Perioperative Medicine SIG meeting 2018

Please join us in Melbourne for the Annual Australasian Perioperative Symposium, “Measuring, Managing and Minimising Risk”, on October 25-27, 2018.

This year’s meeting is in association with the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine (ANZGM) and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (IMSANZ). The meeting will explore different ways of assessing perioperative risk in a wide variety of patient populations, and equip you with knowledge to help manage at-risk patients within your own clinical environment.
The program showcases a fantastic line up of international and national speakers including the following:

  • Professor Carol Peden

  • Professor BobbieJean Sweitzer

  • Professor Sunil Sahai

  • Associate Professor Ruth Hubbard

  • Professor David Story

  • Professor David A Scott

  • Professor Michael Cox

  • Professor Imogen Mitchell

  • Professor Bernhard Riedel

  • Professor Charlie Corke

Their many different specialties include intensive care, anaesthetics, infectious disease, geriatric medicine, surgery and cardiology, ensuring the wealth of knowledge provided will help you improve the perioperative journey and outcomes for your patients.
There will again be ample opportunity to network and access resources. Looking forward to seeing you in Melbourne!


We have been delighted to see the enthusiastic and growing response to our previous six meetings with the meeting selling out in 2015, 2016 and moving to a bigger venue in 2017.
This year, the program has been designed around lectures and short lectures. We will be utilising real time polling and the attendees will have the ability to ask question via the conference application.
Please click here to download the program.

Invited international speakers

Professor Carol Peden MB ChB, MD (Res), FRCA, FFICM, FFMLM, MPH
Professor  Carol Peden is Executive Director of the Center for Health System Innovation and Professor of Anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  Her research interests include improving clinical outcomes, patient safety, perioperative medicine and innovation in healthcare. She was named the Harvard School of Public Health Innovator of the Year in 2016 for her work in improving outcomes for high risk surgical patients.  Carol is a Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and has helped design and lead quality and safety improvement projects around the world, including major studies on emergency surgery. Before leaving the U.K. in 2015, she was an Associate Medical Director for Quality and Safety at a national level for NHS England, National Clinical Director in the Enhanced Recovery program for Emergency Surgery and a board member of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA). She is dually accredited in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.  She received her medical degree and a research doctorate in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh, and an MPH from Harvard.


Professor BobbieJean Sweitzer
Dr BobbieJean Sweitzer completed residency training in internal medicine and anesthesiology. She is a professor of anesthesiology and director of perioperative medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She is an author and the editor of Preoperative Assessment and Management (first and second editions; soon to be third edition). Dr Sweitzer has authored over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and lectures nationally and internationally on perioperative medicine topics. Dr Sweitzer is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a founding member of the governing board and past president of the Society of Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement, on the board of directors of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, and an elected member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists. She is an Executive Editor of Anesthesia & Analgesia Practice and on the editorial boards of Anesthesiology and Anesthesia & Analgesia. She is host of a monthly podcast for Anesthesiology.

Professor Sunil Kumar Sahai 
Dr Sahai is a professor of medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His undergraduate education was at Tulane University, followed by medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is board certified in internal medicine, paediatrics, and medical quality. He has also completed a graduate certificate in Health Care Management from Rice University School of Business. 

He presently serves as the Chief of the Section of Consultative Medicine in the Department of General Internal Medicine at MD Anderson. He also is the medical director of the Internal Medicine Perioperative Assessment Center (IMPAC). Dr Sahai developed the first formal perioperative medicine program at the comprehensive cancer center in the United States. Additionally, he previously served as the medical director of the clinical decision unit for patients placed in observation status in the hospital. He is on the Board of Governors for the Society of Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI). He is active in the Society of Hospital Medicine, Society of General Internal Medicine, and the American College of Physicians. Dr Sahai is an advocate for patients being a partner in their healthcare and is recognised internationally as an expert in the perioperative care of the cancer patient.

Other invited speakers

Associate Professor Ruth Hubbard is a specialist in geriatric medicine at the University of Queensland, and consultant geriatrician at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She is ranked number three in a list of the world’s leading experts in frail elderly research.
Professor David Story is the foundation chair of anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne and Head of the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit. He is a senior investigator with the Clinical Trials Network of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), and is deputy chair of the ANZCA Safety and Quality Committee.
Professor David A Scott is the immediate past president of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He is a clinical professor with the University of Melbourne, and director of the Department of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Professor Imogen Mitchell is the dean at the Australian National University Medical School, and senior staff specialist in intensive care medicine at The Canberra Hospital.
Professor Michael Cox is the professor of surgery at Nepean Hospital. In 2006, he introduced the Acute Surgical Unit (ASU).
Associate Professor Charlie Corke is the current president of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand. He trained as a physician, anaesthetist and intensivist. He is the regional clinical lead for the Advance Care Planning Program.
Professor Bernhard Riedel is the director of the department of Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, with an honorary academic appointment at the University of Melbourne.

For all speaker biographies please click here.


Poster presentation

At the 2018 Perioperative Medicine SIG meeting held in at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, we will be holding a research presentation session.
If you wish to submit a poster, you will be required to present on Friday 26 October at 11am for 8 minutes with 2 minutes allocated for questions from the judges.

Please click here for the submission guidelines. The closing date is September 25, 2018.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Friday October 26 at the iconic MCG. The dinner includes a coach transfer to and from and a 30 minute tour. If you wish to attend, please book when registering for the meeting.

CPET Workshop & Prehabilitation Symposium: Incorporating POETTS (UK) accredited CPET course


Optional social activities

Yoga will be available at the Grand Hyatt on Friday and Saturday from 6.30am.
Melbourne Zoo
Friday October 26, 2018
Adult: $36
Child (four to 15 years old): $18
Children three years old and under are free.
Includes returned transfers from the Grand Hyatt to the zoo.
Yarra Valley tasting and lunch tour
Saturday October 27, 2018
Adults: $150

  • Driver and transport hire for the day.

  • Tasting fees at four wineries/brewery.

  • Gourmet share platter style lunch and one glass of wine.

Please note the tours will not go ahead if we don’t receive minimum numbers.


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.


A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne (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.


Dr Jill Van Acker, Dr Ar Kar Aung, Dr Jeremy Fernando, Associate Professor Ross Kerridge, and Dr Ming Loh

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!



For further information please contact the meeting secretariat:


Kirsty O’Connor

Senior Events Officer

P: +61 3 8517 5332

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