Rural SIG meeting 2018

Join the Rural special interest group in Uluru this coming June for our annual meeting. 

We will be returning to the place where it all began for us 10 years ago. The theme this year is "Rural anaesthesia – radiating from the centre" which acknowledges the variety of directions rural anaesthetists get pulled in, be it paediatric anaesthesia, the elderly, unusual co-morbidities, emergencies or just “routine cases”.

We are pleased to welcome Dr Nick Chrimes and Dr Pat Farrell as our keynote speakers. Dr Chrimes is a Victorian airway specialist and “Vortex” proponent who has just launched the “Safe Airway Society” to promote cross discipline cooperation in airway management. Dr Farrell is a paediatric anaesthetist from Newcastle and current ANZCA councillor. The remaining speakers will be our usual mix of specialists and procedural GPs aiming to bring real-world experience to each topic.

The workshops will focus on the ANZCA CPD emergency scenarios with an anaphylaxis workshop and an airway workshop that will cover both the Vortex algorithm and CICO scenarios.

The social events will make the most of our iconic location with the highlight sure to be the “Sounds of Silence” dinner out in the desert watching the sun set on Uluru.

We look forward to welcoming you all.

Dr David Rowe 


For members of the college to register online please click here.

For all non-members please download a registration form.



The meeting will take place at the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Sails in the Desert is now full, however accommodation is available at the Desert Garden Hotel.  Please call 1300 134 044 select 1 for Ayers Rock and then 1 for the consumer team.  State that you are attending the Rural SIG meeting.

Social program

The meeting dinner will take place on Friday evening under the canopy of the desert night. The 'Sounds of Silence' experience includes drinks and dinner accompanied by a story teller and a look to the evening stars. Dining as the sun sets, you will experience a three hundred and sixty degree view of the vast desert landscape. Please indicate your attendance to the dinner when registering online or on the registration form. Please note, dinner is an additional charge. For further details on the dinner, please click here

Farewell drinks will take place on Saturday afternoon, at the conclusion of the meeting. The cocktail reception is included in your meeting registration.

Optional workshops 

Two emergency response workshops will be held during the meeting. Please note, only one emergency resonse workshop is available per registrant. Should additional places become availabe, you will be notified. Please indicate your attendance at the time of registering.

Anaphylaxis workshop
Anaphylaxis is a rare emergency, however it is recognised that optimising management of the crisis reduces morbidity. The workshop will take delegates through the ANZAAG management guidelines (pre-reading required) utilising small group discussions to review the clinical presentation of anaphylaxis, the crisis management of various cases and the follow-up up of patients following a reaction.

Can't intubate can't oxygenate (CICO) workshop – FULL
The skills required to manage an emergency surgical airway can be difficult to acquire and maintain. Our workshop aims to address these concerns by providing a comprehensive course that meets ANZCA CPD emergecy response requirements.



This event is claimable by ANZCA CPD participants within the knowledge and skills and emergency responses categories.

Meeting convenor

Dr David Rowe – Rural SIG Chair

More information

For further information or to register please contact the meeting secretariat:

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

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