International Medical Symposium



Five medical Colleges accross three nations proudly present:

International Medical Symposium 2017

"Leading change in healthcare culture, education and practice"

Friday March 10, The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne.

  • Changing the culture of medicine- bringing an end to bullying, discrimination and harrassment.
  • Strengthening the Indigenous specialist workforce and cultural safety.
  • Advancing medical education and technology.
  • Inproving healthcare systems and practice. 

The Tri-nation Alliance sees the collective experience and leadership of five medical colleges, spanning three nations, Australia, New Zealand and Canada with a will to drive collaboration, exploration, vision sharing and the continuous review of standards and clinical practice. We work together to learn from each other.  

ANZCA is proud to be part of this Alliance working closely with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The organising committee chaired by ANZCA’s Dean of Education, Ian Graham and with representatives from all colleges and the respective specialities has invited speakers from across Australia and internationally. The program designed to initiate and promote discussion and participation is being updated regularly and builds on the success of the two previous symposiums.



The program for the 2017 International Medical Symposium will build on previous symposiums and focus on "leading change" in healthcare. Please view the program here.


Invited speakers


Dr Jonathan Fryer is the Dean Richard H. Young and Ellen Stearns Young Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
He currently serves as the Director of the Liver Transplant Program for the Division of Organ Transplantation and the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine.


Dr Kali Hayward is a descendant from the Warnman people of Western Australia; President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association; General Practitioner, GP Supervisor and Medical and Cultural Educator at Nunkuwarrin Yunti, on Kaurna land in Adelaide, South Australia. She is a GP, a GP registrar supervisor and also a Medical and Cultural Educator.  As a board member, Dr Hayward has represented AIDA on numerous committees.

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is the professor and Foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, and professor and Director of the Centre for Health Care Resilience and Implementation Science, both based in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Macquarie University. He has published on health services and systems improvement including organisational and professional cultures, patient safety and the value of accreditation.

Dr Curtis Walker - Ko Whakatōhea rāua ko Ngāti Porou ngā iwi; Consultant Nephrologist, MidCentral District Health Board, North Island, New Zealand; Member, Medical Council of Victoria. Formerly a veterinarian, Dr Walker retrained in human medicine and qualified from the University of Auckland in 2007. He started work as a House Officer at Waikato hospital and commenced internal medicine training there before moving to Palmerston North and Wellington to complete fellowships in nephrology in 2015 and general medicine in 2016.

Dr Thomas Dignan, OOnt, MD, FRCPC, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, is a Seneca from the Six Nations Territory of the Grand River. He has dedicated his life to eradicating disparities in outcomes and inequities in the quality of indigenous peoples' health care. He was the first indigenous student to graduate from the medical school at McMaster University.

He is the first recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in mentorship, which recognizes his support for encouraging indigenous students to pursue medical careers; the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation in Canada confers this prestigious accolade as a significant achievement of community leadership. He is the first indigenous physician in the history of the Royal College to be bestowed the well-deserved honour of Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr Jason Frank, Emergency Physician; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Professor David Story is Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne; and Head of the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit. David is a senior investigator with the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network, sits on the ANZCA Research Committee, and is Deputy Chair of the ANZCA Safety and Quality Committee.

Dr Victoria Atkinson, Group General Manager Clinical Governance/Chief Medical Officer, St Vincent’s Health Australia.

Associate Professor Grant Phelps, Physician; Board Member and President of Adult Medicine Division - Royal Australasian College of Physcians; Faculty of Health, School of Medicine, Deakin University; Health Care Consultant.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Molloy - Health Professions Education and Educational Research (HealthPEER), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University.

Professor Spencer Beasley - Paediatric Surgeon; Vice-President Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; University of Otago; Christchurch Hospital.

Dr Ian Graham - Dean of Education, ANZCA; Member, Board of Directors, MedBiquitous Consortium, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; Director of Medical Services West/East Wimmera Health Services in western and central Victoria.


Registration for the Symposium is now open. Please register online here.


Delegate registration fee will include meeting registration, refreshments and lunch. All fees are in Australian dollars AUD (GST included).

  • Delegate registration $550
  • Trainee/Medical students registration $253
  • Retired Fellow registration $110

Alternatively, please download a registration form and send it to ANZCA events.


Social media

Join the conversation on twitter and follow @ANZCA, with the meeting hashtag: #IMSMelb17 



Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
Participants in the ANZCA CPD program can claim this event under the Knowledge and Skills category. 

Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Participants in the RACP MyCPD program can claim attendance at this event under the Group Learning category.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada
Participants of the International Medical Symposium qualify for one credit per hour under section 1 accredited group learning.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
CPD accreditation is being sought from RANZCP.

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim one point per hour in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. Participation in this activity will be populated into your RACS CPD Online

Certificates of attendance will be available for those claiming study leave.

What’s on in Melbourne

Monday 13 March is Labour Day, a public holiday in Victoria.The Labour Day long weekend is full to the brim with exciting activities, festivals and entertainment. Stay after the conference to enjoy what Melbourne has to offer!

Moomba Festival - March 10-13. A celebrated part of the Melbourne events calendar for 60 years, Moomba hosts an exciting program of events and family entertainment over the Labour Day weekend.

2017 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix – Running from Tuesday 14 – Monday 20 March, this huge international event attracts millions of visitors to Melbourne from around the world to revel in this exciting and intense sporting event.


2017 Organising committee

Dr Ian Graham (Chair) and Dr Leona Wilson, ANZCA
Professor Richard Doherty and Dr Marie-Louise Stokes, RACP
Associate Professor Stephen Tobin, RACS
Dr Margaret Aimer and Elaine Halley, RANZCP
Dr Craig Campbell and Dr Ken Harris, RCPSC

Sponsorship and exhibition

Information for non-pharmaceutical companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit at this meeting can be obtained by contacting Hannah Sinclair.



For further information please contact the meeting secretariat:
Hannah Sinclair
Senior Events Officer
P: +61 3 9510 6299
ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004

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