2023 Emerging Leaders Conference

Applications for the 2023 ELC have now closed and successful applicants have been notified.

Applications for the 2024 ELC will in open late 2023.

The college is invested in developing the leadership capabilities of our future leaders. The Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the college's pre-eminent leadership conference. The ELC brings together new fellows from a diverse range of backgrounds, and offers three days of dynamic content presented by anaesthesia and pain medicine leaders.

The conference will be held in the picturesque Hunter Valley at voco Kirkton Park, which offers the perfect location to meet likeminded people, share your story, discuss ideas, and enhance your leadership capabilities. 

The theme is “Leading through shared experience”. Leaders require a broad range of skills to be truly effective. The sessions planned are designed to enhance these skills and challenge thoughts about leadership. Applications are invited from fellows in all training regions. 

If you're considering applying, read what a few of our 2022 ELC delegates had to say about their experience here. We encourage all eligible fellows to apply to attend the conference.

Dr Jessica Lim and Dr Chris Yong
2023 ELC Convenors

What we're looking for in successful applicants

Special emphasis is placed on fostering current and future leaders in anaesthesia and pain medicine, to encourage new fellow engagement, and to strengthen relationships between new fellows from different regions. The college is committed to equal opportunity and encourages applications from a broad diversity of new fellows. This includes, gender, race, ethnicity and geography.

Am I eligible to apply?

We are inviting all fellows within the first five years* of fellowship and who are attending the ASM, to apply to represent their regional or national committee of ANZCA or FPM at the ELC. Fellows must have received their fellowship prior to the applications closing date. Applicants must attend the ASM for a minimum of two days if selected to attend the ELC. The successful applicants must register to attend the ASM by close of "early-bird", and if this has not taken place, the ASM and Events Planning Committee will review the applicant’s eligibility and may withdraw the application allowing another representative from their region to attend.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2023 ELC have now closed.

If you wish to apply, please submit your completed application form (available on the right side on this page) along with your curriculum vitae to the conference organiser by email. Please note applications will close on Friday 21 October 2022.

If you're considering applying to attend, we encourage you to read what a few of our 2022 ELC delegates had to say about their experience. Check out their thoughts here.

COVID-safe updates

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists will take all reasonable steps to provide the safest possible environment for our delegates, supporters, exhibitors, staff and contractors.  We will be guided by the government health and safety measures and will work closely with the venues and all suppliers to plan and implement a COVID-19 safety plan.

Government restrictions and guidelines will evolve over time in the lead up to the meeting and will be communicated on the website accordingly. Closer to the time of the meeting, in response to the current guidelines, participants will be sent COVID-19 safety compliance information which will provide details on the measures being undertaken.

To keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 updates for NSW, please click here to visit the Business Events Sydney website, which will be regularly updated with latest news and links. The conference venue, voco Kirkton Park, follows the NSW government guidelines in regards to COVID safe protocols to ensure the safety of all guests, attendees, suppliers and staff.

Selection criteria

Criteria for selection is the following:

  1. Applicants must be within five years* of receiving ANZCA or FPM fellowship.
  2. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to ANZCA or FPM affairs.
  3. Demonstration of education and teaching in anaesthesia or pain medicine, for example, supervisory roles.
  4. Interest in leadership roles in anaesthesia or pain medicine.
* Taking into account career disruption.
The college understands career disruption may be for a variety of reasons, such as parental leave, illness, or time taken to care for a dependent. In support of our member’s ongoing learning, education and participation in this conference, time taken for any of these reasons is not included in the five-year requirement.

Should you wish to discuss your application or circumstances please contact the conference organiser by email or phone +61 3 9510 6299.

Requirements for attendance

  1. Commitment to attend the entire ELC.
  2. Commitment to attend a minimum of two days at the ASM at the completion of the ELC (registering prior to close of early bird).
  3. Participation in at least one ANZCA or FPM activity, event, committee, working group or initiative.
  4. Attendance at a regional/national committee meeting or board meeting after the conference to provide a post event report of attending the ELC.
Please note the selection criteria is subject to change each year.

Selection process

ANZCA’s regional and national committees and the Faculty of Pain Medicine will select the attendees. Successful applicants will be notified in early December 2022.


The college and faculty are investing in their future leaders by covering the costs of this conference. The applicant is responsible for the cost of travel to and from the ELC, and the ASM registration fee and associated costs.

This conference is limited to fellows to ensure full engagement in the interactive sessions and team building activities. We welcome and encourage parents with newborns and their support person. Unfortunately, family members including small children, are not otherwise permitted to attend due to the immersive nature of the conference.

Please contact conference organiser for further information and to discuss individual circumstances.


A copy of the conference program is available online. Please note this is correct at the time of publication and is subject to change.


Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program will automatically have their attendance auto-populated to their CPD portfolio within 14 days of the conclusion of the meeting.

ANZCA and FPM CPD Program
This event is claimable by ANZCA and FPM CPD participants within the knowledge and skills category.

  • 2014 CPD program: Knowledge and Skills 'Learning sessions' 1 credit per hour.
  • 2023 CPD program: Knowledge and Skills 'Learning sessions'.

If you're not a member of our CPD program
Delegates who are not participants of the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program should check with their respective colleges/providers regarding CPD. A certificate of attendance is available from the meeting organiser.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #ELC23SYD.

Contact us

For further information please contact us by email or phone +61 3 9510 6299.


  • Date

    2 May - 4 May

  • Time


  • Location

    Voco Kirkton Park Pokolbin

Last updated 12:40 6.12.2023