Perioperative SIG Meeting 2019

Join the Perioperative Medicine special interest group in Brisbane for the 2019 Perioperative SIG meeting.


We welcome you for the 8th Australian and New Zealand Symposium of Perioperative Medicine SIG: “Updates in PoM-360º”, November 7-9 2019, at the Sofitel Brisbane, Queensland. Once again, we have put together an exciting program, filled with pearls of wisdom and practical tips on all things PoM, interspersed with social activities.

Our international speakers are none less than Professor Ramani Moonesinghe, Professor Clifford Ko, Dr John Carlisle, Associate Professor Denny Levett and Dr Tara Qasim. The lineup of local speakers from a range of specialties is no less impressive: Professor Michael Cox, Professor Jacqueline Close, Dr Hannah Seymour, Adjunct Professor Alison Mudge, Dr Lindy Roberts, Dr Mark Shulman, Professor Matt Naughton, Professor Guy Ludbrook, Dr Benny Katz, Dr Kerry Gunn, Dr Laura Young, Professor Glynis Ross, Dr Stephen Pavia, and Dr Alex Incani, Dr Debra Leung, to name just a few.

Come and join us in Brisbane for a few days of pure indulgence in perioperative interspecialty camaraderie, knowledge acquisition and networking. You won’t be disappointed.

Dr Jill Van Acker, Convener



We were delighted to see such an enthusiastic response to our previous seven meetings.


This year, the program has been designed around lectures and small lectures.


Please click here to download the program.


Note: Lecture 5 An update in ICU from 9.30-10.30am has been cancelled. We will now being running Australian perioperative risk scores by Dr Jennifer Reilley and perioperative medicine in the obstetric population by Dr Makarla Stead in its place.

Invited Speakers

Dr John Carlisle is an anaesthetist working in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. Dr Carlisle works at Torbay Hospital in Devon. He also works as an intensivist in the intensive care unit, as well as the preoperative assessment clinic. His work has led to his main areas of interest: long-term survival, including his own; perioperative probabilities of harm and benefit; cardiopulmonary exercise testing; and evidence-based medicine including systematic reviews. Dr Carlisle other area of interest is the detection of data fabrication and fraudulent research.

Dr Carlisle is an editor for the journal Anaesthesia, and has been involved in detecting cases of fraud in unpublished papers submitted, as well as to other journals, including EJA, AIC and AAS, notably the case by Fujii and his co-author  Saitoh. His work also led to the retraction of the PREDIMED paper in the NEJM.

Dr Clifford Ko is the director of the division of research and optimal patient care at the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He also serves as the director of ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, which was recognized with the Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum/Joint Commission.

Dr Ko’s work focuses on surgical quality of care, including quality measurement, process improvement, value-based care, and achieving high reliability in surgical care. He has served in advisory roles to national and international efforts for achieving higher quality and safety, including the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Quality Forum Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, among others. He has received millions of dollars in grant funding to study quality of care from sources that include the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Veterans Administration. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has written more than 20 book chapters.

Clinically, Dr Ko is a double board-certified surgeon with a practice currently focusing on patients with colorectal cancer. At University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he is the Robert and Kelly Day Professor of Surgery. He is also professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health.

Dr Ko received his BA (biology), MS (biological/medical ethics), and MD from the University of Chicago. He also received a Masters of Science Degree (health services/outcomes research) from the University of California, Los Angeles during his time as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellow at UCLA and RAND. Dr Ko completed his General Surgery Residency at UCLA Medical Center, and obtained specialty training at the Lahey Clinic in Boston in colon and rectal surgery.

Professor Ramani Moonesinghe is professor of perioperative medicine, head of the Centre of Perioperative Medicine and head of the Department of Targeted Intervention within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL. She is an honorary consultant anaesthetist at University College London (UCL) Hospitals, where she was previously also a consultant in critical care medicine (2009-2018). She is director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded UCL/UCLH  Surgical Outcomes Research Centre and was previously a faculty tutor in Intensive Care Medicine and a trust clinical lead for Organ Donation at UCLH. She has been a board member of the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) since 2009 and was the NIAA's academic training advisor between 2012 and 2016; she was also the academic training programme director for the London Academy of Anaesthesia for five years. Ramani was a council member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists between 2008 and 2012. She was the local NIHR clinical research network lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain in North Thames (2015-2017) and remains on the NIHR’s national specialty group representing the HSRC. In 2016, she was appointed as associate national clinical director for elective care at NHS England; she is also a member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) perioperative medicine leadership team.

Ramani's academic interest is health services and improvement research in perioperative medicine, in particular, risk stratification and outcome measurement with a view to improving the quality of care for patients undergoing major surgery. In 2015, she was awarded a senior postdoctoral fellowship in Improvement Science by the Health Foundation and through that established the RCoA HSRC national Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme which measures and improves morbidity and patient reported outcome after major non-cardiac surgery in adults. For the HSRC she also leads SNAPs 1 and 2, the Children’s Acute Surgical Abdomen Programme, the Perioperative Improvement Research Laboratory and the Global Health Strategy. She is also a member of NIAA’s NELA project team.

Ramani is married to (the very patient) Ed, an inventor, and has two (very active) adopted sons, Zack and James. She lives in the Sussex countryside surrounded by sheep.



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 - sold out

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.
The SDM work from will run prior to the Perioperative SIG meeting on November 6, 2019 at the Sofitel Brisbane.

The SDM workshop is currently full.
To be placed on a waitlist, please email the meeting organiser.

For further information on the SDM workshop, please visit the event website



Registration for the 2019 Perioperative SIG meeting is now open. Register online now.


Trainee poster presentation

At the 2019 Perioperative Medicine SIG meeting held in at the Brisbane Sofitel, we will be holding a research presentation session.

If you wish to submit a poster, you will be required to present for eight minutes on Friday November 8, at 11am, with two minutes allocated for questions from the judges.
Please click here for the submission guidelines.



The Perioperative SIG meeting will be held at the Brisbane Sofitel.
Address: 249 Turbot St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia.



A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the Brisbane Sofitel (the conference venue). We strongly recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure you secure these discounted rates. Please book your accommodation when you register for the meeting.

Conference dinner - Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

This year our meeting dinner will be held on Friday November 8 and will be of the highlights of the program. Enjoy a cocktail on The Roof Terrace, located at Gallery of Modern Art. This venue boasts panoramic views of the city skyline, Brisbane River and Kurilpa Bridge. This unique open-air venue take full advantage of the beautiful Queensland climate.

Tickets can be purchased for $AU187 including GST.

Optional activities

Yoga – Friday and Saturday morning from 6.30-7.30am.

Yoga will be available at the Sofitel on Friday and Saturday from 6.30-7.30am.
Tickets can be purchased for $AU33 including GST.

Martial arts – Friday morning from 6.30-7.30am.

An introduction to Bujinkan Budo Taijitsu. You will learn some basic Taijitsu (body awareness) by exploring the fundamental forms of this ancient martial art based on the the fighting arts of the Samurai and Ninja as taught by Dr Masaaki Hatsumi in present day Japan.

“Know that the secret of Taijitsu is the foundation of peace. If you learn this, you can walk the path of the immovable heart.” Toda Shinryuken Masamitsu.

This is event is complimentary.


Continuing personal development

Participants in the ANZCA CPD program can claim this event in Knowledge and Skills category. Certificates of attendance will be available for those claiming study leave.



Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #PeriSIG19.


For further information, please contact the meeting organiser:

Kirsty O’Connor
P: +61 3 9510 6299
ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004

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