Joint Neuroanaesthesia and Trauma SIG Meeting 2017

Join us in beautiful Byron Bay this September for "Out of the box”: the first ever joint Neuro-anaesthesia and Trauma anaesthesia special interest group meeting.

It's a chance to meet like-minded practitioners and to think about brain Injuries and trauma management and fully appreciate how we can positively impact on the outcome of our patients in a new and modern light.

"Out of the box" can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. Intracranial pressure effects after brain trauma. What comes out of that massive transfusion box when you're battling hypovolaemia. Even stepping outside the usual box of having anaesthetists only at anaesthetic conferences!

We will be joined by Mr Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia and survivor of a brain injury himself, who will walk and talk us through the patient journey following traumatic brain injury. Our international guest, Professor Mark Wilson, is a consultant neurosurgeon and pre-hospital specialist in London, and was recently voted Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year.

We will hear updates on the trauma and transfusion management, and the latest tricks to be pulled out of the box in clot retrieval and neuro-interventional radiology. We also move outside the large concrete box we know as "the hospital" with a focus on early pre-hospital brain injury management.

Whether you are an anaesthetic practitioner, a registrar, a GP anaesthetist, a remote and rural or occasional neuro/trauma anaesthetist or a super-sub specialist, there will be something in the program for you. To cater to the recognised importance of procedural skills maintenance, there will be workshops on massive transfusion decision making, front of neck access when you can't intubate or oxygenate and cardiopulmonary resuscitation aimed at the high stress environment of the pre hospital situation or operating room. 



Register online (using your ANZCA ID) | Download the registration form (if you don't have an ANZCA ID)



To view the full meeting program please click here.



Please contact Kirsty O'Connor to be placed on a waitlist

Awake craniotomy workshop
This workshop will cover anaesthetic techniques, scalp blocks, airway and hemodynamic management for awake craniotomy. We will also demonstrate techniques for intraoperative mapping (motor, language and seizure focus).
Management of the major haemorrhage

Advanced Life Support
This 90 minute workshop, approved as an ANZCA CPD emergency response activity, will be based around cardiac arrest scenarios relevant to anaesthetists. Having been sent pre-reading to ensure that participants get the most out of the scenario teaching, there will be a short introduction, including a summary of current Advanced Life Support, (ALS) guidelines and recent updates. Participants will then circulate around a variety of scenarios, perform a variety of roles and learn and reinforce skills relevant to ALS including team leading, CPR and safe defibrillation.
Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate
This simulation based workshop will start with a short introduction to the topic and include some discussion on decision making and declaring a ‘Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate’ scenario. Participants will then be given the opportunity to practice the technical skills required for infraglottic rescue techniques and securing of the airway including cannula cricothyroidotomy, ‘scalpel-bougie’ and use of equipment including the Melker airway cricothyrotomy kit and Rapid O2 emergency insufflation device. The workshop lasts 90 minutes and is approved by ANZCA as a CPD emergency response activity. Participants will be expected to have read the pre-reading material prior to attending.

Invited speakers

Professor Mark Wilson
Professor Mark Wilson is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Pre-Hospital Care Specialist working at both Imperial College (mainly St Mary's Major Trauma Centre) and as an Air Ambulance doctor. Read Mark’s full bio here.
Mr Nick Rushworth
Nick has been the executive officer of Brain Injury Australia since 2008. He was also president of the Brain Injury Association of New South Wales between 2004 and 2008. In 1996, Nick sustained a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a bicycle accident. Read Nick’s full bio here.


Lectures attended will be claimable in your ANZCA CPD portfolio under Knowledge and Skills "Learning sessions" for one credit per hour.
Workshops attended will be claimable in your ANZCA CPD portfolio under Knowledge and Skills "Shorts Courses, Workshops" for two credits per hour.
Emergency response workshops attended will be claimable in your ANZCA CPD portfolio under the applicable emergency response category.


Suggested accommodation within walking distance to the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is Byron Links Holiday Apartments.  


Please note, we have not confirmed special rates with the suggested accommodation.


Optional activities

Morning yoga
Yoga will be held on the Rainforest Veranda at the Byron at Byron resort.
Brewery tour- Saturday afternoon
Born and raised in Byron Bay, the Stone & Wood Brewing Company takes a fresh approach to brewing handcrafted beer in the Northern Rivers of NSW, one of the greatest places on Earth.
Established Stone & Wood Brewing Company in 2008, three boys - Brad, Jamie and Ross had spent many years working in the beer business. The dream was to quit ‘working for the man’, shed the corporate garbage and get back to basics.
The Brewery Tour will go for about an hour, and will cover the history of the business, their philosophy, and a detailed explanation of the brewing process itself.
Paddle boarding - Byron Marine Park Tour - Saturday afternoon
The River estuary is part of the Cape Byron Marine Park. Here you will see an awesome array of wildlife, such as native birds (Osprey, Cormarants, Kingfisher), fish, and baby stingray who scatter away in a cloud of sand as soon as we come near. This river is peaceful and calm surrounded by trees and not a house in sight, only the odd fisherman cruising in his tinny! No previous experience necessary.
This tour includes:
*             Basic technique & instruction
*             2 hour tour
*             Homemade refreshments
*             Prearranged pick up and drop off
*             Free digital Photos

Meeting co-convenors

Dr Kathryn Hagen
Dr Dan Holmes

More information

For further information contact the meeting secretariat:
Kirsty O'Connor
P: +61 3 9510 6299
ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004

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