Rural SIG Meeting 2019

Join the Rural SIG in Ballarat, for the Rural SIG Meeting in November.


The theme for the Ballarat meeting is “Big cases in the big country: Enhancing outcomes from major surgery” with a regional city perspective. The first day is a conjoint day with the RACS Provincial Surgeons and will feature Australasian and international speakers. The emphasis will be on ensuring first class patient outcomes from the wide range of major surgery performed in our regional cities.


Provisional program


Saturday November 2 

Combined Rural SIG/PSA day

Session 1

Pre-operative optimisation

Practical resuscitation – only do what makes a difference!

Critical factors – peri-operative blood/iron optimisation

Session 2

Intra-operative care
Major surgical case management
Damage control versus definitive surgery

Session 3

Enhancing recovery
Enhanced recovery and perioperative fluids – facts and fiction
ERAS – the surgical perspective

Session 4

Preventing post-operative disasters
Post-operative deterioration – early detection and salvage before MET
Advanced recovery care





Sunday November 3

Rural SIG day

Session 1

Anaesthesia for major surgery – what really does improve outcomes
Intra-operative anaesthetic management
Best practice in perioperative clinical care

Session 2

High risk obstetrics
The high-risk obstetric case coming theatre NOW!
City or country – obstetric triage
Interventional radiology in regional obstetrics



Session 3

Painful joints
Same-day joint replacement? The rapid recovery program
The difficult pain patient for major surgery – peri-operative strategies

Session 4

All things ventilation
"I need this lung down now"  Tips from the experts



Monday November 4

Workshop morning 


ALS (two classes)
Thoracic anaesthesia masterclass
Airway masterclass
Paediatric anaesthesia masterclass



Registrations will open in April 2019. For further details, please contact the SIG secretariat.



The 2019 Rural SIG Meeting will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre

Address: 613 Main Rd, Golden Point VIC 3350


Claiming CPD

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program can claim one credit per hour for attendance at lectures or presentations under the knowledge and skills category.



For further information, please contact the SIG secretariat:

Kirsty O'Connor
Senior Events Officer
+61 3 8517 5332
ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004

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