Airway management sig meeting 2014

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Satellite meeting to the RACS/ ANZCA ASM (May 5-9)




Registration for the Airway Management SIG meeting is now open. Please register online today via the new ANZCA portal.

For non members please download a registration form.


Welcome from the scientific convenors

We have great pleasure in inviting you to the 2014 ANZCA Airway Management Special Interest Group Meeting.

The ANZCA Airway Management Special Interest Group (SIG) is a resourceful group of anaesthetists who research advanced airway management techniques and teach practical and user-friendly skills to all levels of anaesthetists and trainees. Our goal is to propagate airway management knowledge and skills that will decrease patient mortality and morbidity. We view ourselves as partners with all other medical and paramedical specialists who are involved in airway management.

The meeting theme "Preventing airway catastrophes - better prepare and prevent than repair and repent" is based on national and international data emphasising the need for thorough preparation in difficult airway management. To achieve our goal, we have invited a number of leading authorities in difficult airway management to speak and discuss their opinions. We have prepared a number of workshops to run throughout the last day of the conference, including all the old favorites such as flexible bronchoscopy, emergency tracheal access and videolaryngoscopy. In addition, we will have paediatric and obstretric airway workshop sessions, so there will be something for everyone.

Our three invited overseas speakers have extensive experience in airway education, clinical research and patient care. They include Associate Professor Lauren Berkow, Professor Richard Cooper and Dr Michael Kristensen as well as Dr Wendy Teoh as the local invited speaker. This group will provide an enlightening array of practical tips and insightful opinions in difficult airway management.

The ANZCA Airway Management SIG invite you to what promises to be an outstanding airway management meeting. We hope to see you in Singapore!


Dr Paul Baker 

Scientific Convenor


Dr Pierre Bradley and Associate Professor Reny Segal

Workshop Convenors



The Airway Management SIG Meeting will consist of a two-day lecture program plus a one-day workshop program.


View the lecture program (Friday and Saturday)

View the workshop program (Sunday)



A number of optional airway workshops will be run on Sunday May 4. Delegates are invited to register for three workshops prior to the closing date (Friday April 4). For further information on the workshops and facilitators please click here.


Overseas invited speakers

A/Prof Lauren BerkowAssociate Professor Lauren Berkow,

Lauren Berkow, MD is an Associate Professor of Neuroanesthesia and the Director of Difficult Airway Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is an internationally known expert in the field of airway management and has given lectures and taught airway workshops around the world. She has given the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) Refresher Course lecture on airway management for the past two years at the ASA Annual Scientific Meeting and also provided hands-on workshop instruction on airway management and fiberoptic intubation at that meeting. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters on the topic of airway management.


She has been on the board of directors of the Society For Airway Management (SAM) since 2009 and serves as secretary of the society and chair of the SAM Membership Committee. 


Dr Kristensen
Dr Michael Seltz Kristensen

Michael is the Head of Section for Anesthesia for ENT, Head, Neck and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Anaesthesia, Center of Head and Orthopaedics, Rigshospitalet, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Michael is participating in ongoing research in anaesthesia and airway management. He is the chair of the European Society of Anaesthesiologists, and a member of the board of
directors of the Society for Airway Management (SAM). He is a co-founder of the Scandinavian airway course, and co-author of the new reference textbook Benumof and Hagberg’s airway mangement 2012. He is a  guest lecturer at the European Society of Anaesthesiologists (ESA), American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA), Society for Airway Management (SAM),
Difficult Airway Society (DAS) annual scientific congresses and several regional events around the world.


Professor Cooper
Professor Richard Cooper, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto, Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Richard is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he received a BSc, MSc (Human Physiology), MD and completed his specialty training in anesthesia. He has been a staff anesthesiologist at Toronto General Hospital since 1981 where he served as a co-director of the medical intensive care unit for 16 years, Mount Sinai Hospital for an additional two years and chaired the Acute Resuscitation Committee for 25 years.  His primary interest is in airway management and he is the director of the University of Toronto Anesthesia Airway Fellowship Program.  He is President of the Society for Airway Management.  He has authored numerous articles, book chapters and is co-editor of The Difficult Airway‹An Atlas of Tools and Techniques for Clinical Management (Springer 2013). He has lectured throughout Canada, United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.


Professor Richard Cooper kindly sponsored by

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Social functions

There will be a welcome reception held immediately following the first day's sessions on Friday May 2, in the exhibition area of the Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore.


A conference dinner will be held on Saturday evening at the famous Raffles Hotel Singapore. Delegates are encouraged to attend to mingle with colleagues and friends.



A limited number of rooms have been secured at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore (conference venue). To secure your booking please complete the accommodation request form or contact the travel provider:

Corporate Blue Event Management

Phone: +61 3 9578 6555

Email: Corporate Blue


Please note, this is an extremely busy time in Singapore with the RACS/ANZCA ASM taking place therefore it is recommended you secure your accommodation well in advance. 


2014 ANZCA CPD Program credits

This event is claimable by ANZCA CPD participants within Knowledge and Skills;

Knowledge and Skills activities

Lectures, small group seminars/meetings - one credit per hour.

Workshops - two credits per hour.



For any further information please contact the conference secretariat:

Kirsty O'Connor


630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne, VIC 3004


Phone: +61 3 90934998


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