Rural SIG Meeting 2020

The Rural Special Interest Group (SIG), and the Mackay Anaesthetic Community (MAC), welcome you to the 2020 Rural SIG meeting to be held at the Coral Sea Marina Resort in Airlie Beach, Queensland, June 5-7.


Nestled on the coast of beautiful tropical North Queensland, Airlie Beach is a relaxed resort town that is well known for its vibrant alfresco restaurants, waterfront parks, and palm-fringed beaches. A perfect break from city life, its idealistic location also offers a full range of experiences including the natural attractions of the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef, historical sites, and underwater adventures.

We look forward to sharing the beauty of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands with you at the meeting next June!

Dr Suresh Singaravelu, Convenor

Senior staff specialist, Anaesthetist, Mackay Base Hospital




  • Associate Professor David M Scott, Immediate Past-President of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists , Anaesthetist, St Vincent's Hospital Lismore, NSW

  • Dr Matt Bryant, Clinical Director of NQPPMS, Qld

  • Dr Alexander Cottle, Anaesthetist, Mackay Base Hospital, Qld

  • Dr Andrew Cronin, SMO, Lifeflight, Qld 

  • Dr Rob Elliott, Anaesthetist, Queensland Children's Hospital, Qld

  • Dr Christopher Gill, SMO, Proserpine Hospital, Qld

  • Dr Airell Hodgkinson, General Practitioner,  Pioneer Health, WA

  • Ms Selina Hunt, Avant Law, Qld

  • Dr Bippy Kath, Anaesthetist, Ipswich General Hospital, Qld

  • Dr Sean McManus, Anaesthetist, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Qld

  • Dr Stuart Marshall, Anaesthetist, Monash University, Vic

  • Dr Anni Paasilahti, Staff Specialist Intensivist and Director of Trauma Services, Mackay Base Hospital, Qld

  • Dr Jillian Streitberg, Anaesthetist, Sunshine Coast University Hospital

  • Dr Yasmin Endlich, Anaesthetist, South Adelaide



The meeting will include the following workshops:


  • ANZCA accredited CICO workshop

  • Ultrasound for Regional Anaesthesia workshop

  • Thromboelastometry workshop


The meeting will take place at the Coral Sea Marina Resort. This spectacular oceanfront location overlooks the blue waters of tropical North Queensland.

The Coral Sea Marina Resort is conveniently located along the scenic Bicentennial walkway, directly between the marina – which offers direct access to the incredible adventures awaiting you out on the water – and the small town of Airlie Beach with its eclectic mix of vibrant shops, restaurants, nightlife, beaches and lagoon.



If you wish to stay at the meeting venue, Coral Sea Marina Resort, please click here to book accommodation, and click the promo code and enter ANZCA2020.

Other accommodation option
Mantra Club Croc and Mantra Boathouse will offer 10 per cent discount (subject to availability). To book and receive 10 per cent off your accommodation, please click here, and follow these simple steps:


  • Select your dates, location (Airlie Beach), and number of people.

  • Input Promo Code ANZCA2020 (case sensitive) – select “Search”.

  • Select your room type, and select “Book” to proceed to payment screen.

**Please note: Promo codes are only valid for bookings made online. Rooms are subject to availability and will require full prepayment. Bookings will also be subject to any minimum night stay restrictions as listed on the website.

Once the booking is confirmed, it can be accessed via “My Bookings” on the same website by logging in using your reservation number and surname.


Please click here to see the program for the meeting.


Please click here to register.


Flying into Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is served by two local airports, the Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine (PPP) and Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island (HTI). Cruise Whitsundays operates daily ferries from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach, as well as other island resorts. Airports in either Mackay or Townsville are also situated approximately two-three hours of driving distance from Airlie Beach.

Call for research posters

We invite abstracts of research and audit work relevant to anaesthesia in regional/remote areas for poster presentations at the meeting. The best posters will be awarded with the Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation’s trophy and a Clinical Trial Unit trophy respectively.


Social activities

Friday night: Welcome cocktail drinks will be held at the resort. This is included in your registration.

A dinner will take place on The Jetty. Tickets can be purchased when you register. Optional recreational activities:


  • Photography workshop

  • Early morning Yoga

  • Beach volleyball

  • Sunset cruise over the Whitsunday waters – At additional cost


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.



Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #RuralSIG20



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

Kirsty O'Connor   
P: +61 3 9510 6299
630 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

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