2023 CTN Strategic Research Workshop

The 2023 CTN Strategic Research Workshop will be held in-person in Coogee on 3-6 August 2023.

This event brings together experienced and early career researchers, medical professionals and research co-ordinators from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to develop new clinical trial proposals and discuss the latest methodology. 

We look forward to seeing you in Coogee!


  • Strengthening the collaborative approach to multicentre research in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine.
  • Encouraging, promoting and mentoring researchers to engage in clinical research to improve patient outcomes.
  • Showcasing the recent achievements and research activity of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network.

Location and venue

The CTN Strategic Research Workshop will be held at Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach, 242 Arden Street, Coogee NSW 2034.

Program outline

Below is an outline of the program which will be updated on a regular basis and is correct at the time of publication.

Thursday 3 August

Time Event
8-10.45am Anaesthesia Research Coordinators Network Sub-committee meeting (closed meeting)
11am-1pm CTN Executive Committee meeting (closed meeting)
6–9pm Anaesthesia Research Coordinators Network Networking dinner

Friday 4 August

8.45am-4.30pm Plenary
4.30-7.30pm Welcome reception

Saturday 5 August

9am-4.40pm Plenary
6.30 – 10.30pm
Conference dinner

Sunday 6 August

Emerging researchers networking breakfast
9.30am-11.30am Plenary (all delegates)
11.30am-12pm Lunch

Invited speakers

Invited speakers


The workshop will be held as a face-to-face event and registration will open mid-May 2023.

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open.

Important dates and deadlines
Investigators wishing to submit an abstract will need to register for the meeting prior to abstract acceptance. Please note, investigators will need to be registered to attend in person for the August meeting held in Sydney. No virtual presentations or pre-recordings will be offered to investigators who cannot travel.

The main program will be held from Friday 4 August to Sunday 6 August. The full guidelines and application form can be downloaded here. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Goulding at ctn@anzca.edu.au

Call for abstracts closing date

  • Friday 30 June 2023

Abstract author notification

  • Mid July 2023

To develop new research proposals by CTN members who are planning to develop pilot or feasibility studies for large multicentre trials, or to submit grant applications for multicentre trials that will be run in the network of ANZCA-accredited training sites.
The purpose of these sessions 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 multi-centre research.
Abstracts will be triaged by the CTN Executive for presentation based on the following guidelines:

  • The grant application deadline.
  • The new proposal focuses on the preparation of a clinical trial (early concept development, feasibility study, pilot study, protocol development).
  • Proposals that are not clearly linked to a future clinical trial will not be sent for review.
  • Abstracts must state at least three key issues which you would like feedback from the group at the workshop.
  • Proposals will be selected by the reviewers who they think will benefit the most from the discussion with delegates and align with the strategic aims of the CTN.
  • Proposals will also be considered from principal investigators where they are seeking feedback on particular issues around the conduct of a trial that has already started in network.

Presentation guidelines
Presenters will be allocated a session time for their presentation. A maximum of five slides is allowed for each presentation which must include one slide on specific issues to discuss.
To allow for adequate discussion time to address protocol development and feasibility, presenters will need to allocate no more than 60% of your allocated session time to present the proposal, with the remaining time reserved for discussion with colleagues.
The chair of the session will provide further guidance ahead of the meeting. 

Social program

More information will be made available soon.


Please contact us for besoke sponsorship opporunities. 


Delegates can receive 10% off the Best Flexible Rate at the Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach. We strongly recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible to secure these discounted rates. Please book your accommodation when you register.
To receive the accommodation discount, please book online. Rates are subject to availability, so please book early to ensure you don’t miss out.
Buffet breakfast is available in Shutters Restaurant from 6.30am to 10:30am daily for an additional $A32 per person per day. Alternatively, breakfast can be pre-booked when you make your accommodation reservation.

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 Sydney and NSW, please click here to visit the Business Events Sydney website, which will be regularly updated with latest news and links. Please visit the Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach website which outlines their COVID SAFE information to ensure the safety of guests, attendees, suppliers and staff.

Code of conduct

ANZCA is committed to a respectful and safe environment for all interactions inclusive of its conferences and meetings.
Our CTN Strategic Research Workshop is governed by all relevant ANZCA policies in relation to professional behaviour and conduct, including in relation to bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.
Our CTN Strategic Research Workshop 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 CTN Strategic Research Workshop.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to an ANZCA events person or the meeting convenor.
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.


More information will be made available soon.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #CTN2023.

You can also follow the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network @CTN_ANZCA.

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    3 August - 6 August

  • Time


  • Location

    Crowne Plaza Sydney Coogee Beach, Coogee

Last updated 16:51 20.03.2023