SNOMED NZ Open Forum Hui Tuwhera

A one hour Zoom session hosted by the Ministry of Health to learn about and help shape SNOMED CT adoption in Aotearoa New Zealand. Discussions are non-commercial and everyone is welcome.

Topic covered

  • Exploring the SNOMED CT NZ Edition with the SNOMED CT browser
  • News from the National Release Centre, SNOMED International and our partner agencies
  • Updates on content development, education, tooling and terminology services

Time and place

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 11.00 am - 12.00 pm via Zoom session

The Zoom meeting ID will be emailed once you have registered.


Register now for this free event. (Numbers are limited)

Email your questions and ideas to or post on our Yammer group. A session summary and FAQs will be posted on our website.

Download the SNOMED NZ Open Forum May 2020 poster:

SNOMED NZ Open Forum May 2020 poster (pdf, 67KB)

SNOMED CT New Zealand Edition April 2020 release now available

The April 2020 production release of the SNOMED CT New Zealand Edition is now available from the member licensing and distribution service. In the state of national emergency around the COVID-19 epidemic, we are posting this release for the benefit of existing users who need to updgrade their installations to incorporate COVID-19 concepts and terms.

This release is our first to be produced with the SNOMED International Managed Service, which enables us to be more responsive to health providers and their industry partners, and to create NZ-specific concepts and terms.

All New Zealand content now appears in the SNOMED CT Browser.

Our releases are six-monthly, and the next will be in October 2020.

We welcome your feedback and participation.

Dr Stewart Jessamine honoured

Former Ministry of Health employee the late Dr Stewart Jessamine has been posthumously honoured by SNOMED International with a lifetime achievement award.

The press release acknowledges Stewart as a driving force and contributor to SNOMED International and its member community across 40 countries.  His passion for the global implementation and adoption of SNOMED CT was unparalleled, lending his time to progress the development and evolution of the organisation's vision and mission, and serving as general assembly chair on two separate occasions.

SNOMED CT Developer Education Days

A one-day practical workshop for health software developers. You will learn how to use SNOMED CT and open source tools to build interoperable software. Presented by Rory Davidson, Products & Services Executive Lead, SNOMED International.

Topics covered

  • SNOMED CT rollout in New Zealand
  • Software setup for SNOMED CT development
  • Configuring the SNOMED International terminology server
  • SNOMED CT, its structure and data model
  • Querying SNOMED CT content and using value sets.


  • Christchurch 9am-4pm, Wednesday 6 November 2019. BreakFree on Cashel, 165 Cashel St
  • Auckland 9am-4pm, Thursday 7 November 2019. Grand Millenium Auckland, 71 Mayoral Drive.

Please note: Morning tea and lunch provided


Registration for the workshop has now closed.

Download the SNOMED CT Developer Education Days poster:


July 2019

The annual SNOMED CT Expo brings together government officials, health IT professionals, health practitioners, researchers, academics and vendors from around the world. The event offers an opportunity to network with like-minded people and showcase the latest in digital health. A programme of lectures and tutorial sessions enables participants to learn about the global language of health care and its recent developments.

The SNOMED CT Expo is hosted by a different member countries each year. Past Expos have taken place in Uruguay (2015), New Zealand (2016), Slovakia (2017) and last year in Canada.

For those interested in reflecting back on the SNOMED CT Expo 2018 held in Vancouver, Canada, 18 - 19 October 2018 you can access the posted conference presentations and recordings:

SNOMED CT Expo 2018 presentations

The 2019 Expo is being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 31 October to 1 November 2019.

The Expo will showcase the atest achievements and cutting-edge thinking in semantic interoperability, presented by thought leaders from around the globe.

For more information see SNOMED CT Expo 2019

SNOMED CT New Zealand Subsets

May 2019 Release

New Zealand SNOMED CT subsets and maps, May 2019 release, are now available via the New Zealand SNOMED Member Licensing and Distribution Service.

The May 2019 release includes updates to previously released subsets and maps, and introduces three new subsets for surgical complication, site of care and laboratory test orders.

The subsets and maps are freely available via the New Zealand SNOMED CT Member Licnesing and Distribtuion Service to registered New Zealand Affiliates.

To register as an affiliate plese go to SNOMED CT Licensing.

For more information contact

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