Combined SIG Meeting 2017

Join us for the 14th annual Combined Communication, Education, Welfare, Leadership and Management SIG Meeting at the Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast. This year’s meeting is hosted by the Welfare SIG. There will be a diverse range of plenary and concurrent sessions as well as a number of workshops on offer. The program will look at how we can maintain our skills at a high level, from the beginning to the end of our careers, despite the challenges which life throws at us. We will explore ways to maintain our competence and confidence after a prolonged period off work, as we age and after being involved in a medical disaster. Workshops will cover "Can't intubate, can't oxygenate" training as well as a return to work mini-CRASH course, and two of the ANZCA educator modules. The meeting is being held at a beautiful venue, just by the beach, so come along and join us for some stimulating yet relaxing professional development.


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Workshop 1 and 3- ANZCA Emergency Response Activity- CICO
The session will meet the criteria for ANZCA CPD Training emergency response "Can't intubate, can't oxygenate" training. There will be a discussion of airway algorithms, team and crisis management and the role of airway ultrasound. There will also be a hands on workshop and scenario-based discussions. Maximum 16 participants.
Workshop 2- Mini CRASH- return to work
This workshop will run for 4 hours, from 8.30am to 1pm, with a break for morning tea.
Session 1: Returning to work: what is the problem and what is the process
This session will outline the issues faced by practitioners returning to work after leave, discuss the underlying cognitive and practical challenges and look at processes set in place around the world, focussing on local initiatives. 
Session 2: A how to guide for practitioners and departments for returning to work
This will be a practical workshop focussing on effective processes to aid the practitioner who has had time off work. Using case studies, participants will evaluate and discuss the timeline of returning to work. This workshop is suitable for both practitioners who are anticipating a return and members of department executive, as both the responsibilities of the returnee and the department will be highlighted.

Workshop 4- ANZCA Educator program module: Concepts in assessment
The workshop has been developed for Fellows who have an interest in assessment. The focus of this workshop will be on describing the concepts of assessment, appreciating the factors for valid and reliable multiple choice questions and vivas, applying key educational concepts to workplace based assessments, and understanding the importance of self-assessment. This session will be both interactive and informative, allowing participants to share their experiences during the group activities. Maximum 25 participants.
Workshop 5- ANZCA Educator program module: Planning effective teaching and learning
The “Planning effective teaching and learning » module has been designed to enable participants to focus on assessing learning needs and planning an approach to stimulate interactive learning. The module will introduce a framework to incorporate writing learning objectives, setting the scene, consider essential content and activities to promote learning and the importance of evaluation. During the session, participants will work in groups to apply the concepts discussed. Maximum 25 participants.

Invited speakers

Mrs Carolyn Canfield is an honorary lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and was recognised as Canada’s inaugural individual Patient Safety Champion in 2014.

Ms Jaelea Skehan is a registered psychologist with a PhD in Psychiatry. She was named one of the 100 women of influence for Australia in 2014 and is the Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.

Professor Carmelle Peisah is a Conjoint Professor at UNSW, Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney University President of Capacity Australia and former Board Nominated Psychiatrist of the NSW Medical Board (now AHPRA) Impaired Registrants Programme.



The conference venue is Novotel Twin Waters Sunshine Coast, Queensland, which is a short ten minute drive from Sunshine Coast Airport (formerly Maroochydore Airport).

Accommodation is available at a group booking rate for delegates, please download the accommodation booking form to secure your room. Reservations should be made no later than August 30, 2017.

Social functions

A “barefoot on the beach” welcome reception will take place on Friday evening after the plenary session commencing at 5.30pm, at Novotel Twin Waters. The dinner on Saturday evening will be held at Lilly’s on the Lagoon, at the Novotel Twin Waters. Feast on a delicious array of local produce from the spit roast carvery, coupled with local and imported fine wines. Partners and children welcome.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Lectures at this meeting are claimable by ANZCA CPD participants within the knowledge and skills category "learning sessions" for one credit per hour.
Workshop 1 and 3 are claimable under the “ANZCA Emergency Response” category of CICO.
Workshop 2 is claimable in your ANZCA CPD portfolio under knowledge and skills "Shorts courses, workshops" for two credits per hour.
Workshop 4 and 5 are claimable by ANZCA CPD participants for 2 credits per hour in the knowledge and skills category (attendance at the course) and 2 credits per hour in the knowledge and skills category (pre-course preparation and post-course assessment).


Dr Anna Hallett and Dr Catherine Purdy
Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group


For further information please contact the meeting secretariat:
Sarah Chezan
Senior Events Officer
P: +61 3 9510 6299
ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004

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