Strategic research workshop

The ANZCA Clinical Trials Network Executive was pleased to host another successful workshop in Sydney in 2017.

This three-day event brings together experienced and early career researchers, medical professionals and research co-ordinators from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.


  • To strengthen the collaborative approach to multi-centre research in anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine, and pain medicine.

  • To encourage, promote and mentor researchers to engage in clinical research to improve patient outcomes.

  • To showcase recent achievements and research activity of the Clinical Trials Network.


Program highlights:

  • Keynote speakers: Professor Julie Simpson (statistician, University of Melbourne), Associate Professor Rachael Morton (economist, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre), Professor Paul Myles (cardiac anaesthetist, Alfred Health) and Professor David Story (NHMRC councillor).

  • A showcase of recent ANZCA CTN achievements, including updates on current clinical trials and research activities‚Äč.

  • A workshop for research co-ordinators.

Important dates

  • Call for abstract deadline: June 23.
  • Author notification of abstract acceptance: July 10.
  • Registration deadline: July 28.
  • Workshop dates: August 11-13.
  • Pilot grant application deadline: October 1.


Program Outline

Friday August 11

  • 9.30am-11am - CTN Executive strategic planning meeting (closed meeting - CTN Executive members)
  • 11-11.30am - morning tea
  • 11.30-1pm - ANZCA Research Committee strategic planning meeting (closed meeting - CTN Executive and Research Committee members)
  • 9.30am-1pm Research coodinators workshop (see program below under Research coordinators workshop)
  • noon-1pm -  Registration
  • 1- 2pm - Lunch (all delegates welcome)
  • 2-5pm - Main program (welcome, keynote presentations and trial updates)
  • 2-2.15pm - Welcome address and CTN update (Philip Peyton and Karen Goulding)
  • 2.15-3pm - Keynote: Value of Information - a health economics method to prioritise research questions? (Rachael Morton)
  • 3-3.45pm - Keynote: Analysing change from baseline in trials - what is the best approach? (Julie Simpson)
  • 3.45-4.15pm - Afternoon tea
  • 4.15-5.30 - CTN progress reports by chief investigators (Balanced, PADDI, ITACS, RELIEF, PADDI genomics, prehabilitation study)
  • 6-10pm Welcome reception (Oceans Bar)

Saturday August 12

  • 8.30-9am - Keynote: Repeated continuous outcome measures in clinical trials - Visualisation, summary measures and linear mixed-effects modelling (Julie Simpson)
  • 9-10.15am - New proposals (Jenny Weller, Nico Terblanche, Bernhard Riedel, Richard Halliwell, Doug Campbell and Carolyn Deng)
  • 10.15-10.45am - morning tea
  • 10.45am-12.45pm - In-depth proposals (Michael Barrington, Bernhard Riedel, Alan Merry, Guy Ludbrook)
  •  12.45-1.45pm - lunch
  • 1.45-1.55pm - ANZCA Research Foundation update (Rob Packer)
  • 1.55-2.55pm - Novice investigators prize session (Jai Darvall, Viraj Siriwardana, Lachlan Miles, Kristine Owen)
  • 2.55-3.30pm – Afternoon tea 
  • 3.30-5.30pm ROCKet start up meeting (Philip Peyton, Sofia Sidiropoulos, Lis Evered) 
  • 3.30-5.30pm - TREX start up meeting (Andrew Davidson and Suzette Sheppard)
  • 6.30-10.30pm Dinner (Coogee Surf Life Saving Club)


Sunday August 13
  • 7.15-8.15am – CTN Executive breakfast meeting (closed session)
  • 8.30-9am - Keynote: Novel trial design (Paul Myles)
  • 9-10am - New proposals (Ben Moran, Tomas Corcoran, Ianthe Boden, Nico Terblanche)
  • 10-10.30am - Morning tea
  • 10.30-11.10 - Keynote: NHRMC - into the heart of darkness (David Story)
  • 11.10-11.50 - Panel discussion: An end to small trials (Andrew Davidson, Kate Leslie, David A Scott, Julie Simpson, David Story)
  • 11.50-noon - Closing address and novice investigator prize ceremony (Philip Peyton)
  • Noon-1pm  Lunch

Please note: program may change due to speaker availability. 

Research coordinators workshop

The Research Coordinators Workshop is hosted by the Anaesthesia Research Coordinators Network (ARCN) Sub-committee. The research coordinators workshop is aimed at research coordinators and nurses facilitating anaesthesia research, however, all members of the research team are welcome to attend. 

Program Outline

Friday 11 August
  • 9-9.30am - Registration and meet and greet (Oceanic Ballroom Foyer)
  • 9.30-9.45am - Welcome address and business meeting (Lauren Bulfin)
  • 9.45-10.10am - Research culture and capacity (Lauren Bulfin and Vanessa Ward)
  • 10.10-10.30am - Designing a trial through to publication (Sophie Wallace)
  • 10.30-11am - Recruiting culturally and linguistically diverse patients into clinical trials: barriers and enablers (Tuong Phan, Robyn Woodward-Kron and Anna Parker)
  • 11-11.30am - morning tea break
  • 11.30-noon - Budgeting 101: Basics for clinical researchers (Rachael Parke)
  • Noon-12.30pm - Q&A panels on current CTN trials (Jaspreet Sidhu, Sophie Wallace, Davina McAllister, Louise Cope, Lizanne Dagleish and Sue Olliff)
  • 12.30-1pm - Break out session to discuss issues relevant to regions across Australia and New Zealand, private and public sectors and adult and children trials to be facilitated by ARCN Sub-committee members. 
  • 1-2pm - lunch

Please note: program may change due to speaker availability. 


Call for abstracts

The purpose of the Strategic Research Workshop is to consider proposals for high quality trials that translate into safe and effective practice in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine. Single-centre studies will only be accepted if they are specifically designed to lead to multicentre research. If you wish to submit an abstract, please complete the application form and email to by June 23, 2017. If you have any questions about the application process, contact Karen Goulding on +61 3 9903 0942 or Call for abstracts are now closed. 

ANZCA Research Foundation Novice Investigator Prize

The ANZCA Research Foundation Novice Investigator Prize was recently established and is awarded to the trainee or Fellow judged to make the best presentation at the ANZCA CTN workshop. The prize will consist of a certificate and A$1,000.


Eligibility for the prize is limited to trainees and Fellows of the College and the Faculty of Pain Medicine. Fellows must be within eight years of admission to fellowship, except that elected Fellows must be within eight years of admission to their original fellowship. For more information about eligibilty, application and judging criteria, please download the policy here. 

Pilot grant applications

ANZCA Pilot Grant Scheme assists Fellows who wish to conduct pilot studies for high-quality multi-centre trials that will potentially attract NHMRC or other large-scale peer-reviewed funding. ANZCA allocates $A30,000 each year to the Clinical Trials Network to administer a fast-track pilot grant scheme for Fellows to undertake pilot trials and surveys.

Grants of up to $A10,000 are available each year and applications for two-year grants will be accepted.

Fellows wishing to apply for the a pilot grant are encouraged to present their research proposal this Strategic Research Workshop. The deadline for grant application is October 1, 2017. For more information about the Pilot Grant Scheme and to download the guidelines, click here.



Includes meeting registration, Friday welcome reception, all lunches, morning and afternoon teas and Saturday evening dinner. All fees are quoted in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST. 

  • Full registration: $A880.
  • Allied health professionals/trainee/research co-ordinator registration: $A451.

Additional tickets for social functions can be purchased for your guests.


Delegates are required to book their own accommodation. Please book online here.

Claiming CPD

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

Sydney City 2 Surf

Some of our fit members will be taking part in the Sydney City to Surf on Sunday 13th August and invite you to join the ANZCA Trial Blazers team. To register your interest to join Mark Shulman and Tuong Phan, email Mark:



Sarah Chezan, Events Officer:


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