OSSANZ started in 1980 with a meeting in South Australia of health professionals from New Zealand and Australia interested in the surgical treatment of severe obesity and has continued to meet since to discuss developments in this type of surgery. OSSANZ now also has members from Singapore and the Phillipines. OSSANZ welcomes as members any Health Professional working in the field of surgical treatment of obesity including physicians, dietitians and nurses.
OSSANZ is a foundation member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (www.ifso.com) which now has 31 member countries. IFSO meets each year for 3-4 days in different countries with up to 1200 in attendance discussing the latest developments in obesity surgery.