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.



2018 Perioperative Medicine SIG
October 25 to 27, 2018
Melbourne, Vic

The 2018 Perioperative Medicine SIG meeting will take place at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne October 25 to 27. The theme of the meeting is “Measuring, Managing and Minimising Risk”

The meeting will be held in association with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand. We welcome our invited international speakers Professor BobbieJean Sweitzer (USA) and Professor Carol Peden (USA). Registration is now open.


Past Events

2017 Perioperative Medicine SIG 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.

The 5th Annual Australasian Symposium of Perioperative Medicine 2016

"The elderly surgical patient: What matters in the end"

Held October 20-22, 2016, Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, Noosa, Queensland.

Please visit the meeting website to view the presentation slides.


The 4th Annual Australasian Symposium of Perioperative Medicine 2015

"The post-operative period: From recovery into the unknown"

Held October 15-17, 2015, Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas, Noosa, Queensland.

Please visit the meeting website to view the presentation slides.


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 NZ


Dr Dick Ongley

Fellowship Liaison



Dr Sean McManus

PoM Qualification



A/Prof Ross Kerridge




Professor David Story




Dr Joel Symons




Dr Jill Van Acker

Meeting convenor



Dr Ming Loh

Geriatric/RACP Liaison


Junior Trainee Representative

Dr Alexander McCann

Trainee Representative


Patient Blood Management representative

Dr Kerry Gunn Patient Blood Management NZ  


Other Portfolio's

Name Executive Portfolios
Dr Manson Ku        PoM Newsletter
Vacant Web Development

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


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