cleft New Zealand firmly believes that to truly work towards best outcomes for all those affected by cleft lip and palate, then the role of the cleft support groups across Oceania must also be valued and considered. We are disappointed to have had our application to send a Cleft New Zealand Representative to this conference declined by the conference”s Australian-based organisers, despite the efforts of New Zealand”s professionals who actively advocated for our attendance.