2024 Emerging Leaders Conference

Applications for the 2024 ELC are now open!

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 at Cedar Creek Lodges located amongst 114 hectares of subtropical rainforest and open woodlands at Mt Tamborine, Qld. Cedar Creek Lodges offers the perfect location to meet likeminded people, learn from the experience of others breaking their own barriers, share your thoughts and ideas, and enhance your leadership capabilities, whilst reconnecting with nature.

The theme is ‘Breaking barriers’. Breaking barriers is the ability to ignore, climb over or leap beyond real and perceived barriers to achieve the unexpected, unimaginable and seemingly impossible. The 2024 Emerging Leaders Conference is a chance to learn from the experience of others breaking their own barriers. It is an opportunity to work together to lead our profession into a limitless future. Applications are invited from fellows in all training regions. 

We encourage all eligible fellows to apply to attend the conference.

Dr Shannon Morrison and Dr Claire Maxwell
2024 ELC Co-convenors

Location and venue

The 2024 ELC will be held at Cedar Creek Lodges, 639 Tamborine Mountain Road, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4272.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2024 ELC are now open.

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 20 October 2023.

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.

A copy of the ELC guidelines are available online. Please note the selection criteria is subject to change each year.

Selection process

ANZCA’s regional and national committees, the Faculty of Pain Medicine Board and the Indigenous Health Committee will select the attendees. Successful applicants will be notified in early December 2023.


More information coming soon.


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.


More information coming soon.

Code of conduct statement

ANZCA is committed to a respectful and safe environment for all interactions inclusive of its conferences and meetings.
The ELC is governed by all relevant ANZCA policies in relation to professional behaviour and conduct, including in relation to bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.
The ELC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. Sexual language and imagery or the use of personal photos without permission is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media.
Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Respectful behaviour is expected at all times from all participants. Appropriate behaviour respects difference and diversity, respects privacy, and handles disagreement politely. Honesty and fair dealing is expected.
Obtaining consent to quote others, use presentations or take photographs is appropriate and shows the respect expected of participants of the 2024 ELC.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to the conference organiser.
Alternatively, you can make a report via email here. All personal details will remain confidential, issues raised will be investigated and necessary action taken to prevent a recurrence.

Sustainability at our events

As part of the college's commitment to environmental sustainability we have eliminated printed collateral and single use plastic. 
The college now provides access to the ELC program virtually and promotes use of the onsite mobile app. We use digital signage and where possible single use signage has been eliminated. If printed signage is required we ensure it is printed on material that is or can be recycled. 
Since 2016, items we have eliminated from events include satchels, bottled water, and paper based tickets. Your support of these environmental changes has helped drive the success and strengthened the positive impact on our meeting footprint. We know working together, we will continue to do better.
Where possible we have eliminated plastic name badges and when these are required we source materials that have been treated with EcoPure®, an organic additive designed to enhance the speed of plastic decomposition in landfills. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own Keep Cups and use the water stations for re-filling water bottles.
We continue to strive towards fostering a more sustainable future for our members and the community.

Social media

Join the conversation on X (formerly Twitter) by using the event hashtag #ELC24BRIS.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    30 April - 2 May

  • Time


  • Location

    Cedar Creek Lodges, Tamborine Mountain

Last updated 15:50 18.09.2023