2019 Airway Management SIG

Join the Airway Management special interest group in Kuala Lumpur for the 2019 Airway Management SIG meeting.



The program will cover the following topics in sessions: “Airway Assessment – what’s old and new”, “The Difficult Airway Society (DAS) Session”, “Intubation and the Airway”, “High Flow Nasal Oxygen”, “Airway Incidents”, “CICO” and various miscellaneous topics including what to do in a coronial inquiry.

The airway presentations will be followed by a day of workshops.

We are happy to have a number of world-renown keynote speakers including Dr Imran Ahmad, Consultant Anaesthetist Guys Hospital, UK; Dr Andy Higgs from the Difficult Airway Society, UK; Professor Ellen O’Sullivan former President of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland and past president of the Difficult Airway Society, UK; and Dr Vladimir Nekhendry, USA.

In addition, several of our national speakers will present high-calibre, interesting lectures, which will give you more insight in the latest developments regarding difficult airways and help you serve our patients to provide optimal care.

Kuala Lumpur is an interesting city. The traffic congestion is something to be experienced at least once, so book early to secure accommodation at or near the venue.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting meeting.

Dr Chris Acott AM, Convenor
Professor Keith Greenland, Airway Management SIG Chair



The workshops will be held in conjunction with the ANZCA ASM workshops. Please note, the workshops are not included in the registration fee and are additional. You can register for the workshops when completing your registration online.



The dinner will be held on Sunday April 28 at the Tamarind Springs. The dinner is not included in the registration fee and is an additional costs.
Coaches will transfer the guests from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to the restaurant. The coaches will return the guests back to the Convention Centre at the conclusion of the dinner. Please visit the restaurant website here.



Please click here to download the program.


International speakers

Dr Andy Higgs is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and past Clinical Director of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Warrington Hospitals, Cheshire. He trained in Liverpool, North-West England and Melbourne, Australia.

Andy has a long-standing interest in airway management, especially extubation and in the ICU, on which he publishes. He is a faculty member and contributing author of the Aintree Difficult Airway Management (ADAM) course in Liverpool.

He was an author of the Difficult Airway Society Extubation Guidelines which were published in 2012. These remain the only national extubation guidelines currently published.

He is serving a second term as Treasurer of the Difficult Airway Society and also Chairs the joint Difficult Airway Society  Intensive Care Society  Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine  Royal College of Anaesthetists working party which produced guidelines for tracheal intubation in critically ill adults. These were released in November 2017 and published in the BJA February 2018. This represents the UK airway and critical care communities’ response to the findings of sub-optimal airway management in ICUs and in EDs.

He presents and runs airway workshops, both in the UK and abroard. Andy has written chapters for US and UK airway management textbooks.

He is the UK representative on the Project for the Universal Management of the Airway (PUMA) working party aiming to produce an international, multi-disciplinary, consolidated guideline for airway management.

Dr Imran Ahmad is a consultant anaesthetist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK with a specialist interest is difficult airway management. He is the clinical lead for airway management and a committee member of the Difficult Airway Society (DAS).

Dr Ahmad is the education lead for the airway fellowship at Guy's Hospital and regularly publish and produce work which is presented at national and international meetings. He has gained a lot of experience in advanced airway techniques, including awake fibreoptic intubation, videolaryngoscopy, apnoeic oxygenation techniques and surgical airways.

Dr Ahmad also developed an interest in improving airway assessment and have pioneered the use of Virtual Endoscopy in assessment of the difficult airway.

He regularly is invited to talk at meetings both nationally and internationally. Dr Ahmad has also contributed to many anaesthesia textbooks, including a BMA award winning difficult airway book and have over 20 airway related peer reviewed publications, including the 2015 DAS intubation guidelines, of which he is a co-author.

He is chairing a group commissioned by DAS to develop guidelines on awake tracheal intubations which we aim to launch and publish in early 2019.

Dr Vladimir Nekhendzy MD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and, by courtesy, Otolaryngology at the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Nekhendzy has been Director of Stanford Head and Neck Anesthesia and Advanced Airway Management Program since its inception in 1998, and is also a fellowship program director in this subspecialty. He lectures extensively nationally and internationally, has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and 15 book chapters, and has directed over 60 USA and international workshops on difficult airway management.

His clinical research focuses on application of THRIVE for laryngologic surgery, different aspects of anesthetic management for sleep apnea patients, and on the use of the non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for postoperative pain relief.

Dr Nekhendzy is a founding member and Immediate Past President of the Society for Head and Neck Anesthesia (SHANA), which has over 600 members worldwide.



CPD Program approval
This event is claimable by ANZCA CPD participants within the knowledge and skills and emergency responses categories.

Knowledge and skills activities
Lectures session for one credit per hour.  Workshops and masterclasses for two credits per hour.

Emergency responses activities
ANZCA workshops education sessions that include can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate (CICO), cardiac arrest, anaphylaxis, or major haemorrhage can be claimed by they must have been prospectively recognises as suitable to be claimed as an emergency response activity.


Sponsorship and exhibition

We invite you to consider supporting this important Airway meeting.

We hope that you find the meeting focus and demographic suitable for your company’s participation.

Download a copy of the Sponsorship Prospectus to find out more.


For further information, please contact the meeting organiser:

Kirsty O’Connor
P: +61 3 9510 6299
ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004

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