2020 Emerging Leaders Conference

The college is invested in developing the leadership capabilities of our future leaders. The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) brings together new fellows from a diverse range of backgrounds, and offers three days of dynamic content presented by anaesthesia and pain medicine leaders.



The 2020 ELC will be held at the stunning Swan Valley in Western Australia directly before our Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Perth from Tuesday April 28 to Thursday April 30, 2020. The theme is “Collaborate, involve, engage”. Leaders require a broad range of skills to be truly effective. The sessions planned are designed to enhance these skills and challenge thoughts about leadership.


What we're looking for in successful applicants

Special emphasis is placed on fostering current and future leaders in anaesthesia and pain medicine, to encourage new fellow engagement, and to strengthen relationships between new fellows from different regions.

The college is committed to equal opportunity and encourages applications from a broad diversity of new fellows. This includes, gender, race, ethnicity and geography.


Do I qualify to apply?

We are inviting all fellows within the first five years* of fellowship and who are attending the ASM, to apply to represent their regional or national committee of ANZCA or FPM at the ELC. Fellows must have received their fellowship prior to the applications closing date.

Applicants must attend the ASM for a minimum of two days if selected to attend the ELC. The successful applicants must register to attend the ASM by close of "early-bird", and if this has not taken place, the ASM and Events Planning Committee will review the applicant’s eligibility and may withdraw the application allowing another representative from their region to attend.

How do I apply?

If you wish to apply, please submit the selection criteria application form accompanied by your curriculum vitae to the conference organiser. Applications for for the 2020 ELC have now closed.

Selection criteria

Criteria for selection is the following:
  1. Applicants must be within five years* of receiving ANZCA or FPM fellowship.

  2. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to ANZCA or FPM affairs.

  3. Demonstration of education and teaching in anaesthesia or pain medicine, for example, supervisory roles.

  4. Interest in leadership roles in anaesthesia or pain medicine.

* Taking into account career disruption.
The college understands career disruption may be for a variety of reasons, such as parental leave, illness, or time taken to care for a dependent. In support of our member’s ongoing learning, education and participation in this conference, time taken for any of these reasons is not included in the five-year requirement.
Should you wish to discuss your application or circumstances please contact the conference organiser.

Requirements for attendance:
  1. Commitment to attend the entire ELC.

  2. Commitment to attend a minimum of two days at the ASM at the completion of the ELC (registering prior to close of early bird).

  3. Participation in at least one ANZCA or FPM activity, event, committee, working group or initiative.

  4. Attendance at a regional/national committee meeting or board meeting after the conference to provide a post event report of attending the ELC.

Please note the selection criteria is subject to change each year.


Selection process

ANZCA’s regional and national committees and the Faculty of Pain Medicine will select the attendees. Successful applicants will be notified in early December.


The college and faculty will cover the costs of this conference including registration, accommodation, transfer from Perth city to the ELC and return on the Thursday to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The applicant is responsible for the cost of flights traveling to and from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC), ASM registration and associated costs.

This conference is limited to fellows to ensure full engagement in the interactive sessions and team building activities. Unfortunately family members are not permitted to attend. Nursing parents are able to bring their baby and a support person to the ELC, however due to the immersive nature of the conference it is not possible for toddlers and small children to attend.

Please contact conference organiser for further information and to discuss individual circumstances.



Here is what some of the past delegates ELC had to say about their experience. Here is what the convenor from the 2018 ELC had to say.
Read how Dr Julia Birch felt about applying for the 2019 ELC.

More information

Should you have any queries, please contact the conference organiser:

Kate Galloway
+61 3 9510 6299
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