2019 Rural SIG meeting

Join us in Ballarat this November for the 2019 Rural Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting.



The theme for the Ballarat meeting is “Big cases in the big country: Enhancing outcomes from major surgery in provincial cities". The first day will be held in conjunction with the Provincial Surgeons of Australian 2019 Annual Scientific Conference (PSA 2019 ASC) 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.

Additionally, we will be offering a range of workshops, including advanced life support, clotting/TEG, thoracic anaesthesia masterclass, airway masterclass and a paediatric anaesthesia masterclass.


Invited speaker

Professor Mark Fitzgerald is Director of the National Trauma Research Institute and Director of Trauma Services at The Alfred. He graduated MB BS from the University of Melbourne in 1981, achieved Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 1987, was awarded an MD for ‘Computer Aided Decision Support for Trauma Reception and Resuscitation’ from Monash University in 2015 and was a Global Clinical Scholar (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Harvard Medical School 2014-15. Professor Fitzgerald is an Ambulance Victoria Medical Advisor and a member of the Victorian State Trauma Committee.


Social events

Join your anaesthetic and surgical colleagues for the 55th PSA ASC/Rural SIG combined welcome reception at Mitchell Harris Wines. on Friday November 1. Please note there is an additional cost to attend this function.
The Rural SIG meeting dinner will be held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on Saturday November 2, and will include optional gallery tours during the pre-function drinks.

*Late night supper is EOI - further details to come 


PSA 2019 ASC

Please click here for further information on the Provincial Surgeons of Australian 2019 Annual Scientific Conference


Optional activities

Optional activities have been organised by the PSA. If partners and/or family are interested in attending the PSA associate's program, please click here for further information.



A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate. Please call the Mercure Ballarat Hotel on +61 3 5327 1200 or email to make your reservation. Please advise that you are attending the ANZCA Rural SIG meeting and quote the group booking #78986.


Claiming CPD

This event is claimable by ANZCA and FPM CPD participants within the knowledge and skills and emergency responses categories. Lecture sessions for one credit per hour. Workshops for two credits per hour.


Sponsorship and exhibition

We invite the health care industry to consider supporting the meeting. We hope that you find the meeting focus and demographic suitable for your company’s participation. Please download a copy of the sponsorship prospectus to find out more.



For further information, please contact the meeting organiser:
Sarah Chezan
Senior Events Officer
+61 3 9093 4982
ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004


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