Perioperative Medicine SIG

Objective and aims

The Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG) has three aims:

  • To improve patient safety and outcomes. 
  • To share knowledge and collaborate with specialty groups.
  • To develop the specialty of perioperative medicine with various craft groups.


2020 Perioperative Medicine Symposium

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 March, 2020
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Austin Hospital

Theme: “Exploring New Heights of Excellence in Perioperative Medicine”
For further information, please click here.


2020 Perioperative Medicine SIG satellite meeting - cancelled
For a message from the ANZCA president for more information, please click here.


2020 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting
Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 August, 2020
Gold Coast, Queensland
Please contact the SIG secretariat for further information.


Past Events

2019 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting
"Updates in PoM – 360°"
Held November 7-9, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane.
Please visit the ANZCA Events app to view presentation slides.

2019 Prehabilitation and CPET workshop
Held November 6-7, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane.

Please visit the event website for further information.

2019 SDM Workshop
Held November 6, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane.

Please visit the event website for further information.

The Perioperative Medicine SIG held two sessions at the 2019 ANZCA ASM. Please click here to visit the Virtual ASM.


2018 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting in association with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand
“Measuring, Managing and Minimising Risk”
Held October 25-27, Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.
Please visit the 
meeting webpage to view presentation slides.

2017 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting in association with The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
"Cancer surgery and perioperative medicine: Prehab to rehab”
Held November 2-4, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Sydney.
Please visit the meeting webpage to view presentation slides.



March 2020

October 2019
June 2019
February 2019
September 2018


The Australian and New Zealand Emergency Laparotomy Audit - Quality Improvement (ANZELA-QI)

ANZELA-QI, co-led by ANZCA and RACS, is a bi-national, multi-centre project which aims to improve perioperative care of patients undergoing emergency laparotomy. There is a compelling case for a high quality, prospective audit to help drive quality improvement for this at-risk patient cohort. Similar initiatives internationally have demonstrated significantly enhanced processes of care and reduction in mortality. Already, the project has enrolled 50 hospitals across both countries, and is hoping for more centres to join.
For further information and participation, visit the ANZELA-QI website.


Keep track of the latest resources in Perioperative Medicine with our new Library Guides.



Monash University and the Alfred Hospital Perioperative medicine short course and masters program:

  • The short course provides a solid background to trainees and specialists who are looking to provide optimal care to patients in the perioperative period Mayo clinic annual "Overview of Perioperative Medicine".


The University of Melbourne Ultrasound workshops and courses:


2016 Strategic meeting

In October 2016 a Perioperative Medicine Strategic Meeting was held in Noosa, Queensland. The meeting bought together stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand with the goal of describing, discussing and beginning to solve some of the problems facing the delivery of medical care to surgical patients. The attendees represented anaesthesia, intensive care, the college of physicians, palliative care, surgery, geriatrics, health service manages, academics, insurance funds and heath care innovations organisations.
Below is the document summarising this meeting.  A common theme throughout the document is collaboration both between specialities, primary care, patients and families. We believe it should serve as a basis from which Perioperative Medicine should develop in Australia and New Zealand. 
Please click here to view the document.

Perioperative medicine survey – enewsletter

The development of an effective, integrated and collaborative perioperative care model is one of the pillars of ANZCA’s strategic plan for 2018-22. To drive this work, ANZCA has now established a Perioperative Medicine Committee, which includes members from other relevant specialist medical colleges.
The committee will carry out a brief survey of all fellows, trainees and SIMGs, in order to get an overall understanding of how they view perioperative medicine, particularly in regards to training needs. ANZCA will launch this survey in early October. Your views and experiences are greatly valued, so look out for the survey link so you can have your say!



Membership of the Perioperative Medicine SIG is open to Fellows, members of the ASA and NZSA. Fellows of other Colleges, practitioners and allied health professionals are encouraged to participate as associate members. To join the Perioperative Medicine SIG, please download an application form.



Executive Portfolios 





Dr Jill Van Acker




Dr Sean McManus 

Anaesthetist, Intensivist and GP


Fellowship and Trainee Liaison (TRIPOM rep)

Dr Rajni Lal



PoM Qualification and Education

Dr Joel Symons



Symposium Convenor

Dr Nicola Broadbent


New Zealand

Patient Blood Management

Dr Kerry Gunn


New Zealand

Newsletter Editor

Dr Jeremy Fernando

Anaesthetist and Intensivist 


Physician Representative

Dr Catherine Gibb



Geriatric Representative

Dr Ming Loh



Intensive Care Representatives

Dr Jeremy Fernando, Dr Sean McManus, Dr David Sturgess



Co-opted Networking and Liaison Officer

Dr Renee Franklin


New Zealand

Co-opted General practice Liaison

A/Prof David Sturgess

Anaesthetist, Intensivist and GP


Co-opted Surgery Liaison



Co-opted FPM representation





For further information, please contact Events or phone +61 3 9510 6299 or visit the ACE website.


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