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.


2019 Perioperative Medicine SIG Meeting
November 7-9, 2019

Brisbane Sofitel, Brisbane

Registrations are now open. For further information and to register, please click here.


Prehabilitation and CPET workshop
This workshop will focus on using cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) for preoperative risk stratification and prehabilitation (optimization of modifiable risk factors) of the surgical patient. It could serve as a “primer” for anyone intending to attend a more formal CPET workshop in Melbourne or the United Kingdom.

Prehabilitation involves proactive patient management prior to surgery with exercise programs, smoking cessation, correction of anaemia and nutritional interventions to help cope with the stress of surgery, within the context of delivering on the value proposition of perioperative medicine.

The CPET workshop will run prior to the Perioperative SIG meeting from November 6-7, 2019 at the Sofitel Brisbane.

To register for the CPET workshop, please click here. For further information on the CPET workshop, please visit the event website.

SDM Workshop
The Shared Decision Making (SDM) workshop will provide you with the tools and knowledge to communicate effectively with patients about their values and beliefs in the context of upcoming surgery. This paves the way for further advance care planning discussions. Given we are seeing increasing complex surgery being performed in high risk patients with multiple comorbidities, this is an area of importance facing all clinicians involved in the care of perioperative patients. This workshop will help to facilitate these difficult conversations by providing participants with a simple communications model they can utilise in their daily practice. This is a course that will benefit any perioperative health care worker interested in implementing a shared decision making model into their workplace, where the direction of a patient’s treatment journey is jointly determined by the patient and their physician.

To register for the SDM workshop, please click here. For further information on the SDM workshop, please visit the event website.


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 meeting
Thursday April 30, 2020
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

For further information and to register, please click here.




Past Events

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.



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.

PoM Fellowships

For further information on Fellowships, please contact Dr Dick Ongley on

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 Jeremy Fernando




Dr Vanessa Beavis 

Council Representation



Dr Nicola Broadbent

High Risk Clinic Development



A/Prof Ross Kerridge




Dr Sean McManus

PoM Qualification



Dr Dick Ongley

Fellowship Liaison



Professor David Story




Dr Joel Symons




Dr Jill Van Acker

Meeting convenor


Patient Blood Management representative

Dr Kerry Gunn

Patient Blood Management



Dr Ming Loh

Geriatric/RACP Liaison


Junior Trainee Representative


Trainee Representative



Other Portfolios

Name Executive Portfolios

Dr Manson Ku       

PoM Newsletter


Web Development

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


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