2019 Combined SIG meeting

Join the Medical Education, Welfare of Anaesthetists, Leadership and Management, and Communication special interest groups in Manly, Sydney in July 2019 for the 16th annual Combined Special Interest Group Meeting.

This year’s meeting is convened by the Leadership and Management special interest group. The theme “Developing leaders with 20:20 vision” will explore topics of relevance to current and emerging leaders, such as:
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Building healthy workplaces
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Medical regulation
  • Digital technology
There will also be a session on how to turn your questions and ideas into research, with advice and guidance from published researchers. We will also have an opportunity for trainees to meet current anaesthesia leaders who can provide advice and guidance on developing their leadership potential.
Additionally, we will be offering a range of workshops, including a full-day presentation skills workshop run by Toastmasters on Thursday July 25 and a “Can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate” emergency response workshop on Friday July 26.

Invited speakers include:

​​Dr Marjorie Stiegler

Adjunct Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology at UNC Chapel Hill (US) who has an interest in leadership development and patient safety, and is author of The Social Prescription: How savvy doctors can leverage digital platforms for professional success.

Professor Judy McKimm

Professor and Dean of Medical Education at Swansea University (UK) and co-editor of the book Clinical leadership made easy: Integrating theory and practice.


I look forward to seeing you in Manly.
Dr Scott Ma



The meeting will include a range of workshops and a CICO emergency response workshop which will fulfil the ANZCA and FPM CPD requirements. Further detailed information about the workshops.
Limited spots available so book in quick!


Free paper session

The free paper session aims to showcase work in education, simulation, welfare, communication and management across Australia and New Zealand. This session provides an opportunity for novice and experienced clinicians, educators and researchers to come together to discuss innovation and development in all areas relative to the Combined SIG interests. Topics of discussion may include how to get funding, how to transform your idea into a research project, translating research to practice and collaboration with colleagues.


Expressions of interest are solicited from participants keen to present a paper or other relevant project (ten minutes presenting and five minutes for questions).


Please send your abstract to the meeting organiser by Friday May 24.


Social events

The welcome reception will take place on Friday July 26 at the conclusion of the day’s plenary session at Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific.
The dinner will be held at Q Station on Saturday July 27, and will include an optional ghost tour at the end of evening.


This event is claimable by ANZCA and FPM CPD participants within the knowledge and skills and emergency responses categories. Lecture sessions for one credit per hour. Workshops for two credits per hour.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific (the meeting venue). We strongly recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure you secure these discounted rates. You can book your accommodation by email or call +61 2 9977 7666 and dial 1 for reservations.  Please make sure you quote the block number 363516 when you make your reservation to access the special group rate.

Sponsorship and exhibition

We invite the health care industry to consider supporting the meeting. We hope that you find the meeting focus and demographic suitable for your company’s participation. Please download a copy of the sponsorship prospectus to find out more.


For further information please contact the meeting organiser:
Senior Events Officer
P: +61 3 9093 4982
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